Never heard of it, but it doesn’t sound like a good thing.<2017 “What a columnist owes his readers isn’t a bid for their constant agreement. It’s independent judgment. Opinion journalism is still journalism, not agitprop.”—New York Times, 30 April>
agitprop: noun and adjective (Popularity: Bottom 50% of words [[agreed]]): Propaganda; especially: political propaganda promulgated chiefly in literature, drama, or art.
Etymology: Agitprop is a curious sort of portmanteau, blending parts of two words, each from a different language. It comes from the Russian word agitatsiya (“agitation”) and the English propaganda (“the spreading of ideas, information, or rumor for the purpose of helping or injuring an institution, a cause, or a person”). An agitprop agent is called an agitpropist.
THE OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY offers the following historical usage in addition to the above:
Usually with capital initial. A department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, or a local department, responsible for ‘agitation and propaganda’ on behalf of Communism; the activities of this department. Also: a person engaged in agitprop.
____________________________________________<1925 “ Both the responsible members and the staff of these courses will be under the supervision of the ‘Agitprop’, or Agitation-Propaganda Committee of the Comintern.”—Times (London), 25 April, page 15/4>
The following quotes are from the OED and archived sources:
Note: There were 2,087 hits in one news archive I checked, which is a sizable number. So, the word, although not a barnburner, is more widely used than I had imagined and it seems especially appropriate in the present political climate.<1959 “The whole tone [of the play] is ten times heavier and cornier than any of the agitprop from the old Unity Theatre.”—The Spectator (U.K.), 6 November, page 629/2>
<1968 “The classroom is used as a forum for racial agitprop.”—Voluntary Servitude by C. J. Levy, iii. page 61>
<1991 “Some of its work is feverish right-wing agitprop—three-page briefs written by crew-cutted interns from Oklahoma on why the contras should be given nuclear weapons.”—The Economist (London), 21 December, page 85/3>
<2000 “There was a huge social revolution going on and a great deal of agitprop. We hated the ruling classes and imperialism.”—The Daily Telegraph (London), 13 June, page 9/5>
<2010 “The play . . . was only on for a week, a piece of agitprop that people were writing angry or enthusiastic letters to the paper about.”—The Finkler Question by H. Jacobson, x. page 249>
<2015 “. . . relations with Cuba have begun to ease, it might be a good time to take another look at Soviet filmmaker Mikhail Kalatozov's agitprop paean to Fidel Castro's fledgling Communist regime, ‘Soy Cuba’ (1964).”—The Boston Globe (Boston, Massachusetts), 3 May>
<2017 “All languages borrow words from other languages - Americans may recognize agitprop [[!]], sputnik, babushka or cosmonaut .”—The Washington Post (D.C.), 28 April>
Ken Greenwald, May 3, 2017