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The ExCom did not originally include a representative from USIA. Three days into the crisis Murrow’s deputy, Don Wilson, joined ExCom to represent the agency, Ed Murrow being sick with a lung condition. 47 But there were costs. The key to the Cuban missile crisis lay in ensuring that the world understood the US position. There could be no room for equivocation or mixed signals. For this reason the USIA decided to take the unprecedented step of taking direct control of the Voice of America. On the morning of Sunday 21 October, Wilson called his policy chief, the old USIA hand Burnett Anderson, into his office and instructed him to ‘go down to the Voice of America now, and stay there until further notice… You are personally responsible for every word said on the air’.
9 This article will focus on the story of Admiral Nakhimov, which, unlike the other three films, survived the critique, even going on to win a prestigious Stalin Prize after its release in 1947. The story of the making of the film, and of its survival, cannot be fully understood without an appreciation of contemporary Soviet thinking on cinema and its role. 10 In this respect, the USSR’s relationship with Hollywood was crucial. The USSR was engaged in a permanent ‘dialogue’ with American cinema, which served as a primary point of reference and a source of self-definition.
629; Interview: Clifford Groce, 30 Nov. 1995; also Frank Cummins and Bernie Kamenske; ‘TV: Defence for Murrow’, New York Times, 28 March 1961. Murrow 35 15. Interview (telephone) Tad Szulc, 30 Oct. X, Cuba, 1961–1962, doc. 144–5. 475. Szulc’s story appeared in the New York Times in much eviscerated form on 7 April 1961. 16. FRUS, 1961–1963, Vol. X, doc. 623–4; JFKL USIA director files, reel 7, Loomis to Murrow, IBS Monthly Report, 5 May 1961. 17. JFKL USIA director files, reel 7, Loomis to Murrow, IBS Monthly Report, 5 May 1961.
Across the Blocs: Exploring Comparative Cold War Cultural and Social History (Cold War History) by Patrick Major, Rana Mitter