Just a few days ago, Senator James David (JD) Vance penned a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, criticizing Washington’s position on the dismantling of public media and the erosion of the rule of law in Poland under the new government. “I urge you to encourage Poland’s new government to reconsider any actions that could undermine it or the freedoms Polish and American citizens both hold dear,” wrote the conservative Ohio politician in the missive.
“I am writing to express concern about actions recently taken by Poland’s new government against influential Polish public broadcasters. The firings of personnel at Telewizja Polska (TVP), Polskie Radio, and the Polish Press Agency, initiated promptly after Prime Minister Donald Tusk and his political allies took power, raise questions about this new government’s commitment to media freedom and the rule of law,” reads the letter shared by Breitbart.
Within the letter, Senator Vance highlighted how the Polish president, Andrzej Duda, and the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights assessed the unlawful takeover of the media.
“Biden administration officials, at least publicly, have said nothing,” noted JD Vance. He drew a parallel to Donald Trump’s dismissal of the head of the United States Agency of Global Media and “government-funded broadcasting chiefs,” which elicited a clear reaction from the Democrats at the time. Vance expressed his confusion, stating that it is not clear to him “why concerns of this nature are not reflected in the Biden administration’s posture towards the new Polish government.”
He referred to Blinken’s position on the media situation in Hungary and highlighted similar stances taken by the European Union toward Hungary and the right-wing Polish government when Donald Tusk held a senior EU position.