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Good news: USA propaganda will now play to all Americans

on July 17, 2013

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The American government every week produces thousands of hours of radio and TV broadcasts but, until this month, a so-called anti-propaganda law forbid the US from directing any of this content at domestic audiences.

Now, though, an update to the Cold War era law known as the Smith-Mundt Act means that content from outlets like Voice of America and Radio Free Europe — which create shows in 61 languages for more than 100 countries — can flow to American ears. The new law, which lets the US Archives and the State Department distribute the programming, also says that no funds shall be used to “influence public opinion in the US.”

The new rules raise an interesting debate about government media in the internet era. Is the content, as Cold War supporters of the original law claimed, propaganda that should not be directed at Americans? Or is it a legitimate and…

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