TO OUR FUND DRIVE VOLUNTEERS AND SUPPORTERS:
A small group is making allegations against KPFK and urging
people not to support the station. THEY DON'T REPRESENT THE
STAFF OR PROGRAMMERS OF KPFK IN ANY WAY, NOR DO
THEY REPRESENT THE PEOPLE AT OUR SISTER STATION IN
Some of their concerns are about important issues at Pacifica,but
much of their message is inflammatory, inaccurate and destructive.
Almost five years ago, key organizers of ths group vowed "to take
Pacifica down" when they and/or friends were let go from KPFK.
Since then, they've been making wildly exaggerated and distorted
charges. The latest controversy is about a dispute at KPFA, a
situation outside of KPFK's control.
WHILE WE SUPPORT OUR COLLEAGUES IN BERKELEY,
THERE'S A STRONG CONSENSUS AMONG THE KPFK STAFF
THAT BRINGING THEIR CONFLICT TO OUR AIR IS COUNTER-
PRODUCTIVE. Instead, we honor a policy -- established decades
ago -- that prohibits programmers from using KPFK airtime to
discuss internal disputes. KPFK'S MISSION IS TO SERVE OUR
LISTENERS WITH PROGRAMMING,NOT TO REQUIRE THEM TO
DECIPHER AND MEDIATE PACIFICA'S FREQUENT AND
COMPLICATED INTERNAL CONFLICTS.
Some want to label this as corporate censorship or a "gag rule" but
this charge is unfair. We believe we are acting from our core
values. We are not following some outside dictate, but doing what
we believe is in the best interest of KPFK and our service to
If you have questions or thoughts, we are happy to talk about this.
ONLY ASK THAT YOU HELP US FOCUS ON THE HARD WORK OF THIS FUND DRIVE AND
THAT WE HAVE THESE DISCUSSIONS OUTSIDE THE PHONE ROOM.
THANKS FOR YOUR HELP AND SUPPORT.