Broadcasting Freedom: The Cold War Triumph of Radio Free by Arch Puddington

By Arch Puddington

“A ground-breaking historical past of RFE-RL that's either erudite and a satisfaction to learn. . . . can help you rescue the radios from the ‘memory gap’ to which their detractors try to consign them.”—American Spectator “Useful to an individual drawn to the trivialities of yankee overseas coverage in japanese Europe after international battle II.”—Washington publish publication international “A fantastic telling of a bit identified U.S. venture that avoided the evil empire from workout a monopoly on information and opinion.”—First issues “No one degree gained the chilly War—but Radio unfastened Europe and Radio Liberty may be within the first rank of these getting the top medals. Puddington tells the tale with kind and grace.”—R. James Woolsey

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The undersigned has now been officially informed. ”19 A few CIA employees were posted directly to the RFE staff in Munich or in corporate headquarters in New York. 20 The agency also had a decisive role in chief staff appointments. The natural tension between RFE and the diplomats posted to Eastern Europe was accentuated after Eastern Europe underwent deStalinization. As the regimes’ isolation gave way to more normal contacts with Western diplomats, regime complaints about RFE broadcast were taken more seriously by American ambassadors and, at times, by the State Department in Washington.

We identify Communist collaborators by name. We give their address and give an account of their misdeeds. ”21 A sober-minded banker and philanthropist, Altschul was not ordi- “It Will Be Seen Who Is Right” • 15 narily inclined to flights of rhetorical exaggeration. On this occasion, he seems to have been carried away with enthusiasm for the new enterprise, as there is no evidence that RFE broadcasts actually advocated political murder. On the other hand, RFE was clearly regarded as a principal instrument of psychological warfare, a concept much in vogue in the immediate postwar period.

4 The Voice of Free Poland, meanwhile, had become the most influential source of news in Poland, a remarkable achievement for a foreign radio station whose signal was frequently rendered unlistenable by jamming. The Voice of Free Poland had attained what RFE had originally set out to do: win acceptance as surrogate home service, with all that implied for the totalitarian project. Polish communism could no longer claim a media monopoly or even media domination. The party retained political power, of course.

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