Friday, June 30, 2017

Don't mess with King Kong.


Fake news (click to enlarge).
Here are 3 legal documents that shed some light on the current status of the Empire State Building's rent arrears case against Pacifica/WBAI.

There has been much spinning on and off the air at WBAI in the past few days, largely—if not wholly—based on the excuses fabricated by Berthold Reimers. to cover up his mismanagement.
   
O'Donoghue Affidavit

Reply Memorandum of Law

ESB Exhibit A


The following files are posted on the WBAI website. They comprise the station's press release, endorsements from 12 seemingly clueless elected officials and a resolution document. All repeat the Reimers coverup story.





17 comments:

  1. The clueless, ignorant and pandering letter is surprising in that it lacks the signatures of Inez and Charles Barron, who frequently use WBAI as a platform for their racist and anti-Semitic views.

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  2. The ESRT reply memo of law completely demolishes the weak arguments that Pacifica proffered in opposition to the motion for summary judgment.

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    1. I take it then that today was the cutoff pending the judge's actual decision?

      ~ 'indigopirate'

      ps: As a layman it seems to me in my literal ignorance unlikely, but is it still theoretically possible for the parties to reach a negotiated settlement, or is everything now locked in place until the judge rules?

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    2. Settlement is always a possibility, even after the motion for summary judgment is granted. Pacifica can appeal (regardless of the possibility of success), and the parties can settle pending appeal. Even if judgment is entered against Pacifica, ESRT can decide to accept less than the full judgment (if, for example, it decides that accepting a lesser amount cash-in-hand is preferable to chasing down Pacifica's assets).

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    3. Thanks.

      My understanding, subject to correction, is that Pacifica is operating without Directors & Officers insurance. Might someone in ESRT's position use that as a bit of leverage if Pacifica proves difficult with respect to assets? Does such a thing sometimes happen?

      ~ 'indigo'

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  3. Whereas it's obvious that Pacifica and WBAI really have no defense, they are crying like people who lost money on the stock market because they bought their shares at too high a price.

    Pathetic how they think they should be given a break for a mess of their own making.

    SDL

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  4. I heard David Rothenberg say the next beg-a-thon is coming in two weeks. He also said this is his last year at the station.

    SDL

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    1. David has previously announced that he would be leaving—I think that is a good thing, although he is by no means a blight on the station.

      As for the beg-a-thon, they desperately need to do something, but repeating past failures is not the way to go—they have already crossed the line and scared off the prospective buyers.

      This is the sort of thing that is inevitable when you have people like Reimers calling the shots. I find it impossible to feel sympathy for people whose wounds are self-inflicted.

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    2. Babbling Bob should take a hint from his era mate Rothenberg and retire.

      Maybe they can bring back such classics as the Zapper, organite, double helix water, etc. You'd think they could find more useful items to hawk, like a Trumpty Dumpty voodoo doll, cure all your ills enema kit, WBAI bongs, etc.

      Maybe WBAI can organize a demonstration at the ESB? I'd go... and laugh my ass off.

      Anyway, now they have a slide on their website to beg jeff bezos for money. They have NO shame.

      SDL

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    3. The plea to Bezos shows just how out of touch with reality they are.

      I would love to see the Albany politicians Credico rounded up answer some simple questions regarding their listening experience. As someone noted, two people who listen and get publicity at WBAI did not sign the Albany endorsement sheet. Those who did may well recall hearing old BAI, but I bet they aren't aware of the crap that's aired these days.

      A lot of effort is going into selling this damaged product—the time and work that is now devoted to that effort should have been spent turning the program schedule into a mind-nourishing menu. As I told Bill Crosier yesterday, I think it is too late for that now, and it will never happen as long as Reimers and the sycophants he attracts rule the roost.

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    4. At the intersection of urgent need and lasting impact, we find the answer. The millionaire capitalist who will save Pacifica. Its Jeff Be.. no wait! Its an army of lawyers. There's Siegel and over there JUC lawyers shilling for that shrill woman from Houston. There are more lawyers coming from New York. Its a legal stampede! Run for that Big Tent Chris. They will save us.

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    5. Re. Babbling Bob

      Be kind.
      Poor old fellow lives with 7 alley cats and a loony psychotic astrologer prone to fits.

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  5. This evil, worthless scum wants to pitch Bezos, who is fiercely intelligent, a generous philanthropist, and not a fool?

    Let them have at it…

    jeff@amazon.com

    ~ ‘indigopirate’

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  6. Happy Independence Day to wbai !
    Yeah , Independence from listeners .. haha

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    1. Soon they may be independent of $2,000,000+, too.

      The dummies should have an illegal fireworks display today, so when the cops stop them they can claim discrimination. That would be a good angle for the upcoming beg-a-thon.

      SDL

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  7. One wonders if they will bring up the Empire State Building lawsuit during the begathon, and, if they will realize that to a rational person, this would be a disincentive to contribute, since it means that contributing to WBAI is the same as tossing money into a bottomless pit. On the other hand, can anybody who contributes to WBAI at this point be considered rational?

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  8. Anyone having trouble downloading Twit Wit Radio from the KPFA archives? for the past two episodes I am getting directed to a "server not found" page. :(

    SDL

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