Information Warfare

Friday, September 12, 2008

Transcript

By 1942, desperate for help fending off Nazi Germany, Britain began covertly trying to influence the American public into joining World War II. Jennet Conant, author of The Irregulars; Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington, describes why spies employed to manipulate the U.S. press and spread misinformation included such future notables as Roald Dahl, Ian Fleming and David Ogilvy.
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While Dahl is best known for such children’s classics as “James and the Giant Peach” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” his political work has remained obscure until now. Credit the determined Conant for bringing it to light.

Sep. 27 2008 03:22 AM
Chris Gray from New Haven, CT

I'm guessing this practice (foreign powers covertly attempting to manipulate the American public through the press) has never stopped. Just the players are different but the press are easily hoodwinked, especially with the advent of 24-hour news cycles.

Sep. 19 2008 01:31 AM

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