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Consider the reach of Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Radio and TV Mart, Radio Free Asia and the Middle East Broadcasting Networks’ Alhurra TV and Radio Sawa — all U.S. produced, and all under the umbrella of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, an independent federal agency.

The audience numbers are, well, staggering. The global media networks reached an estimated 206 million people per week in 2013, including large audiences in countries that are strategically critical for U.S. foreign policy, the agency says. The total is up by 31 million since last year, incidentally.

Consider that the typical Super Bowl viewership is around 110 million. Fox News draws in about 1.8 million viewers a night.

“Our journalists produce high-quality programming, and we’re finding fresh ways to innovate in content delivery. This makes it possible for the networks supported by the BBG to reach these record-breaking audiences,” said Jeff Shell, chairman of the broadcast agency.

“We help to nurture and sustain free, open, democratic societies by supporting free press and free expression, and by conveying the American democratic experience to countries where the media are not free,” he adds.

A short aside here: Way to go, and thanks.


It’s complicated but the numbers ring true: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie now leads Hillary Rodham Clinton by 45 to 40 percent in an early bird presidential matchup among Iowa voters. More women back Mrs. Clinton, but more men and independents back Mr. Christie by wide margins, all according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday.

In July, a similar survey found the pair tied, 41 to 41 percent.

The change, says pollster Peter Brown, “reflects a general improvement for Republicans, almost certainly related to the controversy over Obamacare.”


“Too much Pluribus, not enough Unum.”

Bumper sticker spotted in Annapolis, Md.


64 parent of Americans say the Obamacare sign-up site is not working; 23 percent say it is “working as it should.”

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