Of late, a lot of confusion at the BBG, IBB and all of U.S. international broadcasting. Confusion about the actual VOA mission codified in the VOA Charter and passed into law P.L.94-350, confusion about the actual distinct role of surrogate radio as opposed to VOA. Foreign policy guidelines? A thing of the past. National security and the national interests of the USA? No significance. Public diplomacy interests minimized. A whirlwind of excuses, finger-pointing, justifications, an onerous bureaucracy, dismal management policies, wrong-headed research, he said/she said/we said. A veritable Tower of Babel. All epitomized in this classic comedy skit of Abbott & Costello. Who’s on first…..

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