WFB: The Associated Press cooperated with the Hitler regime to preserve its media access to the Nazis during the 1930s, a German historian detailed in a new study.
Harriet Scharnberg wrote in a German academic journal that the news agency provided American newspapers with propaganda created and selected by the Nazis under a formal cooperation with the dictatorship.
The Guardian reported Wednesday:
Associated Press…was the only western news agency able to stay open in Hitler’s Germany, continuing to operate until the U.S. entered the war in 1941. It thus found itself in the presumably profitable situation of being the prime channel for news reports and pictures out of the totalitarian state.
The agency entered into an agreement called Schriftleitergesetz, or editor’s law, vowing to refrain from printing anything that was “calculated to weaken the strength of the Reich abroad or at home,” according to Scharnberg. MORE