Germ-warfare propaganda campaign resurfaces in Netflix’s ‘Wormwood’

An effective propaganda campaign can endure and embed itself in public memory and popular culture. The Communist charges that the US engaged in bacteriological warfare during the Korean War is one of the most enduring of these campaigns.

During the early 1950s the Soviet, Chinese and allied Communist media around the world trumpeted allegations that the US deliberately had spread cholera, smallpox, typhoid and other diseases in North Korea and the bordering Chinese region of Manchuria. Captured US airmen publicly “confessed” to the crimes. The US denied everything; the repatriated airmen recanted. Continue reading “Germ-warfare propaganda campaign resurfaces in Netflix’s ‘Wormwood’”

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British Propaganda and News Media in the Cold War

My early work on propaganda culminated in the 2006 book British Propaganda and News Media in the Cold War. The book is currently available on Amazon. Reviews include H-Albion, European Journal of Communication and the Journal of Contemporary History.