BBG Watch Commentary
The Voice of America (VOA) White House bureau chief, Steve Herman, @W7VOA, had posted a few days ago numerous tweets about a woman cyclist showing an obscene middle finger sign to President Trump’s limousine as it passed her by near Washington. He got his tweet picked up by The Washington Post, and The Huffington Post, which in turn generated numerous anti-Trump comments from anti-Trump Americans on the Voice of America correspondent’s Twitter account, @W7VOA, which normally does not get much audience engagement.
The woman giving President Trump the obscene middle finger sign must have been really good propaganda for the Kremlin, because in a rare example of Russia’s RT using VOA content and not vice versa (VOA using RT propaganda content, which has been far more common), RT in this case promptly reposted VOA White House correspondent’s tweet while misspelling his name slightly, “Harman instead of “Herman,” in its report, “Cyclist flips Trump the bird as motorcade leaves Virginia golf course (PHOTO) | RT.”
The Voice of America is managed by the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), a $740 million (FY 2017) federal government agency known for poor management and record low employee morale. VOA’s senior reporters are federal employees drawing six-figure government salaries, as do BBG and VOA top executives who are Obama administration holdovers.
We wonder how VOA director Amanda Bennett and her boss BBG CEO John F. Lansing feel about having a tweet by their chief White House correspondent picked up by both The Washington Post and Russia’s RT?
Does it fill their hearts with pride?