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The US does not believe that government enterprises should compete with private enterprises. The VOA was opposed for US broadcasts because it broadcasts can consist of repackaged American media, posing a direct threat to the markets of other media suppliers and raising the specter of creating an American version of the BBC.
CNN is not "permitted" to broadcast; CNN purchased studios and equipment from private companies, marketed itself to the public and was slowly adopted by every cable and satellite provider in the nation as a basic channel. The government does not own or operate CNN, it is a privately held company beholden to its stockholders alone. CNN has a right to perform its operations derived from the First Amendment guarantees of free press; CNN requires no permission, it is the government which requires permission to meddle in the affairs of CNN.
You have demonstrated your ignorance of US media. Were you an astute observer, you would have raised the PBS and its parent, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which is an SOE. The answer to why PBS competes and VOA does not is quite a bit simpler: at the time of its creation, a lot of people felt that TV was a wasteland dominated by the interests of the big three broadcasters. I, personally, feel that the rise of cable and Internet has ameliorated or eliminated the need to provide educational television (almost all of PBS is documentaries, documentary series like NOVA or shows for children) as a government service and thus the corporation should be privatized, left to sink or swim as the market sees fit.
The CIA and the FBI collide routinely because their operations, especially since 9.11, bring them closer to each other. Turf wars are common and have been since the inception of the CIA.
[ Last edited by interesting at 2008-1-15 04:02 AM ]