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Pesky citizens are always going around demanding more transparency in government. Well, this week, the US government shouted, “Let the sunshine in!” And guess what they’ve decided to give you access to? Thousands of hours of government-produced propaganda!

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Pesky citizens are always going around demanding more transparency in government. Well, this week, the US government shouted, “Let the sunshine in!” And guess what they’ve decided to give you access to? Thousands of hours of government-produced propaganda!

Allow us to explain: The propaganda arm of the United States is enormously well funded. It produces thousands of hours of content every week, broadcasts in over 100 countries in more than 61 languages. In fact, practically the only people on the planet who DON’T see these shows are the ones who pay for it — American taxpayers.

Americans: aren’t you curious to see what you’ve been missing?

At least, that’s the logic that the government is trying to foist on Americans to justify bringing this propaganda to American televisions, now that the law against broadcasting government-made propaganda to its own people has been repealed.

Yes, that’s right! Thanks to an amendment to the 1948 Smith-Mundt Act — an amendment that passed last January and has just now taken effect — it’s now legal for the US gub’mint to show in America whatever propaganda they’ve been showing in, say, Iran or Somalia or Tibet. Does it say something about our present state of self-government that — after decades of vociferous resistance from firebrand senators such as J. William Fulbright and Edward Zorinsky — the US government now thinks it’s OK, and, for that matter, necessary, to propagandize to its own citizens the way it does to people in Iran?

“Our journalists provide what many people cannot get locally,” said a spokeswoman for the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the organization that oversees this program, “uncensored news, responsible discussion, and open debate.” Hmm. That explains why they’re showing this stuff in countries where the American-made television might be the only alternative to local government-run programming. But does the government think Americans aren’t getting “uncensored news, responsible discussion, and open debate” at home? Does the government think everyone is watching FOX?

And that’s not even the end of their logic. “Now Americans will be able to know more about what they are paying for with their tax dollars,” the BBG spokeswoman went on, “greater transparency is win-win for all involved!”

Wow. How’s that for spin? It’s not propaganda; it’s transparency! Satisfied yet? Is that how the US tries to sell its ideas abroad? Well, we’re about to find out, now that these thousands and thousands of hours of government-produced programming will soon be available right here at home!

So, yes, much as we remain suspicious of it, we ARE curious to know: Just what HAS the US government been broadcasting to the citizens of foreign countries this whole time? What do YOU think?

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Just what HAS the US government been broadcasting to the citizens of foreign countries this whole time?

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  •  So I am guessing (1+ / 0-)
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    david78209

    You've never listened to Voice of America.  You should try sometime...you can stream it on the web, have been able to for years...including the the foreign language services.

    It's boring as hell.

    "Empty vessels make the loudest sound, they have the least wit and are the greatest blabbers" Plato

    by Empty Vessel on Sun Jul 28, 2013 at 09:03:35 PM PDT

    •  I imagine the greatest propaganda (0+ / 0-)

      is international corporations that are destroying our chances of surviving on this planet as a species producing ads that tell us how much they care about the environment.

      That's not just the big oil companies like BP or big agrabusiness like Monsanto, but also all our weapons dealers promising security and our civil engineering companies providing dams, powerlines, highways, and miracle miles of fast food and auto parts franchises.

      The rest of the world has been told it mustlook as much like the US as possible so our corporations can the more rapidly remove all their natural resources, now we will get a taste of our own drill baby drill medicine.

      Live Free or Die --- Investigate, Incarcerate

      by rktect on Mon Jul 29, 2013 at 04:20:48 AM PDT

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