The Slant: How the CIA Corrupted American Journalism


Dan Luzadder

As a journalist with lengthy experience investigating public and political corruption and criminal networks, Pulitzer Prize-winner Dan Luzadder’s greatest skill is getting “inside” controversial and secretive organizations. In The Slant, Luzadder investigates the secret influence exerted by the CIA and shadowy figures behind the scenes over a journalist and its effect on journalistic integrity compromised by liberal media. It calls into question the credibility of all independent journalism and media.

The Slant focuses primarily on the influential Lawrence Wright, a Pulitzer Prize-winning staff writer for the New Yorker Magazine and authority on Al Qaeda whose profile grew to include investigating the Church of Scientology. In an attempt to make sense of Wright’s story, Luzadder uncovers much larger concerns that go to the heart of journalistic integrity. He discovers that Wright was involved in a propaganda network backed by the CIA and powerful private allies dating to the Cold War and into the Age of Terror. These organizations groomed him through their programs, sourced his writing, disguised his past, and shed a different light on his journalistic accomplishments and his role as an “independent” journalist. Lawrence Wright’s associations reveal yet another shadowy chapter in the elite liberal media’s murky relationship with the deep state.

This explosive detective story identifies by name individuals, organizations, and institutions that influence the US media and shape what the American public believes within the nation and around the world. Uncovering the odd bedfellows that journalists share with the CIA raises ominous questions not only about their careers and their honesty, but how the American media facilitated their rise to prominence. These questions make us further ask, will we ever know the truth about the Church of Scientology, the War on Terror, or Lawrence Wright, and is unbiased journalism, in no one’s pocket, a thing of the past? If journalism is to rise from its own corrupt ashes, its revival depends on knowing its true history and severing its relationship with hidden influences.

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