There is a New Red Scare, argues Andrew Cockburn in the December 2016 issue of Harper’s Magazine. Hillary Clinton and 17 U.S. intelligence agencies all claimed the Russians were hacking computers in the United States. And yet, the FBI did not bother to interview Vladimir Fomenko, owner of the Siberian-based server claimed to be involved, even though Fomenko would have been happy to help the FBI. Beware of U.S. government propaganda, warned former President Herbert Hoover, who traced government-media lies to the time of the First World War.
Thus reads the description for my latest video, “The New Red Scare”, published to YouTube on November 27, 2016. The clip, which clocks in at 10 minutes and 7 seconds, can hopefully be viewed at the top of today’s blog entry.
The metaphor — a “Mighty Wurlitzer” — was coined by Frank Wisner, the head of the Office of Policy Coordination (OPC), a paramilitary and psychological operations group created in 1948, which was folded into the CIA in 1951. He prided himself on directing a network of organizations to play any propaganda tune on demand, likening it to the world-famous theater organ. 
Any propaganda tune to be played on demand… And so we have, this past week, the constant playing by various pipes of the Mighty Wurlitzer the ditty of “fake news.” Something called the “Alt Right” is supposed to be behind the “fake news”, and Russia is supposed to be somehow connected with it all.
But Andrew Cockburn, writing in the December 2016 issue of Harper’s magazine, pokes holes in the Wurlitzer theme of Russians under the bed. In “The New Red Scare”, Cockburn explores the case of Hillary Clinton’s September 26th debate claim of Vladimir Putin having “let loose cyberattackers to hack into government files, to hack into personal files, hack into the Democratic National Committee. And we recently have learned that, you know, that this is one of their preferred methods of trying to wreak havoc and collect information.” 
Seventeen pipe organs of the Wurlitzer all agreed: The Russians are coming! One of the pipes, the FBI, had “made a loud statement through the media” accusing “servers operated by a Russian company” of being a main source of security breaches. However, on checking into this, Cockburn discovered that the FBI had never bothered to contact the owner of the Russian company, who told Cockburn he would be happy to assist the FBI in any investigation! 
The beginnings of the Mighty Wurlitzer are traced by former President Herbert Hoover to the time of the First World War. In Chapter 29 of his magnum opus, Freedom Betrayed, Hoover informs us:
The First World War marked the first time in our history that our government organized all the powerful agencies of publicity and manipulation of news without moral restraint under the genius of skilled men, to get America into war. 
Manipulation of news without moral restraint! Herbert Hoover is not talking about any “Alt Right”; he is talking about the American mainstream news, which now accuses everyone else of “fake news”!
——- Sources ——-
 “The Mighty Wurlitzer: How the CIA Played America”, by Nancy Hanover. World Socialist Web Site, August 17, 2015. https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/17/wur1-a17.html
 “The New Red Scare”, by Andrew Cockburn. Harper’s magazine, December 2016.
 Freedom Betrayed, by Herbert Hoover. Stanford: Hoover Institution Press, 2011.