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Time to Rearm, and Fight Enemy Propaganda, Heritage scholar says

Time to Rearm, and Fight Enemy Propaganda, Heritage scholar says

BBG Watch Commentary Helle C. Dale, the Heritage Foundation’s senior fellow in public diplomacy, has published another article in which she discusses proposed reforms to U.S. international media outreach managed by the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG). Ms. Dale wrote: “Reform has support from a plethora of experts and former direct...

Voice of America Director David Ensor. Critics say that VOA news reporting under him and VOA Executive Editor Steve Redish has declined and nearly collapsed.

Voice of America: social media or ‘old state broadcaster model’?

BBG Watch Commentary Will VOA embrace change with social media or ‘old state broadcaster model’ of censored program placements in deals with repressive regimes? We have read an excellent Voice of America news report in which U.S. Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel is quoted as saying at an e...

Under Secretary Stengel: U.S. needs to harden its ‘soft power’

Under Secretary Stengel: U.S. needs to harden its ‘soft power’

BBG Watch Commentary How does the U.S. harden its “soft power”? According to a Voice of America (VOA) report, “U.S. Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel says that in the face of strong foreign propaganda machines such as Russia and the Islamic State, the U.S. needs to harden its ‘s...

H.R. 4490 would provide adult supervision for BBG and Voice of America, Heritage scholar says

H.R. 4490 would provide adult supervision for BBG and Voice of America, Heritage scholar says

BBG Watch Commentary Mike Gonzalez, a senior fellow at The Heritage Foundation and the author of the book “A Race for the Future: How Conservatives Can Break the Liberal Monopoly on Hispanic Americans,” has written an article in The National Interest, “Can America Still Win the Information War?” The United States International Communica...

McCain wants to fight and kill, Russian TV says in joint program with Voice of America

McCain wants to fight and kill, Russian TV says in joint program with Voice of America

BBG Watch Commentary McCain wants to fight and kill, Russian TV said in a joint program with Voice of America, but these specific harsh accusations against U.S. politician were left unchallenged by VOA which made only general statements that the United States does not want war with Russia. In a controversial joint program with the U.S. taxpayer-fun...

‘Media mob’ of over 200 reporters covered Clinton in Iowa, VOA absent

‘Media mob’ of over 200 reporters covered Clinton in Iowa, VOA absent

BBG Watch Commentary While U.S. taxpayer-funded Voice of America (VOA) ignored former Secretary of State and former member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) Hillary Clinton’s important political trip to Iowa last weekend, a “media mob” of over 200 reporters was on hand to cover anything she might say about running for p...

Russian TV with Voice of America: Obama – stupid, McCain – warmonger, journalists – fakes

Russian TV with Voice of America: Obama – stupid, McCain – warmonger, journalists – fakes

BBG Watch Commentary   If unable to see Part I of RBK-TV-VOA, Sept. 11, 2014 video, check: RBK-TV SMOTRI.com   In what one West European expert on disinformation and propaganda described as a “Russian triumph in terms of info warfare,” audiences in Russia to a local television program, with willing participation of U.S. taxpay...

September 13, 2012. BBG Presiding Governor Michael Lynton led the Board’s delegation to the State Department for a meeting with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, an ex officio BBB member. The delegation included Governors Victor Ashe, Dennis Mulhaupt, Susan McCue, and Michael Meehan, as well as Richard M. Lobo, Director of the International Broadcasting Bureau. Under Secretary of State Tara Sonenshine, the Secretary’s representative to the BBG, took a leading role in framing the discussion.

Hillary Clinton, Obama, Biden, Bicentennial of U.S. Anthem — All Ignored by Voice of America

BBG Watch Commentary       U.S. taxpayer-funded Voice of America (VOA) did not cover Hillary Clinton during her visit to Iowa this weekend. The most likely next Democratic Party candidate for the U.S. presidency and possibly the next U.S. president if she is nominated and wins the presidential election in 2016 no doubt could have sai...

