Nancy Snow

Nancy Snow is a Senior Visiting Research Professor and Abe Fellow at Keio University in Tokyo working on a book about Japan’s image in the world since 3/11. Her forthcoming book is Truth is the Best Propaganda: Edward R. Murrow's Speeches in the Kennedy Years (Miniver Press). She can be reached at www.NancySnow.com.

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Thursday, August 15, 2013
Oliver Stone in Tokyo: 'We Need Edward R. Murrow'
I've been a writer and observer of all things American propaganda ever since I worked at the United States Information Agency in Washington.
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Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Obama Wins (Really!)
Four years ago I predicted that John Kerry would win the presidential election. My gut told me so based on Kerry's more favorable showing among women, not the so-called security Moms or "W is for Women" camp, but rather those women who viewed security in a larger framework than just the Bush Doctrine. I also thought Kerry's stronger following from the under 35 voter would give him the edge over Bush.
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Friday, November 10, 2006
Howard Zinn: The People's Ambassador
The State Department announced Thursday that figure skater Michelle Kwan would become a public diplomacy ambassador representing sports and U.S. values to the world. The 26-year old five time world champion who vaulted onto the world figure skating stage at 15 is now a graduate student in political science and international relations at the University of Denver, alma mater of Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice. Kwan seems like a good safe choice to represent U.S. values in diversity and sports excellence.
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Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Iraq War: Truth and Arrogance
Do a Google search in the last 24 hours on the word "arrogance" and you'll find over 800 articles devoted to the remarks of a senior U.S. diplomat who dared to speak the truth about Iraq. A regular commentator on Al Jazeera, Alberto Fernandez, director of press and public diplomacy for Near Eastern Affairs, told the Arab-language network in a 35-minute interview: "We tried to do our best [in Iraq] but I think there is much room for criticism because, undoubtedly, there was arrogance and there was stupidity from the United States in Iraq."
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Saturday, May 14, 2005
Media is a Battlefield
Missouri morphed into the "Show Media" state as the 2005 National Conference on Media Reform got underway Friday in downtown St. Louis. The war in Iraq, this week's public protests and deaths in Afghanistan (remember, that's the war with the 'good' ending) over the desecration of the Koran at Guantanamo Bay, are inspiring many media writers, producers, and activists to paint the media as a symbiotic cog in that wheel we call the Military Industrial Complex. This time we're not along for the ride.
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Monday, March 14, 2005
The Propaganda Czar from Paris + Texas
'I understand that Karen Hughes was born in Paris.' --John Kerry, 2004
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Saturday, February 26, 2005
The Language Police: Gettin’ Jiggy with Frank Luntz
If you need any more confirmation that America is the numero uno propaganda nation, look no further than the GOP language maestro Frank Luntz, who has produced a memorandum of "The 14 Words Never to Use." Thanks to the Internet and the blogosphere, we mere mortals can get our grubby mitts on what the conservative elite persuader Luntz is doing to scrub our brains free of individual thoughts.
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Tuesday, January 18, 2005
Tall Order, Tough Questions
No one doubts that the U.S. Senate will confirm Dr. Condoleezza Rice as the next secretary of state, our nation's chief diplomat. How tough the next couple of days will be for the president's National Security Advisor under the global spotlight is less certain. Will the Senate Foreign Relations Committee genuflect to the secretary-designate as the 9/11 Commission mostly did when questioning Rice in public regarding what the administration knew about Al Qaida threats before 9/11?
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Saturday, October 30, 2004
Kerry Wins
Just days ago my students asked me to go out on a limb and predict the presidential election results. Since I teach a course this fall called "Political Communication and Elections" it was like catnip to this political animal. Cautioning that this was neither an endorsement nor do I have a margin of error of three percentage points, I said that my gut tells me Kerry will win. My class seems evenly divided between pro-Bush and pro-Kerry supporters (although I haven't asked them specifically), so there was a vocal rush of excitement from some of the students.
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Friday, March 19, 2004
We Aren't the World
There comes a time when we heed a certain call When the world must come together as one There are people dying Oh, and it's time to lend a hand to life The greatest gift of all.' -- "We Are the World (USA for Africa)" Do you want the bad news or the really bad news? First the bad news.
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