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July 1952 - Sixth Semiannual Report by the United States Advisory Commission on Information to the Congress


   
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Commission Members:
Mark A. May, chairman
Erwin D. Canham
Philip D. Reed
Ben Hibbs
 

Summary

In this report, the Commission recommended for the new “campaign of truth” offensive to classify countries under priority groups, target specific groups of people, select the most effective methods and channels of communication, and systematically study the enemy. The report also advocated for increased domestic public acceptance of information programs—as well as better communication between field officers and Washington DC, different agencies in the US, and Foreign Service and Information officers.

Quotations

"The main purpose of the program today is to convince the peoples of the world, and particularly leaders and opinion molders, that the United States (1) wants world peace with freedom for all and (2) wants every nation to be free to form its own government and manage its own affairs and (3) wants a higher standard of living for the masses of people the world over."

"Although the present objectives for the world as a whole, for the various regions, and countries have been fairly well formulated on paper, there is a continuing need for reemphasis, further explanation, and amplification."

"In psychological warfare it is just as important to have a knowledge of the strength and tactics of the enemy as it is in a shooting war."

"We find that many of the current criticisms of the information program are based on the assumption that it is still boasting about assembly lines, tiled baths, high mountains, and deep canyons in a manner which is not acceptable or useful for foreign consumption."

"The Commission is aware that Public Law 402 prohibits the use of funds appropriated for the program for informing the American public about it. We understand the reasons for this prohibition. Yet, we believe that the American taxpayers are entitled to know how their money is spent."



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