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Voice Of America Plagued By Partisan Bias. Concerns Mount As 2020 Presidential Election Draws Near

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Voice of America officials have chalked up the agency’s recent partisan based journalism as a “breach in our journalistic standards.” Senior officials have publicly apologized for the actions of its Urdu division, saying the actions of those employees to create promotional campaign ads in support of Democratic nominee Joe Biden are not endemic of the taxpayer funded agency’s goals or standards.

But the explanations that VOA officials have given don’t appear to be substantiated by the agency’s continued biased coverage against the Republican party. After a review of numerous explanatory political videos describing America’s history and political system, as well as stories regarding the 2020 election, SaraACarter.com has found not only historical inaccuracies but continued themes suggesting the Democratic Party is the most equitable party. The assessment was based on a review of the videos, interviews and complaints from U.S. government employees who spoke to this reporter and a well-known presidential historian, who also reviewed the news network’s videos.

Moreover, the VOA, which reaches more than 280 million people a week, is frequently used as a go-to network for American immigrants and others, making its biased coverage an even more daunting concern as the nation is still reeling from ongoing racial divide and a contentious 2020 presidential election.

Doug Wead, a conservative presidential historian and author of 31 non-fiction books, said the videos he’s reviewed from VOA “are biased.” He noted the messaging depicts Democrats as as the party of equality and civil rights, while depicting Republicans as more divisive and racist. Wead is also the author of the best selling book Inside Trump’s White House: The Real Story of His Presidency.

“The VOA history as depicted in these promo videos is slanted and incomplete. It is outrageous that taxpayers should have to pay for political promotion.”

Doug Wead, author and presidential historian.

“There have been five recent presidents – in modern times – who have used the N word publicly,” said Wead. “Four of them were Democrats. Here are the five. Woodrow Wilson, Harry Truman, Richard Nixon, LBJ and Barack Obama. Not Donald Trump.”

Wead went on to say that “the VOA history ignores the fact that every slave-owning president was a Democrat. It fails to point out that the founders of the Democratic Party, Jefferson and Jackson were Democrats. And that Jefferson-Jackson day fundraisers are still held annually across America to raise money for their party.”

“The VOA history as depicted in these promo videos is slanted and incomplete,” said Wead. “It is outrageous that tax payers should have to pay for political promotion.”

VOA Adds Republican Party History Video After Being Called Out

Last week, VOA Public Relations Director Bridget Ann Serchak responded to SaraACarter.com saying that “the video in question is one in a long series of “explainers” prepared by Voice of America to explain processes and issues in the American system of government to international audiences.”

“The video did not name any political party and simply laid out what people are talking about when they speak of voter suppression,” said Serchak.”This is an important issue to our audiences, many of which live in countries where free and fair elections are a rarity.”

Serchak said she could not comment as to the actions taken against employees at VOA’s Urdu Service that promoted and produced the Biden political ad that was shown globally on its platform. She also referred to the VOA’s Charter, “enshrined in law since 1976, is a requirement for all VOA journalists and clearly outlines our commitment to providing accurate, objective and comprehensive news to its global audience.”

On Monday, nearly a week after SaraACarter.com called for comment questioning the VOA regarding Democratic history video, the agency posted an educational video depicting the beginning of the Republican Party of Abraham Lincoln.

2020 Election Coverage Raising Serious Concerns

Scrutiny over VOA’s news coverage has heightened over the past several months. The most recent had to do with its Urdu broadcasting service. The target audience is mainly in South Asia, parts of India and Urdu speaking, as well as Muslim immigrants in the United States, who access the platform regularly. Last month, employees from the Urdu Service produced a campaign video with Democratic nominee Biden, where it appeared that Biden’s campaign was asking the American Muslim community to support him in the election. It basically stated that the 1 million-plus Muslim U.S. voters could make a difference if they voted for Biden.

Shortly after SaraACarter.com exposed the political ad, VOA officials had it taken down and the situation is currently under investigation. VOA Director Elez Biberaj told employees in an August, 7 memo, that the recent VOA Urdu Services actions were partisan and a  “serious breach of our journalistic standards and a violation of the VOA Charter…” that “implied VOA’s endorsement of a partisan election message.” Some employees were allegedly suspended for their involvement, according to sources familiar with the situation who spoke to this reporter.

Biberaj added in the memo, which was obtained by the government watchdog group BBG Watch that “appropriate corrective action is being taken and the editorial approval process in the Urdu Service has been reviewed and strengthened.” He provided no further details, but USAGM Watch reported that they had learned “that changes in personnel are expected.”

Its responsibility is to provide unbiased media on U.S. policies for foreign countries and entities. VOA employs roughly 1,078 people, as well as hundreds of foreign contractors but even that has come under scrutiny. Recent investigations have revealed that many of the foreign contractors, even some from hostile countries, have not been properly vetted when entering and working in the United States. The issue has raised serious concerns among lawmakers that state VOA’s failure is a serious national security threat to the county.

