NBC News reports:
A senior U.S. official appointed by President Donald Trump has scrapped a federal regulation designed to protect the editorial independence of Voice of America and other U.S.-funded media outlets, amid accusations he is undermining the journalistic credibility of the broadcasters.
Michael Pack, CEO of the U.S. Agency for Global Media who rescinded the editorial “firewall” regulation late Monday night, said the federal rule was legally flawed, infringed on the president’s right to conduct U.S. foreign policy and was “unworkable.”
Reporters at the U.S.-funded broadcasters have accused Pack of trying to turn the service into a mouthpiece for Trump, and former executives said they expected legal challenges to the decision.
Pack has regularly appeared on right wing shows.
Amid last night’s storm of Bad Things you might have missed this Bad Thing:
— Nina Jankowicz (@wiczipedia) October 27, 2020
Michael Pack, Diet Goebbels, is a Bannon associate Trump installed in the parent agency over VOA, Radio Free Europe and other federal media. His mission is the create a nationalist, white supremacist propaganda machine to spread Bannonism worldwide. It’s Bretibart on tax dollars. https://t.co/Rz7xeM6UjK
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) October 27, 2020
Here’s the view from @abennett, former VOA director:
This action “removes the one thing that makes Voice of America distinct from broadcasters of repressive regimes.”
— Bill Grueskin (@BGrueskin) October 27, 2020