The others affected in same manner were not mentioned nor interviewed. So the quotes here are mostly self-serving of Ian Masters and Sonali Kolhatkar with their anger much displayed.
Tho Lazar, who wrote a book years ago and an article months ago was interviewed, as if he were still part of any the current affairs at Pacifica, tho that was not mentioned or noted to be so.
It seems that being a book-author qualified his opinions and words vs. his being inside, knowing of the events occurring throughout the Pacifica or KPFK systems.
Please read the Guardian article with the awareness and warnings that this is not an open-minded description of what all is happening in the network or radio station, or of the very many sides of whatever the actual-factual stories are - that may not be identical at KPFK or at Pacifica, tho still the global exposure via the Guardian of this local radio station may resonate to others - located in less permissive nations [than is USA or UK even ] with media twists and turns there too.
anne garrison : Regarding this label "conspiracy theorist," are you saying that powerful people do not conspire to do terrible things. If so, I think you're deluded. Unsubstantiated allegations describes a real problem, conspiracy theory does not.
indigopirate : People with no power tend to see Everything as a conspiracy. They also, as a rule, can't imagine how anyone who wields actual power, obtains power, or wields it. Doubt me?
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.... While Pacifica serves as an important, useful, perhaps academic example of independent broadcasting in a sea of commercial, militaristic muck, it is indeed a thing of the past. Its leadership for the past 15 years has already missed the train, and now they're permanently stuck in the terminal of irrelevance.
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indigopirate : You're living in the past. There's this thing called the net, see, and these things called podcasts, and vidcasts, and a thousand other loci of information. Pacifica sees these only as a supplement to Radio.
At KPFK there are, on the record, unquestionable reports of fraud and embezzlement on the part of staff, including bookkeeping and accounting staff.
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pulllease : These staff members are indeed one of the larger problems with Pacifica. They do seem very focused on bringing attention to the problems they helped create through their short-sighted, narrow-minded monologues.
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atillathegrape189 : Decades ago WBAI offered a rich variety of programs and programming, much of it produced by people clearly dedicated to radio as a thing that mattered, as a unique art form worthy of their dedication and commitment, in any and all forms. It offered some of the best news coverage available...
.....ignore the greater part of the mission statement, which firstly calls for presenting the arts, broadly defined, then in turn on presenting philosophical discussion and debate between differing parties, and instead focused solely on its final portion, which calls for ‘accurate, objective, comprehensive news’ which in turn you’ve implicitly redefined as a clumsily amateurish propagandistic slant ranging from left to far left to farther left to conspiratorial lunatic left.
Fatuous self-centered self-referential self-defined ‘logic’ and perspective.
Wonder why it is that KPFK and Pacifica have essentially no audience other than themselves…
A conspiracy to suppress The Truth! Please…
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I think it is most useful to look back at the history of these stations and the original intent of listener-sponsored radio from a genuine left-wing perspective (as compared to the more modern terminology "progressive").
I do not think, however, that KPFKs' programming has come anywhere near fulfilling the Mission Statement for some time. There is way too much egocentrism, name-calling, vacuous shallow opinions passing for "analysis" in much of the afternoon talk shows, for just one example.
would add that a number of broadcasters are making their "names" and personal income off of the ops they have broadcasting on KPFK, whether they are paid or volunteer programmers. These are not only the "new-age" folks but even some of our prime-time programmers. (The term "journalist" has seemed to decline into a self-defined idiom).
So let's fight to keep Pacifica and and all the stations but return them to fulfilling the Mission Statement...let's not be lazy and unwilling to be bothered because we do not fully understand what we have here and what we will likely not see again ever...or for a very long time.
"To establish a Foundation organized and operated exclusively for educational purposes no part of the net earnings of which inures to the benefit of any member of the Foundation.....
But better to save it and to set it back on course than to just drown this baby.
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This particular detail was withheld from the public and from most members of Pacifica’s National Board, and when it was leaked, was characterized as simply a contingency plan should it be necessary to ‘save’ KPFA and/or Pacifica.
A Program Director at a Pacifica station once said, on the record, in a brief moment of candor with respect to the audience, that the ‘the station is *not* what people think it is.’ The stress on that particular word, ‘not’, was sharp, deliberate, emphatic, and of his choosing. This observation may, I think, reasonably be applied to Pacifica as a whole.
We all, both as individuals, and as organizations, fall short of our ideals. Pacifica, however, has long been and continues to be an absolute and unalloyed disgrace.