WBAI coup leader also backed Haiti coup

Louis Proyect lnp3 at SPAMpanix.com
Fri Jan 12 09:33:12 MST 2001

HAITI PROGRES "Le journal qui offre une alternative"


January 10 - 16, 2001 Vol. 18, No. 43

New Interim General Manager Utrice Leid has insisted that this is an
internal issue that is being blown out of proportion. It is true that many
producers at the station had disputes with WBAI local management over the
years. But the conflict now is much larger and deeper than a mere
personality clash between station personnel, as Leid and her defenders
argue. All evidence suggests that Pacifica is exploiting internal rifts
among the WBAI staff to grab power and disembowel the station of its
progressive politics.

It also must be noted that in the early 1990s, Utrice Leid was editor at
the now defunct Brooklyn-based African American newspaper The City Sun,
which among other unenlightened political positions, justified the
September 1991 coup d'etat in Haiti. In an Oct. 2, 1991 article entitled "A
Lesson in Irony: An Experiment Gone Awry," À Leid's writer Hugh Hamilton
argued that President Jean-Bertrand Aristide got what was coming to him due
to his "separation, not only from the democratic institutions of the
country, but from significant parts of the constituency that elected him."
Hamilton's analysis came, not surprisingly, from Ray Joseph, editor of the
right-wing pro-coup weekly Haiti Observateur, who is quoted extensively and
exclusively in the article. Another "lesson in irony": Observateur was The
City Sun's neighbor in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. In the years since, Joseph's
politics have become as reactionary as his journalism is flaky.
Nonetheless, he has been invited more than once on Leid's "Talk Back"
program, of which Hamilton has taken over as host since her "promotion."

Complete article at: http://www.haitiprogres.com/

Louis Proyect
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