Tsakumis CENSORED by CKNW’s Carly Nicol: Appearance for March 16th., 2011 CANCELLED!
Some years ago, Fox News had asked for writer Christopher Hitchens to appear and provide commentary on the death of nauseating American televangelist and spiritual fraud the Rev. Jerry Falwell.
Prior to the Hitch’s appearance, three producers banded together and demanded that he, the greatest English language writer of our time, be banned from Fox News for his faithful atheism and disdain for Falwell. He was “loathsome” according to one producer; “unbearable” according to another.
But after the heads of Fox News stepped in, he was not only allowed to appear, but delivered one of the greatest commentaries on Falwell ever recorded.
Yesterday, I confirmed my appearance, for today, on ‘The Mike Smyth Show’ guest hosted by Simi Sara.
Thus, I waited for an appropriate time to explain to my eldest daughter that I would not be able to attend her ‘Student Led Conference’–which is a joy that I am now missing for nothing–which has upset me to no end. Her little tears were apparently all for naught.
I have been censored. There will be no appearance by me to talk about the Premier on Simi Sara’s show.
Late this morning, I received a very polite phone call from a clearly deflated Sara–the consummate professional, who informed me that my appearance on her show was cancelled by one Carly Nicol, a producer. Apparently, Ms. Nicol, uninterested in fair comment or real journalism, stormed in to see Sara and told here that she would not produce a show I was on because of my opinions, written yesterday, about Nicol’s friend and former fellow bubblehead, Rebecca Scott, who left Bill Good’s detail and is now openly, a Christy Clark partisan–hired as her Deputy Communications Director, after being Bill Good’s producer.
Sara, in turn, did the only thing she could and called me to apologize (which was unnecessary, but appreciated).
Far be it from me to question Nicol, who is a 26 year-old wet behind the ears, uncontainable shrew, that graduated from the hallowed halls of Harvard, er, excuse me, BCIT, and has been producing shows at CKNW for six years…since I’ve never accomplished anything significant in life, like her.
Sara on the other hand has been in the business for over 20 years, with an exceptional record. Tail wagging the dog? You be the judge.
Likely just an angry little mutt, with tail wagging.
I also received a phone call from Ian Koenigsfest, the Program Manager for CKNW, who apologized for the fact that I was missing Gina’s conference and the way I was treated. Again, unnecessary, as Koenigsfest and I get along very well. But this is the second time NW have had to apologize to me, as Tom Plasteras (who is also first class, like Koenigsfest), the Programming Head, called once not long ago to apologize for Bill Good taking successive runs at me on air (and not providing me the same opportunity–since I’d demolish him on his own program).
But what does this tell us?
That Nicol, who has given CKNW notice of her departure–freeing them from any further militancy of the bubblehead contingent, was upset I outed her pal Rebecca Scott and further revealed the obvious bias of their work through the purposeful apotheosis of Clark during the leadership. Bill Good, we all know, has been produced by both Scott and Nicol and has NEVER asked Clark any hard questions ever, often lobbing softballs. He also most certainly DID NOT treat any of Clark’s leadership rivals with such soft hands and pummeled the NDP leadership candidates when on.
This is journalism? This is balanced reporting? This is cutting edge radio? Instead of holding Clark’s feet to the fire people like Scott and Nicol were offering the Premier pedicures.
If fakery and buffoonery were currency, Nicol would be a billionaire.
More of a concern, is that it speaks to media CENSORSHIP. Nicol, either far too young or far too stupid (the evidence supports that she is much of both), will now be known as one who practices shameful bias. The brutality of censorship is the death knell of any media venue–as I am still very much an NW supporter, I would hope this episode was a one off. Pity that NW couldn’t have more expanded budgets to afford real producers, who Koenigsfest tells me are “equal” to hosts in the relationship to shows done on NW.
The greatest tyranny, in fact the origin of all tyranny in any society, is when the media, infested by knaves and fools like Nicol, are incapable of maintaining the public’s trust because they are unwilling to protect the public’s right to know–YOUR right to know.
I was intent on giving the public some real perspective today on the sham that is now your government in Victoria, but apparently, this doesn’t meet with young Ms. Nicol’s want to censor opinion she finds disagreeable.
Carly Nicol is yet another reason why you must be suspect of the mainstream press. There are many such harridans that occupy positions they were clearly never good enough to carry–but for financial reasons, media venues consider them essential.
Nicol is the embodiment of the desire to be a failure to the same public trust the Bradleys, Murrows, Woodwards, Websters and Fotheringhams delivered you with dedication, care and aplomb.
Write her, and tell her what you think at: email@example.com
Some of her colleagues have already spoken to me to express their sincere, although private but absolute disgust with her despicable behavior of today. I thought you might like to express your disgust to her as well. Not that I’d expect one who acts like a feral child to understand.
As for me, I remain an unapologetic, staunch contrarian and provocateur. I believe in your right to know, and you’ll continue to get it, uncensored from wherever I am. You will continue to get ‘Basi-Virk’ posts from me, and I will continue to expose the Premier (and her ready made trollops in the media) for the scurrilous lies she has told you.
Oh, and by the way, in case you haven’t heard, guess who will be on as super special guest tomorrow morning, featured prominently by Bill Good?
Premier Christy Clark.
Starting to get the picture?