Saturday, August 18, 2007

KPFT Targeted: Bullet Pierces Studio Window of Pacifica's Houston Station

From Democracy Now!:

A drive-by shooting targeted Pacifica Radio station KPFT in Houston early Monday morning. A single bullet blasted through a Plexiglas window into the station's studio at 1:00 a.m. No one was injured in the shooting, but the bullet came within eighteen inches of Mary Thomas. She was hosting a Zydeco music program at the time.

KPFT’s station manager Duane Bradley said the shooting might have been political. If so, it would not be the first politically motivated attack on KPFT. More than thirty-five years ago, the Ku Klux Klan blew up the station's transmitters twice within the Houston station’s first year of operation. In October of 1970, five months after the first bombing, KPFT's transmitter was bombed for a second time, just as the station was broadcasting folk legend Arlo Guthrie's song “Alice's Restaurant.”

Click here to watch, listen to, or read the rest--if you watch or listen, you'll get to hear the cool Cajun accent spoken by Mary Thomas.

This could be a case of mistaken identity, or simple street crime, but I seriously doubt it. The house from which KPFT broadcasts is on one of the swankier streets in Montrose. There aren't usually drive-by shootings there. Further, the interview later shows that the shooter spent some time casing out the area: this was deliberate; they were gunning for KPFT. And how could it not be politically motivated? Again, I suppose it's possible that it was a disgruntled worker, or a jealous lover, or some weird loony or something, but KPFT, probably the least inflammatory of Pacifica's five or six stations, definitely broadcasts content that would make a conservative's blood boil. And Houston has waaay more conservatives than any other Pacifica cities.

This was a deliberate, politically motivated act of violence designed to intimidate both the station, and the left in general. And the shooter didn't give a rat's ass whether he killed anyone.

Every now and then I get this creepy sense that there are people out there, who don't even know me, that want me dead because of my political beliefs. I usually dismiss the feeling as paranoia, which I suppose it is, but there is some truth to it. Conservatives, who generally support violence as a legitimate means for furthering political ends, are becoming desperate given the political and cultural shift to the left that appears to be happening in the US. After years and years of violence-filled, hateful, anti-liberal rhetoric from the likes of radio dunderhead Michael Savage and television transsexual Ann Coulter, it is no surprise that the extremists among their fans would seek to turn the rhetoric into reality.

Fucking bastards.