Voice of America

The mission of the Voice of America, as our guest Michael Collins reported, is to provide a trusted source of news, to audiences outside the U.S.  Of course, the boundaries between audiences here and abroad are more fluid now and Americans often can access the product.14loomis190  A former VOA head, Henry Loomis, just died, and his Times obituary describes his effort to keep the organization non-political.

Mr. Loomis was still in the post in 1965 when the Voice of America came under increasing pressure from the White House not to report awkward foreign-policy news, notably the growing military involvement of the United States in Southeast Asia. Mr. Loomis resigned, and in an accusatory farewell speech said, “The Voice of America is not the voice of the administration.”

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