Thursday, September 4, 2014
The WBAI game: Pitter patter pander...
Is Gary Null an intelligent man?
Most would agree that he is and that, consequently, my question is a dumb one.
Well, if you know that Kathy Davis and her pseudo spiritual blather is now also being carried by Null's online station, you surely experienced a moment of doubt regarding his judgement. Taking that a step farther, you may have wondered if there isn't an ulterior motive lurking beneath the smooth surface of our soft-spoken stuff maker.
If you do have doubts, and they are of the lingering variety, you might lend an ear to a call Null made to Haskins' show this morning. If you have listened to Haskins for any length of time—an hour, perhaps—you may have concluded that he is a thoroughly unprofessional misfit who, despite spending decades at WBAI, has yet to grasp the fundamental principles upon which Pacifica was founded. You may also have noticed that he aims his fumbling, superficial twaddle at an audience whose intellectual level—like his own—has barely risen above grade school.
A Michael Haskins would barely have qualified for a janitorial position in WBAI's earlier years. Yes, we did have a janitor back then, a man who had admirable ambitions and appreciated the station's raison d'être. I think it is obvious that Haskins' idea of "community" radio translates into a station that very narrowly focuses on an ill-informed segment of our area's black population.
Of course, that has not escaped Gary Null, who claims to be a regular listener to the AM propaganda show, but listen to him here. Do you think you are hearing the sincere words of a true admirer, or is this a part of Null's scheme. Does Michael Haskins really represent "the best that WBAI can be?" Do you think Null means that? I don't. Mr. Null sells a lot of his own products and benefits further from hours upon hours of free advertising. That makes WBAI a golden goose, of sorts, one that it behooves him to keep alive.