Misunderstanding to happen in 3….2….1….

The Associated Press news agency entered a formal cooperation with the Hitler regime in the 1930s, supplying American newspapers with material directly produced and selected by the Nazi propaganda ministry, archive material unearthed by a German historian has revealed.

How long before this migrates into insisting that the Daily Mail did (not that it’s record on the point was all that great).

Not everyone being bright enough to note that Associated Press and Associated Newspapers are different organisations.

11 comments on “Misunderstanding to happen in 3….2….1….

  1. Any paper that supported Labour until ca 1937 supported disarmament, and was therefore objectively (as the commies used to say) pro-Nazi.

  2. The forerunner of the Morning Star most definitely did support Nazi Germany between Molotov-Ribbentrop and Barbarossa…

  3. Anyone who does business in a country does business with that country. Perhaps they do not like that government. What should they do about it?

    I know, perhaps they can overthrow that government. Ask them to google Guatemala and the United Fruit company or the Wonga coup.

  4. ‘The Associated Press news agency entered a formal cooperation with the Hitler regime in the 1930s’

    The Prime Minister of Great Britain entered a formal cooperation with the Hitler regime in the 1930s.

  5. Shit. You mean, Hitler wasn’t a good guy? Glad this article cleared that up. Well done, Guardian. I’m sure that cutting edge journalism like this will stop you going down the pan.

  6. PA is a news agregator, it’s business is gathering “wholesale” news in the field and distributing it to “retail” news outlets. Of course it’s going to enter into agreement with governments news outlets, that’s where it’s going to get government news releases from.

    How else would newspapers in the 1930s be able to publish stories saying “German Government demands X”, “Hitler says Y” without having somebody in Germany receiving that information from the German government?

  7. Misunderstanding to happen…as soon as somebody finds it politically expedient to “misunderstand”.

  8. jgh: PA is not the same thing as AP and both generate rather than aggregate news and the copy produced is passed on to subscribers.

    Wire agencies certainly get bombarded by press releases from governments and others but I’m not sure you have the relationshops quite right. The agencies charge third parties a fee for the onward transmission of their press releases.

  9. TMB: You’re right in the detail, I was just trying to give a broad brush overview. News organisation gets news about government statements from government, shock horror!

  10. They seem horrified that someone published images of people brutally murdered by commies in order to make people dislike commies. After all, every decent person knows that commies are the good guys!

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