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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 2, February 1956
Alternate Title Facts Forum News, Vol. V, No. 2, February 1956
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date February 1956
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
Place
  • Dallas, Texas
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  • journals (periodicals)
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  • Text
Identifier AP2.F146 v. 5 1956; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries
  • Facts Forum News
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Transcript RADIO FREE EUROPE'S OWN STORY BEGINS ON PAGE 16 OF THIS ISSUE , the Soviet I ihe arrival in (,., many A Close-up View of ■s of Kadio «" Europe I'rcss. rusadc's anti' lind Ihe li"" that the Crt' „,v for "tl>* -anizing St"- list the Pe" scare a Col" "Boo!" Vo« Letter, , Nov. 2K, 19" Radio Free Europe By JIRI BRADA Itimate tesl paga id;. 'A Installment Two of Three Installments ■ actions "'.' •t, RFE iss its listeners iral supp"rt- ccordancel desires. A"1 J ting ea.m;;1, te action W to lb...'-;."'; set out to" its win c'i'p so they inditions l.llllists \i° months, auj .ants on HUJ rined H 3d to indiv* or this m.'^ on RFE's ^ me Minis'* rst Secrete ,ody of ev*| tiveness "t, ■ Euro] rical wartag the Cold] Onlv t'1" world's frf, of politic'1' eooper.it'% >aganda £ topped, -|||! imework '''..' ;eale that*! tempted ",, d dvi. to resl where j', •ss has l'u ee Europe'^ fector ./.<;;;, Soviet ca% Catholic <■■' , and OvA Februaim INASMUCH as Radio Free Europe is controlled and stalled by socialists, pro-Communists. World Federalists and other assorted internationalists, we should not be surprised to 'earn that ineffective and harmful programs, and even broadcasts amounting '<> sabotage, have characterized its spe- Cinc policies. Particularly noteworthy features comprise: 1. The repetition of banalities — "truth-telling." — I he "People's Program." 3. Attacks on petty Communists and protection of Communist bosses. 1 Defense of American pro-Communist errors. 5. Broadcasts amounting to sabotage. 6- The spreading of recognizable and destructive lies. '• Failure to propagate German- Czech and German-Polish reconciliation. "• Occasional advice to follow Communist suggestions. Leninist incitement to premature revolts. Propagation of decadent literature and music. Propagation of internationalism and racial merger. '-■ Praise for the New Dealers, and criticism of conservative Americans. REPETITION OF BANALITIES *or many a vear, a disproportionate amount of broadcast time, be it out of j'K'Ptness or actually malicious intent, Mas been allotted by Radio Free Eu- rope to the never-ending reiteration of , facts Fomum News, February. 1956 9. 10. U. Mr. Brada stated in his first installment, which appeared last month, that Radio Free Europe stands for appeasement and reconciliation, anil that it attacks Russian imperialism, hut not communism. Horn in Czechoslovakia, he fled across the Czech-Austrian holder in 1948 to escape demands of the Communist government that he furnish lln in with information. He is now a journalist in Germany. This series will he concluded in our March issue. banalities. We might identify this curious practice as fiFE's special little game of "telling the truth." It goes somewhat like this: — the Communists call Americans imperialists; Americans are not imperialists. — the Communists claim that they want peace; Communists don t want peace. — the Communists claim that the American economy is bad; the American economy is good. Of what avail is the production of such trivialities? Can there be any doubt that the endless repetition of such trite assertions spreads boredom and turns away potential listeners? If at least RFE's broadcasters made a sustained effort to explain why Ameri cans are not imperialists, and why their economy excels that of the col- lectivists, listeners might be inspired to do some constructive thinking. The nature of RFE's script writers and editors, of course, forbids any such sensible procedure; for collectivists cannot be expected to expose the impotence of collectivism. In a certain way, RFE prides itself on being "specific" in the stale little game of "telling the truth." As an example, the reporter of a broadcast delivered on May 3rd, 1953, at 8:45 a.m., stated: "In Hungary there are obvious supply deficiencies . . . Canned food has gone bad . . . There is a lack of sugar in Rulgaria . . . Poland suffers from a shortage of fish . . ." This sort of news, of course, is no news behind the Iron Curtain. If the economic failure of the Soviet realm were explained as the inevitable result of state intervention, listeners might find it proper to heed such programs. Another part of the quaint little truth-telling game consists of reporting concrete conditions and happenings from the world of the slave labor camps. Inasmuch as there cannot be any suggestions regarding the termination of these horrors, the effect of these reports is exactly what the Communist leaders desire, i.e., to lame the will of the people by striking terror into their hearts. Until May 1. 1954. this sort of aimless and uncoordinated "truth-telling" seemed to be RFE's principal task. Then-at last-a definite over-all program was announced. Does this mean liberation? Let us look and see. The "Program of the People's Opposition," proposed on Labor Day, 1954, at 10:10 a.m., and frequently re- Page 23
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