Democracy Now! Thrown Off the
Amy Goodman was yanked off the air today (Wednesday) at Pacifica
station KPFK in Los Angeles and WBAI in New York. At WBAI, Democracy
Now! was preempted entirely. At KPFK, an old edition of the program
PROTEST THE ATTACK ON DEMOCRACY NOW!
CALL THE FUND-DRIVE
Call KPFK at 1-818-985-KPFK (5735)
Call WBAI at
Protest Pacifica managementıs harassment of Amy and Democracy
Now! and ask that the editorial integrity of the program be
respected. Call for Democracy Now! to be played in full, every day.
Ask for the real deal, no fakes and no frauds. That day's version of
Democracy Now! only. Let your voice be heard!
Please be polite and patient. You will be speaking with tally
room volunteers. Let them know what is happening. Please call as
many times as you feel necessary to get your message across.
Democracy Now! was canceled in the wake of yesterdayıs
Congressional hearing on the Pacifica crisis before the Progressive
Caucus. Also yesterday, Board Treasurer Micheal Palmer resigned.
Pacifica managers were clearly worried about whether Democracy Now!
would cover the story, which The Washington Post, among others,
reported on today.
KPFK management, in an attempt to discredit Amy, provided
listeners with the flimsy excuse that Amy supposedly refused to
provide fund drive programming to the station. Even if this charge
were true, which it is not, that is hardly a reason to run an old
edition of the program. KPFK could have easily played todayıs
Amy is pitching normally at Pacifica stations WPFW and KPFA.
At WBAI, as tri-state area listeners know, Amy is being harassed
on a daily basis by General Manager Utrice Leid. On-air and off-air,
she has called Amy a racist, a liar, unethical, and publicly claimed
that Amy "defecates" and "vomits" on the air.
Twice this week, and only minutes before air-time, the station
manager kicked Amy and the Democracy Now! production team out of
WBAIıs main broadcast studio and forced them into a small,
sub-standard production studio. Democracy Now! is the only program
that has been relegated to the space -- a clear demonstration of
Pacifica management's consistent campaign of harrassment and
censorship of Amy Goodman and Democracy Now!