February 27, 2014
I was reading up on postwar CIA efforts toward manipulating opinions (e.g., Operation Mockingbird) via friendly liberal and leftist journalists and intellectuals, and a name that kept coming up was Tom Braden. In the early 1950s, Braden had recruited many leftwing anti-Soviet intellectuals to participate in fronts for the CIA. A popular columnist and pal of the Kennedys (Mrs. Braden ghosted Jackie's newspaper column), Braden went on to be Pat Buchanan's liberal frenemy on Crossfire in the 1980s. But he's best remembered today via Dick van Patten's character "Tom Bradford" on the popular 1970s dramedy "Eight Is Enough," which was based on Braden's memoir.
By Steve Sailer on 2/27/2014