KPFK continues to be relevant - when the radio station we sponsor and pay for provides educational or diverse entertainment - that is respectful and informative. Instead of slanting into one-sided views and inviting prejudiced programmers to represent KPFK on-air.
Some claim that each media site has it's own 'culture' and viewpoints and cannot be as unbiased nor Fair - even as they like to claim so, repeatedly.
The unstated alliances, even when claimed as 'not commercial', are barely different than what others business do daily - while at Pacifica stations such trades/ transactions are claimed as only being "non-commercial" while their actions are different than the claims... so to define what these people who represent Our KPFK do in the name of being wholly-unpaid-by-ordinary-businesses and promoters is questionable.
They pretend to be not-commercial - but that would then be to not do any trades, or any $$ transactions in or out - such as not buy merchandise and re-sell them as "premiums".
When putting on KPFK-sponsored external event - from which some money is paid for tickets or gotten from ticket sales - is also akin to be a commercial activity, as it would be if sponsored by any other business.
"Non-profit" does not mean "non-commercial", regardless of such repeated false advertising done on air there. It seems to be another one of those "how you interpret words" games.
Alliances and trades are still often apparent when the representatives of Our Radio Station say do not accept "sponsors" - those who pay 'funds' for short-words-that -identifies-the-funder announcements. But these same KPFK representatives also do frequently announce their related products & events - done by guests and programmers. Which then is often sounding much more like promotional programs than 'just for education and information' purposes.
Though those are the identified Mission purposes of the business of this radio.
Alliances could be honestly called " fair and unbiased" - but only if the organization then does not chose to continually promote it's main one- version of what some staff there prefer - as in a chosen political view and slant, or in siding with a special political-office-seeker, and in presenting constricted 'news' and 'views' of their preference instead of more varied sides than their chosen- emphasizing - putting out their preferences over any others.
In other words, there are such distinct sidings and slantings and prejudices and discrediting of all others that no one doubts that the 'educational' aspect has turned into promotional and political acting.
((((- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - ))))
So looking at what is "culture" ? And is how that concept is often a word misused or slung around like a bag of coal or sticks:
“racism" [also defined at Merriam Webster Dictionary] =
"poor treatment of or violence against people because of their race " +
The Decider of Who is being How, or What -- is then the same one claiming to BE The Authority - even while often using that created elevated-status to Define everyone : as in, "I Know !". To thus always also be "Right !" Then they often use the popular "r" word to attack and blame them-'others'.
So now the accuser has validated their own claims - with that accusation they made : of being "discriminated against" & also being "unfairly" being made thus a "victim ". Blamed then it is because of those "racists". And this is often even set-up to stage future Righteous revenge acts.
'Racists' are commonly understood to be "bad". And those who claim to Know just who Is and who is Not so - to then use that description for their own benefits. But it is rarely clear who are 'Racists' and who are Not so. Or Less so.
Or who it is and when does anyone have any Authority to so define, for everyone else, and to make claims over others.
Media gives voice to anyone who claims themselves as authority or claims who is victim and who is not, as if 'reporting' or presenting any radio program affirms that expertise, to define, not just describe 1 anecdote, 1 story, 1 place in 1 time, etc. This is also noted in all the usual emphases using common attention-grabbing icons i.e. babies, women's nude & sexualized bodies, and cute animals, or bloody violence. These all regular themes to easily capture attention and create headlines. Race is not in itself a headline-catcher unless there is an accusation of 'racism' or someone being a 'racist'. Recently there has been more 'news' and protests about this topic, which has made the accusation more prominent and malicious as well.
So the common-stories-told about racism may involve more than what is the overlaid storyline or videoed protests also.
There are those who loudly claim that all "others" only are the Racists - while they then neglect and ignore their own biases and beliefs. They also do contain those - conveniently unstated, but still secretly held and implied - conveniently selected beliefs and assumptions. But the claim is that it is not they who have some 'racism' or such thoughts and behaviors, no,no... it is only 'others' who do so.
Many Prefer to Self-Identify with one race or group, and deny any heritages of other ones perhaps visible. Probably for some good reasons - but not all truthfully nor fully revealed. By choice.
Anyone's heritage --the one[s] that each person uniquely carries in their body, in their genes, in their blood and in some body-history is not always known, nor openly admitted either. What each one appears to be may be very different or 'other' than what is claimed or chosen as one's race or grouping. Conveniently so. Why not chose to label oneself as preferred, and not be 'seen' as more they may contain - being of more groups within that beautiful body ?
**** Addendum added:
Noted in national magazine for all races and classes "The New Yorker" recently included words uttered by those non-white-Academy not-Awarded who cleverly & comically worded their own Black Awards : [some is quoted here] =
"There were 13 categories and nominees ...Contenders for Best Helpful White Person ... accepted the award, a golden statue of a pimp "on behalf of all white people."... .Five Reparation Awards were given, for being "just black enough to still be castable,... a highlight reel of menacing film villains, Best Bad Muh Fucks cut out ,...[ a person] presenting the award, threw up his hands: "Man,this is ghetto as hell."...."
Why are these are words only allowed to some people and to any others these are immediately used as search-lit bombs to then attack any-others of a different color, culture, class, race or group ?
Who is the intimidating authority who sets up what can be said and when and where ?
Why is it 'racially correct' to limit speech to only 'one's own similars in one's own group ?
How isolating and separating are groups now more-and-more demanding to give privileges and word-allowances to only 'their own' " And only laugh at some but not the others' sarcastic 'jokes' ? How lopsided and biased and selectively elitist have we become, as also heard by commentators on KPFK various times.
"David Greene talks to Rep. Darrell Issa about his perspective on encryption...."
It was about the iPhone being interfered and asked for encryption ulocking -- which is equivalent to being sold-out to FBI intrusions - now, and for more future requests. Apparently unstated is that there have been at least '17 requests' by FBI for iPhone breaking codes before now.
This is a surprising and good story = refreshingly honest, for a change.
A government official is being more unbiased and direct than the media reporter - who thinks he is merely questioning - but is instead of pressuring, with own biased demands - for the answer He Wants to hear!
And if such gems are heard on those nearby NPR radio stations - tho called disreputable by KPFK staffers - then they at NPR instead - are presenting something to be lauded and applauded !
Or did any news person on KPFK do a similar interview with this US Government Congressman ? [ who is a Republican - since that is often considered the enemy at Pacifica].
Doubt anyone at liberal-progressive-radical Left media would do so? Of course not. Biases are unstated but heard.
(c) 2016 btt