US Elite Controls ‘Media, Economy and Government Operations’
US state-funded media could now become fully state-controlled – the US Senate quietly sneaked these reforms in with the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act. Don DeBar, host of CPR News for Community Progressive Radio spoke with Sputnik about this new development.
US-funded outlets like the Voice of America or Radio Liberty used to be overseen by the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG). The bipartisan board includes the US Secretary of State and serves as a buffer between state-sponsored outlets and the actual administration.
However, now that is changing as the BBG’s foreign media operations will be controlled by a chief executive directly appointed by the President.
Don DeBar told Sputnik that, “We are talking more about a change of form than substance I think if we are talking about the White House taking control. Clinton was president when the BBG was formed in 1994 under the International Broadcasting Act and that act established a bipartisan board consisting of nine voting members, eight of whom were appointed by the president and the ninth was the Secretary of State.”