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November 28, 2008

BREAKING! Postville's Public Radio Board Tries To Censor Or Fire Jeff Abbas – Agriprocessors Spokesman Chaim Abrahams Behind Move

The board is upset with Jeff's coverage of Agriprocessors. I know from multiple sources, including…

…Jeff Abbas himself, that Chaim Abrahams, the Rubashkin crony who serves as Agriprocessors' spokesman, led that effort.

Even though it is appears to violate Iowa law, Abrahams did not resign from the radio board after the May 12 raid. Instead, he illegally used his position to try to stop negative coverage of Agriprocessors.

In fact, the order to stop negative coverage of Agriprocessors mentioned by Abbas in the report below was issued by Abrahams.

On top of this, the board has not paid Abbas in months.

Here is KTTC's report on Postville's radio board meeting. You can see Abrahams in the video, still sitting on the board, still illegally trying to influence what information about Agriprocessors the radio station covers, wearing a white baseball cap:

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if this is true another brillant pr move by an agri exec.
postville the reicarnated 1920s appalachian coal mining town.

from the news reports and this blog mr abbas appears to have done more to get attention and help to people in pville than abrahams. perhaps mr abrahams should resign from board as he is a agri exec and like an appalachia coal lacky does not like bad pr or the nasty truth.

*Even though it is appears to violate Iowa law, Abrahams did not resign from the radio board after the May 12 raid.**

Just Curious, Why would Abrahams have to resign???? Which Iowa laws would he be violating??

Conflict of interest laws regarding nonprofits and media.

About time

The FCC database is your friend. KPVL is licensed to the Postville Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 875, Postville, Iowa 52162. They call themselves a community radio station, not a public radio station. Who exactly are these board members? Also, is Agriprocessors still making contributions to KPVL?

Jeff Abbas has been quoted by national media outlets ever since the big ICE raid. I've never heard anyone question his impartiality. It makes my blood boil to see this video. WTF does this board know about journalism?

Jeff helped get them a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

The board is violating the conditions of that grant.

Maybe they should change their name to the Postville Chamber of Propaganda.

Jeff Abbas posting in this anti chabad , anti ortodox , anti rubashkin site.

Shmarya working 24/7 against all the ortodox people,
Not married, no job , living in is mother basement doing one thing and one thing only,

Bloging against any thing belongin to the ortodox people,
Should be , for any normal man
Like Jeff , a reason not to use shmarya to spread info about postville.

If jeff abbas wants to help the jewish and non jewish postville community , this is not the place to be !


Or, Stimme der DDR

This so called censorship meeting is a prime example of what the citizens of Postville have been up against. Naughty, naughty don't say anything disparingly against that mighty fine company. Jeff has been one of the most vocal people and one of the few who has tried to bring justice to the plight of these people. Chaim A. should resign as he was using his position on the board to censor Jeff. He has not been paid regularly and only a bare salary for his job. Without his organization who knows what would have happened. If Jeff is to be censored it is a strong rebuke to the constitution. His only crime may have been to be too empathetic for the people. He is not against the Jewish community only against the crimes committed against the employees of that company. Where are people to get immediate information if not from the radio. Without Jeff there may not be a radio station. There was also an issue he was using the Divirsity Center without permission.

--I've never heard anyone question his impartiality.--

You're kidding - right?

Whether or not he should be fired is a good topic for discussion - whether the board is acting withing its own guidelines and the law, ditto.....

.......but Jeff chose a side early in the game. There was nothing impartial about his reporting.

That said - his efforts on behalf of the workers after the raid, and after the implosion of the plant have been nothing short of heroic.

Let's face it, the days of media impartiality went away a long, long time ago. Our personalities are EXPECTED to take sides, and we choose to watch/listen to Hannity or Olberman based on the side they take. Jeff is no different. SHOULD he be fired - he will have no problem finding another gig.

Let me offer a little information here early on in this thread to help avoid any confusion or misconceptions.

It is absolutely true that Chaim Abrahams tried to stop me from broadcasting stories about Agriprocessors and the people who were being brought here to work after the May 12th raid.

