Note from Dan: Dave Gresham, a businessman from Smith Mountain Lake and former Occupy activist, penned this little ditty.
By Dave Gresham
M E M O
October 12, 2012
To: My Minions at Virginia Tech
Subject: Maintaining the Status Quo
Are you aware that Amy Goodman was allowed to speak at Virginia Tech recently?
Have you lost your minds?
Of course, we already knew that General Electric and its stockholders earn billions of dollars making bombs, then make billions more by owning a thousand news outlets that always say we are right for dropping those bombs (and need to make more).
But why in Hell would you let someone talk about it to regular folks? Did you learn nothing after independent news wrecked our Vietnam War? For 15 years this woman has been associated with “Democracy Now!” an independent news program that is already polluting the airwaves on 1,100 stations – including 17 National Public Radio outlets! This cancer must be stopped.
Judging by conversations among the people at her presentation, many of them want her program broadcast on your public radio station WVTF, a “service” of the university. As you know, a group of childish do-gooders has been petitioning Virginia Tech to carry her program for almost 5 years. Fortunately, General Manager Glen Gleixner has stopped these morons cold.
“Democracy Now!” is the last thing we need…
From business scandals to political patronage, human rights to endangered species, this crazy broad can’t keep her mouth shut. Would you believe her program actually goes to war zones and interviews people face to face, even showing pictures of dead soldiers and civilians? It has taken 40 years to kill her kind of naive journalism and we must not let it infect the public again.
Of course, the hope is that Big Bird, along with public broadcasting outlets such as WVTF, will be history on Inauguration Day. But we can’t assume the election of our Patron Saint of Easy Street is a certainty.
It’s frustrating we still haven’t persuaded some Americans to trust the very wealthy with owning news stations. But fortunately, we still have some citizens who think billionaires wouldn’t even exist if they didn’t care so much about other people. Therefore, I warn you, if you want to continue to suckle from the crotch of billionaires, you better mobilize these minions to kill “Democracy Now!”
The phone number for Glenn Gleixner at WVTF is 989-8900. Call him today! Demand he do my bidding and continue to keep independent news programs off public radio.