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Former KPFA News Insider Speaks Truth to Power
by Repost
Sunday Dec 2nd, 2012 7:31 AM
The difference between UCR and SAVEKPFA is simple, and the simplicity is genius.

Whereas the latter reeks of soulless, self serving ambition, and is deceitful in both purpose and
intent, the former, that is UCR, is honest, moral and unselfish in pursuit of one intent, furthering
one thing, the KPFA mission and purpose.What the latter lacks the former provides: ingenuity, genius
and truth.
Maggie Kaigler-Armstead
December 1, 2012 at 7:30 pm

The difference between UCR and SAVEKPFA is simple, and the simplicity is genius.

Whereas the latter reeks of soulless, self serving ambition, and is deceitful in both purpose and
intent, the former, that is UCR, is honest, moral and unselfish in pursuit of one intent, furthering
one thing, the KPFA mission and purpose.What the latter lacks the former provides: ingenuity, genius
and truth.

IT is probably indecipherable to anyone who has not worked under the authority of Aileen Alfandary
and Mark “white men rule the world” Mericle. But for me, an unpaid general assignment reporter in
the KPFA news room for 3 years (2005-08) it was an unfolding education in obstinate meanness. I also
worked on a KPFA radio news series with staff, and brought with me my 40 years experience as a major
market, commercial, corporate, government, public radio, black radio and producer, anchor and
broadcast journalist, comfortable in both television and radio, behind and in front of the camera in
differing capacity from New York to California, and my experience made it clear.

I suggest that KPFA news stands among the most pervadingly corrupt, blatantly ungoverned,
unaccountable, disorganized and mismanaged news operation I have ever had the distinctly perverse
and privileged horror to witness, experience and observe.

It is getting better. Getting rid of Brian Edwards-Tiekert and the elitists he represents and
symbolizes helps both the station and Brian to understand good looks and a charming manner cannot
gangster you to the top despite the formidable aid of Alfandary and Mericle for whom, white male
supremacy, the glamor of evil and over riding ambition is all pervasive.

I mailed my ballot November 29th. UCR all the way.

Somehow, KPFA and its organized information and intelligent administration muscles through cruelty
and meanness to prevail. This, due in no small part to unending, selfless acts of courage and
perseverance by true leaders like Tracy Rosenberg; RIchard Phelps, VIrginia Browning, Adrienne
Lauby, Daniel Borgstrom (more information @ D.B.’s free speech zone [at] danielborgstrom.com) and many,
many others who are awake, clear on the agenda of the white collar, faux liberal progressive,
entrenched operatives- who, to further their own blind, self serving ambition are willing to kill
KPFA, its journalistic ethic, creativity and spirit.

And yet….spirit cannot die. I am most grateful. UCR! UCR!!
by Rebuttal
Monday Dec 3rd, 2012 10:55 AM
Got your KPFA ballot? Vote now!


VOTE SaveKPFAIf you’re eligible to vote in KPFA’s board elections, you should have gotten your ballot, which arrived in a nondescript envelope marked “Pacifica Foundation” (not “KPFA”). If you didn’t get a ballot, or need to request a replacement, call this number: 1-866-720-4357 or email election [at] kpfa.org as soon as possible. DEADLINE for receipt of ballots back in New York is December 11.

If you have your ballot: fill it out and mail it in now! See the SaveKPFA candidates here and our endorsers here. For the first year ever, you will not be able to turn in ballots at KPFA — all ballots have to be sent in by mail. They have to arrive at a central counting facility in New York by the deadline of December 11th. The mail system can move more slowly around the holidays, so mail your ballot as early as possible!

PLEASE NOTE: vote for all 9 SaveKPFA candidates, ranking them from 1 to 9 in the order you prefer — or if you’d rather not decide on a ranking, give all 9 candidates a ranking of “1.”
sasha_lilley_and_noam_chomsky

KPFA's Sasha Lilley with Noam Chomsky

Need a little inspiration? Sasha Lilly, co-host of KPFA’s Against the Grain, and co-author of Catastrophism: The Apocalyptic Politics of Collapse and Rebirth, endorses SaveKPFA. “While Pacifica’s governance system is clearly broken,” Lilley says, “it’s still important that people vote in this election — and vote SaveKPFA. If you think that Pacifica should not call the shots at KPFA, and if you support the work of skilled reporters and broadcasters — paid and unpaid — then please vote for all the candidates on the SaveKPFA slate.” | SEE COMPLETE ENDORSERS’ LIST

Elections at KPFA are generally low-turnout affairs that are decided by relatively small margins. Every vote makes a big difference, so tell any KPFA members you know to look for their ballots and vote the SaveKPFA slate. The Fog City Journal has published a guest editorial by UpFront host Brian Edwards-Tiekert that lays out the stakes, and the politics, of the election currently underway. Take a moment to forward it to other KPFA members you know. You can also forward this election flyer (PDF) and/or election postcard (JPG) to friends, and urge them to vote for all 9 SaveKPFA candidates. Or ask friends to visit http://www.SaveKPFA.org or call us at (510) 969-9373 to learn more.
by Akio Tanaka
Monday Dec 3rd, 2012 1:02 PM
Before you cast your balllot read Dr. Larry Shoup's analysis of the KPFA LSB election.

http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2012/11/27/18726512.php

[Dr. Shoup is the author "Rulers and Rebels: A People's History of Early California, 1769-1901" & other books. He's a Green Party stalwart, Longtime community and people's movement activist]

Then rank vote for all ten candidates on the United for Community Radio slate.

Ramsés Téon Nichols - Organizing Committee Chair of SEIU Local 1021, SF Green Party
Dr. Laurence Shoup – Historian, Author "Rulers and Rebels",former Green Party candidate
Karen Pickett - Earth First!, Bay Area Coalition for Headwaters, Global Justice Ecology Project
Andrea Pritchett - Incumbent board member, teacher, Copwatch founder
Samsarah Morgan - Oakland Green Party, Occupy Oakland, writer on birth, health and family
Dave Welsh - Labor organizer, delegate SF Labor Council, Haiti Action Committee, Occupy Oakland
Oriana Saportas - Community & Labor activist, former KPFA Local Election Supervisor
Kate Tanaka - Incumbent board member, anti-corporate stalwart
Beth Seligman - Vegetarian occupier, permaculturist, writer, law degree
Virginia Browning - Long time KPFA activist, former radio programmer