“Let him have a program but not during the news show” has been my opinion all along.
What does the community radio station get in return? Well, not much it seems.
Last week, county tea party Chairman Stan Meckler stated the following in The Union in an opinion piece:
“I have been on KNCO and published in The Union, but KVMR refuses to interview me. They call themselves ‘The Voice of Nevada County’ but have only one conservative on the air (Rebane) and only occasionally.
“Why should they interview me? Because I represent the largest organization in Nevada County with over 2,600 members. They are also receiving public funds, your money, to keep their station open. It’s the law that public funded radio stations must allow all sides to be equally represented. What do you think? ”
KVMR’s response: “KVMR would like the opportunity to set the record straight. Here is a photo of Mr. Meckler during a live KVMR interview with our News Director, Paul Emery, on August 13, 2010, at the Nevada County Fair.
“As its recording shows, it was a very civil exchange and Mr. Meckler is certainly welcome to return. Mr. Emery had personally invited him to do an interview after visiting with him at the Tea Party Patriots booth. The photo and the full audio are available on KVMR’s webpage: kvmr.org.”
“As for the ‘law’ Mr. Meckler references, which is called the ‘Fairness Doctrine,’ he is in fact misunderstood.”
Here’s what I think:
•The tea party and Stan Meckler owes KVMR a public apology. George Rebane also should apologize on his commentary, on behalf of the group he supports.
•The Union, including the editor/publisher, also owes KVMR a public apology and a correction for not checking its facts before running Meckler’s article. The Union needs to work harder to shed its “Tea Party Gazette” reputation.
•KVMR also need to rethink providing a tea partier like Rebane with “prime time” exposure on news. It is not paying any dividends and, in fact, is alienating regular listeners. Next thing you know, they’ll be giving the hard right more air time during prime time (the goal of bullys).
Most of us are “in the middle,” as I’ve said many times before. We don’t want George polluting the newscast. Just provide George and Mecker with a slot in the weekly program schedule like everybody else.
The stakes are high for KVMR. It comes at a time when the community broadcast station is considering a new headquarters. It will require community-wide support for the fundraising effort.
A tea party picnic is here. (Photo credit: Russ Steele’s blog)