The U.S. government’s mammoth broadcasting arm has begun the “unleashing of thousands of hours per week of government-funded radio and TV programs for domestic U.S. consumption,” John Hudson of Foreign Policy reported on Sunday.
The content arrives with the enactment of the Smith-Mundt Modernization Act of 2012, sponsored by Rep. Mac Thornberry (R- Texas) and Rep. Adam Smith (D- Wash.), which was inserted into the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
The reform effectively nullifies the Smith-Mundt Act of 1948, which was amended in 1985 specifically to prohibit U.S. organizations from using information “to influence public opinion in the United States.”
The new law enables U.S. government programming such as Voice of America (VoA) — an outlet created in 1942 to promote a positive understanding of the U.S. abroad — t0 broadcast directly to domestic audiences for the first time.
VoA and other programs are now produced by the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which shares a “strategic communications budget” with the State Department and has an annual budget of more than $700 million.
[UPDATE 6:33 p.m.] Here’s what Weil told Business Insider:
“The professional journalists around the world who are supported by the BBG are tasked with presenting accurate and objective news and information for audiences in many countries where it is difficult or impossible to receive locally-produced, uncensored or unbiased programs. They provide responsible discussion and open debate in places where this is rare in the media. To call these efforts ‘propaganda’ is a misuse of the term and an affront to our journalists, many of whom put themselves at great risk for this work.”
Watch any Hollywood film or TV show circa 2013 and you’ll notice how different the messaging is now. It’s especially evident in comedies. Watch any comedy from years ago; no way Hollywood would produce that type of content in 2018.
Scroll through this sub and you’ll see countless videos of local and national journalists reporting on huge government abuses; all of these videos are over a decade old. The US Govt has silenced the media with american tax dollars.
SJWs are their foot soldiers on the front lines of this suppression of the 1st amendment. And Trump will never shine a spotlight on it. In fact, if his handlers ever let him know about the program, he’ll probably harness it, reversing the messaging to support his narrative.