A couple items…
(1) I was on KALW (a San Francisco based NPR affiliate at 91.7 on the FM dial) earlier this afternoon. The station’s interim executive director Ben Trefny was hosting a conversation about their programming and such, and I called in and managed to get on the air right away. I raised points about the need for more political balance (they air multiple left-leaning shows like Your Call, Tangents, and Counterspin), and how being a left-leaning station in an already left-leaning region like the SF Bay Area contributes to political polarization, which seems inappropriate for an entity receiving taxpayer funding. Also got in a nice plug for the Libertarian Party. Ben, who remembered personally meeting me and knows who I am, seemed very open and interested in hearing my point of view, inviting me to reach out to them via email for further conversation and even suggesting they might consider coming up with a new show to try to address some of these concerns! While I am not counting on that or viewing it as a done deal unless/until we actually see it happen, this still felt like a very positive development.
(2) I wrote some comments about the recent recall of the DA in response to an article by Nancy Rommelmann on her Substack blog, and she reached out and asked to publish them as a guest post, which is now online at Chesa Boudin Should Not Have Been Recalled: Guest Post
I found Nancy’s piece via an article on Reason.com, and she mentioned to me having worked with Matt Welch, as well as including a video she did with Reason at the link above, so I expect she is a “friendly” (i.e. libertarian herself), although this wasn’t obvious to me from her initial article. I hadn’t heard her name before and did not directly ask. But whether her pro-freedom perspective is what led her to publish my comments or she was simply being a good journalist in striving for balance and airing different views, I’ll take it!
Love & Liberty,
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