The KBOO Complainers...
Ever wonder how much direct experience the perrenial complainers about KBOO actually have with the station? You should.
This is a very lengthy post, and directly addresses an article by George Trinkaus ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) posted originally as referenced below.
Please go there first to read George's complete screed. The original text cited below is NOT complete.
This is a comprehensive response to George Trinkaus' recent broadside (against KBOO Community Radio, some of its content, and its operating dynamics ( http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2005/12/331085.shtml ). I will not comment on any of the voluminous opinion you offer below, except in cases where they fit into any of the above three criteria.
I respond as a KBOO volunteer in many capacities since 1994, and since 1997 on-air as host of what is now called ‘People Rise Up.’ I was elected by KBOO’s membership to be a representative on the Board of Directors in September 2005.
Herein, I will quote extensively from George Trinkaus’ ( email@example.com ) original text, which I have formatted in ALL CAPS throughout. My responses will be in regular text just beneath each CAPS segment. I have NOT included the full original text below. That is available at http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2005/12/331085.shtml. And I'd love to hear input from others who actually work productively at KBOO.
Original posting available at http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2005/12/331085.shtml
HOW 911 STRAINS KBOO'S LITTLE SECRET GEORGE TRINKAUS TESLA@TESLAPRESS.COM
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TRUE. KBOO RAISES EXPECTATIONS OF LIBERALITY, OPENNESS, AND CANDOR. BUT THE STATION IS BEING HYPOCRITICAL, BECAUSE, INSTITUTIONALLY, IT CANNOT DELIVER SUCH OPENNESS. ITS POLITICAL BANDWIDTH CANNOT EMBRACE SUCH CANDOR. IT IS NOT THAT FREE.
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‘KBOO’ the institution is a non-profit tax-exempt corporation whose sole purpose is to operate a community radio station. Period. Now if you’re suggesting here that the individuals who are among KBOO’s democratically elected Board of Directors, paid staff, or volunteer pool have somehow been hypocritical, then be specific, and have evidence otherwise that’s potentially defamatory. Never have I, nor have I ever even heard of any person being told that they were not allowed to air any content, allowing for the exception to the 10pm-6am ‘safe harbor’ feature that all FCC licensed radio stations comply with. KBOO has in fact gone to court seeking judicial decision to reinforce the first amendment rights we emphasize in lots of our content.
THIS IS A LIMITATION THAT KBOO CANNOT ACKNOWLEDGE UP FRONT, BUT ONE THAT A LISTENER MIGHT TAKE NOTE OF. IF YOU WANT CANDOR ON 911 OR SOME OF THE OTHER CENSORED ISSUES, TUNE IN ELSEWHERE. I WRITE AS A (NONMEMBER) LISTENER, NOT AS ANOTHER DISILLUSIONED KBOO VOLUNTEER.
Again, George can you be specific in any way about this? What candor on 9/11 do you feel we are not providing? And how does being a listener to the radio without ever actually participating in the station qualify you as anything other than some random angry, misinformed individual venting about something you have NO direct knowledge of? Just curious, please read on.
SINCE SEPTEMBER 11, ON ITS FEW TELEPHONE FORUMS, KBOO TALK HOSTS HAVE BEEN PERSISTENTLY URGED BY CALLERS TO DO JUSTICE TO THE PERCEPTION THAT 911 WAS AN INSIDE JOB. MUCH HUMAN ENERGY IS BEING EXPENDED IN TRYING TO EXPAND KBOO'S CONSCIOUSNESS ON 911. CALLERS REGULARLY PETITION THE LITTLE ELITE THAT HOSTS MORNING DRIVE-TIME TALK,…”
Since 9/11, KBOO has not altered the amount of time it offers to talk radio, its morning radiozine (M-F; 9-11a), nor the evening public affairs programs (M-F; 6-7p) which sometimes take calls. The debate concerning how KBOO splits its 168 hours per week between music and news/public affairs/talk is continuous, and your input would be welcome at the Programming Committee to try to influence things in your favored direction. And you’re right, “MUCH HUMAN ENERGY IS BEING EXPENDED IN TRYING TO EXPAND KBOO'S CONSCIOUSNESS ON 911”.
