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The Hidden Theft at KPFK and the Ongoing Firings, Purges and Bannings: You're Next????

by Lawrence Reyes, KPFK Board Candi Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009 at 4:01 PM

An analysis of why KPFK sounds different, and why it's losing listeners (and money).

What's missing on the airwaves of KPFK and Pacifica? In the name of belt-tightening and fiscal responsibility, the network and the station have once again begun purging the voices of grassroots activism, and particularly from poor and working-class communities of color, communities of resistance.

At KPFK, local news is gone, Jerry Quickley is gone, even the new general manager is already gone. Are you hearing from the young people struggling for a meaningful, quality, liberating education? Have you heard about grassroots resistance to gentrification in Boyle Heights or Venice? Do struggles against organized white supremacists, police abuse or Zionist aggression going on in Orange County make it onto the air? Has KPFK provided significant air-time for a new generation of activists to host their own shows and bring their own perspectives to bear, offering fresh solutions to long-standing complaints?

Is Pacifica creating a buzz and forcing the corporate media to cover stories through independent, aggressive investigative journalism? Does open, scintillating debate or honest self-critical examination of issues and weaknesses facing the left in the era of Obama happen on-air?

Has the listenership been informed about or allowed to comment on the future direction of the station and the network?

Can you hear beat reporters exposing spineless Democrats in Sacramento, educational privateers at LAUSD, or police abuse around Southern California? Is there significant coverage of and from the diverse Asian communities of the L.A. basin?

If your honest answer to these questions is a truthful "NO," then you must act now to change the status quo at KPFK and Pacifica before it's too late. Only concerted action and support for a slate of community-rooted dissidents can save KPFK and Pacifica.

Pa'lante En Lucha

Lawrence Reyes

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Lost Cause? Oscar Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009 at 12:43 AM
This is Out of Context none Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009 at 9:32 AM
vote for a group who profess only 1 slanted view ? not listening more Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009 at 12:37 PM
Slate Mailer PR Firm at Work Listner Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009 at 11:33 PM
Want a deconstruction? OK none Friday, Aug. 14, 2009 at 3:48 AM
by-laws PURIST A REAL LISTENER Friday, Aug. 14, 2009 at 8:01 AM
Astroturf Suspicion Increased Listner Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009 at 12:43 AM
... and debunked again none Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009 at 9:12 AM
one last thing none Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009 at 4:00 PM
We have NONE of that BS you are full of Ken Real Listener Sunday, Aug. 16, 2009 at 8:34 AM
oh yes you will none Sunday, Aug. 16, 2009 at 1:43 PM
Question for none Observer Monday, Aug. 17, 2009 at 12:10 AM
an answer none Monday, Aug. 17, 2009 at 7:05 AM
The Easter Bunny Love Mis-Spelling Monday, Aug. 17, 2009 at 8:06 PM
Question repeated: Who do you support? Observer Monday, Aug. 17, 2009 at 10:22 PM
still more answers none Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009 at 4:26 AM
KPFK Voter None has convinced me to vote for Reyes Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009 at 12:46 AM
can't save everyone none Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009 at 5:06 PM
I just don't get it Fredric L. Rice Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009 at 5:43 AM
Ever seen the rast-running Reyes candidate ? huh ? dont vote for just anyone ! Saturday, Aug. 22, 2009 at 2:28 PM
"fast-running" above title misspelled another non spellchecker Saturday, Aug. 22, 2009 at 2:31 PM
WEREN'T YOU BANNED FROM KPFK? mister_man Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009 at 1:33 PM
WOW ! reality comes home to roost amazed by audacity of Reyes Thursday, Sep. 03, 2009 at 12:08 PM

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