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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Politico discovers "new" network that's been around 74 years

Today in Fake News, Politico reported: "President-elect Donald Trump is about to inherit a newly empowered Voice of America that some officials fear could serve as an unfettered propaganda arm for the former reality TV star who has flirted for years with launching his own network."

The network began in World War II, on February 17, 1942 to be exact.

By "oficials," Politico means bureaucrats.

I mean who is being propagandistic here?

From Politico:
Buried on page 1,404 of the National Defense Authorization Act that passed last week is a provision that would disband the bipartisan board of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the independent U.S. agency that includes Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, Radio Free Asia and the Middle East Broadcast Networks.
The move — pushed by House Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce as a way to streamline the agency — concentrates control into a powerful CEO who is appointed by the president.
That change, combined with a 2013 legislative revision that allows the network to legally reach a U.S. audience, which was once banned, could pave the way for Trump-approved content created by the U.S. diplomacy arm, if he chooses to exploit the opportunity.
Essentially, Trump is finally getting his Trump TV — financed by taxpayers to the tune of $800 million per year. And some of the few people in the know aren’t happy about it.
“Congress unwittingly just gave President-elect Trump unchecked control of all U.S. media outlets,” said Michael Kempner, a Democratic member of the board who was appointed by President Barack Obama and was a Hillary Clinton donor. “No president, either Democrat or Republican, should have that kind of control. It’s a public jewel. Its independence is what makes it so credible.”
This is nonsense. What is Trump going to do with VOA? Peddle Trump Wine.

(Note: Never buy booze from a teetotaler.)

After a while, you wonder if anyone at any of these Fake News organization cares if anyone believes them?

Maybe that is the point, to get no one to care about the news anymore.



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  1. Let's make a deal. We drop this from the budget, and drop PBS, NPR, and Planned Parenthood at the same time.

  2. God forbid he tells the world how great America is.

  3. He already owns his message and controls the conversation quite well, via Twitter - why the hell does he need VOA to broadcast to Americans?

    The stupid, it burns!

  4. OMG,
    Is Trump going to tweet while president?
    Of course, obambi tweets via two different twatter accounts, but he is the messiah and Trump is satan (/s).
    Trump is Santa (and only those who have been good and not naughty are going to get anything from him).

  5. Link the tweet that Instapundit links about "Weaponizing the US government over 8 years only to hand it to Donald Trump."

    -Mikey NTH

  6. Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh!
    He'll control the NYT, WaPo, Alphabets, etc. etc.
    Suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuure he will.
    Politico is now Politiloonies!

    (Dave, I think you can improve on this, if not yourself.)

  7. My favorite part of the store by the WaPo on this subject was, "The Obama administration — perhaps anticipating a Hillary Clinton presidency — supported these changes." As the tweet says, "TFW you spent the last eight years weaponizing the Federal Government only to turn it over to Trump."

  8. Petard, Hoist, Well Assembled, One (1) Each!

  9. Democrats wholly control CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC, and NPR, yet they are worried about VOA being too pro-America. They are pathetic.

    1. Hey! you forgot Faux. They are fairly unbalanced!
      If they weren't in the tank for Illary, I'm the last Kaiser of Germany.

  10. I see. So this law got drafted, redrafted, sent to committee, etc, passed, all in the time since the election? Which Trump unexpectedly (at least to the Dems) won.


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  12. Streamlining for cost effectiveness makes sense, but we should keep broadcasting real news and the truth if for nothing else to get under the skin of despots and tin-pot dictators. Make them squirm and spend their money on countermeasures. The U.S. can easily afford to win the war of attrition as far as information goes. - Elric