For several months an environmental advocacy outfit called Forecast the Facts has been protesting the presence of conservative billionaire David Koch on WGBH’s board of trustees. There was a flurry of coverage last October, the highlight of which was this contribution from the feisty local tabloid:
Now comes a new skirmish, according to today’s Herald.
Koch foes say ’GBH gave them wrong meeting date
Environmental protesters planning to picket the WGBH board of trustees this week accused the station of slipping them bad information about the date of the meeting — but the PBS affiliate denied it was a secret plot to thwart their campaign.
“Oh, heavens no,” said Channel 2 spokeswoman Jeanne Hopkins. “Of course not. We welcome all comers. We’re open to all.”
(Full disclosure: The hardreading staff used to toil at the World’s Greatest Broadcast House, but we drifted.)
The protesters say the station forecast the meeting for Thursday but held it on Wednesday. Hopkins told the Herald “the station has no record of giving them the wrong date.” And tossed in this priceless endnote:
“We feel bad,” she said, adding, however, that “one person with a very nice flier” did show up Thursday to protest.
See? All it takes is a nice flier.