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U.S. government’s media agency targets Russian disinformation and Iranian censorship

Great report.  But BBG, are these numbers an increase or decrease from previous reports or levels?  May we please have some context? 

These are flat, useless numbers.  If we see a 2% increase, we know we’ve made a dramatic leap and we can probably report what you’ve done is effective.  

BBG, if you give Congress these numbers, that’s nice. But if they ask you a tough question, can you tell them – honestly – that what you are doing is effective?  Is what you are doing having an impact on your target audience? 

Your CEO told me, to my face, that the BBG is implementing MOE at all the bureaus, across the BBG.  Will you start reporting them soon?  Why don’t you measure and report as if your budget depends on it? Wait a second, it does…  is that why, perhaps, you suffered a $26 million reduction in your allocation?  Why aren’t you using your most effective tool?  

BBG, you are our best tool in countering foreign information warfare, bar none. Your reporting is fair, objective and truthful, to the best of your ability. We get that. Right now, however, the news is blasting the television, print, radio, and the internet about what Russia is doing. H.R.5736 – Smith-Mundt Modernization Act of 2012 allows you to disseminate information publicly and not bar it from US domestic audiences. Information that shows the United States of America is using its biggest and best strategic communications tool to counter Russian disinformation. 

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March 16, 2018

WASHINGTON – The Broadcasting Board of Governors this week recognized the accomplishments and progress made by U.S. international media. The BBG–the federal agency that oversees all U.S. civilian international media–prioritizes advancing the President’s National Security Strategy, promotes democracy and freedom around the world, and pushes back on state-sponsored disinformation and extremism. CEO and Director John F. Lansing, who was hired by the board in September 2015, to maximize impact, also presented agency achievements and discussed a roadmap for the future.

By providing objective, accurate and reliable news and information to some of the world’s most information-starved places, the BBG and its five networks–Voice of America (VOA), Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), Radio Free Asia (RFA), Office of Cuba Broadcasting (OCB) and Middle East Broadcasting Networks (MBN)–are leading efforts across the U.S. government to counter Russian disinformation, as well as extremist rhetoric.



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