Another actions-versus-words commentary about public diplomacy.

Posted: 24 Nov 2007

"The radio and TV stations and glossy magazines that we have propagated across the Muslim world have accomplished almost nothing, but the American military’s swift mobilization to help victims of the 2005 earthquake in Pakistan did wonders for our image (if briefly)." James Traub, New York Times Magazine, 25 November 2007. Actually, this is where international broadcasting, if done right, can play a useful role. If the United States is involved in good works and wise policies abroad, those can be reported by the U.S. international broadcasting entity. Those reports will be believed if the broadcasting sticks to the news and stays completely out of advocacy.

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