CNN’s Anderson Cooper activates ‘Operation Mockingbird’ in Egypt

By Patrick Henningsen
21st Century Wire
Feb 3, 2011

In the latest cycle of news coverage out of Egypt, CNN’s award-winning TV personality Anderson Cooper, along with his CNN crew, claim to have been attacked by a violent mob of pro-Mubarak supporters in Cairo today. Far from constituting any real drama, his report does offer viewers an insight into how intelligence operatives within the media industrial complex are able to disseminate strategic talking points to millions of people at one time.

Following CNN’s Anderson Cooper highlighting a series of key talking points for today’s news cycle- one of which appears to be, “We (the western press) were attacked by a pro-Mubarak mob…”, we can witness what came next- the near clockwork precision that followed as this talking point was successfully recycled through hundreds of news feeds and Youtube video clips. Cooper also claims to have been “punched in the head ten times…” giving the impression that he was somehow beaten within an inch of his life whilst helping hoist the torch of freedom in Egypt.

What this episode also achieves is to reinforce amongst Americans and Europeans the subtle idea that the masses in the Middle East, or in this case the ‘pro-Mubarak mob’, somehow dislike the western press, or the “free press” as Americans and Europeans often like to see themselves in media terms. Already, western media pundits are busy mulling over ‘regime change’ options for replacing President Mubarak. The eventual result will likely be read from the top of a list of various agency objectives from the Anglo-American and Israeli Axis.

One might also suspect that all the major news networks and newspapers are in collusion together because with every major domestic and world event, all the identical taking points seem to appear in near synchronicity. It’s almost as if there could be some covert government sponsored program in place which makes this machine work so efficiently.

   CNN and Anderson Cooper: Operation Mockingbird in action.

In reality, such a program does in fact exist and it has a name. Operation Mockingbird was a secret Central Intelligence Agency campaign to influence US domestic and foreign media beginning in the 1950s.

The sophisticated use of planting specific ideas and popular talking points like these serve to formulate a certain public opinion in the West. These opinions are set out in the orders and directives to agents of influence working within Operation Mockingbird and are subsequently passed down the chain of command within key media organisation to achieve results. One might ask the question: what are those results? Once the West’s public opinion is compatible with the foreign policy and economic interests of the Anglo-American and Israeli Axis powers then the said Western government will begin to enact their foreign strategy in real terms. This could include either regime change, a region’s territorial realignment, or to consolidate certain lucrative energy or geological interests into the hands of Anglo-American corporations. It could even be to maintain an air of instability in the region.

Decades on, Mockingbird is still an incredibly comprehensive CIA and State Department joint program where agents of influence are continually recruited and groomed for key positions on editorial boards of all major newspapers, magazines and most importantly, TV networks throughout the United States and certainly abroad too. Cooper, the silver haired award-winning CNN anchor, has been outed as being a former trainee in the CIA. Although it is not clear if he ever became a full-scale agent, many will certainly speculate that he has indeed infiltrated the high levels of journalism and is certainly in a position to mold public opinion– in classic the Edward Bernays tradition.

Operation Mockingbird

CNN's star anchorman Anderson Cooper was tapped by the CIA early in his career (PHOTO: CNN)

As a result of the Frank Church investigations, a Congressional Report published in 1976 states:

“The CIA currently maintains a network of several hundred foreign individuals around the world who provide intelligence for the CIA and at times attempt to influence opinion through the use of covert propaganda. These individuals provide the CIA with direct access to a large number of newspapers and periodicals, scores of press services and news agencies, radio and television stations, commercial book publishers, and other foreign media outlets.”

This particular frenzied chase featuring Anderson Cooper, which CNN managed to shoot with avant guard, obtuse camera angles, and shaky blurring action, through the streets of the rioting mob in Cairo, only serves to remind people of other infamous and often contrived media scenes.

Perhaps the greatest known example of this was the fake toppling of Saddam Hussien’s statue in Iraq, a theatrical event which was meant to signify the liberation of the Iraqi people by the hand of the United States. After originally reporting this story in exactly the same way as CNN, FOX and ABC, years later producers at MSNBC were finally allowed to run a half-hearted, mostly apologetic expose on the Saddam statue hoax, an effort which had no impact at all on the status of the ongoing occupation.

   Years later, MSNBC decided to finally expose the obvious hoax in 2003.

Not so long ago, it was a cartel of major networks, including CNN, who worked tirelessly around the clock in order to promote Gulf Wars 1 & 2. In fact, producers at CNN thought it so important to paint events according to its Operation Mockingbird directives that it staged a faux missile attack from a broadcast studio- complete with blue screen back drops, potted palm trees and fake air-raid sirens. Normally, a stunt like this would discredit the network and force its producer and board to resign, none of which happened as a result.

    CNN’s notorious staged missile attack broadcast in 1991.

Well known by now are the major networks’ coordinated effort from late 2002 and through to March 2003, successfully floated the idea in the minds of Americans and British, that there were ” WMD’s in Iraq…”.  This was done in advance in order to secure the public perception, tilling the soil of public opinion for the Coalition’s imminent invasion. There is no doubt this focused media effort had cemented this idea into the minds of viewers across the US, and without it, the present ten year military occupation of Iraq could not have been possible.

As much as CNN has tried to paint the angry mobs in Egypt as enemies of the free press, recent events on US soil, namely the recent G20 Summit in Pittsburgh, demonstrate that the real free press operating inside the US will not be attacked by angry mobs, rather it will be the National Guardsmen, Police and State Troopers (sometimes dressed as anarchists) who will supply the aggression. This of course, is the current state of affairs within the US itself- and one which networks like CNN itself refused to cover at all.

