Good to read that you are still your same ignorant and arrogant self

I suspect that you have little if any idea of what has been and is going on
at WBAI and that you donıt give a crap.  This is clear when you bring up
Marc Cooper who was at KPFK a long time ago and had little to do with WBAI
then or now and write as thoı everyone should have listened to him because
he is so obviously wise and WBAI would not be in its current problems if
everyone had only listened to him.  We know of course the Marc always
expresses himself in a caring fashion that does not alienate others.

I appreciate Henwood speaking out and Mitchel circulating his letter.  In
some ways the situation is worse at WBAI than Henwood indicates because he
not fully characterized some of the struggles at the station and within the
station board.  At the same time a whole variety of people are working to
improve the situation.  One insane and difficult problem is that over 10
years ago the station was moved to offices on Wall street (Wall street????)
and WBAI has a huge rent every month and a contract that runs to 2012.
WBAIıs rent is much higher than at other stations.  This is an enormous
problem that has nothing to do with premiums, food fights (personnel
issues), or politics.  Bad move made BEFORE the ³coup² in 2000.  A terrible
legacy.  Would have been nice if the great and wise Marc Cooper had helped
prevent that bad move, which was not done by anyone currently on the station
board or is part of the staff or management at the station as far as I know.

So, get off your high horse and figure out what you can do to help in some
small way instead of just preaching.

WBAI member

On 8/11/10 5:28 AM, "Michael Balter" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> When, several years ago, Marc Cooper and other sane minds tried to reform
> Pacifica and its stations into something other than an umbrella over every
> ridiculous fringe tendency, they were accused of being CIA agents, capitalist
> roaders, and hounded out of the organization. Mitchel was on the other side of
> this debate; so was Amy Goodman. Today, as Doug so rightly points out, we see
> the results of those great "victories" for the masses: A bunch of stations
> very few people want to listen to. Democracy Now is one of the few exceptions,
> a generally excellent program, but its example needs to be followed across the
> board if Pacifica is to survive. And that means discriminating between
> progressives and nut cases.
> MB
> On Wed, Aug 11, 2010 at 5:20 AM, Phil Gasper <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> The state of WBAI (dire)
>> Posted by: Doug Henwood | August 10, 2010
>> [I just sent this to Mitch Cohen, chair of the WBAI local station board, to
>> be read at tomorrow nightıs board meeting.]
>> To Mitch Cohen and the WBAI local station board:
>> Iıve been around WBAI for more than two decades. I started as a frequent
>> interviewee on Samori Marksmanıs show in 1987, moved on to regular
>> commentaries on his show a few years later, and then began doing the Thursday
>> editions of his Behind the News in 1995. Iıve watched the station go through
>> considerable turmoil over the years, but the current situation has me more
>> worried than ever. I was very relieved and hopeful when Bernard White and Co.
>> were removed from office. But Iıve lost that feeling completely.
>> Our financial situation remains dire. Indeed, itıs hard to see how we can go
>> on like this much longer. Not only are we not paying our bills, weıre
>> dragging the whole Pacifica network deeper into the red. In this context,
>> itıs easy to understand the temptation to offer sensational fundraising
>> premiums to raise a lot of money quickly. But this strategy is proving
>> disastrous.
>> A few words about those premiums. During the last few drives, WBAI has
>> offered a variety of rather embarrassing videos and publications. Weıve now
>> moved well beyond the familiar 9/11 conspiracies. Now we also have miracle
>> cures (which, it wouldnıt surprise me, could put us at legal risk for
>> offering, since they make claims about curing disease that, to put it gently,
>> would be very difficult to prove), stories about chemtrails (the theory that
>> the government, for some mysterious reason, is poisoning us by spraying
>> chemicals from the sky), and most recently, a series of videos explaining how
>> the Illuminati are about 90% of the way to taking everything over (itıs only
>> a matter of time until they plant microchips in our heads and solidify a
>> regime of total control). (Tastes of that stuff here
>> <>  and here <>
>> .) Iım told, though I havenıt heard this stuff myself, that weıre also
>> hawking the work of Kevin Trudeau <> , whoıs
>> been convicted <>  of credit card
>> fraud and has been fined for making false and misleading claims ­ and whoıs
>> been frequently sued by disgruntled customers. Of professional interest to me
>> are stories about financiers and the Federal Reserve which have no basis in
>> historical fact ­ and I say this as someone who knows more about Wall Street
>> and central banks than anyone involved with Pacifica. Many of these
>> narratives have deep roots in far-right politics ­ the Wall Street/Federal
>> Reserve stuff has long been associated with crypto-fascist organizations like
>> Willis Cartoıs Liberty Lobby (e.g. the works of Eustace Mullins
>> <> ). Trudeau is a big fan of
>> Matt Drudge and the odious Michael Savage.
>> None of this stuff can be taken seriously by anyone with an ongoing
>> relationship with Planet Earth. For that reason alone, itıs a disgrace that
>> we give it such prominence. The health claims expose us to prosecution and
>> litigation ­ a legal risk we canıt possibly afford. But, that aside, airing
>> this sort of stuff drives away sane and solvent listeners. Given the recent
>> drop in our fulfillment rate, it seems reasonable to surmise that people who
>> pledge on this stuff are more likely than most not to come through. So this
>> strategy fails even on purely monetary grounds. But by driving away the
>> audience, weıre undermining the stationıs future. Do we really want to be
>> known as the nonprofit telemarketing arm for lunatics and convicted
>> criminals?
>> Iıve shared these concerns with interim program director Tony Bates and he
>> dismisses my concerns as mere ³outrage.²
>> We urgently need to figure out why weıve lost listeners and how we can build
>> the audience back up. This is not the way to go about it. Itıs a guaranteed
>> route to insolvency and ridicule.