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Let The Hypocrisy Continue at USAGM and VOA

OPINION by The Federalist US International Broadcasting Voice of America U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM) U.S. Agency for Global Mayhem Let The Hypocrisy And The Bureaucracy Continue On Thursday, September 24, 2020 the House Foreign Affairs Committee conducted a hearing regarding the...

Voice of America Needed Prodding to Report on Hunter Biden New York Post Story

USAGM Watch Commentary It took prodding from outside journalists to get Voice of America (VOA) central English newsroom editors to post a news story about Twitter’s and Facebook’s blocks on the New York Post article about alleged e-mails from Ukraine related to Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden. Even when VOA posted its first news item in English...

Edward R. Murrow Would Not Have Approved of Partisan or Chinese Communist Propaganda at Voice of America

OPINION by Ted Lipien Edward R. Murrow with President john f. Kennedy, March 21, 1961 Voice of America (VOA) directors and some of its current and former editors and reporters like to quote Edward R. Murrow, an American broadcast journalist who was director of the United States Information Agency (USIA) during President John F....

Plaintiff In Press Freedom Lawsuit Fired Voice of America Journalists

USAGM Watch Commentary In her October 9, 2020 report, “Lawsuit Calls for Immediate Relief from USAGM CEO’s Actions,” Voice of America (VOA) “Press Freedom Reporter” Jessica Jerreat wrote that according to a lawsuit filed in a federal court in Washington on Thursday, “From the start of his tenure as CEO of the U.S. Agency for Global Media in June,...

Dangerously naive VOA journalists make fools of themselves

USAGM Watch Commentary Ted Lipien, former Voice of America (VOA) acting associate director (2006), who during his 34-year international broadcasting career was also VOA Eurasia Division director (2003-2005), Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) [U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM) since 2018] Regional Marketing director for Eurasia based in...

A “Martyr” for Free Press Who Blocked Journalists Exposing His Mistakes

OPINION By The Federalist In the latest U.S Agency for Global Media (USAGM) dust up, the VOA White House bureau chief, Steve Herman, has come under scrutiny by agency officials to determine if he is in compliance with the agency’s various directives for maintaining journalistic standards, including fair and objective reporting. Right...

Outgoing HFAC Chair Eliot Engel Calls for Firing of USAGM CEO Michael Pack

USAGM Watch Commentary Representative Eliot L. Engel (D-NY), outgoing Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, called for Trump-appointerd and Senate-confirmed CEO of the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM) Michael Pack “to resign or be fired.” Engel Statement on USAGM Officials Breaching the...

Voice of America Reporter in NPR Story Blocked Watchdog Website Journalists in 2017

USAGM Watch Commentary National Public Radio (NPR) reported on October 4, 2020 that two political appointees at the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM) compiled and presented to acting Voice of America (VOA) director Elez Biberaj “an extensive report deemed ‘confidential’ on VOA White House bureau chief Steve Herman, claiming that in his reporting...

Foreign Influence and Conflicts of Interest at Voice of America: Case of the Albanian Ambassador EXCLUSIVE

USAGM Watch Commentary While Russia, China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea and several other countries are definitely spying on USAGM employees and trying to get access to their personal information, as well as to the agency’s IT systems, the bulk of the threat to the Voice of America and other U.S. government-funded media entities is from influence...

Rep. Scott Perry Criticized USAGM and OTF for Mismanagement and Security Breaches

USAGM Watch Commentary The House Foreign Affairs Committee held a hearing On September 24, 2020 to examine the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM) and actions taken regarding operations at Voice of America (VOA), the Open Technology Fund (OTF) and other USAGM media entities. While outgoing House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Eliot...

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