Voice of America assumed Clinton would win

BBG Watch Commentary

As reported this week by CBS News and other media, Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State and unsuccessful Democratic Party candidate for president in 2016, said in discussing her recently published book: “I had not drafted a concession speech.” “I’d been working on a victory speech,” she laughed as she recalled last year’s election night, CBS News reported.

U.S. taxpayer-funded ($221 million in FY 2017) Voice of America (VOA) was even more confident of Clinton’s victory. Throughout the 2016 election campaign, the Voice of America violated its VOA Charter, which is U.S. law, by posting one-sided videos, such as the one below, in which Donald Trump was called “punk,” “dog,” “pig,” “con,” “buls**t artist,” “mutt,” “idiot,” “fool,” “bozo,” and “blatantly stupid.” On their personal Facebook pages, some VOA reporters posted memes showing Trump with a Nazi swastika over his head and as a male sex organ. One called him “F*ckface Von Clownstick.” Like Hillary Clinton, they clearly did not think that their favorite candidate could possibly lose, but she did.
 


 

ALSO SEE: When Voice of America sided with Clinton against Bernie Sanders and broke U.S. law, BBG Watch, September 8, 2017.

 
The VOA Charter requires VOA news to to accurate, balanced and comprehensive. Many of the VOA reports during the 2016 election campaign failed to meet these standards, and many still do not now.

U.S. law also forbids the Voice of America to try to influence public opinion in the United States. About 50% of VOA’s online traffic for English-language news content comes for the United States, although Congress wants VOA to be focused only on foreign audiences, mostly those who lack access to free media.

Section 208 “Clarification on domestic distribution of program material” of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013, Public Law 112-239, clearly states:

“No funds authorized to be appropriated to the Department of State or the Broadcasting Board of Governors shall be used to influence public opinion in the United States.”

ALSO SEE: Facebook, Russia, Trump – Did Voice of America violate U.S. laws?, BBG Watch, September 7, 2017.

 
Many VOA executives, managers, editors and reporters assumed that Hillary Clinton would easily win in November 2016 and did not appear to worry that their one-sided and biased reporting and violations of U.S. law might come back to haunt them.

“I am here at 1 AM Wednesday; we still have no pre-written ‘Trump wins piece’,” a Voice of America reporter emailed BBG Watch on November 9, 2016.

We repost a BBG Watch commentary originally published on November 9, 2016 which includes copies of Voice of America’s pre-written “Clinton Wins” programs. They did not air, but some VOA reporters were clearly stunned by Hillary Clinton’s electoral defeat as seen in this photo taken on the election night in a VOA studio when it became obvious that Donald Trump was the winner. The screenshot of the Voice of America Facebook post shows in the upper left corner only 41 live Facebook viewers for the VOA program. Considering that about half of web traffic for VOA English-language programming comes from the United States and that some of the viewers were VOA employees, this all-important VOA election night live coverage may have had less than two dozen overseas viewers. This is yet another indication of how irrelevant VOA English news service has become internationally due to mismanagement and bias. About three years earlier, Hillary Clinton said that the Broadcasting Board of Governors was “practically defunct.”

Voice of America Studio on 2016 Election Night 41 Live Facebook Views

 

BBG Watch

 

Voice of America had two pre-written ‘Clinton will win programs’; none for Trump, VOA staffers say

 

November 9, 2016

 
BBG Watch Commentary

Some U.S. taxpayer-funded Voice of America (VOA) journalists working tonight (November 8/9, 2016) are upset that their management, which is overseen by the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), has arranged for a couple “Clinton will win” programs to be pre-written and made available for translation, but apparently failed to arrange for similar “Trump will win” programs to be pre-written so that VOA broadcasters could use them if Trump is the winner.

VOA journalists have shared with us the text of the Voice of America “Clinton will win” program and complained that they have nothing similar on Donald Trump.

“I am here at 1 AM Wednesday; we still have no pre-written ‘Trump wins piece’,” a Voice of America reporter emailed BBG Watch.

