covers situation at Democracy Now! and Pacifica
WEDNESDAY 5 P.M. --
AVAILABLE OVER THE INTERNET
KPFA Radio's Flashpoints program with Dennis Bernstein tomorrow,
Wednesday 8/21/01, will be a special report on the future of
Democracy Now! and Pacifica, given the current crisis. As you know,
Amy Goodman and the crew of Democracy Now! have been suspended
without pay after refusing to produce their show at WBAI, which they
consider an unsafe environment given the harrassment from Utrice Leid
and others. Democracy Now! has been produced at a different site (an
arrangement accepted by WBAI and Pacifica for other programs), and
continues to air on KPFA (Pacifica's Berkeley, CA station) and a few
other non-Pacifica-owned stations, but re-runs are being carried on
Pacifica's satellite feed and its other four stations.
Flashpoints is aired at 5 p.m. Pacific time (8 p.m. Eastern Time),
for one hour. KPFA can be heard over the Internet via RealAudio or
CALL YASKO at HOME!
Steve Yasko purports to be Pacifica's National Programming
Director. In his year at Pacifica, he has managed to:
- continually harass Amy Goodman in an especially mean-spirited,
vindictive and sexist manner
- continue the destruction of the Pacifica Network News.
- Attempt to undermine Democracy Now! (denial of funds to travel
to Quebec for the FTAA protests, (failed) attempts to impose
unqualified producers, refusal to even respond to DN! staff notices
of constant harrassmaent and intimidation at WBAI, openly yelling
at Amy Goodman in public - "I am your boss! I am your boss!")
- Claims to be responsible for The Nation's latest attempt to inflict
some its lacklustre talent on Pacifica listeners nationally, via "The
David Corn Show"... a crude knock off of Democracy Now! at best.
Call Steve at home and tell him to reinstate Democracy Now! staff
immediately and then to resign - for the good of Pacifica and the
good of his own imploding reputation.