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  •  I cite them because they have a good summary (3+ / 0-)

    You can certainly go to the exacct language of the bill.
    It pertains only to State and the BBG, and it covers only material intended for distribution overseas.

    Except as provided in paragraph (2), the Secretary and the Broadcasting Board of Governors may, upon request and reimbursement of the reasonable costs incurred in fulfilling such a request, make available, in the United States, motion pictures, films, video, audio, and other materials prepared for dissemination abroad or disseminated abroad
    No funds authorized to be appropriated to the Department of State or the Broadcasting Board of Governors shall be used to influence public opinion in the United States.
    The provisions of this section shall apply only to the Department of State and the Broadcasting Board of Governors and to no other department or agency of the Federal Government.’.
    http://www.govtrack.us/...

    “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

    by Catte Nappe on Wed Jul 17, 2013 at 10:59:19 AM PDT

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    •  I think it's naive to think this... (0+ / 0-)

      "lifting of the ban" on domestic propaganda as being innocuous.

      You keep saying that it means they're just going to start piping in VoA and Radio Free Europe. While that may be true; what's to stop them from developing other programs?

      I believe that propaganda will be come in any number of ways, shapes and forms. These guys are masters of agitprop. And our government just codified it for domestic consumption. It's unwise to give them the benefit of the doubt here. Our federal government deserves no such consideration at this point in time.

      They'll develop radio/tv programming and with attractive spokespeople that deliver just the right amount of truth to make what they're selling seem credible -- while at the same time strategically injecting a proportionate amount of agitprop into the mix.

      And it's bound to go beyond that to eventually include press releases and external memorandum from regulatory agencies, Congress and the White House. We already have enough of a problem squeezing the truth out of our government.

      That arduous task has just become exponentially more difficult... and more complex.

      'Cuz freedom can't protect itself ~~ EFF ~ EPIC ~ ACLU

      by markthshark on Wed Jul 17, 2013 at 06:59:16 PM PDT

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      •  So, who to trust as a source? (0+ / 0-)

        And don't all of these government agencies already
        issue press and news releases? Should we foot the bill
        for commercial advertising and related marketing? Aren't
        advertising costs included in the price of everything we buy?

        Do I trust an anonymous blogger
        or my own sheeple eyes and ears?

        If my tinfoil blocks out corporate and government
        frequencies, what can I use against agitprop internet
        unicorn outrage glitterati? Will these rainbows work?

        How can we address and solve global issues without
        granting sovereignty to ourselves beyond the nation state?

        Obviously, those who fear and distrust their own elected
        leaders are not going to be a source for needed solutions
        in the political and economic systems now extant.

        Exactly where, and what, are your solutions?

      •  Read the effing bill (0+ / 0-)
        No funds authorized to be appropriated to the Department of State or the Broadcasting Board of Governors shall be used to influence public opinion in the United States.
        The provisions of this section shall apply only to the Department of State and the Broadcasting Board of Governors and to no other department or agency of the Federal Government.’.
        No ban on domestic propaganda was lifted. The only ban that was lifted was the one that prevented us from viewing/hearing what they were already disseminating in foreign countries.

        “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

        by Catte Nappe on Thu Jul 18, 2013 at 09:23:49 AM PDT

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