Friday, June 01, 2012

To name is to own

So now the Smith-Mundt Modernization Act gets pilloried as a freedom of propaganda bill.  I can only imagine if the narrative language had been about censorship and freedom not propaganda.  If only the blogosphere was clamoring for its modernization as the freedom to hear domestically what is said abroad, and anything short would be censorship and this was a Freedom of Information act.  Distorted way out of context, the modernization bill seems ominous, but simply put, allowing Americans to hear Voice of America should not be a big deal.  But to name is to own, and the debate got named and shaped out of context.

Mountainrunner Matt has a good piece about having an honest debate about Smith-Mundt, not one colored by  inaccuracies.

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