BBG/IBB officials hold a self-congratulatory ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary, while the halls are awash with conversation about the hypocrisy of it all.

That all of this is happening with no attention from Washington-based or national media reflects how the BBG has been allowed to operate as a veritable rogue for decades. What a fantastic story for some keen reporter on the outside: President Obama, the Dalai Lama, and Burma’s democracy figure Aung San Suu Kyi praise VOA on its 70th birthday, while the BBG proceeds to blast the hell out of VOA’s core news operation.

Not just the new clan of former CNN/Al-Jazeera employees who arrived in the last few years, but some entrenched bureaucrats on the 3rd floor trade high fives at the prospect of the oncoming process of evisceration. BBG/IBB officials hold a self-congratulatory ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary, while the halls are awash with conversation about the hypocrisy of it all.

No escape for former VOA directors brought in for the ceremony. Any joint statement about the blood on the floor? Not so far. What an embarrassment. One wonders about the conversations in the Cohen building amid the happy talk about VOA’s wonderful accomplishments.

A tragedy.

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