Does it Again!
06/13/02 FTW - After a long fight between
Pacifica radio, Mike Ruppert was on KPFK's The Morning
Show on Thursday, 6-13-02.
Unfortunately, KPFK reverted to its old
behavior, sandbagged Ruppert, and devoted approximately
1/3rd of the show distracting Pacifica's listeners from
hearing the truth about U.S. government involvement in 9-11.
Sonali Kolhatkar, host of The Morning
Show, opened the segment seeming to give Ruppert a free
hand in putting out the information Pacifica's listeners
have been denied. Kolhatkar asked a few somewhat interesting
questions, but then a different agenda appeared. Kolhatkar
asked Ruppert about his belief that U.S. government agencies
were the perpetrators of 9-11. Ruppert calmly explained
that he has never said or written that the any government
agency was the overt force committing the 9-11 atrocities,
and that what he has been discussing is the government's
foreknowledge of the events and cover-up of that foreknowledge
Kolhatkar went on with the interview, but
at three additional points asked Ruppert the exact same
question about evidence the U.S. government organized and
committed the 9-11 attacks, something Ruppert has never
said or published. It was obvious Ruppert had been set-up.
Then, 20 minutes into the show, Pacifica showed its disdain
for its listeners, and what their true agenda is. And their
agenda is apparently not the dissemination of information.
When she opened the show Kolhatkar discussed
the controversy that Ruppert's work has created in the mainstream
press, and mentioned, specifically, David Corn, Washington
Editor of The Nation. She said that Corn had been invited
to appear on the show but had declined. This on-air statement
is a direct contradiction of what Kolhatkar had told the
FTW office. In arranging the interview FTW office manager
Andrea Shepherd was told, by Kolhatkar, that Ruppert would
be on for the entire 8:00 8:30 AM segment alone. Shepherd
repeated this back to Kolhatkar, who confirmed it. So the
invitation to Corn was made without Ruppert's knowledge,
and is contradictory to what Kolhatkar told Shepherd.
During the program Kolhatkar again brought
up Corn, and Ruppert gave his opinion as to the reasons
for Corn's attacks. After about the 20-minute point Kolhatkar
went to a music break, which people familiar with KPFK operations
say is quite unusual, and indicates something unexpected
is about to occur. When Kolhatkar came back, lo-and-behold,
surprise, surprise, there was David Corn. He had changed
his mind, and now wanted to be on the program. Apparently
he had been listening to the broadcast from the outset.
Rather than discuss the events of 9-11
or the merits of Ruppert's work, Corn immediately turned
the proceedings into a personal forum to whine about a few,
particular words Ruppert has used when discussing Corn's
work. Instead of getting information many of Pacifica's
listeners should know, they were treated to about a 10-minute
David Corn tantrum, complete with personal attacks, threats,
challenges to make wagers and an ever increasingly shrill
voice. You could almost hear him stamping his foot.
Just as they did on a March 1 broadcast,
when Ruppert was prevented from discussing 9-11 by Norman
Solomon's distractions, Pacifica today showed that they
are more concerned with helping preserve the careers of
their friends than in serving their listeners. KPFK asks
its listeners for financial support, and promises alternative
points-of-view. What took place this morning on The Morning
Show forces all reasonable people to have very serious
questions about the integrity of KPFK's management.
Here is the contact information for KPFK and Pacifica Radio:
Pacifica National Programming
2390 Champlain St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
Tel: (202) 588-0999
Dan Coughlin - firstname.lastname@example.org
KPFK GENERAL MANAGER - (818) 985-2711
HOST: Sonali Kolhatkar