OVER THE YEARS SINCE 911, PRESSURE ON KBOO HAS STEADILY BUILT UP: FROM THE CALLERS, FROM THE FACT THAT LOCALS HAVE ORGANIZED, THAT PORTLAND INDYMEDIA HAS LONG PROVIDED AN OPEN FORUM AND A SPECIAL 911 DEPARTMENT ON ITS WEBSITE, THAT 911 REVELATIONS HAVE BEEN ALL OVER THE INTERNET, AND THAT A PRODIGIOUS LIBRARY OF LITERATURE HAS ACCUMULATED ON THE SUBJECT. UNDER THESE CUMULATIVE PRESSURES, THERE IS EVIDENCE WITHIN KBOO OF STRESS AND STRAIN.
Hmmm…”Evidence of stress and strain”? Based on “cumulative pressures”? What are you talking about George?
APPRECIATE THAT, WITHIN A FEW WEEKS OF SEPTEMBER 11TH, THERE WAS ENOUGH REVELATION ON THE WTC CONTROLLED DEMOLITION ITSELF TO CLOSE THE CASE. THE CONTROLLED DEMOLITION EVIDENCE ALONE IS ENOUGH TO MAKE THE CASE FOR 911 BEING AN INSIDE JOB, HENCE A COUP. HOWEVER, IN THE COURT OF KBOO, THAT EVIDENCE HAS LONG BEEN INADMISSABLE.
This assertion regarding sufficient factual evidence existing “WITHIN A FEW WEEKS OF SEPTEMBER 11TH” to “CLOSE THE CASE” is ridiculous. Granted that extensive lists of very valid questions had been raised by those few weeks passing, but factual evidence? Would love to see your sourcing for that claim, dated in late 2001 please.
WORD HAS LEAKED OUT THAT THERE IS DEBATE NOW ON 911 AMONG KBOO REGULARS. PRESUMABLY THIS DEBATE IS DRIVEN BY STATION PEOPLE EMBARRASSED BY THE SITUATION. RECENTLY, A PROMINENT VOLUNTEER AND 911 ACTIVIST, IN AN ATTEMPT TO GET AN HONEST AIRING OF THE ISSUE, STEPPED OUT OF LINE AND GOT HIMSELF SUSPENDED.
George, you’re tremendously mistaken here. There’s been consistent discussion and debate amongst some KBOO public affairs hosts, as well as broadcasting. Granted, many on-air KBOO hosts, like much of the U.S. population, is very resistant to the notion that the U.S. government played even a passive role in allowing the 9/11 attacks to happen, let alone actively plan/execute…All one can do is continue to try and open others’ minds, or not. Chastisement is not an effective organizing tactic.
And regarding your referenced “PROMINENT VOLUNTEER AND 911 ACTIVIST”, I’m going to guess that you mean Glen Owen. Glen was suspended from KBOO for 6 months due to his behavior and interaction with other volunteers, and had absolutely nothing to do with his desire for “AN HONEST AIRING OF THE [9/11] ISSUE .” Ask someone other than Glen for additional perspective.
MOST INVOLVED WITH KBOO, HOWEVER, HAVE THE WISDOM TO KEEP THEIR MOUTHS SHUT AND TO TOE THE LINE.
Must be some other station, as I don’t know anyone who’s much interested in keeping their mouths shut, and toeing “the line.” That’s why they come to KBOO.
KBOO'S RESPONSE TO ITS OWN LITTLE 911 CRISIS HAS BEEN TO COVER ITS ASS. AT PLEDGE-DRIVE TIMES, THE STATION HAS AIRED, WITH MUCH SELF-CONGRATULATION, A FEW TOKEN MINUTES OF MICHAEL RUPERT AND DAVID RAY GRIFFIN.
