Op-Ed: US propaganda ban overturned with help of government propaganda

VOA Building in Washington, DC

From Digital Journal:

Government officials used deceptive propaganda to get congress to overturn a ban on government news distribution in the U.S.
Would government officials resort to deceptive propaganda to help them get the U.S. Congress to overturn an old law, the Smith-Mundt Act, which prohibited them from distributing government-funded news to Americans?
They most certainly did by telling members of the U.S. Congress that Americans were somehow denied having any kind of access to Voice of America (VOA) news and that great many Americans were demanding that the law be changed.

These claims advanced by officials of the International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB), a bureaucratic subdivision within the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), and a few of their outside supporters, were complete lies.
Until recently, more than 99.9 percent of Americans could not have cared less about this issue and nearly all of them, if they truly cared, already had access on the Internet to nearly every Voice of America news program. But Americans may now start asking questions after numerous reports in mainstream media and in blogs pointed out that they may become a target of government “propaganda news.” “U.S. Repeals Propaganda Ban, Spreads Government-Made News to Americans,” John Hudson, The Cable, Foreign Affairs, July 14, 2013.

Read more: “Op-Ed: US propaganda ban overturned with help of government propaganda,” Ted Lipien, Digital Journal, July 16, 2013.

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