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Does the CL Management Group at KPFA Understand What Pacifica is About?
Richard Phelps, former Chair KPFA LSB
Pacifica exists to provide us with alternatives to the narrow spectrum of news, culture and public affairs that is available from our corporate media. Internally Pacifica and its five stations are learning how to operate and cooperate under democratic Bylaws. In the struggles over how to proceed we must practice what we preach and not allow one perspective to dominate our airtime and push one point of view like Fox News. On Tuesday October 20, 2009 at noon “Against the Grain” ran a prerecorded program wherein the host and the two guests speakers discussed the history of KPFA/Pacifica and the current governance model. All three are endorsers/supporters of the Concerned Listener Management Group. No one from another perspective was invited to participate and no calls from listeners were taken after the tape was played. The program advocated a radical change in our governance, elimination of our democratic process, based upon what I consider to be a very biased and self-serving rendition of our history. Our subscribers deserve to hear alternative points of view to this very one-sided program so that they can participate in our democratic governance as informed voters.

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