BBG Watch Commentary
Helle C. Dale, the Heritage Foundation’s senior fellow in public diplomacy, says in her latest Daily Signal commentary that U.S. taxpayer-funded Voice of America (VOA), which reports to the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) federal agency still run by an Obama era appointee, is undermining the U.S. abroad. Helle points out that President Trump can easily change that by nominating a new CEO for the BBG.
“A growing chorus of critics is demanding the Trump administration get on with the business of reforming the Broadcasting Board of Governors and the vast international broadcasting complex it oversees on behalf of the U.S. government,” Helle Dale wrote for The Daily Signal.
HELLE DALE: “Not only was Voice of America slow to cover the protests, but, in an apparent effort to “balance” President Donald Trump’s support for the protesters—a refreshing change of tone from the White House—Voice of America’s Persian service has repeatedly run stories reflecting the Iranian government’s point of view.”
We might add that VOA’s central English news service was just as bad if not worse than the VOA Persian service in posting online reports with long quotes of outright lies and other propaganda from the Iranian regime officials without including in the same reports statements from the protesters or anybody else countering such disinformation from the Iranian mullahs.
Two Iranian human rights activists, Mariam Memarsadeghi and Akbar Atri, wrote in an earlier op-ed in The Hill that “Voice of America Persian service should be resuscitated from its deplorable state,” echoing a similar call in The Wall Street Journal editorial to reform VOA’s parent federal agency, the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), still managed by holdover officials from the Obama administration. The Wall Street Journal called the BBG “slow and backward.”
Voice of America Is Undermining the US Abroad. Trump Can Easily Change That. By Helle Dale, The Daily Signal, February 5, 2018.