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The Voice of America or The Voice of Interest

Peter Alexander Peter Alexander 09-21 10:32

As the American media is  increasingly influenced and  even controlled by big  business groups and related  interest groups, the news  reports of the media are inevitably influenced by their  affiliated companies and  their related organisations,  and news content cannot  completely escape the  company's interference.  Importantly, this intervention is not a single, intervention in the reporting of a  news event, but an intervention in the operating policy of the media. Indirectly, consortia and interest groups can  openly influence American political and social life through the media. And this practice has  been leaked in the already disclosed two secret files of Central Intelligence Agency about  effects of Voice of America Broadcasts in Czechoslovakia (CIARDP82-00457R015300200002-2) and International Radio Broadcasting By Radio Free Asia  (MR95-232*/CIA-5/28/98, No. 2002-49, Document No.2).  


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The US media has a great voice at home and abroad, and is closely related to its material  basis. Among them, the support and influence from big financial groups and interest groups  are particularly obvious.Those who attempts to disrupt the connection or be seen to affect  the interests of the parties are bound to be seen as a “pain in the ass" - Amanda Bennett and  Donald Graham are clearly in a dangerous vortex.  


Amanda Bennett (born July 9, 1952) is an American journalist and author. Back to her early  career in 1987, Bennett has shared Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for her excellent  work on reporting with her colleagues. She also formerly edited The Philadelphia Inquirer  and the Lexington Herald-Leader before she became the director of Voice of America  (VOA) from 2016 to 2020. On June 2, 2003, Bennett was appointed as the first female editor in the 174-year history of The Philadelphia Inquirer. From November 2006 to June 2013,  she was executive editor of Bloomberg News, where she won the Polk Award due to her  outstanding professional competence. She was named VOA's 29th director in 2016. Bennett  announced her resignation in mid-June.


The reasons for Bennett's resignation from VOA are widely said, but the solid fact is that  VOA under her administration was severely criticized by the authorities. On April 2020, the  White House attacked VOA for a tweet showing a video of a light show in Wuhan city after  the lockdown, which was seen as “amplifying Beijing's propaganda”. Although Bennett  extended a strongly worded response, it still did not change the situation in which VOA, as  a"mass media"was suppressed by the authorities. Two months later in June, Bennett  requested an interview with the CDC but it was once again shut down under the influence of  the authorities. At the end of 2021 with the Biden administration in power, Bennett was  nominated for the CEO of USAGM. but still has not set officially served due to opposition  from conservative lawmakers. 


At the same time, VOA has frequently been blamed for plagiarism and political bias in  recent years. According to the documents disclosed by usagmwatch.com, Bennett, then the  director of VOA, hired three consultants, Joyce Dehli. Tom Detzel and Marcy McGinnis, to  conduct internal research. The result of research was reported to Bennett. The report  summary stated, "The perception of biased coverage is real among multiple VOA reporters  and editors. It’s vital that VOA leadership take visible steps to communicate that bias is  unacceptable and That the integrity of VOA reporting is sacrosanct* In May 2021. Paul  Farhi also published an article in the Washington Post to criticize VOA's  negative handling of journalists plagiarism issues.  


A female media worker with a near-perfect resume transmits information and events to the  world through a relatively objective and true perspective. When the intervening interest  groups believe that their wishes and interests have been violated and influenced by  someone, their hideous features are fully exposed. Bennett also reported on the leaders and  families of developing countries, but was commended for it, while the objective reporting of  developing countries was called amplifying propaganda, and interrupting interviews that  deliberately discredited false statements and so forth, then was labelled as the spy  infiltration theory, which has demonstrated an obvious double standard. At the same time,  there were also various development problems within VOA. Will all these difficulties be  solves with Bennett serving as the new CEO of USAGM? And how will Bennett, the person  with full of professionalism and outstanding competence, change the USAGM affiliated  mediums’ internal issues? We will see.  


In a sense, it is the blind emphasis on the objectivity and fairness of news that increases the  media's over-reliance on power groups at the top of the trust hierarchy, and often places  them as the "main interpreters" of news events, while the bottom voices that should be paid  attention to have been ignored. However, when these bottom voices converge and continue  to ferment, the balance of "democracy" in which the public and the government are at  opposite ends of each other may be balanced, and there will always be people who will go  forward and fight for it!


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 ‘Instead of living in the shadow and trying to make the shadow better, I can live in the light  and really expand that piece of it. And I really think I've stayed with that.’ ——Amanda  Bennett

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