IN AN ATTEMPT TO HOLD ITS HYPOCRITICAL HEAD UP IN TOWN, KBOO HAS ALSO SENT EMISSARIES TO LOCAL 911 DISCUSSION-GROUP MEETINGS. THE MEETINGS THEMSELVES ARE THE OUTGROWTH OF A SERIES OF ACADEMIC LECTURES CONDUCTED BY A KBOO DISK JOCKEY AND BASED ENTIRELY ON GRIFFIN'S BOOK, THE NEW PEARL HARBOR.
THANKS TO THE SYNDICATED "COAST-TO-COAST AM" SHOW, MANY MORE HOURS OF 911 CANDOR HAVE AIRED ON PORTLAND'S 50-KILOWATT AM STATION KEX THAN ON LIBERAL KBOO.
KBOO pre-empted much of its programming (very rare indeed) on Tuesday, September 11, 2001 to provide live continuous analysis and reporting for several hours throughout the day on that morning’s terrorist attacks. Since then, personally I have hosted and produced several dozen hours of live interviews with many highly regarded 9/11 researchers on a wide range of topics that reveal the big lie of the official 9/11 story. In early 2002, I conducted what may have been the first live interview in the US with Nafeez Mossadeq Ahmed, author of the The War on Freedom. I have repeatedly interviewed Nafeez, Paul Thompson from the Center for Cooperative Research (9/11 Timeline Project), David Ray Griffin, Michael Ruppert, Kyle Hence, John Judge, and Sibel Edmonds. Additionally, in January 2002 I interviewed Bill Manning from Fire Engineering magazine (which you reference herein); I’ve also spoken with first responders from New York who were on the ground during 9/11. I helped produce a 14 ½ hour special for KBOO on September 11, 2002, and than another very long special on the following anniversary. In between, there’s numerous instances where I’ve programmed on 9/11, and you’ve just totally missed the ball, haven’t you?
Now, I’m willing to concede that there are theories and aspects of events that I have not broadcast about in relation to 9/11 (explanation is below). But just FYI, I’ve made this partial list to let you know what I have broadcast about:
- the complete lack of evidence to support the notion of ’19 Arabs hijacking 4 (+?) planes’, and ‘al-Qaeda’ involvement;
- questions regarding serious inconsistencies in the actions/placement of George W. Bush, Richard Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleeza Rice, certain FAA and NMCC officials (Federal Aviation Administration & National Military Command Center), Pentagon officials, and others before, during, and following the attacks;
- questions regarding the entire lack of timely US military action during the attacks;
- that several of the hijackers have been found alive;
- that most of the black boxes from the planes involved have been found;
- that the WTC 1,2,7 towers did not fall due to neither the plane impacts nor their burning fuel;
- historical context for the creation/funding/support of the mujaheddin Afghani resistance and their eventual partial morphing into ‘al-Qaeda’
- continued funding/support/protection of terrorist organizations and individual terrorists globally as it suits US desires, including ‘al-Qaeda’
- personal/financial/political linkages between the Bush and bin Laden families;
- the Rebuilding America’s Defenses report from the Project for A New American Century, and its plan for central Asian military domination, using Afghanistan and Iraq as key inroads
- highly suspicious financial trading/processing activity in advance and during the attacks;
- efforts to divide the 9/11 research community by trying to draw focus to ideas that would violate Occam’s razor.
- post 9/11 domestic/global erosion of constitutional liberties, increased surveillance/profiling, US war-mongering
And probably stuff I’ve forgotten about. I’d like to know what you feel among this isn’t worth pursuing; or mention something that I’ve missed and should cover.
WHILE LARGELY BANNING THE TOPIC FROM ITS MICROPHONES, KBOO HAS LATELY GONE PRO-ACTIVE ON THE ISSUE IN THE LOCAL POLITICAL SCENE.
Now while I may (or not) have hosted the most content about 9/11 at KBOO, I’m certainly not the only person. Per Fagereng, Theresa Mitchell, and Chris Andreae (see below for more) are three others whose names leap to mind as folks conducting interviews about 9/11. Additionally, many (most?) of the talk radio shows have had 9/11 as a topic in some way, but that choice is entirely up to the host, and you directly address them regarding your perspective on their topic choices. And as I stated above, there are most certainly on-air (and off) KBOO volunteers that will not address anything beyond the official 9/11 story. What do you think we should do about them George?
