New VOA Director Outlines Approach for News Broadcasting

Amanda Bennett, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist appointed to head the Voice of America, called for "exciting, unique content that speaks to the advantages of the U.S." as the hallmark of the U.S. Government's international broadcasting service.  She spoke at the First Monday Communication Leadership Forum on May 2.

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Classic Quotable: Edward R. Murrow -- “history has no patience” (1963)

Saturday, January 30th 2016

On May 17, 1963, the Director of the U.S. Information Agency, Edward R. Murrow, sent a memorandum to David E. Bell, Director of the Bureau of the Budget, asking for additional funds.  They were needed because of “the crushing defeat of the Cuban landings” at the Bay of Pigs and the “deteriorating political and military situation in Southeast Asia.”  James Warren analyzed the memorandum in an article, “The Struggle to Propagate the Truth,” which appeared on the website of U.S. News and World Report on December 30, 2015.  Warren’s article included a link to Murrow’s six-page memorandum, originally marked “Confidential.”  The memorandum included a peroration:

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A Minister-Counselor in the State Department's Senior Foreign Service when he finished his federal career, Donald M. Bishop is a trainer, speaker, and mentor in Public Diplomacy and Communication. He also speaks on history and leadership. After serving as President of the Public Diplomacy Council, he now is a member of the Board of Directors.

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Quotable: Khurram Dara on radical Islam’s “assault on the mind”

Saturday, January 30th 2016

New York attorney Khurram Dara related the chilling story of a Pakistani teenager in an article, “In a Boy’s Hand, the Islamist Disease,” in the January 28, 2016, Wall Street Journal.  Read the story for yourself.  Dara concluded that it “underscores the deep, dangerous and often overlooked threat posed by radical Islam—its assault on the mind.”  Here are more of his takeaways:

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A Minister-Counselor in the State Department's Senior Foreign Service when he finished his federal career, Donald M. Bishop is a trainer, speaker, and mentor in Public Diplomacy and Communication. He also speaks on history and leadership. After serving as President of the Public Diplomacy Council, he now is a member of the Board of Directors.

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Quotable: Alberto Fernandez on “jihadist domination in the public diplomacy realm”

Saturday, January 30th 2016

“Although [Ambassador Alberto] Fernandez said that he hoped for the emergence of a more tolerant and humanistic Islam, he warned that the process could take decades.”  This opened an article by Andrew Harrod, “The Long War of Islam,” which summarized Ambassador Fernandez’s remarks at the October 14, 2015, conference sponsored by The Westminster Institute in McLean, Virginia.  Here are some bullets from Harrod’s report on the philosproject.org website:

 

  • “We need to crush the Islamic State as fully and as completely as is possible,” he argued. “The longer it is around, the longer it will metastasize; the longer it will sink its roots deeply into the psyche of the region.” He called ISIS a “half puffer fish, half shark – an entity that blows itself up to make itself look bigger than it is and must keep moving to survive in the form of continual victories.”
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A Minister-Counselor in the State Department's Senior Foreign Service when he finished his federal career, Donald M. Bishop is a trainer, speaker, and mentor in Public Diplomacy and Communication. He also speaks on history and leadership. After serving as President of the Public Diplomacy Council, he now is a member of the Board of Directors.

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Author: Donald M. Bishop

Quotable: R. R. Reno on generational differences among Muslims in Europe

Saturday, January 30th 2016

“Countering” a violent extremism that is, in President Obama’s words, a “vicious ideology” requires an in-depth understanding of the religious thinking that is at its heart.  No power point briefing or single speech can sum up all the religious elements that bear on violent Islamic extremism – scriptures, doctrines, traditions, teachings, schools of thought, sects, and varied religious responses to important historical events and forces.  There’s no simple summary of how Islam has different characteristics in the Middle East, North Arica, Central Asia, South Asia, East Asia or in Europe and America – or how class, economic standing, education, and generation come to bear as influences.  Every discipline may provide insights.  

 

All that’s certain is that Public Diplomacy practitioners must learn more about Islam in its multidimensional diversity.  Greater knowledge enhances the Fingerspitzengefühl provided by the Foreign Service’s broad contacts with people from all walks of life in a foreign society.  It’s axiomatic in Public Diplomacy that the shape of appeals varies by audience.  In this regard, here are some insights provided by R. R. Reno, the editor of First Things, a journal of religion and public life, in his monthly “While We’re At It,” column in its February, 2016, issue. 

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A Minister-Counselor in the State Department's Senior Foreign Service when he finished his federal career, Donald M. Bishop is a trainer, speaker, and mentor in Public Diplomacy and Communication. He also speaks on history and leadership. After serving as President of the Public Diplomacy Council, he now is a member of the Board of Directors.

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Quotable: Peter Pomerantsev on the internet’s transformation of propaganda

Friday, January 29th 2016

“The internet has transformed propaganda. No longer do the state and media elites have a monopoly on public opinion—now anyone has the power to be their own Murdoch, Churchill, or Goebbels,” wrote Peter Pomerantsev in his introduction to the new Legatum Institute report in its “Beyond Propaganda” series.  “Cyber Propaganda: From how to start a revolution to how to beat ISIS,” was published in November, 2015.

 

  • The internet has transformed propaganda. No longer do the state and media elites have a monopoly on public opinion—now anyone has the power to be their own Murdoch, Churchill, or Goebbels. This has empowered both crusading dissidents and the darkest sides of the ideological spectrum, posing new challenges for how democratic governments should respond and opening up new opportunities for states willing to mess with other countries’ information environment.
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A Minister-Counselor in the State Department's Senior Foreign Service when he finished his federal career, Donald M. Bishop is a trainer, speaker, and mentor in Public Diplomacy and Communication. He also speaks on history and leadership. After serving as President of the Public Diplomacy Council, he now is a member of the Board of Directors.

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Author: Donald M. Bishop

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