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Spooked: How the CIA Manipulates Media and Hoodwinks Hollywood
Date Thursday September 15
Time 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Location Details
Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley
Event Type Speaker
Organizer/AuthorBob Baldock
Emailbob [at] kpfa.org
Phone510-848-5006
Nicolas Schou, award-winning investigative journalist, author of "Kill the Messenger: How the CIA’s Crack Cocaine Controversy Destroyed Journalist Gary Webb," exposes government operatives altering media stories and films. He names names and spotlights flagrant examples of collusion, of respected reporters selling out to powerful agencies. For the first time, Schou gets CIA officers, Hollywood consultants, reporters, and entertainment executives to go on record about the ways “true stories” come about and how the CIA has embedded itself in Hollywood to ensure that the agency gets the hero treatment on-screen. We learn about how some of Hollywood’s brightest stars gain unique access inside agency headquarters — and what price they pay for that access. Schou relates how the CIA routinely vets articles on controversial topics such as the drone assassination program, granting friendly reporters background briefings on classified material, while simultaneously prosecuting ex-officers who release damaging information.
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Added to the calendar on Friday Aug 5th, 2016 9:02 AM
Berkeley Hillside Club
2286 Cedar St
Berkeley, CA 94709

Journalists covering national security have a tough gig-they need to stay close to sources inside the government, but many of those sources have cryptic agendas. At the same time, the American people depend on and expect a free press to keep a close, impartial watch on the national security operations carried out in our name. As Nick Schou explains in Spooked, in many cases this trust is totally misplaced - as leading journalists get seduced and manipulated by the agencies they cover.

While the press remains silent about its corrupting relationship with the intelligence community-a relationship dating back to the Cold War-Spooked blows the lid off this unseemly arrangement. Schou names names and shines a spotlight on flagrant examples of collusion, when respected reporters have crossed the line and sold out to powerful agencies.
For the first time, Schou gets CIA officers, Hollywood consultants, reporters, and entertainment executives to go on record about the ways "true stories" come about and how the CIA has embedded itself in Hollywood to ensure that the agency usually gets the hero treatment on-screen. Worse still, Schou relates how the CIA vets articles on controversial topics such as the drone assassination program, granting friendly reporters background briefings on classified material, while simultaneously prosecuting ex-officers who release damaging information.

Nick Schou is an award-winning investigative journalist and the author of Kill the Messenger: How the CIA's Crack Cocaine Controversy Destroyed Journalist Gary Webb, the basis for the 2014 movie.

Hosted by Greg Bridges, a radio dj and journalist. Currently he can be heard over KCSM and KPFA, where he has a weekly show and is a contributor to KPFA's Hip Hop and social affairs show HardKnock Radio.

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