Ann Garrison 
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Updated on December 31, 2017 at 3:18 PM

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Re: “Breaking: Berkeley's KPFA Radio Facing Ruin as New York Real Estate Corporation Considers Seizing Station's Assets to Settle Lawsuit

"KPFA's property" is actually Pacifica's on MLK Way in Berkeley. Empire State could put a lien on it establishing their interest upon sale but they could not "seize the building" or force KPFA staff to quit. Nor could they seize KPFA's broadcast license or others in the network. They could seize KPFA's cash assets, which would make KPFA's utility bills and other basics the biggest challenge to keeping KPFA on the air.

And this is not "this financial mess created by its parent foundation." KPFA representatives served on the national board as this crisis developed and not all of their votes were benign. On the contrary.

Posted by Ann Garrison on 12/31/2017 at 2:51 PM

Re: “Dems Try to Rescue Jerry Brown

I can't say I care, knowing who Jerry Brown is. Laura Wells,, or Deacon Alexander,

Posted by Ann Garrison on 02/16/2010 at 4:22 PM

Re: “PG&E Funds Anti-Green Measure

This is awful. I didn't know the vote was in June. Thanks for coverage.

Posted by Ann Garrison on 02/16/2010 at 4:17 PM

Re: “KPFA Elections Mark Station's Latest Turmoil

Under current management KPFA is close to becoming an anachronism because it's Web presence is negligible and rapidly becoming more so.

This is not trivial to those of us who depend on the otherwise little heard voices that KPFA puts on the air.

Posted by Ann Garrison on 10/29/2009 at 10:26 AM

Re: “JR Valrey Is an Agent Provocateur

An agent provocateur for whom?

Also, I must say I find this piece full of a really unpleasant class bias, that of the professional, i.e., paid journalist, toward the unpaid volunteer, like J.R. Valrey at KPFA.

At other times you call J.R. a "blogger," also with notable, unwarranted disdain. Journalism is writing, published writing about matters of social interest, produced within varied intellectual and moral frameworks, some openly vaue laden, some less so.

This piece also expresses an intellectually naive disdain for "advocacy journalists," as compared to "mainstream" journalists, whom the writer seems to admire.

Mainstream? I don't find this word particularly meaningful or desirable.

Objectivity is a ridiculous idea to anyone who has considered questions of epistemology, teleology, subjectivity and intersubjecivity, what we often call the "objective" world, though it is actually a sociall constructed reality.

Honesty is possible. Objectivity is not. A good journalist tries to determine what is truthful, and essential, without advancing an agenda, unless writing from an openly editorial stance. And an honest editorial writer evaluates their subject as honestly as possible, before editorializing.

I hope East Bay Express readers noticed when, last year, London Guardian environmental writer George Monbiot attempted to make a citizens' arrest of John Bolton, .

George Monbiot is paid, and well-known, probably as well-known as any environmnetal journalist in the world. Would you say that he sacrified some sort of precious professionalism by doing so?

Mark Twain was one of the greatest journalists this country has ever produced, and he made no pretence to "objectivity," a.k.a., moral or intellectual indifference.

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Posted by Ann Garrison on 04/10/2009 at 4:42 AM

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