Caveat Emptor: This is a very informative if not very sensationalized (typical of WorldNetDaily productions) documentary that offers a valuable overview of the Communist practice of `disinformation’. While the narration and tone are over-sensationalized, the interview subjects are quite credible. This particular documentary comes from an evangelical Christian perspective and is therefore highly subjective in it’s presentation. Caveat emptor.
For those unfamiliar with the tactics of subterfuge as practiced by the Soviet Union and their Iron Curtain brethren this presentation will be a real eye-opener. Misinformation was spread throughout the West (primarily the United States) via “legitimate” news outlets on the home front. Because these stories were disseminated through non-communist channels they were believed to have credibility.
This was a Cold War effort that was tremendously successful in undermining Americans faith in its institutions. By planting erroneous “news” stories the Soviets were able to set the narrative that would influence Western thought. These stories are in circulation to this very day and represent the mainstream interpretation of that era’s events. The Soviets and their satellites devoted a tremendous amount of time and treasure to this activity – much more than was expended in espionage and with far greater returns. Two such campaigns were the smearing of Pope Pius XII and the false interpretation of events surrounding John F. Kennedy’s assassination.
Both campaigns have colored the public’s understanding of these two stories to this very day. Disinformation could never have occurred without willing accomplices in the media. And these outlets have largely been in the hands of the left for decades. Whether knowingly or not these dupes were acting as the “useful idiots” Lenin had labeled them from the very beginning. Sadly, the seeds of disinformation that were planted during the Cold War continue to bear fruit today. And doctored new stories continue to be circulated with equally successful results.