UPDATE: The English edition of ‘Gekaufte Journalisten’ or ‘Journalists for Hire: How the CIA buys the news’ is now available for pre-order via Amazon – order your copy today while stocks last:
The best-selling book which has become hugely popular in Germany and talks of bribery, spies and cover-ups could easily be mistaken for a script from a Bourne movie. According to the book’s author, ex-journalist Udo Ulfkotte, journalists can be bought to put a specific twist on news stories and that he was taught “to lie, to betray and not to tell the truth to the public”.
During his time working as the editor the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, one of Germany’s largest newspapers, Ulfkotte explains how he was secretly paid by the CIA and the German Secret Service (Bundesnachrichtendienst ) to spin particular news stories in a way that was positive for the United States and bad for its enemies.
For most people this will come as a shock but for German journalists, it’s not at all surprising: “I think that people who know nothing about the work of the media in Germany and in Europe as a whole, will be shocked. For those who still believe that our media is free and independent, reading this book will certainly be a shock, because it denies everything, what they believe” says Zuerst Oksenrayeter, chief editor of ‘Bought Journalists’.
The book is now ranked seventh in the list of best sellers in Germany with more and more people turning to it in an attempt to understand what is happening in German journalism. The English edition of the book entitled “Journalists for Hire: How the CIA Buys the News” is now available for pre-order here and will be released May 15, 2017. However, we recommend ordering your copy today while stocks last.