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on the present of WBAI-FM, a once significant, intelligent New York
radio station that for years has suffered chronic abuse from within and now
nears extinction. Your comments are welcomed and will not be censored.
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Tribute? Or travesty?
The current WBAI sadly demonstrates that hate, like ignorance and bigotry, is omni-directional.
This morning, a hate-filled Haskins teamed up with Gloria J. Brown Marshall for a two-hour reading of names, exploiting the 1,136 U.S. victims of fatal gun shots. It was a shameless exhibition of opportunism that may very well become another undelivered "thank you gift" as the scam continues.
While these two were milking tragedy for nefarious purposes, President Obama gave a live announcement of his work to change the gun laws purchased from a Republican Congress by the NRA. A live feed to Mr. Obama's speech would have been the prudent thing to broadcast, but not for the station that cannot handle unvarnished truth.
It is one thing to honor the 9/11 victims in the presence of their relatives and loved ones, quite another to use names of the deceased for hypocritical dramatic effect. The entire WBAI recital is here, but I have speeded it up to lessen the pain of hearing yet another WBAI exercise in bad taste. Am I being too cynical? Let's hear what you think.