Secretary Mike Pompeo spoke at a Voice of America (VOA) event on Monday and addressed the American people with details about his work at the US State Department and talked at length about his work while with President Donald’s administration J. Trump. Pompeo’s appearance was met with resistance from President Trump’s opponents.
What, at first seemed to be an ordinary press event, exposes the struggle for fair media coverage even for the President of the United States.
One Twitter poster wrote about the speech, quoting Pompeo, “It is not fake news for you to broadcast that this is the greatest nation in the history of the world,” @SecPompeo tells @VOANews. “This isn’t the Vice of America…it’s the Voice of America,” and it shouldn’t give “authoritarian regimes a platform,” Pompeo said.
Some VOA employees used the Pandemic, and the media created Jan. 6th to say they were protesting because of health concerns or safety.
— GovExec (@GovExec) January 11, 2021
His scheduled appearance at the event was controversial due to a “woke” movement of leftists from within the company, who protested his use of the American media outlet to address the American people.
One Chinese poster reacted to the speech saying:
Pompeo almost criticized the Chinese Department by name in his VOA speech, specifically to assist in visas and bring people from China to VOA. Pompeo said that among us Americans who speak Mandarin, what is the need to recruit people from China? It seems that the person appointed by Trump himself is also incompetent. It has been more than two years, and I still can’t handle them. Pompeo even mentioned that a group of people objected to letting him speak so far. Nima was bold enough.
Pompeo 在VOA演说，几乎点名批评中文部，具体到协助签证，将人从中国带入VOA，Pompeo 说，我们美国人中说普通话的人有的是，有什么必要从中国招人来？
— Citizen Peng (@CitizenPeng) January 11, 2021
A letter from late last week addressed the complaints of a group of “Whistleblowers” who said they should not allow Pompeo on the platform because he was “political”:
NEWS AT USAGM/VOA:
A group of whistleblowers lodged formal complaint over Secy of State Pompeo's address next Monday at VOA HQ – @GovAcctProj letter calls it propaganda & say intention to broadcast it on VOA networks is political meddling https://t.co/dy0L1WmbbB
— David Folkenflik (@davidfolkenflik) January 8, 2021
At the exact time of Pompeo’s much-anticipated speech, a disinformation campaign had hit social media with false data put on official government websites, showing that the terms of both Vice President Pence and President Donald J. Trump had ended on Monday.
https://t.co/WQEaanYEOw Live now.
— Ellen Dibble (@EllenDibble) January 11, 2021
The story was quickly debunked by The Daily Beast spoke with a disgruntled employee who admitted to putting in the false information.
— Ema O'Connor (@o_ema) January 11, 2021
The reaction from viewers was that Pompeo focused on China and Communism.
Did anyone else notice that China was almost the sole topic of conversation today in Pompeo’s speech at VoA and also in the question and answer session?
— JKashForTrump (@JKash000) January 11, 2021
Pompeo had posted numerous times about China on Monday, so in reality, it appears as if Pompeo’s critics were actually concerned about him exposing Communism and China.
Here is an example of his tweets from Monday.
“Many wrote that history was over. We allowed security protocols to lapse, and VOA lost its commitment to its founding mission,” Mr. Pompeo said, according to his prepared remarks. “Its broadcasts had become less about telling the truth about America, often about demeaning America.”
The full speech is here:
Kari is an ex-Community Organizer who writes about Voter Engagement, Cultural Marxism and Campaigns. She has been a grassroots volunteer with the GOP, on and off for 18 years. She is a Homeschool Mom in North Carolina and loves Photojournalism and Citizen Journalism. @Saorsa1776