BBG Watch Media
In an op-ed published in Washington Examiner, Ted Lipien, a former Voice of America (VOA) acting associate director who is a co-founder of BBG Watch, makes an argument for reforming the leadership of both VOA and its parent agency, the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG).
“Under the Obama-era leadership still in charge of VOA and its parent agency, the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), a small group of partisan managers and a few biased reporters who hate Donald Trump with a religious passion have transformed what used to be an effective U.S. tool against totalitarianism into their own partisan soapbox. In doing so, they have intimidated and marginalized the rest of the VOA workforce. They now regularly violate the 1976 VOA Charter, a U.S. law designed to keep VOA nonpartisan. In their zeal to help Hillary Clinton win in 2016, VOA even went after Bernie Sanders with a one-sided attack. Sanders’ supporters accused VOA of ‘state media’ slander.”
OP-ED: Equal time for communists? The downhill slide of VOA. By Ted Lipien, Washington Examiner, September 17, 2017.