Warriors of Disinformation: American Propaganda, Soviet Lies, and the Winning of the Cold War : an Insider's Account

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Arcade Publishing, 1997 - Political Science - 321 pages
Truth, so the saying goes, is war's first casualty. It follows that propaganda would be its first offspring. Founded during the early years of the cold war, the United States Information Agency is America's purveyor of propaganda and "disinformation" - a euphemism favored by the government during the 1980s. Using its broadcast vehicles (such as the Voice of America), the USIA tells the world what the American government wants the world to know.
 

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Contents

Preface
277
Preface
339
Acknowledgments
Toward a Public Diplomacy
12
Cranking Up the Volume
31
The FiveMinute Tape
43
Casting Wide the Worldnet
73
Brilliant Pebbles Ethnic Guns and Baby Parts
93
VOA Follies
186
The Mujahideen Go to School
203
The Caudillo of Miami
220
Adventures in the Nanny Trade
251
Caught in the SmithMundt Act 261
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Caught in the SmithMundt
263
Public Diplomacy Goes Private 267
267
Epilogue
275

Antenna Towers and Asparagus Stalks
126
Thats Entertainment
143
The Faustian Bargain
155
Clearing the Voice
164
Appendices 303
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Appendices
309
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Page 311 - (1) VOA will serve as a consistently reliable and authoritative source of news. VOA news will be accurate, objective, and comprehensive. "(2) VOA will represent America, not any single segment of American society, and will therefore present a balanced and comprehensive projection of significant American thought and institutions. "(3) VOA will present the policies of the United States clearly and effectively, and will also present responsible discussion and opinion on these policies.".
Page 311 - The long-range interests of the United States are served by communicating directly with the peoples of the world by radio. To be effective, the Voice of America (the Broadcasting Service of the United States Information Agency) must win the attention and respect of listeners.

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