A Voice of America reporter has been reassigned and taken off the White House beat after she “tried to ask questions of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo,” according to two fellow journalists at the organization. Fake news, as always. What actually happened is she chased Pompeo down the hall shrieking like a maniac. Totally unprofessional.
Leftist reporter acts like a child and gets punished
Patsy Widakuswara, who has covered the White House for VOA since 2018, shouted questions at Pompeo after he gave a speech Monday and sat for a question and answer session carried out by VOA director Robert Reilly.
In a video posted on her Twitter account, Widakuswara can be heard asking Pompeo what he is doing to repair the U.S. reputation after last week’s storming of the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob and if he regrets saying after the election that there would be a second Trump term. Pompeo did not answer her questions as he walked out.
The nation's top diplomat @SecPompeo ignoring my questions about what he is doing to restore US reputation and whether he regrets saying there will be a second Trump administration. pic.twitter.com/8pcP9lRQ5a
— Patsy Widakuswara (@pwidakuswara) January 11, 2021
Left-wing activists posing as journalists
Widakuswara was removed from her White House assignment later on Monday and was supposed to be the radio pool reporter on Air Force One for a scheduled trip Tuesday. VOA ordered her not to go on the trip, two journalists at VOA familiar with the matter told NBC News.
VOA journalist Steve Herman, who also covers the White House, tweeted that he was dismayed at his colleague’s “demotion” merely for doing her job and said it “amounted to political interference in the broadcaster’s newsroom in breach of the outlet’s editorial independence under its founding charter.”
Actually, reporters need to conduct themselves like professional adults and show respect for our elected officials, regardless if they agree with their policies or not. Notice how they never badger Joe Biden like this? It’s despicable how the press has treated President Trump and his administration.
Speaking of the VOA network, Pompeo said, “Its broadcasts became less about telling the truth about America, and too often about demeaning America.”