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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 1, January 1955
Series Title Facts Forum News
Creator
  • Facts Forum
Contributor
  • Evans, Medford
Publisher Facts Forum
Date January 1955
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
Place
  • Dallas, Texas
Genre
  • journals (periodicals)
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  • Text
Identifier AP2.F146 v. 4 1955; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries
  • Facts Forum News
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Transcript 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 Capitol Hill? 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 TO INTERPRET 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 agonizing reappraisal? 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 sell? 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 this separation. BOOK-BURNING 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 Page 26 —Wide World Photo USIA provides films in foreign languages for use abroad. 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 Hill? 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 overseas ? 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 Communist? Mr. Streibert: No, it quoted Communists. Mr. Madigan: Do we have hoicks written by Communists on out shelves overseas ? 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 ship. 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 SELLING DEMOCRACY 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 to support. 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" to-person approach. CASTLE (Continued from Page 21) 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"' to p can hlud the l can, cam has eartl T here M Unil spot not in t if. so, a m and juri live hav I lime Mil slue peo • an win in I pre 1 Coi ove coi whi the ma elif cein l!a Ih. iss fee gri a i hi, lice pec fri w| \i In 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 I sa Ih; vii ih 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 FACTS FORUM NEWS, January,' '-'i \1
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