They post anti-Trump memes on Facebook showing him with a Nazi swastika over his head, and his head as a male sex organ. One called him “Fuckface Von Clownstick.” For Labor Day, they quote American communist Angela Davis, a Lenin Peace Prize winner whom Nobel Prize author and Soviet dissident Alexandr Solzhenitsyn denounced as an enemy of human rights defenders in communist-ruled countries.
One might think that individuals who also posted videos in which Trump was called “pig” and “dog” must belong to some violent Antifa cell somewhere. They do not. They are federal government employees working for the Voice of America (VOA). Their six-figure salaries are paid by American taxpayers.
Under the Obama-era leadership still in charge of VOA and its parent agency, the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), a small group of partisan managers and a few biased reporters who hate Donald Trump with a religious passion have transformed what used to be an effective U.S. tool against totalitarianism into their own partisan soapbox. In doing so, they have intimidated and marginalized the rest of the VOA workforce. They now regularly violate the 1976 VOA Charter, a U.S. law designed to keep VOA nonpartisan. In their zeal to help Hillary Clinton win in 2016, VOA even went after Bernie Sanders with a one-sided attack. Sanders’ supporters accused VOA of “state media” slander.
I worked for VOA during its most successful Cold War years. I had a chance to interview Polish Solidarity trade union leader Lech Wałęsa when he was under secret police surveillance. He and many others like him were fighting for independent labor unions — not the official communist ones which Angela Davis and Poland’s Soviet puppet regime were supporting. In America, Solidarność enjoyed full backing from both President Ronald Reagan and AFL-CIO Labor Federation President Lane Kirkland. It was Kirkland who invited Solzhenitsyn to give a speech to American labor leaders, in which the former Gulag prisoner exposed Angela Davis as a hero of Soviet propaganda. Solzhenitsyn said she did not lift a finger to defend political prisoners behind the Iron Curtain.
by Ted Lipien