The CIA have been actively recruiting media representatives for years, look at the snow job they did on jim garrison.
First Reports, The Washington Star, 2/12/76
All emphasis is my own..............Michael Parks
CIA HALTING USE OF U.S. REPORTERS AS SECRET AGENTS
The CIA has officially announced it will no longer hire newsmen working for American publications to serve as its eyes and ears around the world.
It also promised, without identifying them, to phase out those newsmen currently maintaining ties to the intelligence agency.
But it will continue to accept information from such sources voluntarily.
The agency’s announcement yesterday was the first time it had acted publicly to close the door on seeking out a specific source of intelligence
In 1967, President Lyndon Johnson barred the CIA from secretly funding private American voluntary organizations. The agency was prohibited from
recruiting agents from members of the Peace Corps by an executive order.
In 1973, then-CIA director William Colby halted the secret retaining of five full-time journalists with major American publications and they were
phased out by 1974, Colby publicly confirmed this year.
But Bush’s order goes far further. “Effective immediately,” a statement issued by the director’s office said, the “CIA will not enter into any paid or
contractual relationship with any full-time or part-time news correspondent accredited by any U.S. news service,newspaper,periodical, radio or
television network or station.”
The CIA statement said that the current news reporters with CIA ties would be phased out of the CIA connection “as soon as feasible.”
It said, however, that the agency would accept information voluntarily offered by members of the news media or the clergy.
A senior intelligence agency official told the New York Times that “less than 20 persons will be effected by the order.” He said the order also would
end the practice of sending CIA employes abroad under “cover” of being accredited representatives of American news organizations.