The ‘Progressive’ Multicultural Anti-Semitism of KPFK

The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Report (Fall/09) is calling attention to Pacifica Radio network member station KPFK for airing the Spanish-English show La Causa‘s “naked anti-Semitism.”

According to the SPLC, the weekly program’s hosts, Augustin Cebada and Rafael Tlaloc, “are more than just passive enablers of anti-Semitic rhetoric:

They actively promote conspiracy theories about Jewish control of media and world governments, referring to Ponzi scheme crook Bernie Madoff as “that Jewish scam artist.” Tlaloc said he felt no sympathy for Madoff’s victims, many of whom were Jewish, because they were “shylocks and shysters.”…

La Causa is tightly linked to La Voz de Aztlan, a rabidly anti-Semitic website based in Whittier, California. La Voz de Aztlan has been identified as a hate website by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

La Causa hosts and callers often reference La Voz de Aztlan as a credible source of information, and La Voz de Aztlan webmaster Hector Carreon has been interviewed on La Causa as a legitimate political analyst. Although a recording of that 2007 interview is no longer available in the KPFK online archives, Carreon boasts about an ongoing collaboration with La Causa on the La Voz de Aztlan website.

This would all be deplorable enough content from any outlet, but the SPLC tells us the 50-year-old KPFK not only is “the most powerful public radio station in the Western United States, according to its website,” but also has a mission statement that aspires to “a lasting understanding between nations and between the individuals of all nations, races, creeds and colors.”