Monthly Archives: August 2008

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U.S. Taxpayers Pay for Spreading Racist Views on Radio Liberty in Russia

What Would Barack Obama Say If He Knew… Commentary by Ted Lipien FreeMediaOnline.org, San Francisco, August 29, 2008 — Why would U.S. taxpayers want to help a nationalist Russian politician spread his racist and anti-immigrant views on a radio station, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL)?  Radio Liberty is based in Moscow and Prague but is managed by the bipartisan broadcasting Board of…

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Senator Biden Played Politics with U.S. International Broadcasting

 FreeMediaOnline.org, San Francisco, August 27, 2008 — Senator  Biden’s record of playing politics with U.S. international broadcasting gives credence to recent news reports that his Senate staff had a key role in stopping the Voice of America (VOA) radio broadcasts to Russia shortly before the Russian attack on Georgia.  Despite strong opposition in Congress, the bipartisan Broadcasting Board of Governors, which manages U.S. government-funded broadcasting…

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Health Inspectors Did Not Close Down Radio Liberty Affiliates in Russia, The Secret Police Did

FreeMediaOnline.org, August 25, 2008, San Francisco — Let me preface this post by saying that I’ve heard good things about Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty president Jeffrey Gedmin. According to my sources, he tries to ignore some of the more questionable directives from the Broadcasting Board of Governors and move the emphasis from the BBG-driven marketing focus back to content. But he has been doing this quietly and does not…

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Religion

A New Book About Pope John Paul II and Feminism Also Deals with Cold War Spying at the Vatican and Attempts to Influence Reporting by RFE/RL and VOA

I included here more information about “Wojtyla’s Women,” my book on Pope John Paul II and feminism. In the book, I discuss at some length the attempts of the Polish communist secret police and the KGB to recruit agents among Pope John Paul II’s friends, as well as their attempts to influence the reporting of journalists working at Radio Free…

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Followthemedia.com Asks Where Is VOA in Russian?

FreeMediaOnline.org, August 24, 2008, San Francisco — The Tickle File, ftm’s (www.followthemedia.com)  daily column of media news, asks about the absence on the airwaves of BBG Georgian and VOA Russian. FTM reported that “VOA has just dumped its  Russian language broadcast service (great timing but it still has a Russian language web site).” The BBC still has the Russian language radio…

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A New Book About Pope John Paul II and Feminism Also Deals with Cold War Spying at the Vatican and Attempts to Influence Reporting by RFE/RL and VOA

FreeMediaOnline.org, August 24, 2008, San Francisco — I included here more information about “Wojtyla’s Women,” my book on Pope John Paul II and feminism. In the book, I discuss at some length the attempts of the Polish communist secret police and the KGB to recruit agents among Pope John Paul II’s friends, as well as their attempts to influence the reporting of…

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International Broadcasting

Senator Biden’s Staff Said to Be Responsible for Weakening U.S. Foreign Broadcasts Prior to Russia’s Attack on Georgia

FreeMediaOnline.org, August 23, 2008, San Francisco — In a move seen as a foreign policy embarrassment for Senator Obama’s vice-presidential running mate, the Senate staff of Senator Joe Biden was said to be involved in stopping  the Voice of America (VOA) radio programs to Russia just 12 days before Moscow launched its military attack on Georgia.  VOA is an  international broadcasting service funded by the U.S.…

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International Broadcasting

Give BBG A Chance to Redeem Itself

FreeMediaOnline.org, August 22, 2008, San Francisco — A former Voice of America executive suggested that the BBG should be encouraged to repair the damage it had caused U.S. international broadcasting in Eurasia.  I agree. The suggestion was that the Board should take positive actions on its own rather than wait for Congress to force them to reverse the program cuts affecting Russia, Georgia,…

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Senator Biden’s Staff Said to Have Worked with Bush-Appointed Board to Kill Voice of America Radio to Russia Just Days Before the Attack on Georgia

 FreeMediaOnline.org, San Francisco, August 21, 2008 — In a move seen as a foreign policy and public diplomacy blunder, in which the Senate staff of Senator Joe Biden (D-DE) is said to be involved,  the Voice of America (VOA), an international broadcasting service funded by the U.S. Government, stopped its radio programs to Russia just 12 days before Moscow launched its military attack on Georgia. According to a…

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