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The Church of Amy and the Bane of Arkley

Hank Sims pokes fun at liberal media lovers in this week’s Town Dandy, especially those consumers of Democracy Now! He describes the show’s audience as being religiously devoted to the “Church of Amy,” a term he coins after the show’s lead host, Amy Goodman.

Trouble started recently when a technical faux pas caused the show, and other portions of Free Speech TV, to be yanked from public access Channel 12.

According to Hank, Amy devotees got all hopped up on some lefty conspiracy theories about why the show would disappear shortly before the recent, hugely important election:

Part of it’s the timing. The St. Louis-based Suddenlink Communications, Inc. only recently took over the local cable franchise from Cox. Not much is known about Suddenlink, except for the fact that they are a major media corporation. And therefore it stood to reason that the company would do anything in its power to silence the voice of brave Amy at a time when there’s a down-to-the-wire Senate race in the corporation’s home state.

Pfft. Crazy lefties goin’ off about major media moguls.

But have no fear. Hank did some digging and learned the show will be up and running soon.

Of course, there might be a little more to this story, just beneath the surface (and a little to the right).

You see, there is discontent at Humboldt Community Media Center – aka Access Humboldt – that seeks to smite the left-leaning Free Speech TV from Channel 12. This recent little black-out might be a sign of what’s to come.

Liberal media – meet Rob Arkley. He’s got his own paper – with editors that apply just the right spin on local news – that’s delivered free to your door whether you want it or not. Such a deal!

But wait! There’s more! Arkley also sits on the board of Access Humboldt, and he has taken aim at the godless Free Speechers and the locals who love them.

That free newspaper thingy is just the beginning. Before he is through, Arkley will drive the devil Free Speech TV from our lands. That’s right. Mr. Bluster and Bourbon, riding his white horse of Republican purity, bags of money hanging from his saddle, will strip the faithless of their lefty channel of choice.

Heathens be gone!

Anyway, it’s true, Hank. Just ask him.

  1. Anonymous
    November 9, 2006 at 1:02 pm

    bluster and SCOTCH!

  2. Fred
    November 9, 2006 at 1:06 pm

    You sure have become obsessed with the Arkleys as of late, Heraldo.

  3. Heraldo
    November 9, 2006 at 1:12 pm

    Fred, it’s not my fault he has fingers in so many cookie jars.

  4. Anonymous
    November 9, 2006 at 2:11 pm

    All Hail Lord Arkley! May his enemies be rounded up and burned at the stake! May his enemies have their heads put on sticks along 101! May the children of his enemies be put to work in his factories! May the pre-teen daughters of his enemies be sold as sex slaves to his friends and business partners! All Hail Lord Arkley!

  5. Anonymous
    November 9, 2006 at 2:13 pm

    Heraldo, Thanks for helping us keep an eye on this loose, rich, ruling class, cannon.

    By the way, is Robin Arkley, Jr. as hateful as his father? The old man’s rants on our local right-wing radio station of record are even more hate-filled than the drug-addled rants of Rush Limbo, whose program also emanates from the same station.

    BTW, some of my best friends are rich people.

    (But they asked me not to say who.)

  6. Anonymous
    November 9, 2006 at 3:25 pm

    Get a life Heraldo (or is it really Ken?)

    Just rename this damn blog Anti Arkleyville instead of Humboldt Herald.

    And get some professional help, you are really obsessed with Rob…are you lusting for his money, his wife or his daughters?

  7. Anonymous
    November 9, 2006 at 3:38 pm

    Heraldo he has more fingers in more jars than even his strongest detractors supect. I used to work for him and I know a few people who still work for him and they say he has done nothing but grow in the last few years. Your right to watch him warily and question his motives. Every one of his charitable acts has had strings attached for a reason. He wants more, more, more money > power > control.

  8. Anonymous
    November 9, 2006 at 3:39 pm

    2:25 Have you seen his wife lately? Get real dude.

  9. Anonymous
    November 9, 2006 at 4:18 pm

    It takes all kinds 2:39, and heraldo and you could both prefer animals for all I know.

    Yes, I have seen his wife, who looks and acts rather charming.

  10. Anonymous
    November 9, 2006 at 4:40 pm

    And Eureka is the Axis of Arkleyism.

  11. Anonymous
    November 9, 2006 at 5:36 pm

    Thank Gawd! I was previously thinking it was the axis of idots.

  12. Anonymous
    November 9, 2006 at 6:06 pm

    2:39 Must be fat brunette…jealous aren’t we?

