We set up this blog in response to the antics of Theresa Mitchell's "Save Kboo" campaign she was spamming across the Portland Indymedia newswire. The series of articles were repetitious, hard to parse, and with little documentation to support assertions the KBOO community radio corporation was being "taken over" by "top down corporatism". It was obvious one person was being demonized by staff, Lynn Fitch, the very person staff had lauded only last year. As the rhetoric became shrill, several "tells" led us to suspect KBOO was being controlled by a small cult-like group(dubbed the "Inner Party") who convinced themselves the end justifies any means to stay in power and silence any questions or criticisms of their activities. We are not pleased to have been proven correct.
These means have included:
-Having members who help run the Portland Indymedia collective censor and suppress any comments or articles critical of the "Inner Party", including what anywhere else would be considered news for members, like ignoring the bank for 2 months.
-Having the same members abuse their access at Indymedia to share IP addresses of comments and articles critical of the "Inner Party".
-Impersonating Ed Kraus to smear him as a pro Israeli anti-Palestinian Zionist.
-Posting links to mugshots of dissenting members as an intimidation tactic.
-A board member soliciting for help to hack this blog
-The same board member outing a whistleblower at Facebook
-The same board member accusing two KBOO members of running this blog and threatening them with lawsuits.
-In a time of fiscal crisis, blowing the chance for new revenue and new membership by alienating Blue Oregon petitioners request that KBOO air Thom Hartmann.
-Theresa Mitchell lying to members about the reality of impending bankruptcy. Failing that, changing her story to blame Fitch for the financial problems Mitchell claimed at first didn't exist.
-In retaliation, removing board member Hadrian Micciche for talking to the press about KBOO's problems.
-At a meeting meant to intimidate the board into action, Joe Uris blaming Fitch for a T-shirt that staff including Ani, made and approved. Theresa Mitchell sits right next to him while he tells these lies and does not correct him.
-Tommy "Hollywood" Hood sends out phishing email after a long time KBOO member has told people, including the blog authors, to expect him to upload his audio to KBOO's website. This has yet to happen.
-When confronted Tommy claims he was hacked, but refuses to respond to more inquiries or cooperate with the investigation after the phishing email is reported to multiple agencies including the FCC
It is known that KBOO Board President Conser was informed formally through the website about this phishing attempt. No one from KBOO has responded to this situation. Observers are forced to conclude KBOO as an institution not only condones the phishing action, but is hoping if they ignore it the matter will go away.
It is now our belief that KBOO as a community radio institution is finished.
It is disastrous that a small micro-cult clique controls a non profit corporation that exists for the public.
It is fraudulent to take money from the public under the expectation of serving the public to run a private radio club.
In light of these new events, we consider our original goal of education via satire and humor for the upcoming elections to be moot. As observed by others, the outcome of this KBOO election will not change anything.
It won't change financial insolvency.
It won't take the board out of the hands of the "Inner Party".
At the end of the day KBOO will remain in the hands of a micro cult exploiting the public's trust in community radio to fund their private radio club.
This is unacceptable.
Therefore we are announcing our plans to abandon any attempt to "save" KBOO from the "Inner Party" and it's organs.
Instead we are moving to "save" community radio, or at least the community, from the toxic malignant influence KBOO has become. Expect more information around the time of the next KBOO board meeting, Monday, August 26th.
Postscript: To the tools trying to manipulate their way into our confidence: stop. We have records of the lies and will publish them if provoked. The best thing is to disappear. Fishing (or phishing for that matter)will lead to more fail.