Tavis Smiley Fires Back At WBEZ's Malatia Over Smiley & West Cancellation
Submitted by Illinoisnoki1 on Thu, 10/18/2012 - 08:54
Broadcaster Tavis Smiley published an open letter Monday in response to WBEZ’s decision to drop his program with Princeton Professor Cornell West, Smiley & West, from the station’s lineup.
“Our hosts choose material to inspire cross-cultural understanding and civic engagement, strictly operating under the mandate of public service. Even when our function is not a journalistic one, we recognize that appearing to take sides, or to prefer certain voices to others, will erode our value as a meeting place for all.”
"I was content to simply move on beyond a cancellation decision I vehemently disagreed with, because I respect the public media model that stations know best. That is until I was made privy to the content of your written response to listeners who have been expressing disappointment about the cancellation of Smiley & West on Chicago’s WBEZ 91.5 FM.
"I must say that the spin found in your letter is beneath you, the station you work for, and moreover the people you serve. Say nothing of the fact that to my knowledge, at no point did you or your staff ever attempt to communicate to me any of the impressions you so freely shared in your letter to listeners."