As a parting footnote, one might also marvel at CNN’s staged chase scene through the angry (and allegedly) ‘Pro-Mubarak’ mob, a scene that almost bordered on comic relief as CNN’s Cooper could be heard helplessly screaming phrases in English like “calm down!” back to a mob of obvious Arabic-speaking Egyptians. All of this provided great television theatre- and will no doubt net Anderson Cooper some new journalism award before the year’s end.

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21 Responses to “CNN’s Anderson Cooper activates ‘Operation Mockingbird’ in Egypt”

  1. loyal reader Says:

    Not to forget the propagandistic comments by Christiane Amanpour (ABC TV) in Cairo, where she reports about pro-Mubarak crowds as haters of Americans. She won’t tell the viewers why they hate American journalists. They hate American journalists because they support operations like Mockingbird, illegal occupations (such as in Iraq), and are representatives of Western Fascism, lead by the US regime. In propaganda, the truth is always kept secret. Provocations are planned and executed with utmost secrecy. When provocations lead to planned results, such as the protests in Egypt, the scenes are captured on camera with the usual comments, such as that they “hate Americans”.

    Heartbreaking.
    Next: U.N “peace keepers” will be deployed soon in Egypt, I suspect. Why ? The main agenda might be Iran. All countries around Iran are “secured” by presence of U.N “peace keepers”, US troops, and / or allied forces, except Egypt. The occupation of Egypt by western forces would be the completion of a Machiavellian military strategy against Iran, in preparation of its defeat when Israel and the US attack Iran, most likely upon a provocation by Israel, which would do the dirty job to get the ball rolling.

    Dividing and conquering is the master plan. Egypt is well-divided now with clashes between pro and anti Mubarak crowds. The western plan is succeeding well. If/when U.N. “peace keepers” move in, we’ll know the next step would be a war with Iran. War with Iran is the main act. Egypt is another appetizer, such as Iraq, Afghanistan, and other countries around Iran.
    Therefore, journalists like Amanpour and Cooper will continue to do their propagandistic work. They are saboteurs in disguise.

    • 21st Century Wire Says:

      Many good points. Thank you. Let us not also forget that when an attack on Iran is planned, it will likely include a simmutaneous action against Syria and South Lebanon by the Israelis.

      The End Game for any attack on Iran must always include some form of land-grab by the Israelis- they will tell the world it’s for their own “security” and its “right to defend itself”. These old mantras are getting long in the tooth…

  2. Ho Lee Fook Says:

    Coop was looking for date

  3. Diana Marsden Says:

    Have known for years that the CIA is a non-democratic dis-information provider, that is really the enemy of it’s own country. It’s the Presidents’ private army coordinating the corporate/military violations of democracy under the guise of “security” . It has created intentionallly a mind-set to keep the US as well as other countries from respecting democratic leadership in order to keep corporate/miliary control of the world by manipulating the media to it’s own people, as well as other countries. A lot of TV viewers only receive news by the media, therefore they have a “no questions asked” faith in the media as truth. It has become a God to worship. If one dares to question it, you are called a radical. The amalgamation of all networks into one point of view, mingled with talk show analysis entertains viewers burt also portrays a mind-set that “everyone” believes this, and if you don’t you are un-American. Living abroad once in awhile, allows one to look at US news entirely in a different way, where the lying becomes obvious. Glad to know the name of “Operation Mockingbird”. It answers a lot of questions.

  4. loyal reader Says:

    Excellently explained.

    Worse, the un-Americans are even called terrorists often enough. It is an extension of McCarthyism, when all paint and decor is removed.

    Will the brain-washed masses ever understand ? I doubt. Even though so many of them are exploited and devoured by the same system that is exploiting and devouring the targeted countries and continents, the brain-washed crowds will continue to support, serve, and salute their worst enemy as their friend.

    US tv and the media are 100 % aware of their propagandistic success. For the skeptics, the media created fake anti-theses scenarios, such as Wiki Leaks/Julian Assagne. We are supposed to form the “correct” synthesis, which is in reality an extension of the thesis, the mirror reflection of lies, only tinted and obscured. With a fake anti-thesis, the Dialectic process itself is purely fake, thus the outcome is fake as well, yet the masses are taught to believe it is Democracy in action.

    That is where the media, in particular in the USA, has a very specific role. As you said so well, talk-shows intersperse this process by the same rules and logic. They are to make us laugh while being doctrinated, because learning promises great success when absorbed with fun and laughter.

    I feel often lonely because of these facts. It is so good Patrick, to know you, and to read your writings. We will remain loyal to the truth.

    Thank you very much for being here.

  5. 21st Century Wire Says:

    Thank you Loyal Reader, you have explained the anatomy of post-modern collective mind control very well indeed!

    If Edward Bernays were alive today he would be amazed at the size and scope of mainstream media… and he’d love it.

  6. Kimberly Says:

    “One might also suspect that all the major news networks and newspapers are in collusion together because with every major domestic and world event, all the identical taking points seem to appear in near synchronicity.”

    When I entered the web in 2007, I was adopted by a prominent crew of what I believe to be government media and search result controllers in SEO. (search engine optimization). The search results pages are manipulated, sites are ranked according to preference and web pages are being stripped from the internet archives. After I saw that the people I was involved with were traumatizing people by bullying them, I gently spoke up about it. They ruined my name and reputation online and in the eyes of everyone who used to support me, but I was also stuck with one of them as a boyfriend. He continued with abusing me emotionally & psychologically long after the issues subsided online. If people really knew him, they would arrest him. But as it stands, he is ‘respected’ as an authority. I don’t have a chance to prove anything or to defend myself. I believe I am actively being victimized, in various ways, by mind control experts. When I say this to anyone, they don’t ask for proof and label me as crazy. I fear & I think they love it.

    Thanks for the article.

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