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VOA: Question the Secretary of State, get reassigned
Posted by: deckeda
Date: January 12, 2021 11:41PM
We knew Trump had damaged the Voice of America in his attempt to turn it into a propaganda machine. This is just the latest example, on top of an event that should not have even taken place.

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Re: VOA: Question the Secretary of State, get reassigned
Posted by: pdq
Date: January 13, 2021 08:53AM

Widakuswara’s reassignment - which appears to be punishment for seeking information from a prominent newsmaker - carries several layers of irony, given the themes of Pompeo’s talk and the issues surrounding his appearance.

...[Pompeo] decried censorship abroad, comparing it to efforts by social media giants to limit inflammatory commentary in the wake of a mob assault on the U.S. Capitol.

... ‘This kind of censorial instinct is dangerous,’ he said. ‘It’s morally wrong. And it’s against your mandate. Censorship, wokeness, political correctness, it all points in one direction - authoritarianism, cloaked as moral righteousness... It’s time that we simply put woke-ism to sleep.’

...and the punch line to this joke?


No outside journalists were permitted to attend the event, and VOA journalists weren’t permitted to ask questions. When several in attendance began to shout questions after the program finished, a live stream of the event went dark within seconds.

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