Obama Spending $2.7 Mil to Broadcast Communist Propaganda to Vietnam

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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You would think that once we were out of Vietnam, we could stop spending money on Vietnam.

You would also think that the Department of Health and Human Services would have better places to spend millions of dollars especially considering the shape Medicare is in.

The Department of Health and Human Services is spending $2,797,979 on a study that brings television to more than a dozen remote villages in Vietnam to study its impact on their culture and reproductive behavior.

“In cooperation with the Vietnam government, we have selected 14 villages in a remote, mountainous area of Vietnam that currently lacks electricity,” according to the grant description for ‘Television and International Family Change: A Randomized Experiment.’

“Treatment villages will receive televisions and generators with gasoline to operate the televisions. Control villages will not receive generators or televisions.”

The principal investigator of the study, Dr. Rukmalie Jayakody of the Penn State Population Research Center, tells CNSNews.com that while groundwork for the study began in 2010, the televisions and generators were just installed this past August.

Can we have a study in which we take away money from government bureaucrats in the United States while using government bureaucrats in Vietnam as a control group to see which country goes bankrupt faster?

Instead we’re funding the broadcast of Communist propaganda to rural Vietnamese villages like the anniversary celebration of the Communist Party pictured above.

  • glpage

    Given they are installing gasoline generators to power those TVs, perhaps the study should be entitled The Effects of CO2 and Other Man-made Pollutants on Remote Hilltop Vietnamese Villages.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      One wasteful study paves the way for the next

  • Veracious_one

    apparently the government must have a department whose sole job is to come up with new useless ways to waste money.

    • USARetired

      Of course, O’Bozo’s main agenda, Bankrupt America!

  • nqk123

    this person does not watch much of vietnam shows. I visited vietnam several times and my language proficiency is well enough to understand most of it. Believe me, their television shows contain much less propaganda agenda than most of our shows.

    • sybarite123

      Agreed! Our MSM are insidiously redolent of the ‘Leftist Agenda’ that seeks to control American Society because it is convinced that it knows better! “Agenda 21′, the United Nations’ Document’, is, of course, the real Hidden Agenda of the Left.

  • Tran Hai

    Greenfield should focus on the Middle-East and not on a country he knows absolute nothings about, much less writing about it. The program he referred to actually advocates, in Vietnamese, all the things in favor to America and especially to conservative Americans. It is too bad Greenfield does not understand a word of Vietnamese to know.
    Next time, check it out before writing. That is basic journalism!

    • Boogie’s Daddy

      It doesn’t matter to me if they watch reruns of Queen For A Day. That’s my hard earned money going down the crapper. I could have used that to pay for my insurance.

      • Tran Hai

        Agreed. But then tell Greenfield not to waste our tax money on the Middle East !!!

  • Sally Smith

    Obama supporters will go hysterical over this well sourced list of 539 examples of his lying, lawbreaking, corruption, cronyism, etc. http://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/obama-252/

  • truebearing

    The cultural and reproductive effects of television on poor people? Why do they need to go to Vietnam to figure that out? Look at what it has done to the poor in America.

    Show the villagers some of our reality tv shows. That will cure them of television, or convince them America has been converted into a giant mental institution.

  • lorilett

    so, are they acknowledging the possibility that tv can be detrimental to family life? (obviously, they want population control, and the countryside Vietnamese must be having too many babies. shame on them… /sarc.) This is the most evil government yet.

  • richinnameonly

    The most frustrating, idiotic people are in government. And the government says, “There’s plenty of money, we just don’t have enough of it”! I remember a government study many years ago spending many hard earned tax dollars to study why people fall in love. Freaking idiots robbing us blind to justify their existence.

    • hadenough57

      I beg to differ about the most frustrating idiotic people being in government. The most frustrating and stupid people are the ones that vote for the people that are in government, especially the ones that vote for democrats and progressive republicans. Prime examples that “you can’t fix stupid”!

  • heinzng1

    Good gov. is helping people, bad gov. is “legally a gangster group” who legally collect people monies and spread its propaganda to control society.

  • Lou Hodges

    Good. Maybe they can watch the same crap we have to watch.

  • Gary Rawnsley

    A ridiculous headline for a ridiculous article. There is no suggestion of broadcasting propaganda, and the author overlooks the positive benefits of bringing communications and media to areas that otherwise have no access. More analytical context please