Classic Quotable: U.S. Broadcasting during the 1956 Uprising in Hungary (1972)

Monday, April 10th 2017

The Suez crisis, unrest in Poland, and the Hungarian uprising “dominated the international news” in 1956.  This review of U.S. broadcasting at the time noted “in terms of international communications, the most important was the Hungarian uprising.”  The authors counseled that “If policy is unclear, the audience may misperceive it even when operators do not.  Reactions may be harmful to the interests of both the communicator and the receivers.”


Article:                  Foreign Policy and Communications During the Hungarian Uprising


Authors:              The Editors


Date:                     1972[?]


Source:                 Ronald De McLaurin, Carl. F. Rosenthal, Sarah A. Skillings, et. al., editors, The Art and Science of Psychological Operations:  Case Studies of Military Applications, Department of the Army Pamphlet 525-7-1, 1976, vol. 1, pp. 382-386


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Donald M. Bishop is the Bren Chair of Strategic Communications at Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia. 

Mr. Bishop served as a Foreign Service Officer – first in the U.S. Information Agency and then in the Department of State – for 31 years.  Specializing in Public Diplomacy, political-military affairs, and East Asia, he attained the rank of Minister-Counselor in the career service.  He was President of the Public Diplomacy Council from 2013 to 2015 and is now a member of the Board of Directors. authors name for more info

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