9/11 Truthers say support new KPFA Morning Show (but not too truthfully)

9/11 Truthers say support new KPFA Morning Show (but not too truthfully)

January 28th, 2011 by Matthew Lasar in community radio, opinion

The new all volunteer KPFA Morning Show got a resounding endorsement from Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth this week. The group says its mission is to promote the idea that there is “sufficient evidence to conclude that the World Trade Center buildings #1 (North Tower), #2 (South Tower), and #7 (the 47 story high-rise across Vesey St.) were destroyed not by jet impact and fires but by controlled demolition with explosives” on September 11, 2001.

On Tuesday, the outfit put out an action alert calling on its supporters to let the Berkeley, California listener supported station know that they like the signal’s new volunteer “Morning Mix” lineup, which replaced recently purged hosts Aimee Allison and Brian Edwards-Tiekert:

“[a] new show, ‘Morning Mix’, hosted by several volunteers, including Project Censored’s own, Mickey Huff, is in place at 8:00am. Mickey is a supporter of all things truth and will undoubtedly have us on as a guest if the show is continued. AE911Truth is highlighted in the last 3 Project Censored books. However the new radio show’s tenure is in jeopardy. We need your help.”

So calling all 9/11Truthers, continues the message—tell KPFA’s new General Manager and Program Director that you dig the new show! But, well, maybe leave a few details out of your e-mail:

“For this particular show of support,” the missive concludes, “we should refrain from mentioning 9/11—a very contentious issue at KPFA. Discussion of it in this circumstance will only complicate and thwart our efforts to keep the ‘Morning Mix’ on the air.”

Yeah, the whole truth always complicates things. Better just to omit minor deets like the real actual reason you support the new program out of your message of support.

I wonder if there are other truths that 9/11Truthers around KPFA think that it’s best to keep on a low profile


The issue of the "conspiracy theorists" trying to take over the station was carefully used by the opposition to scare people. Unless you have been following this battle closely, you won't be aware of its complexities.

Robbie Osman, in his essay, "The Value of Democracy - on the KPFA Board Elections", wrote:

"Ian Boal, writing in Counterpunch, told his readers that the listeners elected to the station board tended to be "esperantists, propeller heads, world government paranoiacs, and stranded Maoists”. Max Pringle of KPFA’s news department argued that it made no more sense to let listeners participate in making programming decisions than it would to let the passengers take over the cockpit of an airplane. And Concerned Listeners/SaveKPFA's Conn Hallinan warned that if the listeners are allowed to control programming we will end up with “all conspiracy all the time” radio. It’s a wonder that such hyperbolic claims have been taken as seriously as they seem to have been. Don’t accept them. Those who oppose community participation in KPFA's decision-making ought to address the problems caused by exclusively in-house decision-making rather than just defame those who want change."

Unless you have the power that they do -- to reach as many relevant listeners and KPFA board voters on the merits of 9/11 research -- it doesn't make sense to fuel the fire that the opposition has already carefully built up. We don't want "all conspiracy all the time radio", but many people in relevant positions are already primed with that claim.

Now it will take careful work to undo that.