That is part and parcel of Haskins' modus operandi, I don't really believe that he holds Berthold Reimers in high esteem, but whoever occupies the top position at WBAI is assured Haskins' loyalty. There are many names for that sort of thing, but "boot licking" is among the politer ones, so that's what I'll call it.
Caller Abbey is not alone when it comes to having been a victim of hypocritical intolerance, nor is Haskins the only WBAI host who tries to stifle rather than discuss criticism of the station or its management. He, however, has gained prominence, thanks to Reimers and his own unabashed self-promotion. He is particularly touchy these days when truth surfaces and his fairytales are challenged. One truth is, of course, that he has low tolerance for serious criticism. Here's what happened when Abbey Smith called him this morning. Notice that he vehemently denies cutting anybody off and even goes so far as to falsely claim that WBAI is not technically equipped to do so!