VOA’s Urdu Divisions Biden Campaign Ad Only The Tip Of The Iceberg Those Familiar Suggest

Inside the newsroom, employees keep their concerns to themselves. These government employees know that if they address anything publicly they could lose their jobs and the government pensions that come with it.

VOA’s Urdu “pseudo” campaign ad for Biden is only the tip of the iceberg, said several current and former employees connected to the agency and interviewed by this reporter.

Moreover, these former and current employees say the problems are exacerbated by the fact that the VOA has an average annual budget of roughly $234.7 million taxpayer dollars. Its actions are directly contradictory to the agency’s goals and edict in covering news to inform its foreign audiences. As for USAGM, the budget is more than $637 million for 2020.

Compounding the issue is recent information revealing the serious national security concerns regarding its hiring practices and failure to screen of foreign workers, many who have entered the United States and now have high level security clearances at other U.S. government agencies.

Those familiar with the problems plaguing VOA, who spoke to SaraACarter.com, stressed that the agency has a remarkable reach and shouldn’t be dismantled but restructured in such a way to balance the coverage.

The newsroom is plagued by biased, according to several sources. It is almost impossible to get VOA employees to discuss what many have said behind closed doors to be unbalanced coverage.

Other former VOA employees, like Dan Robinson, are now working to expose the bias at the agency. These volunteers hope that the VOA can return to its original mandate to provide balanced coverage of U.S. news globally. It’s going to be a challenge, they say.

BBG Watch and USAGM Watch website is edited and published by unpaid volunteers, including many current and former employees of U.S. international broadcasting,” as stated Robinson and the website.

Robinson, who is retired from the VOA and was also a whistleblower against the agency, has published a multitude of significant investigations on the watchdog site concerning the upcoming presidential elections.

The oversight being conducted by Robinson, along with other volunteers, is working to restore good management and sharp news focus to taxpayer-funded American media outreach abroad. BBG Watch – USAGM Watch (bbgwatch.com) also continues as USAGM Watch (usagmwatch.com), but both websites are now updated with the same new content. 

U.S. Agency for Global Media [USAGM] Suitability Program, CEO Michael Pack, is overseeing changes at VOA. He is the first to be Senate-confirmed and, according to sources, has been ordering comprehensive investigations into malfeasance at the agency. According to officials who spoke to this reporter, Pack is looking into potential damage to U.S. national security, as well as failures inside VOA to provide clear, objective and unbiased coverage to audiences around the globe.

But accomplishing that goal has become even more precarious under the Trump administration as there has been a backlash against the administration and anti-Trump sentiment. These sources, who asked not to be named, said the VOA’s growing opposition to the Republican Party, however, has been around for decades.

During the 1970’s and 80″s “the Democratic Party, including the governor, Jerry Brown and then Senator Joe Biden opposed immigration from Asian citizens.

Doug Wead, author and presidential historian

Moreover any insinuation that the Republican Party itself, or discussion that President Trump is a racist is certainly false on its face, said Wead.

He noted that in his interviews with Trump “he expressed great delight and joy over all of the actions he had taken for African Americans, including the First Step Act, which resulted in more than 20,000 released from prisons, making permanent the government donations to Black Colleges, and the lowest unemployment among African Americans ever recorded.”

Further, said Wead “VOA ignores the story of American citizenship and how and why it emerged. The Alien and Sedition Act, passed during the presidency of John Adams, required that an immigrant live in the United States for 17 years before becoming a citizen. The founding fathers were trying to forge a new nation of like minded people and they wanted them to abandon their tribes and become one people with one language.”

Wead said that the VOA fails to inform its viewers of the correct historical context of immigration in the United States.

“Immigration has been encouraged or opposed all through American history for complicated reasons,” he noted. For example, during the 1970’s and 80″s “the Democratic Party, including the governor, Jerry Brown and then Senator Joe Biden opposed immigration from Asian citizens. These were the Vietnam boat people fleeing communism in SE Asia. Brown blocked Travis Air Force base from being used to bring in Vietnamese orphaned children. Biden said they would take jobs from deserving Americans,” said Wead.

“In general, Democrats tend to favor immigration from African and Hispanic countries because the immigrants often support the Democratic Party,” he said. “And they oppose Asians and White immigrants who tend to vote Republican.”

One source directly familiar with the situation at VOA described the English language newsroom as failing to be intellectually diverse, meaning the leadership is almost all Democratic liberal leaning.

“It is very frustrating,” the source said “The English newsroom has no intellectual diversity. Nothing is going to change about the VOA’s newsroom’s output until a permanent director is put in place. I don’t want VOA to be Trump T.V. I just want VOA to be faithful to its charter. We need new managers in charge.”




