Blackout Day for XENU TV
UPDATE Tuesday May 31, 2011:
Our long national nightmare is over. My YouTube channels are back online!
UPDATE: Tuesday 5/3/2011
I feel very confident that my YouTube channels will return in a couple of weeks. I’ve been e-mailing KESQ since their notices took down the channels and they have been helpful in getting this situation resolved. We should know in 10-12 days.
Nathan Baca has posted this exchange with his former news director over at WhyWeProtest:
My name is Nathan Baca,
I am the reporter behind the Tommy Davis interviews viewed by many of you in 2009 from KESQ in Palm Springs.
I am now at KLAS-TV in Las Vegas, happy with my new news team.
Sadly, this Friday, KESQ-TV has decided to enforce the removal of nearly all Scientology and other investigative pieces from YouTube posted by many of you.
This is a puzzling move since KESQ has not had these videos available for view on their own website for more than a year.
Many of who have sent me emails asking to find out why this has happened. Following are my email conversations with the KESQ manager responsible for making this decision.
If any of you have any further questions for me, I can be reached at email@example.com. Many of you have also reached me on facebook as well.
Here are the emails in chronological order:
Various folks in the group known as “Anonymous” have also informed me their videos have been taken down due to a KESQ Copyright notice. These are the Scientology series stories. The video no longer exists on the KESQ website and hasn’t for more than a year.
Having worked with Anonymous in the past for multiple stories, I implore you not to awake this sleeping giant. Telling the world’s most infamous group of internet hackers what not to post on the internet is bound to stir them to attack KESQ’s network. KTTV had their website hacked by them for a similar reason.
I’m want this situation to be resolved quickly because I’m getting far too many distracting emails about what’s happening with KESQ’s website. Unless the station plans on permanently restoring those videos onto its website archive, it’s only fanning Anonymous’ belief that there is either a corporate greed or Scientology conspiracy going on. When they get that scent, they act quite brashly.
I am out of town and will deal with this Monday. Please spare me the burden of reading your demands and having others email me at your suggestion.
You haven’t worked for us for a year and I am more than a little irritated with the tone of your emails. Just to remind you… all of these reports are the copyrighted material of NPG.
Director of News
News Press & Gazette Broadcasting
42-650 Melanie Place
Palm Desert, CA 92211
(760) 340-7002 (Office)
(760) 641-0014 (Cell)
These are clearly not demands and for you to say as such does a disservice to the spirit of accuracy you’ve made a career of. At no point did I ever state a demand. Instead, I implored you to come up with a resolution for a situation that does nothing but upset and antagonize KESQ’s past and present sources.
All of those reports are the copyrighted material of NPG, and if the company wishes to burn bridges with murder victim’s families or groups of hardened internet hackers, that is the company’s choice.
But to personally blast me for bringing this to your attention saddens me.
Tony Ortega of the Village Voice is checking into the situation.
I just got notification from YouTube that they have terminated my accounts because KESQ complained about two videos I posted in the past on the main XENU TV account. I may not be able to recover the account this time. It will depend I suppose on whether KESQ will be willing to drop their complaint to YouTube as Paramount did the last time. It will be a shame if everything is lost.