By Arch Puddington
“A ground-breaking historical past of RFE-RL that's either erudite and a satisfaction to learn. . . . might be useful rescue the radios from the ‘memory gap’ to which their detractors try to consign them.”—American Spectator “Useful to someone attracted to the trivialities of yankee international coverage in jap Europe after global warfare II.”—Washington put up booklet international “A high-quality 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 received 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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3 million during the fifties. At the 24 • BROADCASTING FREEDOM same time, the government was plowing funds into the crusade to enable it to sustain its fund-raising activities, to the tune of more than $2 million in both 1951 and 1952. Eventually, the government contribution stabilized at about 37 percent of total receipts. 6 To be fair, RFE did not claim that it was funded by the crusade when journalists would ask about money sources. ” In those days reporters understood the unwritten rules of the game, and no one probed too deeply into RFE’s financial affairs.
The FEC leadership was comprised of men who combined a hatred of communism with a powerful belief in democracy, liberal internationalism, and American virtue. Jackson and Grew, for example, were strong advocates of pan-European federation as a means of ensuring that instability in the region did not trigger yet a third global conflict. Nor was Jackson inclined to endorse John Foster Dulles’s view that communism represented a dire threat to the future of Western civilization. ” Jackson, in fact, shrewdly understood that communism would quickly collapse without the power of Soviet armaments to prop it up: “If the present Russian regime were to disappear and somehow or other the Russian dynamic of conquest .
16 Joining Grew on the committee was an “A” list of powerful men representing government, the military, business, the press, and organized labor. A. ; and Frank Altschul, a prominent New York investment banker. This was an eminent group, especially when the names of interested nonmembers such as Wisner, Kennan, and John Foster Dulles are added. 17 Initially, the FEC divided its program into three separate units: exile relations, radio, and American contacts. The exiles were segregated by political loyalties: there were separate organizations for Socialist exiles, Catholic Party exiles, Peasant Party exiles, and so on.
Broadcasting Freedom: The Cold War Triumph of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty by Arch Puddington