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VOA against the "Firehose of Falsehoods"

Monday, June 12th 2017

Here's an analysis by Council Member Alan Heil based on our First Monday Forum last week.

 

In a briefing to a record crowd at the First Monday forum of the Public Diplomacy Council and USC’s Annenberg School June 5, the State Department’s senior advisor to the Helsinki Commission laid out principles for meeting those challenges.

As Scott Rauland put it:  “Don’t expect to combat the firehose of falsehoods with a squirt gun of truth.”

The senior diplomat applauded the February rollout of Current Time, a Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and VOA joint 24-hour multimedia stream in Russian to more than 30 affiliates in countries surrounding Russia and two million users in that country via satellite.

With expanded resources, the “squirt gun of truth” may yet, with adequate investment, become a veritable water cannon of high quality, objective news, helping to foster a thirst for truth.  Advancing freedom and democracy, fighting poverty and disease and raising the hopes of millions around the globe clearly is vital to U.S. national defense.

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Joe B. Johnson

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Joe B. Johnson consults on government communication and technology after a career in the United States Foreign Service.  He is an instructor for the National Foreign Affairs Training Center, where he teaches strategic planning for public diplomacy.

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Author: Joe Johnson

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

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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.

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Author: Donald M. Bishop

Quotable: Matt Armstrong on RT's “scripted coverage instead of journalism”

Sunday, November 27th 2016

“That RT is an agent of a foreign government is not at issue. Other state-owned agencies have seats in the briefing room, including the United Kingdom’s BBC and Voice of America. The difference is the editorial independence and the professional journalism enjoyed by those outlets. RT’s stories are directed and tightly controlled as an integral part of Kremlin messaging. The AFP, BBC, and VOA are staffed by professional journalists practicing professional journalism without editorial direction or censorship from their oversight boards or their respective executive or legislative branch bodies.”

 

Headline:     A Revealing Fight with Russia’s RT at the State Department

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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.

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Author: Donald M. Bishop

Quotable: Mark Seip on audience, mutuality, free exchange, and conversation

Sunday, October 30th 2016

“National policymakers struggle to stay relevant and express skepticism that the US government can be an effective actor in today’s information exchange.”

 

Headline:     Harnessing Communications and Public Diplomacy

 

Subhead:      Four Rules for Success in Strategy Development

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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.

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Author: Donald M. Bishop

Quotable: Office of Inspector General on U.S. broadcasting to Egypt

Saturday, October 15th 2016

A recent inspection report provided details of how the Voice of America (VOA) Correspondent Cairo Bureau and the Cairo office of the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (MBN) “inform, engage, and connect people around the world in support of freedom and democracy.”

 

Headline:     U.S. International Broadcasting to Egypt

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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.

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Author: Donald M. Bishop

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