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I saw an article about the two VOA execs and wondered what was going on.

Now this.

Hello, Goebbels?

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Earlier this month, a Steve Bannon ally and conservative filmmaker appointed by President Donald Trump took over running the vast global network of news agencies funded and operated by the US government.


Within hours of introducing himself to employees, he’d purged four top officials — and critics are calling it a blatant effort to turn America’s state-run news organizations into Trump-friendly propaganda outlets.

But Steve Bannon, who was deeply involved with getting Trump to nominate his ally Michael Pack, sees the ousters as a reckoning for an agency that he believes has been too soft on covering China.

“We are going hard on the charge,” Bannon, Trump’s former chief strategist and executive chairman of Breitbart, told me. “Pack’s over there to clean house.”

Michael Pack was confirmed this month as the new CEO of the US Agency for Global Media, a government department that oversees five media organizations — Voice of America, Middle East Broadcasting, Radio Free Asia, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, and the Open Technology Fund — and is collectively one of the largest media networks in the world.

In an instant, Middle East Broadcasting, Radio Free Asia, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, and the Open Technology Fund were leaderless. The two chiefs of Voice of America (VOA), the most prominent outlet in the agency, resigned on Monday over Pack’s appointment.


https://news.google.com/articl...S&gl=US&ceid=US%3Aen


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To be honest I'm far more worried about what's been happening at the NYT these past three weeks.


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Did a video interview with a VOA reporter a few weeks ago. Didn't notice much politicization of college cost ... Wink
 
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Who even listens to that anymore? What agenda is set by it? What influence do they have?

Now compare that to the NYT.


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Do you listen to the podcast "The Argument," Jon? They had an interesting segment yesterday or the day before on the controversy about publishing that op-ed.

My personal opinion is that it should have been edited slightly and published. But there are good arguments on both sides. You should listen if you can.

And at least the NYT is discussing things publicly, and explaining themselves--whether you agree or not. And, of course, they aren't taxpayer-funded.
 
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It's just one more way that the I-1 administration is ruining the US's reputation in the world.

I don't know who listens to VOA now, but back in the Soviet era, Russians were very keen to pick it up. And the Soviet government spent a lot of money and electricity jamming it.


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I haven’t. I wish that were still a print feature instead of a podcast.

Anyway it goes much further than the Cotton op ed. A friend of mine is a high level editor there (roughly a peer of Bennet) and essentially confirms that Bari Weiss’ take on the schism is accurate. Many people internally are afraid to speak up. The atmosphere is deeply illiberal.


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Speaking of Bennet, anyone make the connection between him and and his brother?

His brother Michael is the junior Senator from Colorado and briefly a presidential candidate.


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The chief executive over the Voice of America and its sister networks has acted unconstitutionally in investigating what he claimed was a deep-seated bias against President Trump by his own journalists, a federal judge has ruled.

Citing the journalists' First Amendment protections, U.S. Judge Beryl Howell on Friday evening ordered U.S. Agency for Global Media CEO Michael Pack to stop interfering in the news service's news coverage and editorial personnel matters. She struck a deep blow at Pack's authority to continue to force the news agency to cover the president more sympathetically.

Actions by Pack and his aides have likely "violated and continue to violate [journalists'] First Amendment rights because, among other unconstitutional effects, they result in self-censorship and the chilling of First Amendment expression," Howell wrote in her opinion. "These current and unanticipated harms are sufficient to demonstrate irreparable harm."


https://www.npr.org/2020/11/21...aims-u-s-judge-rules


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Originally posted by jon-nyc:
To be honest I'm far more worried about what's been happening at the NYT these past three weeks.


How so?


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Originally posted by jon-nyc:
To be honest I'm far more worried about what's been happening at the NYT these past three weeks.


How so?


I'd like to know too. Confused


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