Portrait of Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln on “Liberty”

When Public Diplomacy practitioners engage with counterparts from other nations, they must listen carefully when universal values are discussed.  They must find ways to clarify goals and values when language may obscure them.  Abraham Lincoln addressed this point in a plain way in his “Address at Sanitary Fair in Baltimore: A Lecture on Liberty,” on…

White House Criticism of VOA, Unprecedented in its 78 year History

The Voice of America is the nation’s largest publicly-funded international broadcaster, reaching 280,000,000 multimedia users in 47 languages each week, many of whom access it daily for honest, balanced and accurate world news. To most senior VOA officials, past and present, including this writer, an unsigned White House blog on April 9, 1600 Daily, omitted…

Coronavirus: An Unprecedented Worldwide Media & Public Diplomacy Challenge

Imagine, for a moment, if you were responsible for covering a worldwide threat now regularly compared with World War II in its devastation and future deadly impact? As The Hill correspondent Reid Wilson reports: “The pandemic spreading across the globe has been slow to spread throughout Africa, a continent of 49 countries. But public health…