As avid listeners to and supporters of KCRW, we were incensed, appalled and deeply disappointed to read of General Manager Ruth Hirschman's decision to fire Deirdre O'Donoghue (Pop Eye, by Patrick Goldstein, Nov. 2).
Not only has this city lost its most enthusiastic proponent of new music, but it has lost the most honest and insightful voice covering the L.A. cultural scene.
Maybe in Chile or Poland Hirschman's remarks about O'Donoghue's "inappropriate" political remarks or her (horrors!) negative statements of some musical products would be considered thoughtful reasons for termination.
To us, Hirschman is guilty of cultural fascism. She is incapable of allowing an employee to engage in any intellectual content beyond what she deems correct.