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Trump Appointee Unconstitutionally Interfered With VOA, Judge Rules

Trump Appointee Unconstitutionally Interfered With VOA, Judge Rules

VOA Interference: Trump Appointee Acted Unconstitutionally, Judge Rules A federal judge ordered the CEO over the Voice of America to stop investigating its journalists for anti-Trump bias, saying he caused "self-censorship and the chilling of First Amendment expression."Toggle more optionsToggle more optionsUpdated at 3:09 p.m. ET The chief executive over the Voice of America and its sister networks has acted unconstitutionally in investigating what he claimed was a deep-seated bias against President Trump by his own journalists, a federal judge . Citing the journalists' First Amendment...

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Nov 21
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Voice of America's 5 Months Under Trump CEO: Lawsuits, Bias Claims, And A Sex Scandal

Voice of America's 5 Months Under Trump CEO: Lawsuits, Bias Claims, And A Sex Scandal

Lawsuits, Bias Claims And A Sex Scandal: VOA's Five Months under Trump CEO Michael Pack is nearing the close of his turbulent tenure as CEO of the parent agency to the Voice of America. After firings and claims of bias, staffers say they fear more damage on his way out.Toggle more optionsHeard onToggle more optionsCrisis has been the defining constant at the Voice of America and its parent agency for the past five months. That's how long Michael Pack, the conservative documentary maker picked by President Trump to lead the U.S. Agency for Global Media, has been in charge. In that time, he's...

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Nov 20
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Analysis: Is Trump's Next Foe Fox News?

Analysis: Is Trump's Next Foe Fox News?

Is Trump's Next Big Foe Fox News? Since Election Day, President Trump has attacked Fox News repeatedly, particularly its newsroom. Now comes chatter from Washington that he wants to start up his own media outfit to take on Fox.David FolkenflikA trial balloon, a Twitter tirade and a turn in TV ratings have led to a ton of chatter: After his election loss, will President Trump's next target be Fox News? Since Election Day, Trump has stewed publicly and privately over Fox's projection of Arizona for Joe Biden, a projection replicated Thursday by other major television networks. While Fox's...

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U.S. Agency Targets Its Own Journalists' Independence

U.S. Agency Targets Its Own Journalists' Independence

U.S. Agency Targets Its Own Journalists' Independence In a late-night move to assert editorial control, the CEO of the U.S. international broadcasting agency rescinded a rule which established a "firewall" between the newsroom and political appointees.A regulatory "firewall" intended to protect Voice of America and its affiliated newsrooms from political interference in their journalism was swept aside late Monday night by the chief executive of the federal agency which oversees the government's international broadcasters. Michael Pack, a Trump appointee who assumed leadership of the U.S....

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Oct 27
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Analysis: Questionable 'N.Y. Post' Scoop Driven By Ex-Hannity Producer And Giuliani

Analysis: Questionable 'N.Y. Post' Scoop Driven By Ex-Hannity Producer And Giuliani

N.Y. Post's Questionable Scoop Driven By Ex-Hannity Producer And Rudy Giuliani Red flags abound in a story about Hunter Biden that provides fodder for President Trump and his allies. The allegations rest on speculation and assumptions rather than journalistically sound facts.It is a classic moment in the weeks before Election Day: a news outlet runs a front-page exclusive promising scandalous revelations about a big-ticket candidate. This week, the New York Post published a story based on what it says are emails — "smoking gun" emails, it calls them — sent by a Ukrainian business executive...

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Political Aides Investigate VOA White House Reporter For Anti-Trump Bias

Political Aides Investigate VOA White House Reporter For Anti-Trump Bias

Voice Of America White House Bureau Chief Investigated By Political Appointees An investigation by political appointees into the Voice of America's White House bureau chief for anti-Trump bias is the latest act that may break federal laws promising its journalistic independence.Two political appointees at the federal agency that oversees the Voice of America recently investigated one of its most prominent journalists to make the case he was biased against President Trump, NPR has learned. They compiled an extensive report deemed "confidential" on , claiming that in his reporting and tweets...

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You Literally Can't Believe The Facts Tucker Carlson Tells You. So Say Fox's Lawyers

You Literally Can't Believe The Facts Tucker Carlson Tells You. So Say Fox's Lawyers

The Legal Defense For Fox's Tucker Carlson: He Can't Be Literally Believed Fox News viewers don't expect facts from Tucker Carlson, according to network lawyers who defended their star in a slander lawsuit filed by a woman who said she had an affair with President Trump.Tucker Carlson appears to be made of Teflon. Fox News' top-rated host has been repeatedly , which have cost his political opinion show many of its major advertisers. Yet Carlson endures in his prime-time slot. Carlson even attacked his own network's chief news anchor on the air, with no real consequences. That anchor, Now...

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Sep 29
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