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    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.”

    According to the journalist, it means that the White House always controlled the BBG. He further spoke about the formation of the BBG and what news outlets were operating under this act.

    Talking about how wills this change with the arrival of the new President-elect Donald Trump, DeBar said, “This architecture wasn’t constructed by Trump it was constructed by Obama, Bush and Bill Clinton and series of presidents going back to Harry Truman.”

    The journalist went on to discuss the control of media by the US government and how much censorship and propaganda goes on in the editorial boards and television.

    “When you are talking about a president having control of a microphone to speak to the American people and the world, you have to wonder who is programming the teleprompter from which the president is reading from. It is a fundamental question,” DeBar said.

    He further spoke about the composition of the houses of Congress and the people who are influencing the US government and foreign policy. These people according to the journalist are very powerful and wealthy and they decide many world affairs.

    “You actually have the elite who have more control over everything including the media, public discourse, the operation of the government and operation of the economy,” DeBar said.

    The journalist further spoke about how in Russia watching CNN or BBC is possible anywhere because the channels are available but in the US channels like RT are not even available in most of the counties.

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    • American Socialist
      the Elites have been doing this..
      this bill only makes it official.
    • avatar
      jas
      Clinton? The so-called progressives are trying to kill freedom of speech.
    • avatar
      Marques rouges
      The "New Aristocracy" !
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      The S M UR F S ! ! !
    • avatar
      double bonus
      Well, I don't know? Given how over 90% of RT's focus is on the African Continent,
      or about Black Africans in the US, I wonder when they will change their name to
      Africa Today, since there is so little reporting about Russia on RT anymore???

      It would be helpful if the Russian News media would add a new channel,
      that actually reports on things happening in Russia sometimes?
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      michaelin reply todouble bonus(Show commentHide comment)
      double bonus, I also check
      tass.com this site is in english although on the first visit you may have to find the eng button.
      www.pravdareport.com/russia is more of a roundup of articles in english. There isn't as much activity it seems there. Also try
      english.pravda.ru/ this has a slightly different format.
      izvestia.ru is only in Russian but depending on your language skills, it is another option. Hope this helps. :)
    • avatar
      Darrell R
      The elites have been controlling The MSM for years, now they have piled the BS on so thick that people just aren't buying it and are seeking the truth elsewhere. Now they want to ban access to the truth so they can protect their lies.

      It's good to know that Russia allows easy access to news channels like BBC and CNN, but if CNN in Russia is anything like it is in the US, I am both ashamed and embarrassed for them to see this behavior coming from our media.
    • avatar
      michael
      does it really matter anymore? After all, what credibility do these broadcasting / propaganda outlets have? They only preach to the converted (or the choir) - and those numbers are diminishing.
    • avatar
      double bonus
      Thanks for the tass.com idea.

      It matters, because the US News Media used to be much better, at least back in the late 1970's or the 1980's. Back then most people in the US ONLY trusted the US version of events, but now that is getting to be impossible, if you get your news from the internet at least. Lot's of older people from the Silent Generation (or the War Babies) don't or can't use the internet, so they totally believe what their local newspapers say to them. Perhaps the ridiculousness of the US MSM is appealing to the older audience over 70? In the US, only 10% of the people born in any given year die before reaching 70; so that is a lot of people for them to cater to, with a lot of free time on their hands.

      The US MSM used to be better in the 1980's, but then something happened
      in the early 1990's and they have gotten progressively worse with every new presidential administration since Bill Clinton. First we had political correctness with the Clintons, then we got all these false terrorist threats with Bush. Then Obama started with all this anti-racist and pro-gay stuff; and now after Wikileaks and Ed Snowden, they are almost like a corporate version of what the Soviet Union used to be.
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