edward r. murrow

Edward R. Murrow

Philip Seib reviews Gregory Tomlin's work on the former USIA director.

This new video from C-Span explores the "existential crisis" affecting news media outlets, governments and public diplomacy practitioners in the digital era, with a special hat tip to USC's exemplary public diplomacy programs.

Gregory M. Tomlin on Edward R. Murrow and international broadcasting.

Today, Edward R. Murrow’s name is synonymous with integrity in journalism. He reported from the frontlines during World War II and took on Joe McCarthy’s communist witchhunt in the 1950s. But what’s less well known to Americans today is his role as the country’s leading propagandist in the early 1960s. A new book by Gregory M. Tomlin called "Murrow’s Cold War: Public Diplomacy for the Kennedy Administration" seeks to remedy that.

U.S. needs more money for more soft power outreach abroad, but Congress and President must first reform Broadcasting Board of Governors. [...] We don't spend enough money on U.S. government propaganda abroad now, and we did not spend enough money on it during the Cold War, but we were spending money and getting the message across much more effectively during the Cold War than we do now. 

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Is anyone better positioned to ‘inform and influence’ international audiences today?

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