Proposed Government Information Service
WHETHER the United States shall continue in time of peace to practice some of the arts of organized persuasion which contributed to Allied victory in the war will shortly be decided by Congress. The question is raised by the State Department's request for an appropriation of $19 million to finance its world-wide cultural and information program during the next fiscal year. The program had a mixed reception in Congress. A part of it won quick support from most members, but another part was regarded with suspicion—as smacking of the propaganda activities carried on by totalitarian powers before the war.
When reporting the State Department appropriation bill, Apr. 9, the House Appropriations Committee slashed the funds for the information program to $10 million. ...