Facts & Rumors

The purse-proud House Appropriations Committee could not make up its mind about at least one item in the State Department budget—$31 million for the Office of International Information and Cultural Affairs.

To the committee members, as to many Congressmen, OIC seemed a windy, posturing, inefficient and expensive peace time version of the Office of War Information—in short, just another unnecessary excrescence of Government press-agentry. They suspected it as a present, or potential, spreader of political propaganda beneficial to the Democrats. Some of the U.S. modern art shows which OIC had thoughtlessly...

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