I was told that it is not my position or responsibility to broadcast news stories or eyewitness testimonies from a station not equipped to handle such matters. By broadcasting those stories "the only thing you are accomplishing is dividing the community." If community radio cannot broadcast the issues important to the community it serves, it is not accomplishing it's single purpose for being on the air. I will not be censored or have my ability to broadcast that news and information shackled anymore.

As to the money issues; there are many reasons as to why there is not enough to compensate me for my time. And most of them go back to the time before I was asked to step in as GM. It is true that I have continued to work for some small payments in the form of commission on underwriting. The catch 22 is, in order to run the station properly, I do not have time to go out and solicit underwriting. The amount I have received over the last 12 months is about enough to cover six weeks of a normal salary.

I need to stress here, I could have left this anytime. It has been my choice to stay even with the lack of salary. It is because this is what I do and do best. I cannot imagine doing anything but community radio. I believe this station will be successful; it just hasn't become successful enough to make a salary for me.

It is even more important now that KPVL be here and be successful. Postville is poised on the brink of becoming the poster child for immigration reform in this country. That movement needs a local voice - KPVL will fill the bill nicely. In addition, we can be elemental in the re-building preocess at Agriprocessors if we have transparency and honesty from the company during this reconstruction process. Mr. Sarachek has been very open and willing to answer all my questions since he arrived. That transparency was non-existant with the prior plant management.

As with all community radio stations, we are supported in large part by membership contributions. That is where the seed needs to be planted. If we can begin garnering that financial support and the board sees positive results, a salary may be more likely in the near future.

I have no ill will directed toward the board of directors in general. I will stand firm on this however, Chaim Abrahams' involvement with this staion as a board member should have been stopped months ago. He should resign now.

Jeff KNOWS that he will not have a job without Agri there. No need for this radio station in Postville anymore, it causes more harm than good! He is as much to blame as the Rubashkins for this mess.

--Chaim Abrahams' involvement with this staion as a board member should have been stopped months ago. He should resign now.--

Because YOU made him and his company THE issue, he should resign?

I understand your angst, and appreciate why you might wish this to be the way of the world, but I think even you know that it doesn't work that way, Jeff.

I should address the "impartiality issue" here, too. But first, a note to the above anonymous poster - this station will be here regardless of the status of the plant. As long as there is a community here, there will be a community radio station to serve it. Our range extends well beyond Postville; that's a fairly large community on it's own.

I will be the first to admit I have been an outspoken critic of the way that plant has been run by it's owners. When the affadavit for the original search warrant of May 12th was released, I was appalled and outraged by the allegations. Outspoken though I was, I always referred to them as allegations until proven differently in a court of law.

As the months progressed and the community began to suffer from the haphazard and questionable recruiting methods of the companies hired by Agriprocessors to fill their job positions, I became even more outspoken and critical. I was watching this town fall apart before my eyes. And it didn't have to be that way. All people had to do was speak out and ask questions in the right places. That's what I was doing.

We have an opportunity ahead to right the wrongs that were perpetrated against this community and the employess of the plant, citizens of this community as much as the lifelong residents. I will fight every bit as intensely for that to happen, too.

Was I impartial? Not on your life. Was I outspoken? You bet. Will I continue to fight for a community I truly love being a part of? Damn right!

"Because YOU made him and his company THE issue, he should resign?"

I didn't make them the issue. Their own actions made them the issue.

The time has come for Mr.Chaim Abrahams to resign from the KPVL Board. The dignity of Postville is constantly being questioned. Having Mr. Abrahams in a position such as this is yet another black eye on the Postville community. KPVL/the Postville community, as a unified group, must step away from their connection to Agriprocessors at this time. It's a matter of common sense.

---I didn't make them the issue. Their own actions made them the issue.---

Weeeeellllll.....

Not exactly.

Your own words "Was I impartial? Not on your life. Was I outspoken? You bet." are testimony that you CHOSE to press this, and when one takes on his/her boss head on, they generally lose.

I don't for a moment believe you felt it would be otherwise - and believe that deep down you knew what the consequences would likely be.

I applaud you for that - and as I said in an earlier post TRULY believe you will be better than fine REGARDLESS of the outcome in Postville.

