Wilson + (State + SecState) = CPI

Secretary of State Robert Lansing, 1915-1920 (Source: Library of Congress)

U.S. public diplomacy has a surprising history, as a series of conversations noted earlier. In conversations about the foreign activities of the Committee for Public Information, often left out was WHY the CPI was asked by the President to go abroad. Much ink (real and virtual) has been spilled on the causes for domestic action, such as the Four Minute Men. Much less so on the Foreign Section. The devil, as is the saying, is in the details. Here, the details include a deeply entrenched cultural resistance, a Secretary willfully working against his boss, highly filtered information flows and the managers of those filters. Continue reading “Wilson + (State + SecState) = CPI”