Category: Broadcasting

The dog that didn’t bark: Mullahs cover hearing on VOA, but don’t comment on regime bias

The mullahs’ reporting of the April 7 US congressional hearing about pro-regime bias at the Voice of America reads like Sherlock Holmes’ case of the dog that didn’t bark. In solving a murder mystery, Holmes reasoned that because the dog at the victim’s home didn’t bark, it must have known the killer. By deduction, the great detective solved the mystery....

VOA to kill broadcasts to most restive parts of PRC

As the Chinese regime steps up the sophistication and tempo of its international propaganda operations, the United States government is curtailing a mainstay of providing unfiltered news and information to the most restive large areas under one-party control. The Voice of America (VOA) has announced plans to terminate its shortwave broadcasts into rural China and Tibet, citing cost-cutting measures and...

What’s wrong with this: Iranian Revolutionary Guard defends VOA against regime critic

For those who continue to doubt that a long-overdue personnel shakeup is due at the Voice of America’s Persian News Network (PNN), here’s a new development from inside Iran. The Iranian Revolutionary Guard has come out and defended VOA/PNN against criticism from one of the regime’s leading opponents, student opposition leader Amir Abbas Fakhravar. Fakhravar escaped from Iran and has...

A swell way to declare an Afghan victor

Here’s a terrific way for the United States to settle the Afghan presidential election controversy: Have the Voice of America broadcast an “exclusive interview” with the CIA director who says the US-favored candidate will win and that a vote recount won’t matter. Not! Yet that’s just what the VOA and CIA Director Leon Panetta have done. Here’s what the VOA...

Hudson Institute & McCormick Tribune Foundation host JMW at broadcasting conference

[News release] Annenberg Professor of International Communication J. Michael Waller was a participant at a conference on international broadcasting sponsored by the Hudson Institute and the McCormick Tribune Foundation. The April 25-27 event brought together former directors of the Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, former government officials, current military information operations officers, and other professional communicators to discuss and formulate a strategy for...

On VOA and VOA-TV, professor talks of how to undermine Chavez regime

(Institute of World Politics news release) The consolidating dictatorship of strongman Hugo Chavez is destroying the Venezuelan economy and threatening to destabilize South America and the Caribbean, Annenberg Professor J. Michael Waller said on the Voice of America radio and VOA-TV in separate interviews on June 21 and 23, 2005. In the Spanish-language programs, Waller called on Brazil, as Venezuela’s largest...