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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
1. The repetition of banalities —
— I he "People's Program."
3. Attacks on petty Communists
and protection of Communist
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
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
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
— the Communists claim that they
want peace; Communists don t
— 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-