Despite the Covid pandemic, Pompeo personally addressed the VOA staff commander, urging them to report “this is the greatest country known in the world.” Pompeo did not mention the pandemic, the violence that shocked the Capitol last week, the insurgency that killed five people, or the role of President Donald Trump in encouraging chaos.
The speech was broadcast live worldwide in more than 40 languages through the Voice of America (VOA) channel. This is the representative of the government accountability project. After commenting or following a brief live conversation with VOA director Robert Reilly, no questions are allowed, which gives Pompeo a chance to make Trump’s policy unrestricted.
The speech heightened concerns that Trump’s appointment to lead the U.S. Global Media Administration, Michael Pack, controls the wallet strings of Voice of America and other services, intending to reduce them to government mouthpieces. Many people Say this will damage credibility and integrity. Media operating agency under USAGM.
According to the GAP letter sent to Pack and Reilly on January 8, VOA staff were told that the speech would involve “the importance of VOA and the challenges facing the United States in the world today.”
Pompeii took a different view on Monday, insisting that “your mission is to promote democracy, freedom and American values in the world.” After the fall of the Berlin Wall, he argued that VOA “lost its commitment to its mission. Its broadcasts are less and less telling the truth about the United States, and more to demean the United States.”
Pompeo said: “To broadcast to you this is the greatest country known in the world. This is not fake news. I am not saying to ignore our faults. To admit them.” “But this is not the’Vice President of the United States’, It focuses on all the problems of our great country. It certainly does not provide a platform for authoritarian regimes in Beijing or Tehran.”
Pompeo also asserted that VOA staff objected to his speech as “morally wrong.” He used the whistleblower’s complaint as an excuse to launch a culture war against reporters who listened to him in the auditorium.
Pompeo claimed: “We are all part of an organization, and its duties and responsibilities are higher than any of our organizations. This review instinct is dangerous. This is morally wrong. This violates your duty.” Pompeo Said, a few minutes after it seemed to imply that VOA reporters were biased toward the United States, “censorship, eye-catching, and political correctness all point in one direction-authoritarianism, disguised as moral justice. This is similar to our view. On Twitter , Facebook, Apple and too many college campuses have seen it.”
David Kligerman, the general counsel of General Motors of the United States, was allegedly expelled by Pack last month. He said Pompeo’s condemnation of VOA reporters betrayed a fundamental misunderstanding of the agency’s mission and directly violated authoritarian countries such as China. He criticized in his speech.
Kligman said that the minister’s accusation is that VOA has “censorship, vigilance, and political correctness, which Pompeo believes is unfavorable. This is consistent with our administration’s long-term greater attacks on the press. “It’s a dangerous trap to broadcast to viewers in the unfree countries we serve, such as China, Iran, and Russia, especially for the secretary of state. Journalists should delay the party’s line. This is also fundamental. Dangerous. Misunderstanding of the IAEA’s mission in accordance with the IAEA’s mandate.”
Pack’s actions were reviewed by legislators on both sides of the aisle, and the affected individuals took legal action. Last month, in a famous “First Amendment” case, a federal judge ruled that Pack and his team were prohibited from interfering in the newsroom.
Just last month, the Office of the Special Counsel for the Federal Supervisory Agency discovered what it called “considerable wrongdoing” in the agency and directed Pack to order an investigation.