Saturday, February 10, 2018

Voice of America Is Undermining the US Abroad. Trump Can Easily Change That.

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A growing chorus of critics is demanding the Trump administration get on with the business of reforming the Broadcasting Board of Governors and the vast international broadcasting complex it oversees on behalf of the U.S. government.
Reforming the board was included in this year’s National Defense Authorization Act, which President Barack Obama had signed into law. The fact that the legislative mandate for reform already exists makes it doubly frustrating that nothing has been done to improve U.S. international broadcasting.
But coverage of the recent anti-government protests throughout Iran by Voice of America, the broadcasting agency’s flagship service, has added fuel to these simmering concerns. More than 1,000 people have been arrested and at least 22 killed in the protests that have roiled the country since December.
Not only was Voice of America slow to cover the protests, but, in an apparent effort to “balance” President Donald Trump’s support for the protesters—a refreshing change of tone from the White House—Voice of America’s Persian service has repeatedly run stories reflecting the Iranian government’s point of view.
Read the rest from Helle Dale HERE.

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