THE STATION WAS EVEN WILLING TO IDENTIFY ITSELF AS SPONSOR OF A COUPLE OF 911-TRUTH EVENTS ORGANIZED BY THE LOCAL 911 DISCUSSION GROUP (A PARTNERSHIP THAT I PROTESTED). THESE EVENTS FEATURED SPEAKERS WHO MADE POLITICALLY INCORRECT, CONSPIRACY-THEORY-TYPE UTTERANCES THAT KBOO HAS NEVER PUT OUT ON THE AIR.
KBOO co-sponsors dozens of events each year, covering a wide swath of political, cultural, musical and other events as it directly fulfills our mission statement (which you apparently don’t like much). Some we approve repeatedly, others not, and some are refused outright.
When you say “THESE EVENTS FEATURED SPEAKERS WHO MADE POLITICALLY INCORRECT, CONSPIRACY-THEORY-TYPE UTTERANCES THAT KBOO HAS NEVER PUT OUT ON THE AIR.” are you by chance referencing the November 2005 event connecting the JFK assassination to 9/11? Just curious as it was previously criticized on pdx indymedia.
But I wonder what KBOO not putting certain information out over the air has to do with this?
ON DECEMBER 21, '05, THE DAM BROKE, AND KBOO, FOR THE FIRST TIME, ON A SHOW CALLED "PEOPLE RISE UP," ALLOWED A ONE-HOUR SEGMENT THAT FOCUSED ON THE WTC CONTROLLED DEMOLITION.
Okay, this is just delusional, because ‘no dam broke’, as this program was about the 25th (or so) show I’ve done since 9/11 about the topics (and more) listed above. And KBOO doesn’t “allow” or disallow content regarding 911 or anything, as far as I’ve ever heard about since at least 1994.
ON 12/23 ANOTHER OF THE VOLUNTEERS AT KBOO WHO HAS BEEN AGITATING FOR 911 EXPOSURE (AND HAS NOT BEEN FIRED YET) SUCCEEDED IN SQUEEZING IN A HALF-HOUR INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR ERIC HUFFSCHMID, ONE OF THE EARLIER AND BETTER RESEARCHERS, WHOSE BOOK IS LOADED WITH PHOTOS DEMONSTRATING A CONTROLLED DEMOLITION.
Chris Andreae, a good editor and interviewer whom I’ve known and talked with for years, did this interview. Chris is a stable, reliable and congenial KBOO volunteer (hence no need to ‘fire her’). I suggest you contact her directly and inquire for her opinion on that interview with Eric Huffschmid. You may be surprised to know that she would largely disagree with your above assessment of Mr. Huffschmid following that interview.
WERE THERE ANY PARTICULAR REVELATIONS IN LATE '05 THAT CLINCHED THE CASE AND PROMPTED KBOO TO BREAK SILENCE?
Your continued assertions of ‘silence being maintained’ at KBOO about this, or anything else (not mandated by law) is laughable at best, considering your admitted status as someone who has (unlike your very nice daughter) ever even tried to be involved, let alone support with even a simple $20 membership. Ever.
I HAD SENT A PRINT COPY OF MY OWN "NBC SPINS 911," WHICH CONTAINS THE DAWSON-PERRY EXPLOSIVES-IN-THE-TOWERS REPORT, TO VARIOUS KBOO PEOPLE IN THE EARLY SPRING OF '02.
I had not received your publication at that time, though did acquire one later (not sure when). Definitely some good research and coverage of real-time network TV coverage in there. Certainly couldn’t say I ever discussed the pamphlet with anyone, nor did anyone ever ask my opinion about it there.
FOR MORE THAN FOUR YEARS, KBOO HAS CONTINUED TO ENDORSE THE ABSURD ARAB-TERRORIST COVER STORY, INCLUDING THE SCIENTIFICALLY INSUPPORTABLE WTC MELT-DOWN THEORY.
