Shots that also include a short shot of Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) Were released liberally earlier this month from a live conference of the Million Muslim Votes virtual conference by Emgage Action, for which Biden provided a video. Emgage Action is a left-wing 501c group (4) that has approved Bidd and “seeks to mobilize American Muslims to defend the issues that determine who American Muslims are for,” according to its website.
One of these clips included sound from voice narrators. “Make no mistake to people, 2020 is our year. Let’s dive into it with a 20/20 vision, “says the narrator in the video. “We can clearly see that America is fighting for its soul.”;
Discussions about the fate of suppliers come amid a politically demanding reworking of taxpayer-funded media deals, including VOAs. Suspending them would be a less severe punishment than what the new VOA leadership was previously aware of, according to two people: immediate termination.
Bill Baum, a longtime VOA veteran and current senior adviser to the acting director, told colleagues earlier this week that the VOA wanted to terminate its contracts immediately because the story resembled a campaign advertisement, was not balanced and violated VOA journalism standards.
But after the general council of the parent organization of the VOA, the US Global Media Agency, recommended that the VOA only suspend four suppliers instead of firing them, they may eventually end up maintaining their jobs. Suppliers are likely to be given the opportunity to explain why they should not be fired, according to a person familiar with internal discussions.
A statement from VOA spokesman Bridget Serchak said: “The VOA management is reviewing in detail the circumstances surrounding it. Following the collection and thorough evaluation of all the facts of the case, corrective action will be taken. “
President Donald Trump and his allies have loudly complained about the tone of VOA coverage – including the unusual explosion in the White House newsletter. In the case of the Biden video, people outside the USAGM reported it to the new CEO, Michael Pack, and said he had expressed concerns about the content.
The video also drew the attention of conservative journalist Sarah Carter, who wrote a story on Monday entitled: “The Voice of America promoted pro-Biden advertising for a Muslim political campaign, then removed it.” he described it as “scandalous that the VOA” had used its platform to campaign for Biden “and asked for an investigation.
Pack, an ally of Steve Bannon, fired leaders of Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty, Radio Free Asia and other businesses when he began CEO of a taxpayer-funded media group, sparking criticism from members of both parties in Congress. Amanda Bennett, the head of the VOA at the time, resigned from her first day at work.
Pack, a veteran documentary filmmaker, advocated shaking as needed to help him reform the organization to be clearer with its original mission.
However, in the USAGM and among its supporters on Capitol Hill, there are deep suspicions about the real motives of the Pack.
“Unfortunately, he’s trying to find one incident and examples that can show that he’s improving the content,” one of the people said about Pack. (A USAGM official said VOA language services have long been “controlled for non-compliance with journalistic standards and policies” and do not comply with the VOA charter.)
The review of the Biden video led the best VOA officials to thoroughly address the matter. Officials in the front office of the drawer told colleagues that Urdu’s video should correct Bidd when he mentioned the “Muslim ban” when he said President Trump’s immigration action in 2017 did not ban all Muslims from joining the United States, but only selected countries of most Muslims. , according to the person familiar with the internal discussions. The video should also note that the Trump campaign makes its own contact with Muslim voters and that some Muslim organizations support Trump’s re-election.
Top USAGM officials asked for the names of everyone involved in the story and asked them for an interview, according to one person familiar with the exchanges.
On Tuesday, Acting Director of the VOA Elez Biberaj met in several meetings with the Pack front office, and Deputy Chief of Staff Diane Cullo asked him for the names of journalists involved in publishing the story and a full translation of the piece, according to two people familiar with the matter. The VOA shared this information with the USAGM and promised to improve the editorial process to prevent the recurrence of this type of episode. Biberaj also proposed disciplinary action against other interested people.
There is no doubt that Urdu’s content violated VOA’s editorial standards, but the involvement of top USAGM officials has heightened tensions.
“It seems that the CEO’s office is extremely interested in getting out of the VOA’s activities from the other side of the firewall,” said a person familiar with the internal discussions. The source could not recall that the VOA would ever consider releasing people on the basis of an imbalance in one story and without record results.
“It seems so fast and so unusual,” said a person who called it the “witch hunt.”