Saturday, May 26, 2012

Los Angeles Times :: The CIA in Hollywood

The CIA in Hollywood
by Tricia Jenkins
Hollywood a longtime friend of the CIA
High-level access granted to filmmakers researching a movie about the Osama bin Laden raid is just the latest episode in an increasingly close, cooperative arrangement that has spanned administrations.
By Ken Dilanian and Rebecca Keegan

excerpt: "The CIA has been subtly influencing motion picture content for more than 15 years," said Tricia Jenkins, author of "The CIA in Hollywood," the first academic appraisal of the CIA's efforts to influence popular entertainment.

Jenkins said the CIA's cultivation of Hollywood paid off after the Sept. 11 attacks.

"Even as the CIA was subject to incredible public criticism for failing to predict the attacks, there came a spate of TV shows and movies depicting the CIA as competent, effective and willing to share intelligence," she said.

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