Ann Garrison Covers Africa
Shawn Hamilton Reports
If Grover Norquist had been a consultant for the gatekeeper group of paid staff that seems to run things at KPFA, he might’ve recommended something like: “You should reduce Pacifica Radio down to a size where you can “drag it into the bathroom and drown it in the bathtub.” Daniel Borgström
The battle for control of the Pacifica Radio Network intensifies at the mother ship station, KPFA in Berkeley as loyal listeners rally in support of the station’s mission to advance peace, social justice and political satire. BetterBadNewz mixes and mashes up a Michael Krasny interview of Larry Bensky and Arlene Engelhardt with real and imagined callers curious to know more about a missing $375,000 donation . Was it criminal neglect or a challenge match failure during a pledge drive?
I just filed this story on KPFA Radio about the ‘We Won’t Fly’ campaign. The story treats it more fairly than mainstream McMedia that all read from the same AP script and said the event “fizzled” too early in the day for there to have been time to accurately assess it. That reminded me of the story about John Tyner, the man of “don’t touch my junk” fame. Immediately after that story broke, the media was reporting that “8 out of 10” Americans supported the TSA’s actions in the case when clearly there had been insufficient time to have conducted a valid poll. It was an example of media not reporting news but manufacturing it. That’s what we saw yesterday in coverage of Opt Out Day.
It didn’t fizzle. TSA backed off for the day and fewer people were flying due to We Won’t Fly’s efforts. Accolades to those who protested despite the lack of support by others.
“National ‘We Won’t Fly’ Opt Out Day Protest” Audio Here
17 minutes, 45 seconds into broadcast (about 4 minutes long)
The Swill Bucket welcomes visitors referred by Project Censored. I apologize for the circuitous route to the story, “Over 1000 architects and engineers have signed petition to reinvestigate 9-11 destruction,” which is part of story #14, “Increased Tensions with Unresolved 9-11 Issues” in this year’s Censored 2011. The story was originally written as a script for KPFA radio, which aired the story on February 21, 2010. I posted a print version of the story on Examiner.com shortly thereafter, which is the version picked up by Project Censored. Recently, for whatever reason, I lost access to this story (it vanished from my publishing tool) and could not get a straight answer from Examiner explaining why. I have subsequently severed my ties to Examiner.com.
Thanks for visiting.
Shawn Hamilton (firstname.lastname@example.org)
KPFA version of story (9:11)
Full Story Here: (14:15 into broadcast)
A FOUR-DAY FILM FESTIVAL DEVOTED TO ISSUES SURROUNDING THE EVENTS OF SEPTEMBER 11 2001 IS CURRENTLY UNDERWAY AT SEVERAL BAY AREA LOCATIONS. THE 6TH ANNUAL NORTHERN CALIFORNIA 9/11 FILM FESTIVAL, WHICH BEGAN ON THURSDAY AT THE GRAND LAKE THEATER IN OAKLAND, HAS BEEN SPONSORED BY THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA 9-11 TRUTH ALLIANCE FOR THE PAST FIVE YEARS, BUT THIS YEAR’S EVENT WAS ORGANIZED BY A COMMITTEE OF SEVERAL GROUPS. BESIDES THE GRAND LAKE THEATER, THE FESTIVAL WILL ALSO SCREEN FILMS AT THE VIZ THEATER IN SAN FRANCISCO AND AT SAN LEANDRO’S BAL THEATER. THE EVENT CONCLUDES ON SUNDAY. SHAWN HAMILTON ATTENDED THE OPENING OF THE FILM FESTIVAL AND FILES THIS REPORT:
“DESPITE THEIR DIVERSE POLITICAL IDEOLOGIES, WHAT THE FILMGOERS HAVE IN COMMON IS THE CONVICTION THAT THE EVENTS OF SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 ARE KEY TO UNDERSTANDING THE COUNTRY’S MILITARY OCCUPATIONS, ECONOMIC CRISIS, AND EROSION OF CIVIL LIBERTIES. THEY ALSO SHARE THE BELIEF THAT THE 9-11 COMMISSION’S OFFICIAL VERSION OF EVENTS IS LARGELY FALSE. CAROL BROUILLET (BROO-YAY) IS ONE OF THE ORIGINAL FOUNDERS OF THE 9-11 FILM FESTIVAL. SHE EXPLAINS THE VALUE OF THE EVENT:
AMONG THE KEYNOTE SPEAKERS, REPRESENTATIVES OF PROJECT CENSORED ADDRESSED THE BLATANT CENSORING OF 9-11 ISSUES, NOT ONLY BY MAINSTREAM MEDIA BUT ALSO BY ALTERNATIVE MEDIA. THE GROUP HAS BEEN COVERING CENSORED STORIES FOR 35 YEARS BUT HAS RECEIVED AN UNUSUAL AMOUNT OF RESISTANCE—EVEN FROM PROGRESSIVES—FOR COVERING ISSUES RELATED TO 9-11. MICKEY HUFF, PROJECT CENSORED’S CURRENT DIRECTOR, POINTS OUT THAT THESE ISSUES CONSTITUTE ONLY ONE ASPECT OF THE GROUP’S FOCUS.
