American Propaganda Allowed Stateside

Friday, July 19, 2013


The 1948 Smith-Mundt Act was intended to shield U.S. citizens from American propaganda, which the State Department has been broadcasting abroad for decades. This month, the Smith-Mundt Modernization Act takes effect, allowing that material to be broadcast stateside. Bob talks with Washington State Democrat and bill co-sponsor Adam Smith who says there is no need to worry.

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Comments [2]


Anyone with a computer can see exactly what VOA is doing, and any fair reading will tell you that VOA is not propaganda. If anything, it is blander news than other offerings, very much in a 'just the facts ma'am' manner.

Jul. 25 2013 08:49 AM
Benoit Balz from NYC

Are you guys nuts? World War ONE?? How about the domestic propaganda that is going on constantly, and right now? Ten plus years in Afghanistan and Iraq and how many photos of dead Americans have appeared in/on US media of any kind? This is not going on in the distant past...

There's a disconnect going on at OTM. You have current propagandists like Quil Lawrence as guests - Lawrence was and is one of the prime Pentagon Propaganda shills at NPR - and don't ask any questions about messaging monkey business. And Bob threw puffballs (with no follow-up) at Rep. Adam Smith. Not to worry, really? Believe me, if you're talking about the VOA, you're looking in the wrong place for the most virulent propaganda. Try looking at the NPR editorial offices and find out where the Pentagon Puff-Pieces are generated, and who on the NPR staff makes sure listeners are subjected to that insidious crap.

Really disappointing coverage on this stuff...

Jul. 20 2013 04:40 PM

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