• BBG,  Psychological Struggle,  Public Diplomacy,  Smith-Mundt

    The BBG’s Honeymoon: All Work and No Play

    The BBG’s Honeymoon: All Work and No Play by Matt Armstrong, 9 September 2010, in Layalina’s Perspectives column. MountainRunner bog post on the article is here. There is a new governor in town, eight of them in fact. For the first time in six years, all of the top jobs at the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) are filled. Half of the seats sat empty for up to four years, including the chairmanship for the past two years. This fresh beginning provides some breathing room for the BBG, which manages all U.S. government, non-military international broadcasting. The Board is taking this honeymoon seriously: it has already held two meetings and…

  • BBG,  In the News,  Public Diplomacy

    SFRC Report: U.S. International Broadcasting: -Is Anybody Listening?- Keeping the U.S. Connected

    SFRC Report: U.S. International Broadcasting: -Is Anybody Listening?- Keeping the U.S. Connected, 9 June 2010. Posted on MountainRunner here: Senate Report on the Broadcasting Board of Governors. American Public Diplomacy has always addressed two audiences. One audience views the United States positively, as a democracy based on the free flow of information, the freedom of expression, civic discourse and active citizen participation in government. This group will more often than not be supportive of U.S. actions and initiatives, or at least give us the benefit of the doubt. Members of the second group believe that these strengths are, instead, weaknesses and are predisposed to assume the worst about America; they…

  • BBG,  Government Broadcasting,  Public Diplomacy

    Monitoring What You Say

    In 1948, 70-75% of Voice of America broadcasts were outsourced.  The National Broadcasting Corporation, now more commonly known as NBC, had complete control over the broadcasts it produced and sold to VOA.  For a radio series named “Know North America,” its purpose clearly established by its name, NBC hired a Cuban author and a Venezuelan supervisor to produce the series in Spanish for Latin America. In one episode, a Latin American is shown around Cheyenne, Wyoming, and told the history of the state by a guide. Tourist: “Do we still have Indians in Wyoming?” Guide: “Yes…Our Indian maidens run in races dressed in nothing but feathers.” In another episode on Texas,…