As I’ve explained before, KBOO (the institution) doesn’t take positions on political matters of any sort. The legal structure exists solely to operate a community-supported, volunteer-run radio station. That’s it. Individual programmers can say whatever they like for or against any topic they wish to tackle on-air. That’s who you need to address, not ‘KBOO.’
IN THE KBOO EVENING NEWS OF 12/21, THE DAY THE UNPRECEDENTED CONTROLLED-DEMOLITION INTERVIEW WAS AIRED, THE WELL-TRAINED NEWSCASTER, AS IS CUSTOMARY, ONCE AGAIN REFERRED TO "THE TERRORIST ATTACKS OF SEPTEMBER 11TH."
George, are you seriously going to dispute that terrorists conducted the attacks of September 11th? Note that I DID NOT SAY Arab terrorists, nor ‘al-Qaeda’. The people who carried out that operation are indeed terrorists, even according to the FBI’s own definition, as well as the one created by the USA PATRIOT Act for domestic terrorism. I feel like you use language in a sloppy way sometimes. And thanks for considering our newscaster “WELL-TRAINED”, I’ll pass that along to the Evening News & Public Affairs Director.
INSTEAD THEY ALL GET FUNDING FROM THE SAME NETWORK OF FOUNDATIONS, WHICH HAS NAMES LIKE FORD, ROCKEFELLER, CARNEGIE, AND SOROS.
And you illustrate my point about sloppy language most succinctly here by alleging that KBOO is part of some coterie that receives “FUNDING FROM THE SAME NETWORK OF FOUNDATIONS, WHICH HAS NAMES LIKE FORD, ROCKEFELLER, CARNEGIE, AND SOROS“. This is some sloppy research here. George, you must know that KBOO files annual budget documents with the IRS (as all other tax-exempt not-for-profits do), and posts its budget documents at the station for public inspection, should you ever care to find out how wrong you are here. Please do tell us how much KBOO receives from the Rockefeller, Carnegie, Gates or Soros foundation? I’d love to know.
IN "THE GATEKEEPERS: FOUNDATIONS FUND PHONY LEFT MEDIA" ( www.questionsquestions.net/gatekeepers.html ) YOU'LL FIND A FLOW CHART SHOWING HOW FOUNDATION DOLLARS TRICKLE DOWN TO THE KBOO'S. (NOTE THAT THE CIA IS AMONG THE PLAYERS IN THE GAME.)
The gatekeepers report has some great research in it tainted horribly with vague paranoid allusions. I’ll note that you say “…DOLLARS TRICKLE DOWN TO THE KBOO'S“ which may be true in the sense that it’s not actually KBOO, but potentially other small, volunteer operated non-profits. Who knows? Anyone interested in reading about how the CIA destroyed credibility in US mainstream media following its creation should read about Operation Mockingbird.
PACIFICA RADIO IS SHOWN IN THE FLOW-CHART WITH ARROWS FLOWING DOWN TO IT DIRECTLY FROM THE FORD FOUNDATION AND ALSO FROM THE SOROS FOUNDATION AND FROM THE CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING. KBOO HAS ACKNOWLEDGED IN PLEDGE DRIVE CHAT SUBSTANTIAL MATCHING FUNDS FROM CPB.
KBOO spent many years as a Pacific affiliate (NOT station), which means that we were entitled to air their produced content; nothing more. And for that service, KBOO supported Pacifica financially, much as dozens (hundreds?) of other small community radio stations did. During the mid-1990s, changes in Pacifica’s national management created a culture and set of practices that KBOO (the institution) disagreed with, and at first opportunity we completely severed our relationship with Pacifica. As far as I know, that’s where things stand today, and fortunately, control of Pacifica was wrested away from the corporatists.
KBOO’s base annual operating budget does NOT factor in any Corporation for Public Broadcasting funding. We do receive some CPB funding which we use for special projects not otherwise covered in our annual budget. We, and you should, consider it extra money we don’t know if we are going to receive but are sure happy when we do. Sometimes the money is tasked for a specific project (transmitter upgrade for instance), and other times it’s just for general expenses. Please inquire with our Finance Coordinator or Station Manager for perspective on KBOO’s lack of willingness to accept money that would in any way impact how we made decisions, or whether we were still able to make them. Again, you have no direct evidence to support your claims.