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Judiciary hearing spotlights Biden’s dangerously ‘intentional’ open border policy

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Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee bashed the Biden administration Wednesday for the growing southwest border crisis, saying the massive increase in illegal migration and drug trafficking is the result of intentional policies put in place by the White House.

I absolutely agree and contend that Biden’s open border policy is a direct threat to the national security of our nation, making the U.S. vulnerable to our enemies and putting the lives of U.S. citizens and migrants at risk.

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, who is Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, began the hearing by addressing the overwhelming numbers of migrants from all over the world that are being trafficked by cartels and associated human smuggling organizations into the United States since Biden took office, as Iv’e previously reported. These migrants pay thousands, and many times tens of thousands of dollars, to make the dangerous and harrowing journey to the U.S. border.

The trek is laden with tragedy. Children are at the mercy of those trafficking them resulting in physical, sexual and mental abuse. Women and men are raped. Many illegal migrants are sold into slavery to pay back the cartels for their journey. Even those that make it into the country without being victimized by the traffickers are many times forced into slavery once they arrive or live in the shadows.

The officials at the Department of Homeland Security in Washington D.C. are doing little to mitigate this crisis and in fact, tow the narrative of the Biden White House.

Republican lawmakers criticized embattled DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, who has publicly stated that the U.S. southern border “is secure” despite all evidence to the contrary. His lies are palpable and lawmakers are calling for his resignation. Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Arizona, was first to file impeachment articles against Mayorkas and said Tuesday, that “the founders said that you have impeachment for high crimes and misdemeanors — that’s constitutional. They didn’t say you have to be convicted of a felony. What they said is you have a public official who has violated public trust and there is nobody who typifies that more in my opinion than Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.”

Still, Mayorkas is refusing to budge. Why should he? He’s doing exactly what the President is demanding of him. As for the American people, a significant portion of our nation is left in the dark because of a feckless politically motivated media that can’t allow the truth to get in the way of its lies.

It has never been this bad. I’ve covered the border for roughly 18 years and the consequences of President Biden’s open border policies will be dire. The number of illegal migrant encounters and more importantly the overwhelming numbers of known got-a-ways that have not been vetted and who have disappeared into the fabric of our nation will, in my opinion, directly impact our national security.

Jordan put the blame for the overwhelming border crisis squarely on the White House. I agree. He stated, “make no mistake the Biden administration is carrying out its plan.” It was a plan that Biden advertised when he became President and one that his minions are carrying out regardless of the warnings being issued by federal employees, like the Border Patrol agents and ICE officers, and local and state law enforcement, who are on the front lines of this daily battle.

Jordan reminded the committee that in Mayorkas’ own words he said, “we are executing our plan on the border.”

He also referenced Biden’s statement at the beginning of his presidency, when he bragged that his administration “would make it easier for people to get here.”

It’s just that simple. There is no need to dissect the White House statements or try to come up with other interpretations of why the U.S. Mexico border, is almost non-existent.

The numbers of people illegally entering our nation since Biden was elected is evidence enough. More than 2.3 million migrants were encountered at the U.S. Mexico border in 2022, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. By the time Biden leaves office more than 5 million will have been encountered by federal agents and that’s a low-ball guess, according to many U.S. officials I’ve spoken with familiar with the crisis. In fact, the real numbers of illegal aliens in the United States are believed to roughly 22 to 25 million people and you can bet based on those already apprehended that some of them are terrorists with the intention of doing harm to our nation.

“These numbers make clear that the Biden administration does not have operational control of the border,” said Jordan.“Month after month after month, we have set records for migrants coming into the country and frankly, I think it’s intentional.”

We know what’s happing with the open border,  so the most important question we can ask is, why is the administration pursuing an open border policy? What is the ultimate agenda of this policy? Is it more votes? Is it more globalist pursuits in the Western Hemisphere?

We can only guess but it’s up to our lawmakers, like those on the House Judiciary Committee, to hold the Biden officials accountable in such a way that they are forced to confront the truth before the American public through tough questions under oath before the committees. No dog and pony shows. No excuses or deals.

Our lawmakers need to expose the truth no matter how difficult it is to hear – whether it’s the tragic deaths by our citizens from Fentanyl poisoning while adversaries like China send precursor chemicals to Mexican cartels to kill our youth, the trafficking of children for sex and other nefarious purposes, the increase in deaths of migrants at the border and the very real possibility that people associated with terrorism have entered the United States.

These are only some of the the litany of issues our nation is grappling with under a Biden open border policy.

We need to hold the Biden officials accountable because when something does happen, we need to  have their lies on record. We cannot accept any U.S. officials making excuses or acting ignorant of the situation, just like we saw during the 911 Commission hearings.

In fact, the White House’s continuing failure to protect the national security of our country is already a dereliction of duty.

You can follow Sara A. Carter on Twitter @SaraCarterDC 

 

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