Category: Broadcasting

Kyiv Post: Ukraine’s secret weapon

Ukraine has a secret weapon that it can deploy to defend itself against Russian aggression and subversion, and to deter further Russian hybrid hostilities against other countries. I discuss “Ukraine’s Secret Weapon” in a guest piece published April 7 in the Kyiv Post. Here’s the text: Like no other country, non-aligned Ukraine has an untapped capability to defend itself against...

Warring Syrian factions stop fighting on Eid to make way for world’s largest statue of Jesus

Here’s a development that should confound American diplomats and counterterrorism strategists: Warring factions in Syria stopped fighting for three days so that the world’s largest statue of Jesus Christ could be moved from Armenia to a Syrian mountaintop. During the Muslim holy day of Eid al-Adha. Along an ancient Christian pilgrimage route from Constantinople to Jerusalem. Visible in Lebanon, Jordan,...

Senate confirms first blogger to Broadcasting Board of Governors

The US Senate has confirmed three new members of the moribund Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), including the first blogger to serve on the board – a great new development for a number of reasons. Matt Armstrong, a former adjunct professor at the Annenberg School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Southern California, distinguished him in the public...

Iran presidential elections don’t matter, Waller tells Arabic TV

Iran’s elections being held today are illegitimate because all candidates are approved by the mullahs who control the regime, an IWP professor tells a US public diplomacy TV channel. (Institute of World Politics news release) “It doesn’t matter who wins the presidential elections in Iran,” Provost J. Michael Waller says on Alhurra, an Arabic-language satellite TV channel broadcast to the Middle East. “Every...

Larry King joins Kremlin propaganda channel

A Kremlin-funded propaganda channel has picked up an American talk show icon as its new face. Russia Today (RT), a mouthpiece of the Vladimir Putin regime, announced that King will be launching a new show on its channel in June. The King acquisition, whose price was not announced, is a big step forward for Russian messaging around the world, and...

Radio Putin: RFE/RL leadership continues to wreck a vital US asset

If the KGB had infiltrated and taken over the management of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, how would RFE/RL President Steven Korn and his acolyte Julia Ragona act any differently? By wrecking RFE/RL, and especially Radio Liberty, Korn and Ragona have subverted not only the mission of the radios, but ruined their very capability of recovering from the damage – to...

RFE/RL managers did more damage than KGB, Russian human rights figures say

Russia’s most distinguished human rights leaders blasted the managers of US government-sponsored broadcasting into the Russian Federation, saying that the managers did more harm than the KGB ever could. The unusual – and harsh – attack came after Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty President Steven Korn suddenly purged the Russian language service of its veteran correspondents, editors and announcers. Korn is...

The dog that didn’t bark: Mullahs cover hearing on VOA, but don’t comment on regime bias

The mullahs’ reporting of the April 7 US congressional hearing about pro-regime bias at the Voice of America reads like Sherlock Holmes’ case of the dog that didn’t bark. In solving a murder mystery, Holmes reasoned that because the dog at the victim’s home didn’t bark, it must have known the killer. By deduction, the great detective solved the mystery....

VOA to kill broadcasts to most restive parts of PRC

As the Chinese regime steps up the sophistication and tempo of its international propaganda operations, the United States government is curtailing a mainstay of providing unfiltered news and information to the most restive large areas under one-party control. The Voice of America (VOA) has announced plans to terminate its shortwave broadcasts into rural China and Tibet, citing cost-cutting measures and...