Voice of America journalists have asked us to post the script, even though neither Clinton nor Trump is a declared winner at this time (November 9, 1:15 AM), as an example of what they say is a partisan bias among some VOA and BBG managers whom they accuse of disregarding the VOA Charter.

Voice of America’s director is Amanda Bennett. John F. Lansing is BBG CEO and Director. Jeff Shell is the outgoing BBG Chairman.

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PRE-WRITTEN VOA PROGRAM ON NOVEMBER 8 — IT DID NOT AIR

 

VOA had two such programs ready to air about Hillary Clinton, but none for Donald Trump.

((TITLE: Clinton-First Female President (TV)
HEAD: Clinton Election Ultimate Glass Ceiling for US Women
TEASER: Victory seen as transforming the nature of the presidency
TWEET:
DATE: 00/00/2016
PUBLISHED AT: Tuesday, November 08, 2016 3:52:55 PM
DATELINE: Washington, DC
CAMERA: VOA
VIDEO EDITOR: Rob Raffaele
VIDEO FROM: VOA, AFP, AP
NUMBER: 16400923
TYPE: VPKGN
TRT: 2:43
UPDATE: A Web version is also being released.

EDITORS: **EMBARGOED UNTIL A WINNER IS ANNOUNCED**
((SCRIPT IS BEING RELEASED EARLY FOR TRANSLATION. VIDEO IS COMPLETE. PLEASE CALL 4298 IF YOU NEED IT BEFORE THE WINNER IS OFFICIAL))

((INTRO))
[[America has elected its first female president, 240 years after its birth. What does this historic moment potentially signal for the office of the presidency and the future? White House Correspondent Mary Alice Salinas has this report.]]

((NATS, Clinton at rally ))
SONG LYRICS: “I want to see you be brave.”

((NARRATOR))
Hillary Clinton’s ascension to the White House changes America’s most powerful office.

((LARA BROWN, GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY, GRADUATE SCHOOL OF POLITICAL MANAGEMENT))
“Now we are in a position we have a woman stepping into the White House and serving as a democratic leader in a position that is going to transform the way we understand the presidency.”

((NARRATOR))
In spite of the breakthrough for women, Clinton will find her presidency defined by the demands of the job.

((JOHN HUDAK, BROOKINGS INSTITUTION SENIOR FELLOW))
“Hillary Clinton is going to be president first and a female second”

((NARRATOR))
Her rise took decades.

((LARA BROWN, GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY ))
“Part of what happened is that she was no longer thought of as a woman, but as a politician.”

((NARRATOR))
Voters could look beyond her gender to the policies shaped over decades.

Controversy frequently swirled around the former first lady…

…Senator from New York.

…and Secretary of State under her onetime rival for the White House, President Barack Obama.

((LARA BROWN, GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY, GRADUATE SCHOOL OF POLITICAL MANAGEMENT))
“The criticisms that were leveled against her was that she was too much of an insider, that she was too knowledgeable about the politician game.”

((NARRATOR))
These and other complaints throughout the campaign were mostly based not on her gender but on decisions she made while in office.

((NAT SOUND UP))
Hillary Clinton: “Thank you all very much”
Reporters: “Do you regret deleting 32,000 other emails Mrs. Clinton?”

((NARRATOR))
Past controversies will likely impact her job as president, more than her gender, analysts say.

((LARA BROWN, GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY ))
“Many people view her as an untrustworthy individual and this is where she is going to be high hurdles to get over.”

((NARRATOR))
Clinton will likely continue to address women’s issues around the world…as she has throughout her political career.

Her election marks a historic shift in a country that had only male leaders for 240 years.

((PRESIDENT-ELECT HILLARY CLINTON))
“Standing here as my mother’s daughter, and my daughter’s mother, I’m so happy this day has come. I’m happy for grandmothers and little girls and everyone in between.”

((NARRATOR))
Clinton is expected to press ahead with many of Obama’s policies.

With the first female leader taking the reins from America’s first African-American president,

experts say the office of the presidency and who can rise to it has forever changed.

