The Proprieties of Propaganda

Bliven, Bruce
April 1956
New Republic;4/2/56, Vol. 134 Issue 14, p21
The article focuses on the book "Facts to a Candid World," by Oren Stephens. The most important thing for the U.S. is, that they continue to be strong, at home and abroad. The strength of the U.S. abroad depends mostly on what it does and what it says to the world about it. It is argued that public opinion should be taken into account in determining national policy, as well as in its enunciation and execution. Good propaganda should be purposeful, dignified, straightforward, factual, credible and meaningful. This description is, of course, pretty obvious, and so is Stephens' description of a good propagandist, that he should be a dedicated person, should know the U.S., understand people and politics, and be a master of the technical tools of his trade.


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