Jeff is a First Amendment hero. Impartial or not, he is not creating news, he is merely reporting it. He is not lying or distorting, whatever his admitted personal feelings. He is not even being accused of such things (which are actionable if done over the air, I believe).

He is not "anti-Orthodox." If anything, the Rubbisclan Crime Family is anti-Orthodox by committing a massive chillul Hashem (descration of God's name) and by violating several tenants of Jewish Law including: paying workers on time, obeying the law of the land, treating animals humanely, and improper kosher slaughter (the throat hook), to name but a few.

That's right! Blame the messengers. Blame Jeff and Shmarya for merely reporting the maleficence of others. Besides, he resembles a rabbi in his long, flowing beard ;-)

--Jeff is a First Amendment hero. Impartial or not, he is not creating news, he is merely reporting it. He is not lying or distorting, whatever his admitted personal feelings......


.............That's right! Blame the messengers.--

Don't believe anyone has challenged the first issue, and don't believe anyone has blamed Jeff for anything.

Do you have a point?

Iowa is an “at-will” state - and in “at-will” states, you take on the boss - you leave.

Whether it's technically legal to fire Jeff, it's unethical, in my opinion. All he is doing is uncovering inconvenient truths. And if Shmarya is correct, it may be a LEGAL conflict of interests to have that schmoe on the board anyway. Postville radio is not supposed to be a Rubbishcan mouthpiece; it's supposed to serve the community. And that's exactly what Jeff is doing. If Agri was an ethical company, they'd have nothing to fear from him, because he'd have nothing to report.

But go ahead, defend the indefensible. Let a whistleblower be fired so a company can ride roughshod over a company town. They can hire 5WPR (aka 5Wankers), what can Postvilleans do?

And while you're at it, rename the station Radio Pravda.

But unlike Abrahams, I respect your right to disagree with me.

Jeff,

Stand your ground. Censoring is NOT an option. You as well as KPVL MUST continue to facilitate what's defined by FCC mandates (BTW: I too come from a media background; both commercial and public).

If the city feels it isn't in the city's interests, then perhaps the license needs to be revoked.

Much of this would remain unknown if were not for you.

And to the board of KPVL, shame on you for even considering censoring truth.

--And to the board of KPVL, shame on you for even considering censoring truth. --

There isn't a media organization in this country that doesn't have an editorial stance on core issues, and not a reporter on those staffs that would remain employed if he/she ran afoul of them.

It isn't about right/wrong or even fair - it's what IS.

Should he be fired? IMO - no. WILL he be fired? Again, IMO - absolutely.

It is also my sincere opinion that because of the work he did while in Postville, he will land firmly on his feet - better off than before.

--But unlike Abrahams, I respect your right to disagree with me. --

Could he have not made this move early in the game? When by doing so he might have shut off the tap to the flow of reports negative to his interests?

Why now?

And if I understand the issue - it requires a majority of the board to make this happen. The focus is on Abrahams - why do the others want him gone?

Just asking.

Mr.Chaim Abrahams needs to be fired from Agri and kicked off the brd. of KPVL. Chaim knew what was going on at Agri the entire time and new people coming in trying to clean up this mess surely DON'T NEED ANY HELP FROM CHAIM ABRAHAMS!!!!!!!!!!!!! Send to another country................

Jeff Abbas posting in this anti chabad , anti ortodox , anti rubashkin site.

Shmarya working 24/7 against the ortodox people,
Not married, no job , living in is mother basement doing one thing and one thing only,

Bloging against any thing belongin to the ortodox people,
Should be , for any normal man
Like Jeff , a reason not to use shmarya to spread info about postville.

If jeff abbas wants to help the jewish and non jewish postville community , this is not the place to be !

I think jeff is trying to do good, but please don't use this site

> 'It is also my sincere opinion that because of the work he did while in Postville, he will land firmly on his feet - better off than before.' - Anon

Jeff has unquestionably proven himself. But consider - his heart and soul may lay within Postville, itself.

--But consider - his heart and soul may lay within Postville, itself. --

Sometimes we get what we want - sometimes we are given what we need to grow.

