Digital Journal op-ed: Voice of America in intellectual twilight zone against Putin

BBG Watch Media Commentary

An op-ed in Digital Journal says that U.S. taxpayer-funded Voice of America (VOA) turned its back on famous British-American historian of Soviet crimes Robert Conquest.


“The Voice of America (VOA), one of America’s taxpayer-funded weapons against Russian propaganda, had something in common with Russia’s propaganda weapon RT last week. RT (formerly Russia Today) multimedia English-language website still looked vastly more polished, more frequently updated and far more visually appealing than VOA’s late 20th century GI (Government Issue) English news site. Both, however, ignored the death on August 3 of British-American historian of Stalinist genocide Robert Conquest.”


The Digital Journal op-ed cites Anne Applebaum’s comments in The Washington Post about Robert Conquest


“After the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine last year, the Russian regime concocted not one lie about the event but dozens, each more absurd than the other. It’s no longer possible to fight a big lie with a single book. But the world needs the creativity and the courage of Robert Conquest more than ever.

“The Voice of America even has a special “U.S. Opinion and Commentary” page in English. It has nothing on Robert Conquest,” the Digital Journal op-ed points out after quoting Anne Applebaum and other U.S. media comments.


“The bipartisan Royce-Engel H.R. 2323 bill to reform the BBG is stuck in a log jam behind the Iran bill. Literally nothing is moving until the Iran legislation is dealt with. But once the Iran bill is out of the way, Congress needs to act quickly to make the BBG and the Voice of America much more effective against Putin’s and ISIS’ propaganda. I am not suggesting that the two are in the same category or that they represent the same type of threat, but America’s security depends on how well VOA can respond with accurate news and alternative ideas to ISIS’ recruitment of terror fighters and to Putin’s lies.”


The Digital Journal op-ed was written by former Voice of America acting associate director Ted Lipien who is also one of the volunteer founders and volunteer supporters of BBG Watch.

READ MORE: Op-Ed: Voice of America in intellectual twilight zone against Putin, Ted Lipien, Digital Journal, August 11, 2015