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megimoo
02-17-2011, 01:17 AM
President Obama's propaganda priorities are becoming clearer. Does the community activist-in-chief care about a billion Chinese and what they know about their dictatorial government? Community organizers are supposed to speak truth to power. How can the Chinese people speak truth to power when they are cut off from learning the truth?


Bill Gertz of the Washington Times reports: The Obama administration will cancel shortwave radio broadcasts by Voice of America into China this year, as Beijing is expanding its propaganda operations in the United States and around the world.

Critics of the broadcasting cuts, announced Monday, said major reductions in staff and shortwave broadcasts will sharply curtail an important outlet for unfiltered news and information for large numbers of people in China, especially areas such as Tibet and western Xinjiang province, where pro-democracy forces are opposing Chinese rule.

"This is another alarming sign that America is cowering before China‘s gangster regime," said Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, California Republican and member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. "The Chinese people are our greatest allies, and the free flow of information is our greatest weapon."

The cuts were outlined as a cost-cutting measure in the fiscal 2012 budget report of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, VOA's parent agency.....We are told that a new focus will be directed towards digital media.This is wrongheaded on many levels. The internet is quite easy to filter or just cut off. Plus, many people in remote areas lack access to the internet:

Critics of the broadcasting cuts, announced Monday, said major reductions in staff and shortwave broadcasts will sharply curtail an important outlet for unfiltered news and information for large numbers of people in China, especially areas such as Tibet and western Xinjiang province, where pro-democracy forces are opposing Chinese rule. "This is another alarming sign that America is cowering before China‘s gangster regime," said Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, California Republican and member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. "The Chinese people are our greatest allies, and the free flow of information is our greatest weapon."


Apparently, the Chinese were not cooperating by refusing to provide affiliates to rebroadcast programs through Chinese radio stations and America was afraid to push the issue for fear that American academics might not be welcomed into China. That is appalling: placing some US academics -- who normally favor the nations and regimes that study -- above a billion Chinese people yearning for liberty. Former Broadcast Board of Governors member Blanquita Cullum said now is not the time to limit broadcasts into closed societies like communist China.

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2011/02/obama_cuts_off_voa_funding_for.html