To:
Anon | November 28, 2008 at 12:11 PM

It has been going on since the end of May and I have been asking for his resignation for some time. For whatever reason, it has not happenedyet.

Jeff

In Postville no good deed goes unpunished.

Postville wants Jeff to continue with his good work. Only two board members were for censoring him and that was Chaim and another person. The main sin that Jeff committed was truthful reporting on the conditions at Agri. Those who defend this place are so wrong. There is no defense for breaking the law over and over and over again. This is the main issue. The raid did not cause the downfall, they caused their own downfall and anyone in management who didn't know what was going on is ignorant beyond reason. There has been a powerful force to keep the residents quiet regarding the plant.

Postville wants Jeff to continue with his good work. Only two board members were for censoring him and that was Chaim and another person. The main sin that Jeff committed was truthful reporting on the conditions at Agri. Those who defend this place are so wrong. There is no defense for breaking the law over and over and over again. This is the main issue. The raid did not cause the downfall, they caused their own downfall and anyone in management who didn't know what was going on is ignorant beyond reason. There has been a powerful force to keep the residents quiet regarding the plant.

I'm sure glad that people like Emma Lazarus, Mother Teresa and Rebecca Gratz didn't work for a public radio station or try to blog in this site. Perhaps the censorship of Jeff even in this site (Mr. "not" Rubashkin) may have something to do with the devisiveness at the heart of this issue. Where would you like him to blog at if not here? If this site is to include only those whose opinions fit your definition of who should be heard here, you may need to make it a member only or password protected blog. But under no circumstances should you not let Mr. Lavie post here. He makes more sense than most of the postings combined.

--It has been going on since the end of May and I have been asking for his resignation for some time.--

And now we're shocked that he wants yours?

Good luck and good Shabbes.

[I think jeff is trying to do good, but please don't use this site Posted by: getzel rubashkin( not )]

I think [getzel rubashkin( not )] is trying to do good, but please don't use this site.

> 'I think jeff is trying to do good, but please don't use this site.' - getzel rubashkin( not )

You may return to using your sharopnike, getzel rubashkin( not ).


My statement about never having heard anyone questions Mr. Abbas' impartiality was based upon statements and reports credited to him on/in CNN's Glenn Beck program, NPR radio, and The Forward newspaper. His affiliation was always given as KPVL radio. If I hear someone introduced as "John Doe, manager of public affairs for XYZ Corporation", I don't expect that anything I hear from him is impartial.

so the KTTC television news had an article on the Postville radio station board meeting where they discussed possible censure of Jeff Abbas. It won't be long before these Chabad Lubabavitch people are in the same town as the KTTC radio station for their "Hanakkah on ice" indoor ice skating event for their kids. - Gee won't that make it easy for the Post-Bulletin Agri-News newspaper staff (distributed in northern Iowa, southern Minnesota), or their regular newspaper staff to photograph and interview some of these Frum people from Postville. - Also the KTTC TV news staff. They may try to censure or control people within their city limits. They should be glad Jeff worked so hard as a volunteer to feed and support their replacement staff, as well as longtime members of the community now out of work.

--They should be glad Jeff worked so hard as a volunteer to feed and support their replacement staff, as well as longtime members of the community now out of work.--

When the Israelites had escaped Egypt, and things got tough in the desert, there was always a small core of loud voices who bemoaned the current circumstances, and wished for the lush melons and "good times" they had when they were slaves.

Took 40 years for that generation to die out - hope it doesn't take that long in Postville.

SM: Thanks.

there have been things that went on at a large Postville business that Jeff has NOT talked about on the air. Suppose Chaim ever noticed all there Chinese people who he would only see there a few weeks then never again? - A meatpacking plant in a location like Perry, Iowa can have such a supply of people travelling from Des Moines to work there. You do not have that in the isolation of your area. He has helped Agri if they reopen and want some of their replacement staff to work there still. someone had to feed them and help them find places to stay.

I've taken the liberty to repost the essay which I posted originally from another string...

I've know Jeff for eons... he and I both come from strong media backgrounds... He is, without question, a man of honor, character and integrity. He cares deeply about all of you - jew, gentile - it doesn't matter to Jeff who you are, as he sees all of you, as one-in-the same - community.

