• Public Diplomacy,  Smith-Mundt

    VOA on The Daily Show (Updated)

    Briefly, opening with “I got a hold of your show on the web and I was so impressed with the heart of it,” Jon Stewart began his interview with Kambiz Hosseini and Saman Arbabi, two U.S. Government employees – and U.S. public diplomats – behind “Parazit”, a Voice of America program aimed at Iran. The interview, embedded below, followed a brief clip from the show. Under current law, amended from its original form, if The Daily Show had requested permission from the U.S. Government to broadcast the clip it would have been denied. More on that below. Two comments. First, kudos to VOA’s Persian News Network’s “Parazit” for the recognition.…