Secretary of State Mike Pompeo chastised the Voice of America for its “wokeness,” accusing the taxpayer-funded broadcaster of engaging in censorship similar to Big Tech’s, and called for the agency to tout American exceptionalism and democracy.
The US’ top diplomat noted during a speech to VOA staff, aired around the world in more than 40 languages, that many of them didn’t want him to speak at the agency on Monday.
“They didn’t want the voice of American diplomacy to be broadcast on the Voice of America. Think about that for just a moment. Look, we’re all parts of institutions with duties and responsibilities higher and bigger and more important than any one of us individually. But this kind of censorial instinct is dangerous. It’s morally wrong. Indeed, it’s against your statutory mandate here at VOA,” Pompeo said.
“Censorship, wokeness, political correctness, it all points in one direction – authoritarianism, cloaked as moral righteousness. It’s similar to what we’re