Aaron Glantz, Please look more closely at KPFA/Pacifica

Journalist Aaron Glantz wrote an article endorsing the status quo faction at KPFA during the 2010 election for the Local Station Board. It was titled Vote to Save Progressive Radio. I wrote the following letter to him:

Dear Aaron Glantz

As a professional journalist, you might take a closer look at the people you're endorsing. Consider the Nadra Foster incident, or the $375,000 check that got left in the drawer. Those are symptoms of very UNPROFESSIONAL management.

Another symptom. Consider the board meeting on March 7th, when the former chair from the slate you're endorsing advanced on the new chair in a threatening manner, shouting at her, clearly an attempt at physical intimidation. There's an audio, and also a video.

Less than 2 hours later at that same meeting, another luminary from that same illustrious group tried to pick a fist fight. That too is on video.

I've been attending KPFA's LSB meetings as a listener-member for five years, and while the CL/saveKPFA's actions on that day went beyond their norm, what I typically have seen is serial filibustering, an endless use of parliamentary tactics to waste time and render the board dysfunctional.

The CL/saveKPFA people have a sorry record. But my real problem isn't just with their bad manners--it's that the CL/mgmt handling of station finances has brought KPFA to the brink of collapse.

Please, just go and ask a few questions. Then, see if you still care to endorse them.

Daniel Borgström
September 18, 2010

Intimidation between the minutes
Siegel: "You're suing me!"
CL/SaveKPFA slate website
"Save KPFA" is someone else's name