REPOBTING American facts and
governmental policies on a
- global scale is the responsibility of the United States Information
Agency, of which Mr. Theodore C.
Streibert has been director since it
was separated from the State Department in 195.3. This agency plays a
key role in communicating to peoples
around the world the content and the
meaning of our foreign policies and
the. principles by which Americans
As a guest of Reporters' Roundup,
Mr. Streibert was shown traditional
courtesy, and accepted in good grace
the challenging questions of Mr. L.
Edgar Prina, Senate correspondent of
the Washington Evening Slur, and Mr.
Donald O'Connor. Washington correspondent of the Detroit Times. Mr.
Eugene Castle, author and outspoken
critic of the USIA, in an earlier Reporters' Roundup interview had insisted that a more efficient propaganda
campaign could be conducted if the
informational activities now dealt with
by the USIA were returned to the
State Department. Many of the questions fired at Mr. Streibert were based
upon Mr. Castle's statements.
Moderator Robert F. Hurleigh, commentator and director of Washington
operations for Mutual Broadcasting
Company, stated that Soviet Russia is
now pursuing a dual foreign policy
which at first glance may appear con-
REPORTERS' ROUNDUP INTERVIEW OF
Theodore C. Streiber
Director of the U. S. Information Agency
Characterizing as "wholly irresponsible" Mr. Eugene Castl'
charge in a recent Reporters' Roundup interview that we I"1'
spent 700 million dollars on worthless propaganda without l"
proving the situation, this official spokesman for USIA disc/"5'
"the other side of the coin."
Mr. Streibert points out the necessity for a reasoned appr0"1
to the circumstances of each foreign country through USIA's n"*"
media of communications.
tradictory, but in which all individual
actions fall into a regular pattern.
"Some officials in Washington," continued Mr. Hurleigh, "describe this
readjustment as a major turning point
in the struggle between communism
and freedom — perhaps initiating a
new phase in what is called the cold
war. This phase is new onlv- insofar as
the Soviets have added a new element
to their old policy. That policy, pursued from the start of the Bolshevist
regime, uses propaganda, force,
threats, and infiltration to promote
world-wide Communist ends.
Mr. Hurleigh referred to President
Eisenhower's suggestion that all
Americans who go abroad should become ambassadors ol good will to help
make the truth of America's peaceful
goals and our respect for the rights of
others known to more people overseas.
Khrushchev's Speech a Good Tool
Mr. Prina prefaced a question by
pointing out that the Voice of America
has been broadcasting Khrushchev's
speech in which he deglorified Stalin
before the 20th Congress of the Soviet
"Can vim tell me, Mr. Streibert," he
asked, "just how this effort on the part
of the Voice of America is aiding our
"Well, this is the greatest confessional lor our purposes," replied Mr.
to be f oi
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Streibert, "that has ever been. It sb<J
the extent of the terrorism and '
tyranny that is practiced under speech
Communist dictatorship. It is th£| *ept fro
hope that the denunciation may
effective internally in some an
the other hand, the verv ones who
very ones w
denouncing these practices p*
pated in them. Also it shows
non-democratic government can o
on these terroristic practices ail-1"
the people as well as Party mem'"'
This pronouncement is not against™
rorism as practiced against the p1'"'
of Russia. It is directed against
Party members only."
That the Voice of America did •*
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comment on the speech, but si
broadcast what was believed to he
authentic version, was pointed <>"*
danger that the present regime """i
use this to gain sympathy for i&*.
which, of course, would not WOJ*
"We are commenting on it n°v
corrected Mr. Streibert, "although,
first we gave only comments of 0<vJ
papers and editorials on it. We W'1' 1
until the Daily Worker printed it '1V.
authentic, if unofficial, text. We j
fulh aware that it is their real pu:
to gain sympathy for themselves
are trying to get in a position of >'1''
diating Stalin and exposing the „
things he did as compared with
good things they are going to do- '*' i,
ever, I don't think the satellite p1'"
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