YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollections

Reorganization at Pacifica Station

September 22, 1996

Re "Mixed Signals at KPFK," Sept. 17:

As a moderate liberal Democrat, most of my political activism involves fighting the extreme right. However, I am also compelled from time to time to take on the far left.

Left-wing inconsistency was very apparent in your article. A paragraph begins by saying that the Pacifica radio network was founded by pacifists and remains unabashedly leftist. The next sentence says that on Pacifica, someone advocating lifting the sanctions against Libya and Iraq can still find a sympathetic audience. Huh?

It seems to me that if one is a pacifist, one would not be an apologist for two of the most murderous, warmongering and terrorist-sponsoring regimes in the world today. Be it the whitewashing of Stalin's brutality in the 1930s and '40s or the current invocation of some "Third World" liberation ideology to justify the conduct of crazed tyrants, radical leftists cannot claim to be champions of peace as long as they are so indulgent of such vicious killers.


Beverly Hills

* Readers of your story on KPFK might think its listeners hear only confusion. As a regular listener since 1959, I can report, "Not so!"

Here's a sampling of regularly scheduled, weekly, one- or two-hour programs, some of which have been running for as long as 20 years, many produced by volunteers who are experts in their fields: interviews with scientists; discussions about cars and their performance and maintenance; defense and national security policy, featuring interviews with analysts, reporters, former ambassadors and policymakers; computers and the Internet; "Democracy Now," the Pacifica network's daily one-hour broadcast on national affairs and electoral politics; and "Counterspin," produced by Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, that reveals sloppy, unfair and inaccurate reporting by mainstream media.

In addition, KPFK's news broadcasts and the Pacifica network national news cover important stories given little or no attention by mainstream media. KPFK regularly features talks by scholars who bring an international view of domestic and foreign affairs not heard elsewhere in the U.S.

Tuning the FM dial to KPFK at 90.7 is like getting a breath of fresh air.


Los Angeles

Los Angeles Times Articles