The Voice of America is being drowned out by a mix of pop-flavored propaganda.
Voice correspondents have historically felt some pressure to advocate for U.S. policy, but under the current administration, the pressure is barely disguised. The current Voice director, David Jackson, is a former Time reporter who left in 2001 to create the Pentagon’s p.r. Web site, DefendAmerica.gov. In 2004 he demoted the Voice’s popular news director, Andre deNesnera, who shortly after 9/11 had broadcast an interview with a Taliban leader. The interview led many, including William Safire of The New York Times, to attack the Voice on the ground that this was not the time to know thine enemy.
Columbia Journalism Review
Many important questions from ‘Memogate’ remain unanswered – often because they were never asked.
Ultimately, we don’t know enough to justify the conventional wisdom: that the documents were “apparently bogus” (as Howard Kurtz put it, reporting on Dan Rather’s resignation) and that a major news network was an accomplice to political slander.
Columbia Journalism Review (PDF)