DURING A PRESENTATION BY HIGH SCHOOL PHYSICS TEACHER DAVID CHANDLER, DEMOCRACY NOW! HOST AMY GOODMAN IS PLAINLY VISIBLE IN A VIDEO SEGMENT THAT INCLUDES AN AUDIBLE EXPLOSION MOMENTS BEFORE BUILDING 7 FALLS. SOUND FROM THIS EXPLOSION, WHICH ADVOCATES SAY SUPPORTS THE IDEA THAT EXPLOSIVES HELPED DESTROY BUILDING 7, HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM MOST ONLINE VERSIONS OF THE SAME VIDEO. THE VIDEO MAKES IT APPARENT THAT GOODMAN HEARD THE EXPLOSION AND WITNESSED THE BUILDING’S SUBSEQUENT DROP, YET SHE IS KNOWN TO GENERALLY AVOID DISCUSSING 9-11. HUFF SAYS HE GREATLY RESPECTS AMY GOODMAN BUT WISHES SHE WOULD BE MORE CANDID ABOUT THE REASONS FOR HER APPARENT DISDAIN OF 9-11 ISSUES:
THE FORMER DIRECTOR OF PROJECT CENSORED, PETER PHILLIPS, TOLD THE CROWD THAT HE AND HUFF HAVE EXPERIENCED CENSORSHIP FROM PROGRESSIVE ORGANIZATIONS BECAUSE THEY ADDRESS 9-11 ISSUES. THEY HAD RUN OP-EDS FOR THE PROGRESSIVE “INSTITUTE FOR POLICY STUDIES” FOR THE PAST SIX YEARS BUT WERE TOLD LAST APRIL THEY WERE NO LONGER INVITED–SPECIFICALLY BECAUSE THEY HAD MENTIONED BUILDING 7 IN A FACTUAL, ACADEMIC REPORT ON STATE CRIMES AGAINST DEMOCRACY. PHILLIPS SAID THE EDITOR TOLD HIM THAT “TRUTHERS HURT THE PEACE MOVEMENT.”
PHILLIPS POINTED OUT THE CONTRADICTION OF BEING CENSORED BY THE PROGRESSIVE LEFT FOR WHOM, HE SAYS, THERE’S A WHOLE AREA OF INFORMATION WE’RE NOT SUPPOSED TO TALK ABOUT. HE SUGGESTED THAT INSTEAD OF MAKING 9-11 TRUTH THE KEY ISSUE, 9-11 ACTIVISTS SHOULD FIND COMMONALITY BY LINKING TO NUMEROUS RELATED ISSUES:
THE 9-11 FILM FESTIVAL IS CURRENLY UNDERWAY AT THE BAL THEATER IN SAN LEANDRO AND ALSO AT SAN FRANCISCO’S VIZ CINEMA, WHERE EVENTS WILL CONCLUDE ON SUNDAY. MORE INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE AT SF911TRUTH DOT O-R-G
FOR PACIFICA RADIO, KPFA, I’M SHAWN HAMILTON.”
(14 minutes, 15 seconds into broadcast)