KBOO'S WEBSITE GIVES NOT A CLUE ABOUT EITHER THIS OR FOUNDATION FUNDING. OFFICIALLY, IT ALMOST DOES NOT EXIST. BUDGET DATA CANNOT BE FOUND ON KBOO'S WEBSITE. IS THERE FUNDING FLOW-THROUGH FROM PACIFICA TO KBOO? THE RELATIONSHIP IS VAGUE. ANSWERS ARE NOT EASILY AVAILABLE TO OUTSIDERS.
KBOO’s website is definitely lacking in design and content, which is why a team has been working for most of 2005 to upgrade it in both ways for launch (don’t quote me) sometime earlier in 2006 I think. I’m not involved, so that date could be wrong. Again, all those financials are on a bulletin board at KBOO for your (or any person’s) inspecting pleasure, Monday-Friday, 9am-7pm.
DO FOUNDATIONS LIKE FORD AND SOROS MATCH PLEDGE-DRIVE FUNDS UNDER MATCHING-GRANT ARRANGEMENTS WITH KBOO, AS CPB DOES?
Regarding your improper use of the phrase “PLEDGE-DRIVE FUNDS UNDER MATCHING-GRANT ARRANGEMENTS“, are you asking about the $90,000 that KBOO raised before September 30, 2005 during its Fall Membership Drive? That was a KBOO decision, not CPB. It is extremely regular in the grant/gov’t funding world to need to meet deadlines in filing reports, having money raised for matching, etc? You make a lot of unfounded, conspiratorial, and borderline-paranoid allegations regarding KBOO.
HOW CAN YOU BE A COMMUNITY RADIO STATION WHEN YOU ARE SECRETLY OBLIGATED TO LARGE INSTITUTIONS WAY OUT OF TOWN? KBOO'S ULTIMATE COMMUNITY IS THAT OF THE NATION AND THE REST, A COMMUNITY ULTIMATELY TIED TO FORD. THIS SOMEWHAT QUALIFIES YOUR "NONCORPORATE LISTENER-SPONSORED" RADIO STATION.
And please, just once specify with evidence of some, any, sort the “LARGE INSTITUTIONS WAY OUT OF TOWN” to whom KBOO is supposedly “SECRETLY OBLIGATED TO“.
THAT THE NATION'S AND THE KBOO'S COULD BE RELIED UPON TO STAY SILENT WAS A PREREQUISITE FOR THE SUCCESSFUL EXECUTION OF THE 911 COUP.
Are you insinuating that KBOO was somehow complicit in the 9/11 attacks?
NO WONDER ALL THESE MEDIA STEER CLEAR OF CONSPIRACY THEORISTS. THEY ARE THEMSELVES A CONSPIRACY!
Conspiracy as defined by http://dictionary.reference.com means:
- An agreement to perform together an illegal, wrongful, or subversive act.
- A group of conspirators.
- Law. An agreement between two or more persons to commit a crime or accomplish a legal purpose through illegal action.
And here’s what the US Code says @ http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/scripts/ts_search.pl?title=18&sec=371 :
“If two or more persons conspire either to commit any offense against the United States, or to defraud the United States, or any agency thereof in any manner or for any purpose, and one or more of such persons do any act to effect the object of the conspiracy, each shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.
If, however, the offense, the commission of which is the object of the conspiracy, is a misdemeanor only, the punishment for such conspiracy shall not exceed the maximum punishment provided for such misdemeanor.”
So George, are you making allegations of criminal wrongdoing here?
MAYBE YOU SPEAK SPANISH, BUT WHY WOULD ANY RADIO STATION (OR PUBLICATION) IN ITS RIGHT MIND WEAKEN ITSELF BY DIVIDING INTO MULTIPLE LANGUAGES, AS KBOO HAS BEEN DOING SINCE THE EARLY 1980'S? "ONE LANGUAGE AT A TIME" WOULD BE AT THE VERY TOP OF ANY PROFESSIONAL'S LIST OF THE RULES FOR BROADCASTING.
