BBG Watch, a watchdog organization reported today that a taxpayer funded news service is actively working against Donald Trump.
BBG notes that a reporter
“has been posting anti-Donald Trump memes on her personal but publicly accessible Facebook page. One was a GIF with a Nazi swastika swinging over Mr. Trump’s face. The journalist, who collects a government salary, self-identifies on her Facebook page as a Voice of America employee.”
“The Voice of America Russian Service posted online, both Facebook and YouTube, the recent Hillary Clinton’s anti-Donald Trump campaign video with Russian subtitles and no attached balancing material whatsoever. U.S. taxpayers paid for versioning the anti-Donald Trump Hillary Clinton campaign video into Russian and for posting it on the Voice of America social media pages which can be viewed in the United States and abroad.”
Under the Hatch Act of 1939, employees in the executive branch of the federal government generally may not use official authority or influence to interfere with an election or engage in political activity while on duty or in a government office. As Commentator Sierra Rayne recently reported in American Thinker, “[o]ne of VOA’s flagship programs is Issues in the News, where prominent Washington correspondents discuss topics making headlines around the world.” It features two journalists who are both strong and vocal critics of Donald Trump.
The Voice of America charter claims that, “VOA news will be accurate, objective, and comprehensive,” and 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.” Oversight of VOA is done by The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), whose board includes such “non-partisans” as Secretary of State John Kerry, Board chairman Jeff Shell, a Democrat nominated by President Obama, and Michael Kempner of MWWPR, one of Hillary Clinton’s top fundraisers.
BBG Reports that,
“U.S. taxpayers should not be funding translations and re-posting online of highly partisan electioneering videos. While VOA is by law supposed to target foreign audiences, its online content is widely viewed in the United States, including Russian-speaking U.S. citizens and voters. The U.S. government and its employees now have the ability to influence American electorate through mass media at U.S. taxpayers’ expense. It’s a dangerous precedent for the Voice of America to show such blatant partisanship.”
The law is clear: taxpayer-funded government entities like Voice of America, which receives $225 million annually, should not be campaigning against the GOP Presidential nominee. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) is a regular and vocal critic of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), recently noting that “This Broken Agency is Losing the Info War to ISIS & Putin.”