Bureaucracy Warning Sign

Voice of America Information War Lost: The Agency That Celebrates Its Failure

Voice of America Information War Lost: The Agency That Celebrates Its Failure By The Federalist With its mission effectiveness totally obliterated and legislation pending in the Senate to set a new course for US Government international broadcasting, the response from the Voice of America (VOA) to its dire predicament is: An Ice Cream Social. Again...

Voice of America executives took a break at ice-cream social to forget about John Kerry

Voice of America executives took a break at ice-cream social to forget about John Kerry

BBG Watch Commentary Thanks to the power of social media, we have seen photos of Voice of America (VOA) executives, whose six-figure salaries and generous benefits are paid by U.S. taxpayers, relaxing at an ice-cream social during government office hours on September 9, 2014. While we do not know whether these executives took annual leave to eat ic...

Digital Last at Voice of America with John Kerry – Good Enough for Government Work

Digital Last at Voice of America with John Kerry – Good Enough for Government Work

BBG Watch Commentary This commentary describes how Voice of America was “Digital Last” in its handing of an interview with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. The author of “Digital Last at Voice of America with John Kerry – Good Enough for Government Work” is a former Voice of America correspondent who wants to remain...

Iranian Dissident Banned from VOA for Criticizing Tehran, Ban Later Removed

Iranian Dissident Banned from VOA for Criticizing Tehran, Ban Later Removed

BBG Watch Commentary Adam Kredo reported in the Washington Free Beacon that an Iranian expert and regime opponent was temporarily banned from appearing on Voice of America’s Persian language news station. This happened after Majid Mohammadi, an Iranian-American academic, compared the regime to a terror group during a recent appearance on the taxpay...

VOA Interview with Kerry — no video, no audio*, no photo, no Facebook**  — SKYPE interview with VOA reporter instead

VOA Interview with Kerry — no video, no audio*, no photo, no Facebook** — SKYPE interview with VOA reporter instead

BBG Watch Commentary Voice of America executives have once again shown how unable they are to manage a news organization in the digital multimedia age. Managers failed to arrange for a video recording of today’s VOA interview interview with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, while BBC correspondent Barbara Plett-Usher recorded a video interv...

DIGITAL JOURNAL Op-Ed: Propaganda war in which Voice of America helps Putin

DIGITAL JOURNAL Op-Ed: Propaganda war in which Voice of America helps Putin

BBG Watch Commentary Former Voice of America (VOA) acting associate director Ted Lipien, who is now director of the Independent Committee for U.S. International Broadcasting (CUSIB – cusib.org) which support independent media including our website, has published an op-ed in DIGITAL JOURNAL, titled “Propaganda war in which Voice of Ameri...

Will Voice of America management violate VOA Charter and U.S. law in a deal with communist Vietnam?

Will Voice of America management violate VOA Charter and U.S. law in a deal with communist Vietnam?

VOA Charter Commentary Steve Peacock reported in an article on the WND website that “the Obama administration is looking to negotiate with the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, the government that emerged after a war costing more than 58,000 American lives, to carry a ‘Welcome to America’ radio program over its state radio station. &...

Information war – Russia 2 :  Voice of America 0, experts agree

Information war – Russia 2 : Voice of America 0, experts agree

BBG Watch Commentary U.S. Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Rick Stengel observed recently that social media is the area the U.S. should own in the information war with Russia, but “we really don’t own it.” Stengel was commenting how well Russia’s RT (formerly Russia Today) Kremlin media outlet...

VOA expecting riots in Russia? Or maybe Novorossiya?  Taxpayers pay for anti-riot car and much more

VOA expecting riots in Russia? Or maybe Novorossiya? Taxpayers pay for anti-riot car and much more

BBG Watch Commentary The Washington Post “In the Loop” columnist Al Kamen is perhaps making fun of the federal Voice of America (VOA) management for trying to buy a riot and crash-proof “Heavy Duty Vehicle for VOA Moscow Correspondent Bureau” — “VOA expecting riots in Russia? Or maybe Novorossiya?,” By Al Kamen, “...

Voice of America missed U.S. ties of Obama’s host in Estonia

Voice of America missed U.S. ties of Obama’s host in Estonia

BBG Commentary Hosting President Obama during his visit to Estonia was President Toomas Hendrik Ilves. U.S. taxpayer-funded Voice of America (VOA) has completely ignored the fact that Ilves grew up and was educated in the United States, even though part of VOA’s mission is to present the American experience to international audiences. Preside...

