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Revealed: how Associated Press cooperated with the Nazis German historian shows how news agency retained access in 1930s by promising not to undermine strength of Hitler regime
The Associated Press news agency entered a formal cooperation with the Hitler regime in the 1930s, supplying American newspapers with material directly produced and selected by the Nazi propaganda ministry, archive material unearthed by a German historian has revealed. When the Nazi party seized power in Germany in 1933, one of its first objectives was to bring into line not just the national press, but international media too.
The Guardian was banned within a year, and by 1935 even bigger British-American agencies such as Keystone and Wide World Photos were forced to close their bureaus after coming under attack for employing Jewish journalists.
Associated Press, which has described itself as the “marine corps of journalism” (“always the first in and the last out”) was the only western news agency able to stay open in Hitler’s Germany, continuing to operate until the US entered the war in 1941. It thus found itself in the presumably profitable situation of being the prime channel for news reports and pictures out of the totalitarian state.
In an article published in academic journal Studies in Contemporary History , historian Harriet Scharnberg shows that AP was only able to retain its access by entering into a mutually beneficial two-way cooperation with the Nazi regime.
Considering the Nazi diatribe "The Jews in USA. More than a hundred visual documents "from 1939 exactly one can make a surprising discovery: The small print copyright notice on the inside According COVER comes more than half of the 105 photographs from the American image and news agency" Associated Press "(AP). And a single case that was not certainly.
This paper examines the role and position, the Associated Press took on the system of the National Socialist image journalism.  From an appreciable state of research is not to talk: A Berlin branch of the AP-image service is indeed for the period until the mid-1930s mentioned sporadically, the traces are lost but then in the dark.  completely ominous is the case with the war. Rumors that there had at the AP photographers who photographed on the German side of the front to "traded American war correspondent in German uniform", also found in the scientific literature collection, without questioning this remarkable design or comment on. [3 ] An explanation of the irritating compound - and, as I will show, temporary personal union - of American Agency and national socialist propaganda image could not offer the research to date.
Images from the German propaganda apparatus - here the back of a recording of the propaganda unit 689 in September 1939. Poland - after their release by the High Command of the Armed Forces and the picture Press Office of the Propaganda Ministry (stamp) were also provided to the Berliner AP photo service available (stamps and stickers ), to be distributed by him to the German and foreign press.
The Associated Press is fighting back claims that it cooperated with the Nazis and even ceded editorial control to Hitler's regime in exchange for access.
Those explosive claims were detailed in the academic journal "Studies in Contemporary History" by the historian Harriet Scharnberg. They were amplified in a story published Wednesday by The Guardian.
Paul Colford, a spokesman for the AP, rejected the notion that the news service acted as a collaborator with the Nazis. Scharnberg's article, Colford said, "describes both individuals and their activities before and during the war that were unknown to AP."
“As we continue to research this matter, AP rejects any notion that it deliberately ‘collaborated’ with the Nazi regime. An accurate characterization is that the AP and other foreign news organizations were subjected to intense pressure from the Nazi regime from the year of Hitler’s coming to power in 1932 until the AP’s expulsion from Germany in 1941. AP management resisted the pressure while working to gather accurate, vital and objective news in a dark and dangerous time,” an AP spokesman told The Guardian.
originally posted by: dreamingawake
a reply to: IAMNOTYOU
Wouldn't say Nazis in this case of the German reporters revealing though but can see how that would be related in the context of fascism and media control. RT gets torn apart of a lot for being state controlled.
originally posted by: BlueJacket
a reply to: IAMNOTYOU
Couldn't agree more. The media is still in the bag for the left today as you seem to imply...or are the politicians in the bag for those who own the media, it gets blurry, that line...