Fixing Uncle Sam’s global broadcasting arm is more important than ever

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Now more than ever, our nation must engage the the global war of ideas.

America’s adversaries — especially China, Russia, and Iran — have aggressively ramped up their disinformation and propaganda campaigns. At the same time, they are denying their own citizens access to the Internet and objective sources of news. The world needs to hear from us, and it needs to hear what America actually stands for: the principles enshrined in our Declaration of Independence and Constitution. We need to get the truth to those starved for it.

The US Agency for Global Media, formerly known as the Broadcasting Board of Governors, is the federal organization tasked with doing just that. I serve as its first presidentially appointed, congressionally-confirmed chief executive. It needs a turnaround badly, and I’m determined to deliver one.

During the Cold War, Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty —…

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