From Rolling Stone in 1977, Carl Bernstein espouses on the relationship between the CIA and the Media beginning in the early 50′s. Imagine how much worse it has likely been since then.
THE AGENCY’S DEALINGS WITH THE PRESS BEGAN during the earliest stages of the Cold War. Allen Dulles, who became director of the CIA in 1953, sought to establish a recruiting‑and‑cover capability within America’s most prestigious journalistic institutions. By operating under the guise of accredited news correspondents, Dulles believed, CIA operatives abroad would be accorded a degree of access and freedom of movement unobtainable under almost any other type of cover.
And we have been brainwashed to believe that the press keeps the government in check. The press is a lap dog, not a watch dog. Read how American media worked hand in glove with the CIA and why the Church Committee covered it up here.