What's behind Trump's fresh push to wrest control of Voice of America - 2020-04-22
"VOA should be leading the charge in exposing the exact timeline of the lies of the CCP concerning human-to-human transmission and community spread. Instead, we get Amanda Bennett," Bannon told POLITICO. "She is a classic 'useful idiot' who kowtows to Beijing's Party Line."
The vitriol from the right doesn't sit well with mainstream journalists, who fear that Trump, through Pack, could transform VOA into a vehicle for his own brand of politics. The National Press Club issued a statement strongly backing Bennett, and citing VOA's history of providing "accurate and unbiased" news to counter the lies of totalitarian regimes.
Michael Freedman, president of the National Press Club, said that VOA has produced exemplary reporting under Bennett. "Amanda is a respected journalist," he said. "When you're providing accurate and fair information, somebody is going to be unhappy with it."