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Voice of America says it won't become Trump TV

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January 26, 2017View for printing

Had President Trump lost the election, he might have launched a media company. When he won, he didn't have to -- because he inherited one.

What really bears watching is how Trump fills the chief executive's office and how his pick manages Voice of America. A provision tucked into a defense bill that passed in December essentially took that authority away from the Broadcasting Board of Governors. The power of the part-time, bipartisan body that was in charge of Voice of America (plus Radio Free Europe, Radio Free Asia and the Middle East Broadcast Networks) was consolidated in the role of a full-time chief executive.

For now, Trump has assigned two former campaign aides, New Hampshire state director Matthew Ciepielowski and Wisconsin communications director Matthew Schuck, to do the job on a temporary basis. Schuck is a former staff writer at the conservative website Daily Surge; Ciepielowski is a former field director at the Americans for Prosperity Foundation, a conservative advocacy group founded by Republican mega-donors Charles and David Koch.

By Callum Borchers

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The Voice of America radio empire is now going to be broadcast in the U.S. for the first time. The non-partisan board has been removed and Trump operatives are now in charge. This could become the perfect "alternative facts" medium for Trump to "educate" his followers who believe anything he says. It could be Fox news on steroids of the worst kind. Stay tuned and informed.


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