WHILE SPANISH IS THE DOMINANT ALTERNATIVE TONGUE AT DIVERSITY-MINDED KBOO, SEVERAL OTHER FOREIGN LANGUAGES ALSO PLAY AT ODD HOURS. THIS SELF-DEBILITATING DIVISION INTO MULTIPLE TONGUES IS JUST THE GROSSEST MANIFESTATION OF KBOO'S DIVERSITY GAME. IT INGRATIATES CERTAIN DISTINCT POPULATION GROUPS, AS A POLITICIAN CULTIVATES CONSTITUENCIES: A TOKEN NOD TO THIS MINORITY GROUP AND TO THAT ONE, AN HOUR HERE, A HALF-HOUR THERE.
Plain old racist rhetoric. Why does programming is Spanish “WEAKEN” KBOO. What if that’s all you spoke? Why are any of the “SEVERAL OTHER FOREIGN LANGUAGES “ we proudly broadcast in “SELF-DEBILITATING“? You’re sounding a bit like a Bircher, George.
RACISM COULD BE DEFINED AS MAKING THE DISTINCTION. DITTO ETHNICISM. IT IS A RACIST MINDSET THAT CHOPS THE POPULATION UP INTO GROUPS, BE IT THE INTRUSIVE CENSUS BUREAU, A PROFILING POLICE BUREAU, OR A SELF-RIGHTEOUS RADIO STATION.
There’s only one race, the human race. However, there are hundreds of ethnicities, or at least at some point there were. FYI, the Census is mandated in the US Constitution. And to draw serious comparison between the police force and KBOO shows exactly how seriously we should take your logic, reasoning and analysis.
DIVERSITY-MINDED KBOO IS HELPING TO TURN PORTLAND INTO THE DILETTANTE CAPITAL OF THE WORLD.
Dilettantes Uber Alles!!
WE NEED RADIO THAT IS CAPABLE OF CANDIDLY REFLECTING OUR TRUE POLITICAL CONDITION. WE NEED RADIO THAT CAN CONTRIBUTE TO THE COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION WE PORTLANDERS WILL NEED TO DEFEND OURSELVES AGAINST SCENARIOS LIKE THE KATRINA NUMBER THAT WAS JUST RUN ON NEW ORLEANS, A RADIO THAT IS INTERESTED IN OUR CIVIL DEFENSE.
Care to participate yourself? KBOO’s undertaking just such a planning effort in 2006.
IF YOU WANT TO GET A PROGRAM SLOT ON KBOO, IT HELPS TO BE BLACK OR HISPANIC, SOME "PERSON OF COLOR," OR GAY OR TRANSSEXUAL OR DISABLED OR NATIVE AMERICAN OR SOME MINORITY OR OTHER. (SOMEHOW US SENIORS ARE EXCEPTED.)
Why, have you developed an interest in hosting a program focusing on issues important to seniors? You’re right we don’t offer anything like that.
WHAT WAS KBOO DOING WITH ITS 23,000 WATTS OF FM POWER ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, THE BIG DAY ITSELF, WHEN 911 WAS BREAKING NEWS?
By sheer synchronicity, on Monday September 10, 2001, I was asked to substitute for a 30 minute time slot the next morning, Tuesday, September 11, 2001. I filled that slot, and then stayed around for the next 4 or so hours to help produce on-air guests and written copy for the on-air hosts who we decided would pre-empt (much of) the rest of the day’s programming to feature analysis and response to the morning’s events. We had many voices critical of terrorism as a tactic, the reasons people may resort to terrorism, and how prior US gov’t actions could have played a role in fomenting the attacks. What were you doing on 9/11 George?
DID THE STATION'S NEWS DEPARTMENT ARRANGE FOR SOME STRINGERS TO REPORT BY CELL PHONE FROM ON THE GROUND IN NEW YORK? DID IT TIE IN WITH NEW YORK'S WBAI COVERAGE (IF INDEED THAT PACIFICA STATION HAD ANYTHING ON THE GROUND OF ITS OWN)?
