Tuesday, November 22nd 2011
The date will always stick in my mind for the assassination of John F. Kennedy, who made perhaps the strongest impact on America's image of any president in the 20th Century. Council Member Leonard Baldyga has found on the Web the U.S. Information Agency's film Years of Lightening/Day of Drums, which the Congress excepted from the Smith-Mundt Act provisions for viewing in the United States. Always worth a look, and especially on this day.
Friday, July 8th 2011
Voice of America is:
A. A tool of American public diplomacy.
B. An editorially independent news organization.
C. A strategic asset.
D. All of the above.
You may be surprised to hear that these descriptions are controversial, and even hotly debated. But I think the right answer is D, and I’ll explain why.
Sunday, May 22nd 2011
Did you notice that the Administration’s cyber security strategy released last week was not framed as protection of national infrastructure? That’s what I thought cybersecurity was all about.
Saturday, January 29th 2011
Yesterday's Politico Playbook reported that the newly announced press secretary, Jay Carney, will answer to Dan Pfeiffer, President Obama's communications director. Carney will be more visible to the public, appearing daily on TV, but Pfeiffer (who will report up to newly-arrived David Plouffe) may matter more for the Administration's success.