BBG Watch Commentary

Russia’s propaganda outlet RT is showing twice as many LIVE Facebook views for Donald Trump’s victory speech Wednesday morning than the U.S. taxpayer-funded ($224M FY2017) Voice of America (VOA). VOA has been mismanaged for many years by the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG).

VOA was showing 5,000 LIVE Facebook views; RT was showing over 10,000 LIVE Facebook views during U.S. President-Elect Donald Trump’s speech.

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RT-LIVE-Facebook-Donald-Trump-2-58-AM-ET-November-9-2016

VOA is supposed to be America’s voice; RT is not. This should have been Voice of America’s story, but VOA was beaten many times over yesterday and today by BBC, as well as RT.

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VOA-News-LIVE-Facebook-Donald-Trump-2-56-AM-ET-November-9-2016

At one time, BBC had over 17,000 LIVE Facebook views for its U.S. election coverage.

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BBC-Facebook-Live-US-Vote-Nov-8-2016-5-27PM-ET

Some of VOA’s LIVE transmissions yesterday showed less than 50 LIVE Facebook views.

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VOA-NOW-LIVE-Facebook-US-Vote-11-20PM-ET

In 2013, then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had called the BBG “practically defunct” in its ability to carry out U.S. international media outreach.

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