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PUMA Radio Program On KPFT Goes Awry

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KPFT in Houston recently broadcast a one hour radio program hosted by “Jennifer”, a self proclaimed PUMA.  “Jennifer’s” special guest was none other then PUMA founder Darragh Murphy.  Ironically, the bulk of the show’s callers where not PUMA supporters, but rather callers who disagreed with “Jennifer” and Murphy.  And time after time, every caller who aired any disagreement were summarily dismissed or, worse, quickly interrupted.

It wasn’t a radio program in any respect.  Rather, it was a propoganda exercise on the part of PUMA and a poorly handled one.  “Jennifer” conducted a yelling match that just happened to be recorded.  PUMA’s and their ilk are quite adept at controlling one-sided “us-them” screaming matches.  Their only mistake was that, on this occassion, they choose to stage one in a radio studio.  Big mistake.

The KPFT management received a flood of complaints over the program, and had to go so far as to publicly admonish and apologize for “Jennifer” and Murphy.  Ironically, KPFT received a common question in response to the show:

The second most popular question I have received was: are these people serious?

That’s the only conclusion rational, sane person’s come to after evaluating the PUMA platform and dissecting the PUMA body of evidence revealing it as rumor mongering.  Typical of most PUMA’s and starkly highlighted in this radio program, an over reliance on innuendo and anecdotes forms the bulk of their rationale(if you could call it that).

I won’t detail every single inconsistency throughout the program.  Listen to it yourself, but two of my favorites were:

  • Darragh Murphy urging voter to “be skeptical” in respect to holding Obama “to the fire” for the economy.  Murphy apparently isn’t familiar with the tenants of skepticism.  The most critical tool for a skeptic is to gather evidence from both sides of an argument and then apply a level of critical thinking to reach a conclusion.  Murphy, “Jennifer”, and most other PUMAs must have forgotten this step in the process somewhere along the line.  It doesn’t take a skeptic to apply common sense in understanding that not one single individual holds blame
  • “Jennifer” tells Murphy she “saved” her.  Not unlike the PUMA mantra of “the Messiah” or “The One” to describe Obama?  PUMAs sure enjoy religious connotations to both compliment and defame.  What a versatile weapon.
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Written by huxbux

November 19, 2008 at 6:02 pm

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  1. […] PUMA Radio Program On KFPT Goes Awry KFPT in Houston recently broadcast a one hour radio program hosted by “Jennifer”, a self proclaimed PUMA.  “Jennifer’s” special guest was none other then PUMA founder Darragh Murphy.  Ironically, the bulk of the show’s callers where not PUMA supporters, but rather callers who disagreed with “Jennifer” and Murphy.  And time after time, every caller who aired any disagreement were summarily dismissed or, worse, quickly interrupted. It wasn’t a radio program in any respect.  Rather, it was a pro […]

  2. Thanks for the link to this. Just a minor correction that our station is KPFT, not KFPT. :)

    Ernesto Aguilar

    November 19, 2008 at 6:54 pm

  3. My apologies Ernesto. I’ll be sure to correct it.

    huxbux

    November 19, 2008 at 7:37 pm

  4. […] PUMA Radio Program On KPFT Goes Awry KPFT in Houston recently broadcast a one hour radio program hosted by “Jennifer”, a self proclaimed PUMA.  “Jennifer’s” special guest was none other then PUMA founder Darragh Murphy.  Ironically, the bulk of the show’s callers where not PUMA supporters, but rather callers who disagreed with “Jennifer” and Murphy.  And time after time, every caller who aired any disagreement were summarily dismissed or, worse, quickly interrupted. It wasn’t a radio program in any respect.  Rather, it was a pro […]

  5. This is a very interesting post. It’s almost comical to see liberals go after each other. In all fairness these people are disaffected democrats after all. After being bitter and protesting George Bush for eight years, what would they find to do with themselves for the next four years. It’s kinda like a dog chasing cars, with no real idea about what to do with it, the car , if they caught it. What’s to happen when wide spread buyers remorse set in.

    1superdave

    November 19, 2008 at 11:47 pm

  6. Precisely, superdave. It really boils down to the benevolence we have for the democratic process of election except when the process doesn’t produce the desired result. History is littered with examples in which one group of people promoted the democratic process of election, but then cried foul when the end product was denied by the same group because their expected end product was not produced.

    What’s interesting, particularly within the PUMA circle, is that the level of disaffection has created this viral contagion that has run totally out of control to the point where they have to subsist on unsubstantiated rumors, fear mongering, and sweeping conspiracy theories. They rattle their sabres against Obama as a sort of prophetic con-man, but they themselves are beholden to these platonic mantras. You can’t remain non-hypocritical when you admonish one side for being “brainwashed” when your entire platform centers around repeated platitudes. If you say it enough times, it really does start to take on a sort of twisted truth.

    I can respect and listen to anyone who might bring up a valid point, and the PUMA’s have had several from time to time. But the steadfast refuse to allow for an open discussion on their own blogs to really explore what the truth might be, and when one of their claims is debunked(like the Obama fake birth certificate), they begrudgingly admit their error, yet persist in clinging to the claim by raising their demands(by finding some amateur interpretation of Article II of the US Constitution and the meaning of “Allegiance” to proof that Obama is not POTUS eligible). I give them points for their fervor, but points off for their lack of civility.

    huxbux

    November 20, 2008 at 3:19 am

  7. @1superdave: I got to know PUMAs by coincidence some time ago.

    The original aim of “the movement” had nothing to do with supporting Hillary. At least a part of its leaders has already being debunked as imposters and liars.

    It was a neo-con plot aimed to split Dem base – that failed desperately. Palin was meant to be Hillary’s instant proxy, but c’mon… they have nothing in common except gender.

    A large part of neo-con activist – posing as enraged Hillary democrats, but acting like ultra cons – already left that nuthouse, while the rest (like Darragh Murphy) want to milk some more donations and admiration from those few remaining delusional devotees.

    Citizen Cane

    November 20, 2008 at 3:44 am

  8. cane You got to be kidding. Not the vast right wing conspirance. You gotta stay out of the koolaid. If there was a shred of evedence to your proposterous claims, Oberman and Matthews would still be running spots on it. At some point in time one has to take responcibility for their actions.

    mudflats

    November 20, 2008 at 9:20 pm

  9. You gotta hear this 90 minute blogradio on why the media has a blackout of the looming Obama Birth Certificate Constitutional Crisis:

    http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2008/11/why-is-obamas-birth-certificate-still.html

    Ted

    November 20, 2008 at 11:36 pm

  10. @Ted

    There is nothing in that radio broadcast that is new or that hasn’t been discredited. If you’d like to discuss any aspect individually here feel free to select a topic of your choosing which you feel is relevant to the Obama POTUS eligibility question.

    huxbux

    November 21, 2008 at 2:04 am

  11. […] 21, 2008 by huxbux A comment under my post PUMA Radio Program On KPFT Goes Awry link the blogcast radio show Political Pistachio […]


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