Obama Baltics speech report quickly buried by Voice of America

Obama Baltics speech report quickly buried by Voice of America

BBG Watch Commentary     Voice of America (VOA) has removed from the VOA English News homepage and even from VOA Europe News page any links to the full VOA report on President Obama’s Wednesday speech in Tallinn, Estonia, in which he stressed NATO commitment to the Baltic states and condemned Russia’s intervention in Ukraine. ...

Voice of America senior correspondent  presents an accurate apology for Putin, but on whose behalf?

Voice of America senior correspondent presents an accurate apology for Putin, but on whose behalf?

VOA Charter Commentary BBG Watch has been contacted by “VOA Charter” who offered to write for us whenever the Charter feels ignored, abused or plainly violated. Today we post VOA Charter’s first commentary. Voice of America senior correspondent presents an accurate apology for Putin, but on whose behalf? Voice of America senior co...

Voice of America fails to update news and headlines on important news day

Voice of America fails to update news and headlines on important news day

BBG Watch Commentary       While President Obama was visiting Estonia and declared that “borders cannot be re-drawn at the barrel of a gun,” U.S. taxpayer-funded Voice of America (VOA) failed to update the headline on another major news story of the day, a “ceasefire process” in Ukraine reportedly discussed by...

In reporting on Steven Sotloff, Voice of America fails to mention BBG statement and missing Alhurra journalist

In reporting on Steven Sotloff, Voice of America fails to mention BBG statement and missing Alhurra journalist

BBG Watch Commentary U.S. taxpayer-funded Voice of America (VOA) posted a news report on today’s reported beheading of American journalist Steven Joel Sotloff by the extremist group Islamic State, but as of 8:45 PM EDT Tuesday, September 2, 2014, VOA failed to mention Bashar Fahmi, the missing reporter of the Broadcasting Board of Governors&#...

CUSIB calls radio the best countermeasure to Internet censorship and spying on netizens in China – CUSIB PRESS RELEASE

CUSIB calls radio the best countermeasure to Internet censorship and spying on netizens in China – CUSIB PRESS RELEASE

BBG Watch Commentary The independent NGO Committee for U.S. International Broadcasting (CUSIB – cusib.org) has posted a press release calling radio “the best countermeasure to Internet censorship and spying on netizens in China.” BBG Watch is reposting the CUSIB press release. CUSIB supports broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) m...

NATO’s threat to Russia likely to be next Russian topic for joint TV program with Voice of America

NATO’s threat to Russia likely to be next Russian topic for joint TV program with Voice of America

BBG Watch Commentary     Having relinquished control to the Russian side in a desperate attempt to get access to a TV audience in Russia, Voice of America (VOA) executives are likely to continue to agree to topics for a new weekly discussion program with the Russian Business Channel (RBC) that favor and promote key propaganda themes advan...

Voice of America helped Russia score propaganda points with poor VOA performance in a TV project

Voice of America helped Russia score propaganda points with poor VOA performance in a TV project

BBG Watch Commentary All American and European media and information strategy experts consulted by BBG Watch agreed that U.S. taxpayer-funded Voice of America (VOA) helped Russia score propaganda points against the U.S. with the poor performance of VOA participants in a joint TV discussion program with the Russian Business Channel (RBC) last Thursd...

Sen. Menendez’s ‘arms for Ukraine’ call merits top headline on BBC, but not on Voice of America English news website

Sen. Menendez’s ‘arms for Ukraine’ call merits top headline on BBC, but not on Voice of America English news website

BBG Watch Commentary Key American senators, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Senator John McCain (R-AZ), calling for the U.S. to send weapons to help Ukraine fight what they say is “a Russian invasion,” was top news on the BBC website for much of the day on Sunday, but on the U.S. taxpayer-funded Vo...

