Tag: Bannon, Stephen K

New Trump Appointee Puts Global Internet Freedom at Risk, Critics Say

WASHINGTON — When Michael Pack, a conservative filmmaker and ally of Stephen K. Bannon, recently fired the heads of four U.S. government-funded news outlets, many became alarmed that he would turn the independently operated organizations, as well as the Voice of America, into “Trump TV.” But Mr. Pack, the new chief executive of the U.S. […]

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Michael Pack, Chief of Media Agency, Dismisses Heads of U.S. News Outlets

WASHINGTON — A conservative filmmaker who recently took over a United States global media agency removed the chiefs of four news organizations under its purview on Wednesday night, according to people with knowledge of the decision, in an action that raises questions about their editorial independence. The filmmaker, Michael Pack, also dismissed the head of […]

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New Boss May Test Voice of America’s Credibility

Founded in 1942, the Voice of America was never meant to be a megaphone for the American government. The concept was the opposite: A federally funded broadcaster would showcase American values around the world by offering unbiased news and a true picture of American life. That mission is enshrined in what the V.O.A. calls its […]

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V.O.A. Directors Resign After Bannon Ally Takes Charge of U.S. Media Agency

WASHINGTON — Two veteran journalists in charge of Voice of America, Amanda Bennett and Sandra Sugawara, resigned on Monday as a result of the recent congressional confirmation of a conservative activist and filmmaker to be the head of the agency that oversees the government broadcast organization. President Trump has in recent months placed extraordinary pressure […]

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They Predicted ‘The Crisis of 2020’ … in 1991. So How Does This End?

They called it the Crisis of 2020 — an unspecified calamity that “could rival the gravest trials our ancestors have known” and serve as “the next great hinge of history.” It could be an environmental catastrophe, a nuclear threat or “some catastrophic failure in the world economy.” That was 1991. The scholars responsible were William […]

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Michael Pack: Trump Pushes for Senate to Confirm Conservative to Run Voice of America

WASHINGTON — Senate Republican leaders, under pressure from President Trump to install an ally who would dictate more favorable news coverage of his administration, are moving to swiftly confirm a conservative filmmaker to lead the independent agency in charge of state-funded media outlets. Senator Jim Risch of Idaho, the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, […]

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Who Is Really Running the Government?

IN DEEPThe FBI, the CIA, and the Truth About America’s “Deep State”By David Rohde The specter of a “deep state” has served as a useful scapegoat in Donald Trump’s presidency, the alleged locus of resistance to his reign. Early on in his book “In Deep,” David Rohde, a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, asks “whether a […]

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Urged on by Conservatives and His Own Advisers, Trump Targeted the W.H.O.

WASHINGTON — Fox News pundits and Republican lawmakers have raged for weeks at the World Health Organization for praising China’s handling of the coronavirus crisis. On his podcast, President Trump’s former chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, urged his former boss to stop funding the W.H.O., citing its ties to the “Chinese Communist Party.” And inside […]

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The Coronavirus and the Conservative Mind

Over the past two decades, as conservatives and liberals have drifted ever farther from each other, an influential body of literature has attempted to psychologize the partisan divide — to identify conservative and liberal personality types, right-wing or left-wing minds or brains, and to vindicate the claim of the noted political scientists Gilbert and Sullivan, […]

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Boris Johnson Launches War on U.K.’s Own Deep State

LONDON — She is accused of flinging a folder at an aide, hitting the staffer in the head. She reportedly told another offending underling to “get out of my face” and castigated her staff as “useless,” adding an f-bomb for good measure. The allegations of abusive behavior by Home Secretary Priti Patel — all of […]

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