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yossarian22c

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Voice of America
« on: October 27, 2020, 10:33:59 AM »
https://www.npr.org/2020/10/27/928118147/u-s-agency-targets-its-own-journalists-independence

In the Trump tradition of destroying government institutions it seems like there is long term damage being done to VOA.

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A regulatory "firewall" intended to protect Voice of America and its affiliated newsrooms from political interference in their journalism was swept aside late Monday night by the chief executive of the federal agency which oversees the government's international broadcasters.

Michael Pack, a Trump appointee who assumed leadership of the U.S. Agency for Global Media in June, wrote that he acted to eliminate policies that were "harmful to the agency and the U.S. national interest." And Pack argued they had interfered with his mandate "to support the foreign policy of the United States."

Pack has already come under fire for revelations that his senior aides investigated the agency's journalists for bias against President Trump and pushed for their dismissals and reassignments, in seeming violation of the rules he has now rescinded, effective immediately.

The move set off a firestorm.

"I am stunned," former Voice of America director Amanda Bennett told NPR early Tuesday morning. "It removes the one thing that makes Voice of America distinct from broadcasters of repressive regimes."

wmLambert

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Re: Voice of America
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2020, 01:03:10 PM »
https://www.npr.org/2020/10/27/928118147/u-s-agency-targets-its-own-journalists-independence

In the Trump tradition of destroying government institutions it seems like there is long term damage being done to VOA.

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A regulatory "firewall" intended to protect Voice of America and its affiliated newsrooms from political interference in their journalism was swept aside late Monday night by the chief executive of the federal agency which oversees the government's international broadcasters.

Michael Pack, a Trump appointee who assumed leadership of the U.S. Agency for Global Media in June, wrote that he acted to eliminate policies that were "harmful to the agency and the U.S. national interest." And Pack argued they had interfered with his mandate "to support the foreign policy of the United States."

Pack has already come under fire for revelations that his senior aides investigated the agency's journalists for bias against President Trump and pushed for their dismissals and reassignments, in seeming violation of the rules he has now rescinded, effective immediately.

The move set off a firestorm.

"I am stunned," former Voice of America director Amanda Bennett told NPR early Tuesday morning. "It removes the one thing that makes Voice of America distinct from broadcasters of repressive regimes."

Except for the minor quibble that anti-Trumpers were using their supposed independence to attack their own country.

oldbrian

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Re: Voice of America
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2020, 11:58:42 AM »
Were you a big supporter of McCarthy, WmLambert?

yossarian22c

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Re: Voice of America
« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2020, 12:01:31 PM »
Except for the minor quibble that anti-Trumpers were using their supposed independence to attack their own country.

Which stories were attacking America? You should know I don't equate something that is unfavorable to Trump with something that attacks America.