USAGM Watch Commentary

This (USAGM – BBG Watch) video is about the Voice of America (VOA) Urdu Service one-sided social media presentation of a Joe Biden campaign video which violated the VOA Charter (U.S. law) and may influence how some Muslim Americans vote in the U.S. presidential election in November. The Voice of America Charter (U.S. Public Law 94-350) says that “VOA will represent America, not any single segment of American society, and will therefore present a balanced and comprehensive projection of significant American thought and institutions.” After several days on social media, the Voice of America removed the VOA Urdu Service Biden video. There are more than 390,000 Urdu speakers in the United States, many of them U.S. voters. Some of them follow VOA Urdu Service programs on social media and other Internet platforms. Is such partisan electioneering by VOA’s federal employees at U.S. taxpayers’ expense a threat to American democracy?


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  1. We know for whom the Pakistani community in the U.S. will vote for come November. However, using the American taxpayer money to persuade them further in their beliefs and, by the same token, spew such propaganda garbage on the rest of the world is beyond disgusting. It is undoubtably a threat to our democracy. These federal employees, who have no shame taking our hard-earned dollar, are a disgrace to this country and must be fired IMMEDIATELY. They’ve violated the law. Actually, this entire VOA Urdu service should be dismantled. As some want to defund the police in this country, I say defund the VOA Urdu service. Just imagine the outcry if it was a Trump campaign video ad published for free on the VOA news website. Many VOA managers and employees – a lot of them political hacks – would have taken to the street to ask for CEO Pack’s resignation. All the Democrats and their allies in the mainstream media would have vociferated the same demand until he did so. Now, nothing. Oh yeah, it’s Biden of course. No one is enraged. Let him and let these VOA political hacks get away with it. Once again.

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