VOICE OF TRUMPERICA: Roger Ailes Reportedly Up For State Department Post Running The Voice Of America

According to reports on Twitter, disgraced former Fox News president Roger Ailes is under consideration to become Trump’s Under Secretary of Diplomacy and Public Affairs, a State Department post that would place him in charge of the Voice Of America. Additionally, Trump is reportedly planning to revamp the Voice Of America in the style of Russia’s state-run propaganda outlet, RT News. Yesterday Politico predicted this:

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.

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.