  13. Anonymous
    November 9, 2006 at 8:27 pm

    Anonymous said…
    Thank Gawd! I was previously thinking it was the axis of idots.

    11/09/2006 04:36:03 PM


    What kind of IDOTS did you think were here?


  14. Rose
    November 9, 2006 at 9:22 pm

    When Democracy Now! became able to afford ads in Time magazine, they crossed the threshold for “Public Access” and should have to stand on their own as all other syndicated shows must do. There is no reason the rate payers should continue to host Amy Goodman.

    Public Access was meant for City Councils/Board of Sups, school plays, student projects and the like, things that couldn’t and never will get on network/major media outlets.

  15. Eric V. Kirk
    November 9, 2006 at 9:35 pm

    Well, except that she would have a hard time getting sponsors. There’s a sponsorship blacklist of Air America. I can’t imagine Democracy Now would fare much better.

  16. Anonymous
    November 9, 2006 at 11:07 pm

    Heraldo is probably lusting after Arkley’s dog “Muffin”.

  17. Muffin
    November 10, 2006 at 6:48 am

    Hey, I may be a dog but even I have standards!

  18. Rose
    November 10, 2006 at 8:40 am

    Tough! Eric. That’s how the broadcast world works – shows like hers have to get sponsors. What are you saying? No progressive liberal companies out there ready to pony up? Or that her message can’t survive in the real world – only the publicly subsidized world? So she gets to stay in the incubator at rate payer expense forever? While her competitors, both on her side and on the other side have to sink or swim in the real world? Boy. She already got a head start from public funding. I don’t think you can say that about any of the oh-so-hated right wing commentators.

  19. Anonymous
    November 10, 2006 at 10:00 am

    Take that Erwic!

  20. Anonymous
    November 10, 2006 at 10:22 am


    Access Humboldt is about local programming. Democracy Now should be gone because it takes the best time slot on our local channel for local shows.

    Actually, it should just be bumped to another time of day, and they should promptly run ‘The John Birch Society’ right after it so the right wing nuts have a TV show too!


  21. Eric V. Kirk
    November 10, 2006 at 10:36 am

    rose – I don’t listen to commercial radio precisely because the the advertisements drive me up the wall. I don’t even listen to Air America in large doses. So they would lose me. I used to think that was one of the reasons AA wasn’t doing well, although apparently the independent lib shows like Stephanie Miller and Ed Schultz are doing quite well, so I have no explanation except for AA programming. Apparently their only show that makes money is Al Franken’s.

    But Democracy Now draws pledges, so the community stations (Jefferson excepted) want it. It’s spread well beyond the Pacifica network.

    JMan – I’d listen to John Birch Radio. Savage has gotten boring.

  22. Anonymous
    November 10, 2006 at 3:11 pm

    Same stale right wing spin about our tax dollars going to “liberal media” like Amy Goodman. Well, if thats the way that you want to rant about it, how about the tax funded propaganda put out by the Bush administration via Armstrong Williams? Not to mention the VNR’s promoting no child left behind and such that were paid for by the education dept. I guess that does’nt count.

  23. Anonymous
    November 10, 2006 at 3:17 pm

    I heard nick bravo is going to do a republican radio show in eureka and that he already has the backing of arkley in regrards to this project.

  24. Anonymous
    November 10, 2006 at 6:06 pm

    Democracy Now wouldn’t last 6 weeks on a commecial network. Amy Goodman is not speaking to the masses. She is preaching to the choir. If Amy Goodman became a popular enough media celebrity to hold her own then she would definitely cross over to the commercial world. And why couldn’t her sponsors be Hain Celestial or Ben & Jerry’s or Subaru? What would be wrong with that? Except, she does not speak to or for the masses. And never will. Until then, I believe American Idol is coming up soon. Sometime after the Superbowl. Where Budweiser rules. And sells 49% of all beers made in the U.S. That’s why they don’t care if Democracy Now stays tucked away on NPR and Pacifica radio stations and cable television access stations. Because no one really cares. Except the choir.

  25. Anonymous
    November 14, 2006 at 2:28 pm

    506 you must be blonde pale and sickly with a couple botched face lifts under your belt

  26. Anonymous
    November 15, 2006 at 12:08 am

    Stick with it Heraldo.

  27. Anonymous
    December 29, 2006 at 1:16 pm

    The Arkleys are fascists.

  28. Anonymous
    January 2, 2007 at 1:18 pm

    You can say that again! The Arkleys aren’t just fascists – they’re Republican fascists.

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