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Mon Jun 15, 2020, 08:40 PM

Voice of America top officials resign as Trump-appointed CEO takes over international network

Source: CNN

Two top officials at Voice of America resigned on Monday as an appointee of President Trump prepares to take control of the international network and other US federally-funded media operations. The resignations were long in the making.

The Trump administration had been trying to get its nominee, Michael Pack, through the Senate confirmation process for two years.

Earlier this month, after Trump applied additional pressure, the Republican-controlled Senate voted Pack through, adding to a sense of apprehension at Voice of America, VOA for short, about what comes next.

VOA director Amanda Bennett and deputy director Sandy Sugawara, both veteran journalists, bid farewell to the staff on Monday morning.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/15/media/voice-of-america-top-officials-resign/index.html

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Jun 15, 2020, 08:43 PM

1. Well there's another one for

Biden's Honey-do list.

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Response to Turbineguy (Reply #1)

Mon Jun 15, 2020, 08:46 PM

3. Thanks for making me smile.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Jun 15, 2020, 08:46 PM

2. VOA has had its up's & down's over the decades but looks like it will be downhill from now on

I used to listen to the VOA during the cold war years with my shortwave. It had a purpose and was used for both news and propaganda. Probably just a news network now, haven't tuned in for over a decade.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Jun 15, 2020, 08:57 PM

4. Never heard of it.

Does VOA hold any influence over anything? Have they been a trusted news source in the past?

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Response to rownesheck (Reply #4)

Mon Jun 15, 2020, 09:26 PM

5. They have had a pretty decent reputation up to now.

They broadcast in a LOT of countries (they do not have any programming targeting the US), and they have a pretty strong set of journalistic principles to prevent becoming a pure propaganda outlet. They are an official outlet for the USA, though, so they have a definite pro-America message, but they tend to stay pretty neutral. They have specific firewalls in place to try to prevent political influence in their coverage.

Years ago when I was stationed in Germany we would get news on the Armed Forces Radio & Television Service (AFRTS at that time), and it was definitely slanted in one direction. On the swing or midnight shift we'd bring in a shortwave radio and listen to Radio Moscow, which we knew had pretty much the exact opposite slant. We knew the real story was usually somewhere in the middle.

When we'd tune in VOA, CBC, BBC, Deutsche Welle, or a few others we'd generally get a very neutral version of the story.

VOA officials resigning over this new appointment is VERY disturbing to hear, but they may find that they really don't have as much latitude to change the tone of the programming as they think they do with the checks and balances they have in place. They are an official US outlet (government employees) and have very specific laws and rules to follow.

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Response to rownesheck (Reply #4)

Mon Jun 15, 2020, 09:28 PM

6. It's a pretty serious operation with a history dating back to 1942 ...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voice_of_America

Voice of America (VOA) is a U.S.[1] multimedia agency which serves as the United States government institution for non-military, external broadcasting. It is the largest U.S. international broadcaster. VOA produces digital, TV, and radio content in 47 languages which it distributes to affiliate stations around the globe. It is primarily viewed by foreign audiences, so VOA programming has an influence on public opinion abroad regarding the United States and its people.

VOA is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and overseen by the U.S. Agency for Global Media, an independent agency of the U.S. government.[4] Funds are appropriated annually by Congress under the budget for embassies and consulates. In 2016, VOA broadcast an estimated 1,800 hours of radio and TV programming each week to approximately 236.6 million people worldwide with about 1,050 employees and a taxpayer-funded annual budget of US$218.5 million

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Response to rownesheck (Reply #4)

Mon Jun 15, 2020, 10:08 PM

8. Doesn't take too much effort to look up VOA. Or since you don't know it either: RFE.

There have been a lot of broadcast services (radio/TV) from the US over the years. Some are obviously propaganda but VOA and RFE were pretty good.

With the internet many more sources of independent information have been available.

But all are subject to manipulation of the messages, whether by states or by personal influences.

Don't trust your information from any single source. Actually listen to some opposing sources to try and triangulate the truth. And remember, if it sounds like you're in an echo chamber, then you are in an echo chamber, then you are in an echo chamber, ... Oh, wait - I'm typing this on DU.


