No longer is US propaganda for their
The ban on domestic propaganda has been overturned, meaning that state-funded media such as Radio Liberty and Voice of America can now be heard domestically. The Smith-Mundt Modernization Act of 2012 overturned the ban, The Atlantic reports
. Supporters claimed the bill as a win for transparency, arguing that Americans should be able to hear the foreign propaganda they pay for. It's a blow to the old idea idea that citizens should not be exposed to domestic propaganda.
"Now Americans will be able to know more about what they are paying for with their tax dollars," said Broadcasting Board of Governors spokeswoman Lynne Weil, who further claimed that such media outlets aren't quite as propagandistic as people assume. "They don't shy away from stories that don't shed the best light on the United States."
But the move comes at a time when the motives of the US government are being questioned and its credibility is on thin ice
"Did Congress just tear down the American public's last defense against domestic propaganda?" asks Foreign Policy
's John Hudson, who points to the recent backlash against two USA Today
journalists by a Pentagon "propaganda contractor" outed as owing millions in taxes. "One of the co-owners of the firm confessed to creating phony websites and Twitter accounts to smear the journalists anonymously."
Via The Atlantic and Foreign Policy