Stringers? KBOO has no stringers “ON THE GROUND IN NEW YORK” because we are based here in Portland, not New York. Read above once again for the rest of this answer.
DID KBOO OFFER ANY DISSENTING COMMENTARY IN CONTRADICTION TO THE ABSURD MAINSTREAM ARAB-HIJACKER, BOX-CUTTER PROPAGANDA INITIATED THAT DAY? NO, NO, NO. KBOO BOUGHT THE OSAMA SCRIPT THEN AND THERE, JUST LIKE FOX AND NBC. THAT'S STILL THE STORY, AND KBOO ALONG WITH THE REST OF THE COMPLEX IS STILL STICKING TO IT.
Wholly untrue; and it also sounds a lot like you are incorporating information known much later than the day of the attacks into your critique of what KBOO broadcast on 9/11/01 itself. That sort of conflation is inappropriate and unfair.
NOR WAS KBOO EVEN ON THE GROUND WITH THE WTO DEMOS IN SEATTLE.
George, I spent 6½ days in Seattle working as a volunteer for KBOO to provide on-site live coverage at least twice a day from the street demos in Seattle, November 1999. I’ve got over 35 hours of audio I recorded in Seattle, copies of KBOO’s broadcasts that featured my reports, as well as hundreds of photos of my time there. Additionally, I could show you the legal paperwork involved in my settling a claim against the City of Seattle Police Department for illegal detention and illegal search. I could even show you a copy of the check they sent me in lieu of my filing a lawsuit. Or the letters of thanks from listeners who appreciated the coverage I provided. KBOO even received hundreds of dollars in unsolicited contributions because of our coverage.
Oh yeah, and in the months prior to the Seattle talks, I produced a 10 (or so) part special across the entire month of November with numerous other programmers hosting shows dealing with specific single issues the WTO would attempt to address in Seattle. And lastly George, KBOO was the first broadcast outlet in the world to announce the final breakdown the Seattle talks, because I was standing right outside the Green Room when those talks collapsed.
I can’t even begin to understand how you could honestly make this sort of a claim, without (obviously) doing the smallest amount of investigation regarding KBOO’s coverage of the Seattle WTO talks. And where were you George?
KBOO FEARS ON-THE-GROUND UNFILTERED SPONTANEOUS BREAKING NEWS REPORTING AND CANNOT AFFORD TO DO IT UNDER THE PREVAILING INSTITUTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES.
Hardly, as I’ve conducted dozens of live field reports covering protests of various sorts, intensity, and threat. Want the tapes?
ACTUALLY ANY CONSPIRATORIAL VIEW OF CURRENT EVENTS IS TABOO, AND ANYONE ADVOCATING SUCH PERCEPTIONS IS NOT HONORED AS A RESEARCHER, WHATEVER THE SUBSTANCE OF HIS WORK, BUT RATHER IS DISMISSED AS A CONSPIRACY THEORIST…
What do you mean by “CONSPIRATORIAL VIEW OF CURRENT EVENTS“? Personally, I’m only interested in verifiable facts, preferably supported by at least one other source. Anything else is speculation and conjecture, which are not bad or useless concepts, but they are not fact. I understand that different people require different levels of ‘proof’ before being willing to speak in support of different ideas, and that’s fine. But don’t assume that I’m willing to abide by your standards for supporting materials, which you’ve clearly shown herein to be lacking despite the accompanying innuendo.
KBOO NEWS PEOPLE REGULARLY READ, VERBATIM, STORIES OFF THE WIRE BASED UNCRITICALLY ON WHO-GENERATED PRESS RELEASES.
Even if true, how would you be able to know, since you are never in the station? Let me guess, you just know, right?
KBOO IS A BIG PROMOTER OF THE CAMPAIGN CALLED AIDS…
Ummm, this is a disease of possibly dubious origin that has killed millions of people over decades, and remains a serious health risk in numerous regions of the world. Know anyone who is HIV +, or has AIDS? Ever known anyone who has died/ is dying of it? I’d be surprised given your callous tone.
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