(Mary Alice Salinas, VOA News, the White House)

THIS VOA PROGRAM WAS NOT BROADCAST BUT WAS PRE-WRITTEN BEFORE THE ELECTION NIGHT. VOA HAD NO SIMILAR PRE-WRITTEN PROGRAM FOR DONALD TRUMP.

 

(( TITLE: Clinton – Foreign Policy Lookahead
HEAD: Clinton to Bring More Hawkish Approach to US Foreign Policy
TEASER: Counter terrorism, Russian aggression and an assertive China are among the new president’s pressing issues
TWEET:
DATE: 11/08/2016
PUBLISHED AT:
BYLINE: Nike Ching
DATELINE: The State Department
CAMERA: John Quinn, Oscar Haynes
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: Elizabeth Cherneff
VIDEO EDITOR:
VIDEO FROM: VOA, News agencies
NUMBER: 16480996
TYPE: VPKGN
TRT: 2:40
UPDATE:
))
**EMBARGOED UNTIL A WINNER IS ANNOUNCED**
((A companion OCN has also been published))

((INTRODUCTION))
[[With Hillary Clinton now considered the U.S. president-elect, foreign policy experts expect her to change the White House approach some of the world’s most pressing issues. VOA State Department correspondent Nike Ching has the report.]]

((Reuters- video of terror attacks, ISIL, Russian aggression in Crimea, Chinese military marching))

((NARRATOR))
From the threat of terrorism and conflict in the Middle East, to aggression by Russia and a more assertive China, President-elect Clinton faces increasing global challenges that affect America’s national interests.

Analysts expect a more hawkish foreign policy in the next four years. One of her top priorities, they say, will be to win the war against violent extremism, but not always on the battlefield:
((Export to Portable Media, Bailey, titled asCHING WEST CLINTON CVE MORE HAWKISH))

((DARRELL WEST, BROOKINGS INSTITUTION))
“She understands that you cannot have a military solution, so I’ll expect her to engage in a lot of foreign aid programs, to use entrepreneurship development as a way to create job opportunities for people in some of the countries that are plagued by this type of things.”

((B-roll on Putin, Crimea, Syria))

((NARRATOR))
Clinton has taken a tough stance against Russia’s aggression in Crimea and intervention in Syria during the campaign. Experts foresee a tougher approach than her predecessor in confronting Moscow.

((Export to portable media, Bailey, titled as CHING HERBST RUSSIA CLINTON))

((AMBASSADOR JOHN HERBST, THE ATLANTIC COUNCIL))

“So I believe she will speak more strongly about the things Putin are doing that are dangerous to us. I think she will be a stronger advocate of sanctions. I think she will, even more than [President] Obama, be looking to strengthen NATO to deter Russian aggression against NATO members, and I think she will certainly consider, there is a good chance she’ll provide defensive military equipment to Ukraine.”

((Video of Clinton visit in China, South China Sea))

((NARRATOR))
Many American allies in Asia are watching how Clinton follows through on her engagement in the region, the so-called Asia Pivot policy. She is expected to take a more forceful stance regarding tensions in the South China Sea, a busy waterway that impacts trillions of dollars in trade.

((Export to portable media, Bailey, titled asCHING GREEN SOUTH CHINA SEA))

((MICHAEL GREEN, CENTER FOR STRATEGIC AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES))
“There has to be a more robust presence. A lot of people talk about ships going in to do freedom of navigation operations, that’s just one piece. It’s about engagement, it’s about exercises, it’s about trade and defense. I think there is a consensus that we need to do more.”

((Videos of Asia Trade))

((NARRATOR))
Clinton has deviated from her earlier support for the Trans Pacific Partnership, a free trade pact with the vast growing Asia-Pacific region, that requires approval by Congress. Green and other regional scholars say she will now need to show allies she has the tools to rebuild America’s credibility in that region.

((Nike Ching, VOA News, the State Department))

THIS VOA PROGRAM WAS NOT BROADCAST BUT WAS PRE-WRITTEN BEFORE THE ELECTION NIGHT. VOA HAD NO SIMILAR PRE-WRITTEN PROGRAM FOR DONALD TRUMP.

 
 
 

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