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Revealed: how Associated Press cooperated with the Nazis

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posted on Mar, 30 2016 @ 01:35 PM
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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.


Source: The Garudian






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.


The article in German:
Das A und P der Propaganda
Associated Press und die nationalsozialistische Bildpublizistik


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. [1] 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. [2] 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.


Google translation into English: See here




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.



As some may have heard of the Daily Mail in association with supporting Nazis, here is another(possible) case of this in mainstream media. While not shocked, if this is in fact the case here, it should be known about history wise, media wise and other.

Apologies as I wasn't sure where to place this.




posted on Mar, 30 2016 @ 01:41 PM
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a reply to: dreamingawake

Unfortunately, its not only a think of the past, apparently they still do...




posted on Mar, 30 2016 @ 02:26 PM
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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.



posted on Mar, 30 2016 @ 02:27 PM
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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...



posted on Mar, 30 2016 @ 02:30 PM
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Here's additional information on the claim:

AP fights claims it worked with the Nazis



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."

Source: CNN Money

Also see,



“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.

Source:Forward



Sorry, ATS, I do realize this is controversial. Especially the power that the media has. Apologies if this causes issues.
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edit on 30-3-2016 by dreamingawake because: also see



posted on Mar, 30 2016 @ 02:38 PM
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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.


Maybe not nazi´s but someone is in charge. Doesnt matter much to me what they call themself, they are doing "nazi" stuff

Just made a quick search on youtube, and found that video from RT, i have seen that interview before, so i just choosed that one to give an example of it still going on. I think it was only yesterday someone made an OP about another journalist saying something similar



posted on Mar, 30 2016 @ 02:44 PM
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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...


lol exactly, i cant figure it out either, guess everybody "sleeps" with each other these days - hard to fine someone to blame that way, so i just blame myself. Blame myself that i ever believed in the mainstream media - today i take everything i hear from them with a grain of salt. I only use it to get a general idea of whats going on in the world today, and then i do my own research if i want to learn more about something - properly like most people in here



posted on Mar, 30 2016 @ 02:44 PM
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a reply to: dreamingawake

It's the nature of the mainstream Press to favour the powerful. They have patrons, they mingle with the influential and they want sales above integrity.

Whatever drives people to want political power is the same thing motivating those in charge of media - wealth and influence.

Can't overlook fear either. A lot of powerful nations have vanishing journalists and reporters who are 'accident prone.'



posted on Mar, 30 2016 @ 02:48 PM
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a reply to: IAMNOTYOU

No problem, thanks for sharing it. Yes, the video is in the thread source posted yesterday on the subject.



posted on Mar, 30 2016 @ 03:40 PM
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Most everybody liked the Nazi's before they started that war and murdered millions. Thing is beforehand you never know what a nation is plotting and scheming to do behind their facade of peace and humanitarian talk.




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