for their failure to back up their high-
sounding statements of how important
this work is. Now. since you are direct!)
under the President, do you have assurances from him that he will intervene if you run into opposition on
Mr. Streibert: I have full assurance of backing from the President and
from the administration. It has been
stated publicly by him that this is a
very important activity, an important
mission, that it has his full backing. In
fact, in the appropriations last year it
did have his active and full backing.
During this last year and a half. I
couldn't have asked for any more complete and substantial backing from the
White House than this agency received.
Mr. Madigan: Rut according to Mr
Mercer, when the chips were down for
him and Dr. Johnson, the President was
not there to support them.
Mr. Streirert: He has been there
since I have been in this agency.
FOREIGN POLICY DIFFICULT
Mb. Madigan: Mr. Streibert. do you
believe that Ihe administration has va-
e-dialed in its foreign policy?
Mr. Streirert: I am not making foreign policy. I am supporting the policies of the government.
Mr. Madigan: Let me put it another
way then, sir. Has it been difficult for
you in your position of propagandizing
the world to explain changes of policy
from liberation to massive retaliation to
Mr. Streibert: There are actions of
this country that are very advantageous
for it in certain areas for certain purposes which react badly in other purposes, obviously.
Mr. Madigan: In other words, you
do have some difficulty.''
Mr. Streibert: No question about it.
Mr. MadigaN: Do you attempt in any
way to work in closer cooperation with
the State Department to try and straighten out their policies so it is easier to
Mr. Streirert: We have complete
coordination with the State Department
in discussing policies and in working
them out. One of the happy results <• f
this separation from the State Department has been the close working arrangement and complete harmony of
working with the Stale Department since
Mr. Madigan: One of the greatest
dangers to your organization was the
loss of competent personnel during the
so-called book-burning trouble,
Mr. Streibert: That's correct.
Mr. Madigan: Do you still have that
difficulty getting competent personnel?
Mr. Streibert: We will always have
difficulty with getting the best personnel. We are having difficulty in getting
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highly qualified personnel in these
areas, and we are making extraordinary efforts.
Mr. Madigan: Is the morale bad because they feel that your organization
is a target for complaint from Capitol
Mr. Streibert: No, that is all hack
of us. Morale is excellent.
Mr. Madigan: Are we, figuratively,
burning any books these days?
Mr. Streibert: Happily, you have
referred to the article in Reporter that
had to do with the establishment of a
book policy by my predecessor. That
was one of his last accomplishments,
and we have enforced that policy just
as it was promulgated in July, 1953. and
it has been working very well.
Mr. Madigan: Let me clear up one
point in it, which I think is ihe nutshell
of the whole thing: Can a book by a
Communist—contents of which were
determined not to be dangerous tee the
welfare' of the U.S.—be on a bookshelf
Mr. Streibert: I have actually authorized a book that quoted Communist
authors- to show their inconsistency and
show the change and their contradictions—to be put on our shelves.
Mr. Madigan: Was the hook by a
Mr. Streibert: No, it quoted Communists.
Mr. Madigan: Do we have hoicks
written by Communists on out shelves
Mr. Streibert: Not to my knowledge, no.
Mr. HURLEIGH: And you certainly.
Mr. Streibert, would not have books
on shelves of the information service
overseas of individuals who were secret
Communists — a book which too many
peeeple would assume to be a fair appraisal cef the differences between our
form of government and the Communist
form of government and yet not identi
fied as Communist-authored.
Mr. Streibert: We naturally at
ine I hi' contents as well as the autl
Mr. Madigan: Mr. Streibert, do
contents of a book rather than
author's status determine whethel
book will be on the shelf?
Mr. Streibert: I refer you to
policy statement of Julv. 1953. 'I his
not a subject that you can disni-s I
a man with a stop watch in his hand
Miss Mi Grori : I have one I
question. Your job is to sell democn
is it not—to convince people thai I
way of life, the democratic way "'
is far more desirable than the wdB
life advocated by the Soviets? Is '
not a difficult thing to do?
Mr. Streibert: Let me express I
a little differently. It is selling; bUl
is selling in an effective way, I tM
If we try to sell the United States,
such and say: "We are great and I
us," it merely results in enviousness *
is ineffective. We are trying to e9,
lish the fact that our policies and <"
are calculated to advance the legitv
aims and aspirations of other pa
for democracy and freedom and l'e
living. It's their form of democl*
that we are trying to show thai we I
Question:* What do you think o''
value of writing letters abroad to cM
our way of life?
Mr. Streibert: I think that's I
useful. There is nothing like a p'r"
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drastically changed, and the chang"
going ahead rapidly.
Mr. Castle: I want to quote *?
testimony from the Senate of the v<t
Stales at a recent congressional c'"",
tee. I want to quote first Senator J
Carran, a distinguished Senator •!
Nevada. His statement to Streibert.
head cef the- USIA misinformation s^
"I have been in this committee
twenty years, and I have not -«''",'
results from the monev expends
should like to see it now."
I am now going to quote Mi. S"1
ert, who in May took an airpla'"'
ai the taxpayers' expense areeiiu'j
Orient to try tee find new wav- at"'
excuses to throw more props?'
money down the drain. This is whs'
man Streibert said to the Senator u'
oath at a Senate committee: "So *"
I. It would be very good to have i
measure of total results. We just "i
have it. We will never gel it." I
Now, when the head of the <M
Stales Information Agency doesn I I
where he's going or how he's 2''
there, I think it's about time fol
nessmen and legitimate newspao°l
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