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To: KPFA General Manager Quincy McCoy, KPFA Program Director Kevin Cartright

Bring CounterSpin Back to KPFA

Bring CounterSpin Back to KPFA

Petition Text

Bring CounterSpin back to a regular slot on KPFA's program grid.

Why is this important?

Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) produces a weekly radio show (Counterspin), which began decades ago. KPFA Radio was regularly airing CounterSpin until Oct. 19, 2018, when it was abruptly taken off the air with no explanation to listeners. Please urge KPFA General Manager Quincy McCoy (gm@kpfa.org) and Program Director Kevin Cartright (pd@kpfa.org) to bring back CounterSpin to a regular slot on its program grid.

FAIR, the national media watch group, was established in 1986 by co-founders Jeff Cohen, Martin Lee and others. It describes its mission as:
“FAIR has been offering well-documented criticism of media bias and censorship since 1986. We work to invigorate the First Amendment by advocating for greater diversity in the press and by scrutinizing media practices that marginalize public interest, minority and dissenting viewpoints. As an anti-censorship organization, we expose neglected news stories and defend working journalists when they are muzzled. As a progressive group, we believe that structural reform is needed to break up the dominant media conglomerates, establish independent public broadcasting and promote strong non-profit sources of information.”

In the past CounterSpin aired shows featuring guests as Marjorie Cohn on the Afghan unending war, Amit Harana on deregulation, Sasha Abramsky on Trump’s new attacks on immigration, and Corey Gillan under attack by Monsanto. CounterSpin is meticulously researched and exceptionally well documented and produced.

CounterSpin is in keeping with KPFA’s mission statement:

* “To promote cultural diversity and pluralistic community expression.
* To contribute to a lasting understanding between individuals of all nations, races, creeds and colors.
* To promote freedom of the press and serve as a forum for various viewpoints.
* To maintain an independent funding base”.

Please urge KPFA General Manager Quincy McCoy (gm@kpfa.org) and Program Director Kevin Cartright (pd@kpfa.org) to bring back CounterSpin to a regular slot on its program grid.

San Francisco Bay Area

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Reasons for signing

  • Counterspin was a program that embodied the reason for the existence of KPFA and Pacifica. Counterspin did not "manufacture consent" as corporate media does. It investigated and reported on the facts. Removing it from KPFA "dumbed down" the station.
  • Counterspin is the the most insightful and analytical progressive news programs anyone can get in 30 minutes. The host, Janine Jackson,also has a dry sense of humor she injects into her commentary that alone makes this program worth putting back on KPFA. Put Counterspin back on KPFA now!
  • CounterSpin was, IMO, one of the best shows on KPFA. The hosts are well-informed, articulate, and politically sharp without being rhetorical. I was shocked when management pulled it off the lineup, especially without a word of explanation.

Updates

2019-09-30 12:09:08 -0400

100 signatures reached

2019-09-30 11:35:54 -0400

50 signatures reached

2019-09-30 11:25:30 -0400

25 signatures reached

2019-09-30 11:19:18 -0400

10 signatures reached