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Thu Jun 18, 2020, 12:02 AM Jun 2020

New U.S. broadcasting chief fires agency heads

Source: Politico

WASHINGTON — The new chief of U.S.-funded international broadcasting on Wednesday fired the heads of at least three outlets he oversees and replaced their boards with allies, in a move likely to raise fears that he intends to turn the Voice of America and its sister outlets into Trump administration propaganda machines.

U.S. Agency for Global Media CEO Michael Pack informed those he dismissed in email notices sent late Wednesday just hours after he had sought to play down those concerns in an email to staff saying he is committed to ensuring the independence of the broadcasters who are charged with delivering independent news and information to audiences around the world.

Two congressional aides said that among those removed from their positions were the head of Radio Free Asia, Bay Fang, the head of Radio Liberty/Radio Free Europe, Jamie Fly, and the head of the Middle East Broadcasting Network, Alberto Fernandez. The director and deputy director of the Voice of America, Amanda Bennett and Sandy Sugawara, had resigned from their positions on Monday.

Pack, a conservative filmmaker and one-time associate of President Donald Trump’s former political adviser Steve Bannon, said in a notices to those fired that he was taking the step consistent with his authority as the new CEO of the overall agency. It gave no reason for his decisions.

Read more: https://www.politico.com/news/2020/06/17/michael-park-voice-of-america-327713

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New U.S. broadcasting chief fires agency heads (Original Post) JoeOtterbein Jun 2020 OP
K&R sakabatou Jun 2020 #1
He's trying DENVERPOPS Jun 2020 #2
Warning!!! Newest Reality Jun 2020 #3
That's all we need from the Ministry of Truth, more Rush Limpballs telling lies. KS Toronado Jun 2020 #4
Don't unpack...you won't be around long enough to warm the seat. pecosbob Jun 2020 #5
That's why he is trying to do as much damage as quickly as possibly csziggy Jun 2020 #16
Add three more names to the list of Trumpists in government LastLiberal in PalmSprings Jun 2020 #6
"... he is committed to ensuring the independence of the broadcasters...." mahatmakanejeeves Jun 2020 #7
Checking off Putin's Bucket List, The Traitor in the White House. rickyhall Jun 2020 #8
Hey Congress! Kill VOAs funding...NOW! maxrandb Jun 2020 #9
I'm not gonna lie, I was one week ago years old when I first learned... SKKY Jun 2020 #10
K&R n/t Kitchari Jun 2020 #11
This is scary stuff. honest.abe Jun 2020 #12
White House, April: Amid a Pandemic Voice of America Spends Your Money to Promote Foreign Propaganda mahatmakanejeeves Jun 2020 #13
So, if we saw this in another country what would we say? mahatmakanejeeves Jun 2020 #14
Adding a link mahatmakanejeeves Jun 2020 #15


(9,133 posts)
2. He's trying
Thu Jun 18, 2020, 12:27 AM
Jun 2020

to be a "Putin" who has control over all media in Russia.......

Any journalist that says anything contrary to what Putin wants, gets murdered or just disappears......

Newest Reality

(12,712 posts)
3. Warning!!!
Thu Jun 18, 2020, 12:28 AM
Jun 2020

The Ministry of Truth has determined that this thread is in violation of the Fairness to Trump Act and will be subjected to further investigation for Criminal Fakeness and Not Winning.

Rating: Ungood.


(34,152 posts)
16. That's why he is trying to do as much damage as quickly as possibly
Thu Jun 18, 2020, 09:02 AM
Jun 2020

He knows that six months from now any decisions he makes will be not as hard to reverse. People fired now will move on and may not be willing to go back to positions that are so vulnerable to political whims.


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7. "... he is committed to ensuring the independence of the broadcasters...."
Thu Jun 18, 2020, 06:29 AM
Jun 2020

That didn't take long. I guess he'll have to do something about the Twitter account:

New US Global Media Chief Fires Agency Heads in Major Reshuffle http://dlvr.it/RYsBDx

Biden Would Beat Trump by a Landslide, New Reuters Poll Shows http://dlvr.it/RYrmwz


(11,911 posts)
10. I'm not gonna lie, I was one week ago years old when I first learned...
Thu Jun 18, 2020, 07:49 AM
Jun 2020

...Voice of America was a thing.


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13. White House, April: Amid a Pandemic Voice of America Spends Your Money to Promote Foreign Propaganda
Thu Jun 18, 2020, 07:58 AM
Jun 2020

Tue Jun 16, 2020: 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.


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?



7:18 P.M. EDT

Well. Here's this morning's blamefest:


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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