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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 1, January 1955
Series Title Facts Forum News
Creator
  • Facts Forum
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  • 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 thored. e naturally e*j ell as the auU| Streibert, do rather than mine whether shelf? refer you to uly, 1953. Thii u can discuss » tch in his hanfl elOCRACY I have one l|! to sell demO<J •c people ill''1 I icratic way of \ ■ than the w« e Soviets? Is | to do? et me expreaj I t is selling; D"? ctive way, I ""J e United States are great and <* in enviousnessl re trying to ■ r policies and ■ 'ance the legijfl is of other P«J freedom and v® irm of dernoctj , show that we * do you think of' rs abroad to expl I think that'l I hing like- a p'r" and Ihe chanfl rant to quote *j senate of the LI"! engressional COJ :e first Senator,} ished Senator "1 ent to Streibert- isinformation s^ this committej I have not seta money expend! now." to quote Mr. =01 ecek an airplanl; expense around J d new ways ai"' more propafl ain. This is whs' to Ihe Seal." '" rnimiltcc: "So " good to have a , Milts. We- jUSt " ■ver gel it." head of ll»'.ly Agency due or how he about time for v imale newspaper MEWS, January* to pick this thing up and let the American people know that they are being bludgeoned and their pockets picked by the most disgraceful, the most un-American, the most outrageous propaganda campaign that a nation of our standing has ever instituted on the face of the earth. The professors can take over from here and do it in the professor manner. Mr. Burt: Are you saying then that 1 nilid States government agencies responsible for American propaganda do not present an accurate picture of life in the United States? Mr. Castle: I am positively saying so, Mr. Moderator. They are presenting a most inaccurate and most disgraceful and a most dishonest and a most injurious picture of our life as Americans live it and as Americans know it. And 1 have proof — a book of it here. Prof. Norton: I think it's about time the professors — if that means a little bit of reason instead of emotion — should be brought into this picture. We live in a strange time. Some people apparently are happy only if they can prove that the United States was wholly wrong in the past, wholly wrong in the present, likely to be wholly wrong in the future. Personally, I think it's a pretty good country. I'd like to quote the report of the Committee on Foreign Relations on overseas information programs. After conducting a very extensive study of the whole overseas program, they came to Ihe conclusion that mistakes had been made—as is inevitable in a situation as difficult as this—but they did not recommend the abolition of this program. Rather, they came to the conclusion that the program should be continued and issued a series of proposals "for the effective future development of the program." Now, personally, I would prefer a report like this to the emotional outbreak of two or three individuals. Mr. Garrity: Well, all you can do — not being over there — is to quote other people. And I refer to a businessman friend of mine named Alfred Kohlberg, whom I regard as a great patriotic. American, who came back last May from Europe and reported on what he saw in Berlin and Frankfurt. He found that the whole populace that he interviewed — from porter right on up Ihrough an ambassador and professor— regarded the I nited States as in the grip of a climate of fear and felt that McCarthy was on the point of taking over Washington. Now, he went to the USIA people in ull the cities and asked them: What are you doing to counteract this impression, which is widespread, that America is about to become a Fascist dictatorship? And they said nothing. FACTS FORUM NEWS, January, 1955 Eugene W. Castle Mr. Casti.e: I would like to present the words of another professor, Dr. Milton Eisenhower, once an advocate of "one-world" government: "The I nilccl States is fighting Russian propaganda with popguns and peashooters . . . when we should be using intellectual atom bombs." Mr. Burt: Actually, we have here two of our panel members saying, as I get it, that United States government agencies responsible for American propaganda are not presenting an accurate picture of life in the United States — Mr. Castle and Mr. Garrity saying that they're not, whereas Professor Hodges and Professor Norton say they are doing a good job and presumably presenting an accurate picture of life in the United States. Professor Norton? Prof. Norton: I believe from reading a number of what I believe are reasonably objective reports that they're attempting to present an accurate picture. The fact is, this is a very complex problem. What is an accurate picture? Is it our slums or our lovely rural territory? Is it Mr. Eisenhower or Mr. McCarthy? This is a very complex problem. We are not experts in this area. DO NOT WASTE OR DESTROY FACTS FORUM NEWS After you have finished reading it, leave it in a waiting room or lobby, or otherwise make it available to others. Russia, of course, has brought about a revolution through the use of propaganda and the "big lie" technique. It lakes a free society a little while to find what arc the effective and honest methods—which are the only kind it can use in dealing with the world. We've been a little clumsy in doing that, but those who have objectively studied this problem say we're making progress. And the one thing that all of them agree upon, who have any degree of objectivity, is that we must continue and find the means of being more ef- fective in this area. That, to me, is the important topic — how to be effective in the future instead of constantly looking at the past and running down the I n i led States. Mr. Castle: I don't run down the United States. I'm just as patriotic an American as there is. And now to be specific. Actually there is no Russian propaganda as such abroad. The Russians know that all Europeans hate and distrust both domestic and foreign propaganda, so they avoid it. And here are examples from personal inspection. In the heart of Cairo, Egypt, they conducted a number of widely publicized trade fairs for the masses of Egyptians. In Cairo our immense propaganda establishment, a six-story building, is located in the ultra-swank foreign residential district, in the embassy section — heavily guarded by Egyptian soldiers and strictly out-of-bounds for the Arab masses. In Paris, France, where we have block-long buildings bulging with propagandists in seventeen different high- priced American locations, the Soviet Agency has one press attache and some books. Roth the attache and the books are hard to find. I looked for them. The Soviets — through their embassies—direct the card-carrying nationals whom they trust within a country. They concentrate their operations in the poorer sections where the working masses live. They operate very much like the late Tom Pendergast's ward-heelers used to control their political badlands in Kansas City and like the Tammany district workers provide turkeys at holiday time and coal in wintertime to their controlled voters in New York City. The Russians leave propaganda and its foul odor strictly to the L1SIA. Prof. Norton: I think that of the ridiculous statements I've heard in recent years, the one that the Russian regime carries on no propaganda deserves a prize. Mr. Castle: I'll take the prize. Prof. Norton: We know that they spend some three billion dollars. We know that 1,400,000 highly trained, skillful propagandists in Russia are sending all over the world all kinds of misinformation lies. All you have to do Page 27
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