In addition to those seven was Greg Geiselman, a member of the KPFT Local Advisory Board [LAB] and someone with whom I have had several conflicts regarding the mission of KPFT.
While I, and many many others in Houston, believe that KPFT
should be a "voice for the voiceless," Geiselman
and Merriman and a few others accuse KPFT
of being "pro-Palestinian," they attack the Middle East coverage of Dennis Bernstein and others, and they want equal credence given to the Zionist position.
I began to express my concern about the time of the show and Geiselman
confronted me, telling me I was being rude to KPFT's "guests."The JV hosts were still in the studio at this time, now almost noon, and Geiselman
and I began to shout at each other, with me telling him that apologists for the terror regime of Ariel Sharon were hardly "guests."
Even before my program ended, Geiselman
, Merriman and other local Zionists were beginning a campaign of slander and smears that continues to this day.
However, after the fact, Geiselman
, with whom I'd been arguing, claimed that he
heard me say this.Geiselman
, however, claims that I followed the JV hosts into the lobby and yelled it at de la Paz, whereas de la Paz herself claims I said it as I passed the JV group going into the studio.So, one would think, having seven eyewitnesses testifying that I said nothing, while there were two people, with different agendas and conflicting stories, charging that I used a slur would be overwhelming proof that this allegation was false, and the whole episode should have ended there.
But, because of the persistence of the Zionist slanderers and the craven approach of KPFT
and Pacifica's national leadership, a long-term smear campaign had just begun.
Within hours, Merriman, Geiselman
, and other Zionists, particularly Edwin Johnston and Dan Jones, political rivals and well-known disruptive elements in the KPFT community
, had placed messages on every internet message board relating to Pacifica [and some that weren't even directly Pacifica-oriented] from New York to Los Angeles claiming that I had used a racial slur and that I was anti-semitic [a good chronicle of the whole episode and supporting documents can be found at http://www.acksisofevil.org/].
Barnstone interviewed De la Paz, Geiselman
, Merriman, and two other people from the JV show.
...Even though the LAB conceded it had no standing to investigate me, Geiselman and an ally of his, George Reiter, a KPFT programmer and Green Party candidate for office, who considers himself a Jewish peace activist but supported this Zionist smear campaign, voted against cancelling the investigation.