Operation Mockingbird was a US intelligence program that manipulated the press in the 1950s for propaganda purposes. The program funded student and cultural organizations, and magazines as front organizations.
The Mockingbird laid eggs, and now there are new mass media control programs.
A Cold War-era CIA propaganda campaign, Project MOCKINGBIRD was begun in the late 1940s under Frank Wisner, director of the Office of Policy Coordination. Project MOCKINGBIRD sought to manipulate media coverage of the Cold War by recruiting foreign and domestic journalists to serve as clandestine propaganda agents for the United States. Enjoying mixed success in the late 1950s and 1960s, the program was ended in the 1970s due to mounting popular opposition to the CIA's cover operations and domestic activities.