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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Jun 15, 2020, 10:00 PM

7. "And now from our latest news affiliate! - The Voice Of America" (signed RT.com)

In a shorter form: VOA becomes another trumputin outlet.

fux/oan

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Jun 15, 2020, 10:37 PM

9. Can VOA journalistic firewalls stop the Trump conflagration

In a couple of responses the commenters point out VOA has always tried to keep the reporting fairly strait and has firewalls in place to maintain that integrity. Never before have any US governmental entities had to deal with Donald J. Trump and his sycophants. In another thread there is this. Ugh!

https://www.democraticunderground.com/100213599755

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Jun 15, 2020, 11:54 PM

10. Trump's and RepubliCONs actions like this one

should frighten the living shit out of all Americans.........

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jun 16, 2020, 05:56 AM

11. White House, April: Amid a Pandemic Voice of America Spends Your Money to Promote Foreign Propaganda

Fri Apr 10, 2020: White House blames the Voice of America

It's time to play "Who's to Blame?" Let's meet today's contestant, the Voice of America.

<Applause>

You might ask "what brought this on?" Well, there was a reporter from the VOA at one of the recent dog and pony shows (owners of dogs and ponies, please don't bother to complain) who asked a question Glorious Leader did not like. I'll link to it.

Here it is. It originally appeared at 1600 Daily.

Thu Apr 2, 2020: Remarks by Trump, Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing, 04-01-20

Q What about waiving visa restrictions for —

THE PRESIDENT: But I am glad you asked that question because we want the farmers — they’ve had this for years. We want the farmers to be able to get the people that have been working those farms for years or we’re not going to have farms. So they’re going to come in and they’re going to be given a certain pass. And we’re going to check them very, very closely, especially over the next month.

Because remember, after a month or so — I think once this passes, we’re not going to have to be, hopefully, worried too much about the virus.

But we want them to come in. We’re not closing the border so that we can’t get any of those people to come in. They’ve been there for years and years, and I’ve given the commitment to the farmers: They’re going to continue to come. Or we’re not going to have any farmers. Okay?

Yeah. One more question.

Q What about waiving visa restrictions for immigrant doctors?

THE PRESIDENT: Who are you with, by the way?

Q I am with Voice of America.

THE PRESIDENT: Boy. Amazing.

Q So what about waiving these restrictions on immigrant doctors?

THE PRESIDENT: Okay. Who else, please?

{snip}

END

7:18 P.M. EDT

Well. Here's this morning's blamefest:

FOREIGN POLICY

Amid a Pandemic, Voice of America Spends Your Money to Promote Foreign Propaganda

April 10, 2020 3 minute read

This story first appeared in 1600 Daily, the White House’s evening newsletter. Subscribe now to get breaking news from President Trump before anyone else.

Voice of America is a global news network funded by American taxpayers. It spends about $200 million each year on its mission to “tell America’s story” and “present the policies of the United States clearly and effectively” to people around the globe.

Today, however, VOA too often speaks for America’s adversaries—not its citizens.

The Coronavirus pandemic is no exception. Secrecy from the Communist Party of China allowed the deadly virus to spread across the world.

Journalists should report the facts, but VOA has instead amplified Beijing’s propaganda. This week, VOA called China’s Wuhan lockdown a successful “model” copied by much of the world—and then tweeted out video of the Communist government’s celebratory light show marking the quarantine’s alleged end.

Even worse, while much of the U.S. media takes its lead from China, VOA went one step further: It created graphics with Communist government statistics to compare China’s Coronavirus death toll to America’s. As intelligence experts point out, there is simply no way to verify the accuracy of China’s numbers.

The Coronavirus story is just one example of this pattern. Last year, VOA helped highlight the Twitter feed of Iran Foreign Minister Javad Zarif while he was issuing threats against the U.S. and sharing Russian anti-U.S. propaganda videos.

“VOA will represent America,” its guiding Charter reads. And for years after its founding during World War II, VOA served that mission by promoting freedom and democracy across the world for audiences who longed for both.

Today, VOA is promoting propaganda instead—and your tax dollars are paying for it.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jun 16, 2020, 11:07 AM

12. "A well-placed VOA employee said there are internal discussions about a sizable shakeup coming ...

ListenHellboyHat Retweeted

OH HELL NO YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME



“A well-placed VOA employee said there are internal discussions about a sizable shakeup coming to the agency that may include former White House official and conservative radio host Sebastian Gorka taking on a leadership position.”


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