Monday, October 5, 2015

Mistaken Support for Hamas & U.S. Government Agency

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The Broadcasting Board of Governors is a United States government agency whose defined goal is to “deliver accurate news and information to significant and strategic audiences overseas… and to serve as a trustworthy source of news and as an example of a free, professional press in countries that lack independent media.”

The BBG is hosting a board meeting at the headquarters of the Middle East Broadcasting Networks on October 8, 2015, where among the attendees will be Michael Kempner of MWW PR Group.
That meeting will see Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel present his plans and discuss the region.  Stengel is a former editor of Time Magazine – who had “mistakenly” previously tweeted support for Hamas. While at Time, he oversaw an article the magazine ran, “Why Israel Doesn’t Care About Peace.”
The week prior to the article, Stengel made an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” to publicize the story which contained claims such as, “.. Israelis don’t care about peace because they are making money, enjoying the sun, they don’t care; they have sidewalk cafes in their ‘bubble'; no urgency for peace.
Is this appropriate for a US government agency?
Joey Levy writes frequently on American propaganda efforts.

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