Voice of America says ‘the question still remains whether the Russians are helping the separatists’ in Ukraine

Voice of America says ‘the question still remains whether the Russians are helping the separatists’ in Ukraine

BBG Watch Commentary     Voice of America says ‘the question still remains whether the Russians are helping the separatists’ In what may be one of the most astounding Facebook post intros, U.S. taxpayer-funded Voice of America’s (VOA) VOA Asia Facebook Page seems to question whether Putin’s soldiers, i.e. “th...

Voice of America TOP STORY Headline: PUTIN ASKS RUSSIA TO STOP MILITARY OPERATIONS IN UKRAINE

Voice of America TOP STORY Headline: PUTIN ASKS RUSSIA TO STOP MILITARY OPERATIONS IN UKRAINE

BBG Watch Commentary         PUTIN ASKS RUSSIA TO STOP MILITARY OPERATIONS IN UKRAINE TOP STORIES Headline stayed on the Voice of America (VOA) English news website for several hours, Friday, August 29, 2014. It was displayed on the VOA homepage and all other pages and posts. Such mistakes, and not updating of news or offering o...

Russia’s RT has more on Obama statement on Ukraine than Voice of America

Russia’s RT has more on Obama statement on Ukraine than Voice of America

BBG Watch Commentary U.S. taxpayer-funded Voice of America (VOA) devoted only 138 words on its English news website to President Obama’s statement on Thursday about Russian military intervention in Ukraine, while Russia’s state media outlet RT gave President Obama’s statement 348 words and obliterated VOA in social media outreach ...

No update of VOA homepage, no separate report on Obama Ukraine statement

No update of VOA homepage, no separate report on Obama Ukraine statement

BBG Watch Commentary           Voice of America has not updated its main English news homepage to reflect President Obama’s statement on Ukraine and did not post a separate new report on Obama’s remarks, as many other international media outlets did, including RT, BBC and Deutsche Welle. Voice of America English...

VOA leads Russian troops in Ukraine story with a typo, fails to update

VOA leads Russian troops in Ukraine story with a typo, fails to update

BBG Watch Commentary     A typo in the lead sentence in Voice of America’s lead news story, and a major news story today about what appears to be deployment of Russian troops in eastern Ukraine, has not been corrected or updated for hours. VOA is still not reporting that the United Nations Security Council has scheduled an emergency...

Russian RT paid more attention to American Jim Foley than Voice of America, obliterated VOA in social media

Russian RT paid more attention to American Jim Foley than Voice of America, obliterated VOA in social media

BBG Watch Commentary The Kremlin’s external media outlet RT (formerly Russia Today) once again beat U.S. taxpayer-funded Voice of America (VOA) in the amount of coverage devoted to a U.S.-related news story. RT not only posted online in English more news reports and op-eds related to the murder of American journalist Jim Foley; it also oblite...

Voice of America obliterated by Russia’s RT on Ferguson coverage, social media outreach

Voice of America obliterated by Russia’s RT on Ferguson coverage, social media outreach

BBG Watch Commentary Voice of America (VOA) was not only late in reporting online on the killing of Michael Brown, and days late in sending their reporter to Ferguson, Missouri, the U.S. taxpayer-funded media outlet was also obliterated by Russia’s RT (formerly Russia Today) in social media outreach and audience engagement on this news story,...

Voice of America does not post a profile of slain U.S. journalist Jim Foley, RT of Russia does

Voice of America does not post a profile of slain U.S. journalist Jim Foley, RT of Russia does

BBG Watch Commentary Voice of America (VOA) did not post a profile of slain U.S. journalist Jim Foley; RT of Russia did to score propaganda points against the U.S. and Israel. Every day we check Russia’s external media outlet RT to see if in the words of Hillary Clinton, the U.S. is still “losing the information war” or whether in...

Voice of America ignores U.S. observances of Hitler – Stalin Pact anniversary

Voice of America ignores U.S. observances of Hitler – Stalin Pact anniversary

BBG Watch Commentary Voice of America management ignores U.S. statements on Hitler – Stalin Pact 75th anniversary and seems to think that fighting Putin’s propaganda can best be accomplished with a panda bear video. International audiences had no way of learning from VOA about the Black Ribbon Day observances in the U.S. to honor victim...

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