Back when Jeff was working in my region, he maintained the same work standards, ethics and dedication you're experiencing in Postville (and the adjacent communities). Any of you who perceive him as a divisive person, within your community, you just don't realize just how lucky you really are and what Jeff's true mission in life is all about. He is a major talent, bar none; program director and manager, advocate, a hand to the needy, and much, much, more. His heart and soul, his deeds are unquestionably sincere and selfless.

In other words, you're d*mn lucky to have such a fine man of such a high caliber, and credentials in your community.

He is a true gentleman - compassionate. And when considering how little he's being compensated for all that he does and puts up with, what he does receive, simply equates to tokenism when you take into account his knowledge and experience, as well as his compassion.

The next time you see Jeff on the street, take the time to personally thank him for all he's done and continues to do, even if you may disagree with him at times. He only seeks what is right.

And to any KPVL board members who may be reading this - you'll never know what an asset Jeff is until he's gone. As GM/PD he needs AND must be included in any and all meetings, at all times - this defined by the FCC. You violate those standards, and you run the risk of losing your license, your station - if you continue to exclude him from such conclaves. Let it be known, here and now - It is he who is called upon the Commission (FCC) to report. And it is he who is held accountable. But as board members, if you exclude him, you run the risk of personally being held responsible, liable for violating the terms of your license, leading to potential fines to the station, to you as a board member, and your unquestionable removal by the Commission.

Furthermore, anyone who has little interest in the station's content or operation, you needn't be on the board, as it is counter productive. If you maintain a seat merely for your ego, resign, as you do nothing that benefits your community nor your station and its people.

In cities who have public radio stations, people must have qualification, credentials and a true desire and ability to contribute to its operation (both intellectually and financially).

And that goes for your reproting of the news... under your charter you have an obligation, a requirement for producing news, on a regular basis - and not news that is censored to protect Agri. That in itslef is a clear and unquestiobale violation.

Furthermore, those who have a vested interest in Agri should NOT be on the board, especially given the conflicts, contriversy and misery Agri has brought upon your comunity, especially when one is rarely present at such meetings. Given what has happened in your community, such association jeopardizes your very existence, and let it be known, the FCC frowns on such inappropriate behavior, activities and influences, and will see it for what it is - inaproriate and ileagle.

Honor Jeff for what he is and has done for all.

You have a man of infinite value and wisdom at your disposal.

Use him wisely.

BTW: Jeff has no idea I have written this (that is until he reads it). I mean what everything that I've said - it is truly an honor to know him, and I mean that from the bottom of my heart.

Get up people. Get up now!

What I want to know is why no one is talking about the Press Conference from last Monday after the Supreme Court denied ONE of the MANY lawsuits against Obama on is eligibility.

With as much evidence that there is against him. . why are we allowing him to represent us? I have no ill will towards the man but he CAN'T say anything about the crooked Gov. who was selling his seat...when he is doing the same thing. So why are we WORSHIPPING an occultic crook and even celebrating his crooked entry into a position that so many screamed about Bush. And I don't say that I like him either. But why are we voting in men who are truly setting us up? Come on people...get up. These men don't care about you and they aren't trying to do what is best for us or our country.

We vote in a man who the Ethic committee should kick out...and still may kick out. But why? Why is the Oval Office all the sudden gets a man who is tied to more than one criminal or terrorist. And we get tagged racist...cause it plays with peoples emotions. This election had war typed all over it. And I think they planned it. Why? Why pull this out now?

There's a mouth full. They are working us and everyone is seeming to fall for it. WHY? Why are they pulling out these cards to play this game? And why are we falling for it?

Right....you think they care about you? It is as though they want to cause the confusion amongst us. Divided a house falls. Get up people. Pull it together. Don't let them work your emotions. Racist my ass. You put a good man in their even purple or green no one cares. You put a bad man in and its all about color. YOU BET IT IS. Their they got your balls and you let him pull you whatever way they want.

Monday's Press Conference was to inform the Electoral College that they vote in this President, they are committing treason. No lie. And what is worse, they spotted people who are dead as voters in the electoral college to get the vote insured that it's this man in office. Why? I just ask you why?

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