Hey, what’s better than the CIA and Hollywood working together? (Zero Dark Thirty a propaganda piece? No!)

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How about the CIA giving Secret clearance to filmmakers? That’s even better!

As we’ve noted before, Hollywood and the government have long had a weird relationship. And as a general rule one should pay attention to the official narrative streams which come from the media. Whether from Hollywood, TV, or other places, there often seems to be a theme presented in the media over a period of time. It’s almost like outfits like Media Matters are actually crafting narratives for the powers that be. That there is a de facto propaganda wing of the Executive Branch. But that’s just silly.

(From Judicial Watch)

Judicial Watch announced today that it has received a previously classified December 2012 Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) report from the Office of Inspector General (OIG) strongly condemning the agency’s handling of “briefings, interviews, visits, and other support” given to the entertainment industry. The report specifically criticizes the CIA’s granting of “Secret level” access to the makers of the movie Zero Dark Thirty.  The OIG report was declassified in response to a Judicial Watch request for a Mandatory Declassification review.

The OIG “Report of Audit – CIA Processes for Engaging With the Entertainment Industry” is critical of both the agency’s procedures and its record-keeping:

We found that the records maintained by the OPA [Office of Public Affairs] are not sufficient to document that entertainment industry requests to CIA for briefings, interviews, visits, and other support are handled in a consistent and fair manner and that engagement with the entertainment industry is effective in furthering CIA’s goal for engagement … OPA and other CIA employees have not always complied with Agency regulations intended to prevent the release of classified information during their interactions with entertainment industry representatives.

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