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Thomas Wardell Braden (February 22, 1917 – April 3, 2009) was an American CIA official, journalist (best remembered as the author of Eight Is Enough, which spawned a television program), and co-host of the CNN show Crossfire.

Believing that the cultural milieu of postwar Europe was favorable toward left-wing views, he understood that the Western Allies’ Establishment was rigidly conservative and nationalistic and determined to maintain their colonial dominions. The CIA estimated American supremacy to be best served by supporting the Democratic left. Thus, the program was begun to support more moderate and especially anti-Soviet leftists, thereby helping to purge the social democratic left of Soviet sympathizers.

After Ramparts, the flagship publication of the New Left, broke the story of the CIA’s funding of anticommunist citizen groups like the National Student Association in a 1967 article, Braden defended the agency’s covert work in the student and labor movements with an article, “I’m Glad the CIA is ‘Immoral,'” in The Saturday Evening Post.

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Politics, government, and journalism

Braden left the CIA in November 1954 and became owner of the Oceanside, California, newspaper The Blade-Tribune, which he bought with a loan from his friend Nelson Rockefeller. Active in California Democratic politics, he served as president of the California State Board of Education during the 1960s, and had a running battle with conservative Republican state superintendent of public instruction Max Rafferty.

Braden himself ran for office only once, mounting an unsuccessful primary challenge in 1966 (with the campaign theme “Guts”) to incumbent Democratic lieutenant governor Glenn Anderson.

After the assassination in Los Angeles of his friend Robert F. Kennedy during the 1968 presidential campaign, Braden returned to Washington and became a popular newspaper columnist in partnership with Kennedy’s press secretary, Frank Mankiewicz. He also became a prominent political commentator on radio and television.

Although the Nixon White House initially included him on a list of friendly journalists, his work eventually landed him on the master list of Nixon political opponents.

In 1975, Braden published the autobiographical book Eight is Enough, which inspired an ABC television series of the same name with Dick Van Patten in the role of Tom Bradford, the name of Braden’s character in the series. The book focused on his life as the father of eight children and also touched on his political connections as a columnist and ex-CIA operative and as husband to a sometime State Department employee and companion of the Kennedy family, Joan Ridley Braden.

After replacing Mankiewicz as the “voice from the left” on the syndicated radio show Confrontation, Tom Braden co-hosted the Buchanan–Braden Program, a three-hour radio show with former Nixon aide Pat Buchanan from 1978 to 1984. He and Buchanan also hosted the CNN program Crossfire at the show’s inception in 1982, with Braden interviewing guests and debating Buchanan and Robert Novak. Braden left Crossfire in 1989.

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Black Pilled Movies:

Free Falling (Falling Down)

How Boomers Were Taught to Hate (Themselves) (Norma Rae)

The Nature of Power (Gangs of New York)

The Great Boomer Deception (Pleasantville)

Sacrifice Rules (The Cider House Rules)

A Box of Chocolates (Forrest Gump)

Nice Until We’re Not (Office Space)

Pawnbreaking Our Culture (The Pawnbroker)

Devotion to the Exotic (The Beach)

The Rise of Colossus (Colossus: The Forbin Project)

Soap Operas that Wash Your Mind (The Handmaid’s Tale – TV series)

The Benefits of No Attachments (No Strings Attached and Friends with Benefits)

The Tale of Two Time Machines (The Time Machine 1960 film & 2002 film)

We Promise, You’re Unhappy (The Stepford Wives)

The Cure for Gentlemen (Gentleman’s Agreement)

Stand Still (The Day the Earth Stood Still 1951 and 2008)

The King of Joker Driver (Taxi Driver, The King of Comedy and Joker)

The Man Who Saved Europe (The House of Rothschild)

I’m With Stupid (Idiocracy)

Mr. Smith Gets Blackpilled (Mr. Smith Goes to Washington)

The Future is Black (and Female) (Children of Men)

Fast Food Jesus (Saved!)

We are Living in Strange Days (Strange Days)

Diversity Training (The Office)

Mong Torino (Gran Torino)

Blackpilled: Black to the Future (In the Shadow of the Moon)

Family Ties (Family Ties)

The Most Echo Movie Ever (The Believer)

Civil War 2 (The Second Civil War)

Breakfast (The Breakfast Club)

Buck Breaker One-Niner (American Resurrection)

Merican Dream Edition (An American Carol)

Triple Feature (‘The Devil’s Advocate‘ 1997, ‘Up in the Air‘ 2009 and ‘I Care a Lot‘ 2020)

Retard Slayer (Friday the 13th: The Series)

Wrecked in the City (‘Sex and the City’ and ‘The Golden Girls’)

Uzi Heart Surgery (Highway to Heaven)

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