More added on Monday, 01/29/07
Date: Fri, 26 Jan 2007 12:40:14 EST
Subject: In response to your message for KMBH
I appreciate the opportunity to offer my explanations to you, since the newspapers wrongly reported on Friday what was a simple scheduling incident. My responses to the reporter's inquiries were not published but one day later. The damage had already been done as you can see through your own feelings!
Putting aside all the intriguing and at times inflammatory language that has run lately on the newspapers about KMBH, public radio and public television in the Rio Grande Valley, I assure you we do not exercise censorship on the programming we broadcast.
The Catholic Diocese of Brownsville has only been the main supporter and the founder of this educational institution that is RGV Educational Broadcasting.
I understand the apprehension of some people when they learn about the relationship of the Church with our stations, in the context of the bad press the Church has received at least for the last five years all over the country after the scandal of sex abuse by clergy was exhibited by The Globe in Boston. By the way, our radio station Public Radio 88 FM transmitted on Thursday and Friday, January 11 and 12, three extensive reports on this whole issue during All Things Considered.
It calls my attention that none of those who are so dismayed for the absence of this topic on Frontline of January 16 (that was shown on KMBH later in the night) gives us any credit for having covered the topic on Radio.
Finally and as a matter of clarification... If still and again due to the bad press shed on clergy for the last years in the US I am a target of suspicion let me tell you that I am here as a GM not because I am a clergy but because I have been a professional of the media for the last thirty years. By the way I began my career as a journalist and then I made it to the position of editor and publisher for many years in four different countries. Not boasting, just for the records.
Msgr. Pedro Briseño - KMBH General Manager
And this from the Brownsville Herald:
Diocese Censors Public Broadcast
To the Editor:
On Jan. 16 the “Frontline” program on our local PBS station was to be an investigation of the archdiocese of Boston. The story, however, was replaced by one about the Taliban.
When contacted by phone, a station representative said that the station manager did not want the Boston archdiocese story broadcast until he had a chance to view it, so a worker was to tape it for him.
The station manager is none other than Father Pedro Briseño, pastor of a Harlingen parish. This obviously creates a conflict of interest between PBS and the church.
Just because the Diocese of Brownsville owns and operates the local PBS station, does it have the right to censor programs and delete any program it feels might be harmful to the reputation to the church? This must be contrary to PBS policy and should warrant an investigation.
Interesting that the program was replaced by a story about the Taliban — was not Briseño using Taliban tactics of censorship himself?
Perhaps he knows that one day the investigation could very well be about the Diocese of Brownsville rather than Boston.
It is sad to see that our children are not even safe in church. That is certainly not to say that the church is evil, but it just makes you feel so helpless. I just can't stand the thought that these heartless people disguise themselves as diciples of our Lord and hurt innocent people.
Yes, of course Father Briseno removed the program. Has he put it back on? Will he ever? No, because it would make the church look bad. so he is doing what is in his and the diocese's "best" interest, which of course just makes his actions all the more suspicious. If there is nothing to hide, then show it. It can't be because of the appropriateness of it's content. They played the taliban video didn't they? So, our local government is corrupt. Now our Diocese? We don't have a chance in ________ !
Again, plese do not misunderstand my comment. I know that there are people out there that devote their life to God and they are very good people.
Posted by: priscilla on Jan 25, 07 11:06 am