The purges continue. The lunatics have taken over Pacifica
Doug Henwood (his superb show on WBAI was killed last week)
The idiots and maniacs who are now running Pacifica have decided to lay off the entire staff of the excellent KPFA Morning Show and to take it off the air: The show is the station’s most popular, and its best fundraiser. But its quality comes at a price: much of the staff actually earns a salary, with benefits.
KPFA faces serious budget problems, but the union has proposed a way to deal with them. It looks like a faction of the local board has won the ear of the network’s executive director, Arlene Engelhardt. Their dream is to turn the station into an all-volunteer “community” station, which means an endless revolving door of amateurs who have no idea what they’re talking about.
Among other things, this means rants by those who says HIV doesn’t cause AIDS, deeply round the bend conspiracy theories, junk science – and virtually no intelligible political coverage. (Amy Goodman runs her own show and is separate from Pacifica)
I’ve about had it with the whole Pacifica scene. It’s going down—and Engelhardt & Co. are helping.
Yet the stations are probably worth several hundred million. I smell a rat.