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July 7, 2010
The Voice of America has become Voice of Tehran (updated)
Fresh from declaring NASA's mission to be outreach towards and glorification of Islam, comes news that the Voice of America-long a beacon of hope to oppressed people around the world-has become a big mouthpiece for the mullahs via with the administration's "help."
From the superb Investors Business Daily editorial page:
Seems like an administration that tramples our Constitution, violates creditor rights, issues executive orders to do end runs around legislation, bullies past any sort of opposition, can snap its fingers and repair the Voice of America so it broadcasts the truth and no Persian propaganda, mullah-style. That won't happen because the Obama administration seems to like the Voice of America's new direction-even more towards the dark side.
Not so coincidentally, the station has given valuable airtime to Trita Parsi, the head of the de facto Iranian lobby in America (the National Iranian American Council, or NIAC) and a man entangled in efforts to increase Iranian influence in Washington-and reportedly doing so while skirting federal laws.
A person who served on his group's advisory board, John Limbert, now occupies the Iran chair at the State Department -- after Dennis Ross "left" (or was forced out through machinations of the NIAC). The Washington Times reports:
But it gets worse, and the administration has its fingerprints all over this scandal.
Apparently, Tehran is jamming signals of the Voice of America-perhaps even the pro-mullah broadcasts aren't subservient enough. The VOA wrote a note of protest over the jamming but Obama's National Security Council intervened to block that expression of displeasure (so it is fine for Tehran to jam American broadcasts designed-at least theoretically, if not in practice-to help support pro-democracy reformers in Iran) and, failing in that quest, worked to water down that protest.
At least three Republican Senators have a problem with that type of jamming and interference. The Washington Times continues:
The White House intervening on behalf of the mullahs; who ever would have thought that would occur?
Update: The Voice of America Responds to "Axis of Evil" editorial:
To the question posed in the editorial "Axis of Evil," the managers at VOA's Persian News Network (PNN) work exclusively for the Voice of America and diligently carry out its congressional mandate to provide our audience with accurate, objective and comprehensive news and information.
The Voice of America does not ban stories because they cast the Iranian regime in a negative light. In fact the extensive efforts by the Tehran government to jam our TV and radio programs and block access to our website are a testament to our success in Iran, where despite those government efforts we have a weekly audience estimated at nearly 20% of the adult population.
It is also untrue that VOA refused to air video of the tragic death of Neda Agha-Soltan, the young Iranian woman whose killing became a symbol of opposition to the Iranian regime. To the contrary, VOA's Persian News Network was one of the first international news organizations to show cell phone video of the incident.
While VOA cannot comment on personnel matters involving PNN staff, your allegations of "retaliation" are untrue, as is the often repeated allegation that one of PNN's managing editors is biased toward Iran and is the "son of one of the Iranian mullahs." In fact, this man's father is a former university professor who was forced to retire after the revolution. The TV show "Parazit" (Static) is a satirical program. Mr. Sajjadi was making fun of this unfounded claim.
Regarding the lawsuit against VOA brought by former "Straight Talk" news-reader Elham Sataki, the Federal District Court has already denied Ms. Sataki's motion for a temporary restraining order and specifically found that she is "unlikely to succeed on the merits" of her claim.
The Voice of America takes its congressional mandate seriously and the professional journalists here reject the allegation that we are serving any particular point of view, something forbidden by our charter.
For more information about the Voice of America, please visit our website at,http://www.voanews.com/.