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The Trump-appointed worker ousts the profession journalist for a fiery fanatic to run Voice of America

"The last six months have been perhaps the most difficult time in VOA's recent history," he wrote. "Unfortunately, this period was marked by a controversial relationship between the VOA and USAGM. Some agency officials have failed to comply with the rules, protocols and processes that I believed to be inviolable, and were indifferent to the disruptive impact of their actions and decisions on operations and the mission of VOA. "

It's not just a management disruption. "Attempts to trample on VOA's journalistic independence threatened to undermine our hard-won credibility at a time of global democratic relapse and increasing international threats to American values ​​and moral leadership. "

These threats include an attempt to kill the military newspaper Stars & Stripes and an attack by political officials on a veteran VOA reporter for insufficient loyalty to Trump. And now: Robert Reilly. But don't think for a minute that the levy of a bigot like Reilly is specific to Trump – he was previously the director of VOA under George W. Bush.

If Joe Biden gets in on the act, he can easily replace Pack as head of the global media agency, but replacing Reilly can actually be more difficult because of the provisions the House put on the defense spending bill to curb Pack's abuses. Imagine that.

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