State Department memo says 'Friends,' 'Desperate Housewives,' and 'Michael Clayton' more effective than propaganda
Image Credit: Everett CollectionWant to spread American ideals around the world? Start with reruns of Friends.
One of the many government documents WikiLeaks released last week is a State Department memo titled “Ideological and Ownership Trends in the Saudi Media.” In it, unnamed Saudi sources tells U.S. officials that “the American programming on [privately-owned channels that air American shows] is winning over ordinary Saudis in a way that … U.S. propaganda never could,” according to ABC News. Among the most popular shows, according to the document, are Friends, Desperate Housewives, The Late Show with David Letterman, as well as the CBS and ABC Evening News. (Sorry, Brian Williams?)
An excerpt from the cable:
I’m guessing the second one of those dramas is When a Man Loves a Woman, but the first one has me stumped. Even Money? Not sure.
But are Friends and Desperate Housewives really the best we can do? Would Seinfeld have a similar effect? What about old 90210? Erin Brockovich? Silkwood?
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