New boss may test Voice of America’s credibility
By The New York Times Editorial Board
Founded in 1942, the Voice of America was never meant to be a megaphone for the American government. The concept was the opposite: A federally funded broadcaster would showcase American values around the world by offering unbiased news and a true picture of American life. That mission is enshrined in what the VOA calls its “firewall,” which “prohibits interference by any U.S. government official in the objective, independent reporting of news.”
So it’s worrisome that the Senate confirmation of the Trump administration’s pick to head the VOA and several allied broadcasters was followed by the resignations of the two top VOA executives, both experienced, respected and independent journalists.