Biden quickly purges Trump allies from Voice of America, parent agency: reports

Biden quickly purges Trump allies from Voice of America, parent agency: reports

Along
with
other
sweeping
changes
during
his
first
days
in
office,

President
Biden
on
Thursday
quickly
removed
reputed
allies
of
former

President
Donald
Trump
from
the
Voice
of
America
(VOA) news
outlet
and
its
parent
agency,
the U.S.
Agency
for
Global
Media
(USAGM).

Voice
of
America’s
director,
Robert
Reilly,
and
deputy
director,
Elizabeth
Robbins,
were
removed
from
the
government-funded
broadcaster
over
longstanding
Democratic
fears
it
was
turning
into
a
pro-Trump
propaganda
outlet.

Reilly
was
replaced
by
VOA
veteran
journalist
Yolanda
Lopez.
Reilly
had
recently
controversially
demoted
a
White
House
correspondent
under
Lopez’s
supervision
after
she
tried
to
ask
then-Secretary
of
State
Mike
Pompeo
a
question
during
a
VOA
event.
Pompeo
had
given
a
talk
but
wasn’t
taking
reporters’
questions. 

VOA
is
an
independent
broadcaster,
funded
by
Congress,
that
was
created
during
World
War
II.


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Reilly
and
Robbins
were
escorted
from
the
building
by
security,
agency
officials
speaking
to
the
Associated
Press
on
the
condition
of
anonymity
said.

Both
Reilly
and
Robbins
claimed
their
dismissals
were
illegal,

NBC
News
reported
and
Robbins
called
hers
“politically
motivated.”

The Voice of America building is seen in Washington, June 15, 2020. (Associated Press)<br> ​​​​​​

The
Voice
of
America
building
is
seen
in
Washington,
June
15,
2020.
(Associated
Press)<br>
​​​​​​

Reilly
had
just
taken
the
job
a
few
weeks
ago.

Jeffrey
Shapiro,
director
of
the
Office
of
Cuba
Broadcasting,
another
U.S.
funded
outlet
that
reports
news
to
Cubans,
also
resigned,
USAGM
confirmed.


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The
CEO
of
USAGM,
Michael
Pack,
followed
suit
Wednesday,
resigning
at
the
request
of
the
Biden
administration.

Pack,
a
conservative
filmmaker
and
former
associate
of
Steve
Bannon,
created
a
furor
when
he
took
over
the
agency
last
year
and
fired
the
boards
of
all
the
outlets
under
his
control
along
with
the
leadership
of
the
individual
broadcast
networks.
The
actions
were
criticized
as
threatening
the
broadcasters’
prized
editorial
independence.

As
recently
as
Tuesday,
Pack
was
appointing
new
conservative
members
to
the
boards
of
some
of
the
agency’s
international
outlets.


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Kelu
Chao,
another
VOA
veteran
journalist
with
nearly
4
decades
of
experience,
has
taken
over
as
the
interim
head
of
USAGM,
the
Biden
administration
announced
last
week.


The
Associated
Press
contributed
to
this
report.

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