Hypocrisy Has Rendered KPFT and Pacifica Irrelevant


Today while driving back to the office after lunch, I listened to KPFT 90.1 FM in Houston.  For those of you who don’t know, this is a Pacifica radio affiliate.  Now if you’re not aware, KPFT’s mission statement says amongst other things the following:

“In radio broadcasting operations to promote the full distribution of public information; to obtain access to sources of news not commonly brought together in the same medium; and to employ such varied sources in the public presentation of accurate, objective, comprehensive news on all matters vitally affecting the community.”

Also, on the KPFT website, they have a code of conduct.  Here are the first two rules of the code as they are published on their website:

  1. Treat other people as you would like to be treated yourself.
  2. Verbal and physical attacks are not tolerated on Pacifica and KPFT property, or at KPFT and Pacifica events and meetings.

For these reasons and others, I have supported the radio station with my listenership and donations with the impression that KPFT continues to uphold these ideas.  This is why I was so taken back when listening to the “The New Capital Show”  which airs on Thursdays between 3 and 4PM.  The host, Leo Gold, was preaching about the need for critics to shut up and get on board with the policy of the current presidential administration.  He took a call from a man who was very polite, well spoken and informative who wanted to inform listeners about Alex Jones’ new documentary, “Fall of the Republic”.

In a curt manner Gold hung up with the man and then entered into a tirade that the man was a sneak, and some how called his show to slip in false and dangerous information that could harm his listeners — as if they didn’t have the ability to decide for themselves.  I was totally thrown, because this level of disrespect is outside my experience with KPFT.  So I called in, and challenged Leo on his treatment of the caller.  He became angered and eventually hung up on me as well for daring to question his authority.  So I wrote him the following letter, and posted on KPFT’s site, who removed it instantly, so now I’m sharing it with you.  Please let me know your thoughts.

Letter to Leo Gold of KPFT/Pacifica Radio


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  1. […] place of business about the program and references to Jones. Milby later posted a series of pieces (1, 2, 3, 4) on his own blog, critical of Leo, me and KPFT for Leo’s terming Jones a conspiracy […]

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