There she goes again.

Posted: 06 Feb 2010   Print   Send a link
"Internet outreach is the hottest new item in the U.S. government’s array of public diplomacy tools. While international broadcasting is in disarray, the focus has moved to Internet outreach through social networking and websites to promote America and its allies abroad. The Internet can be a great tool for the advancement of freedom and the empowerment of individuals. Yet it is not immune to the designs of state actors, nor does it exist in a policy vacuum." Helle Dale, The Foundry blog, Heritage Foundation, 27 January 2010. Disarray? The audience for US international broadcasting is 171 million weekly, its largest ever. She might be referring to the BBG, down to two active members, and anxiously awaiting confirmation of its new members.
     Appropriately, the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which oversees U.S. international broadcasting, is also marked for an increase from $1.1 billion this year to $1.28 billion next year. (Whether that increase will persuade them to restore unfortunate cuts in crucial language services is something to be watched.)" Helle Dale, The Foundry blog, Heritage Foundation, 2 February 2010. Where does the $1.28 billion come from? I see $768.8 million in the BBG FY 2011 budget request If Heritage really believes in "limited government," it should address the duplication discussed in the previous post.