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Ever since WYPR (88.1 FM) canned talk-show host Marc Steiner, effective Feb. 1, we've been inundated with complaints about how the NPR-affiliate station handled the firing and announcements of "Bring Steiner Back" protests being held outside the station. Individuals and community groups alike have been insisting that the station restore Steiner to the airwaves.

Except, that is, for local Green Party branch the Charm City Greens, which went on record this week as saying that "the Bring Steiner Back movement, though well-intentioned and comprising of hardworking activists, is organizing their efforts over one very faulty host rather than the whole concept of challenging the corporate takeover of public radio."

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Where most people in a tizzy over the situation have painted Marc Steiner as a sort of martyr, taken down by an increasingly corporate-influenced public radio station, the Charm City Greens said in a press release sent to the media on Feb. 25 that Steiner was never "a true champion of the public's interests" and that he was part of the "undemocratic corporate takeover" of the station, formerly known as WJHU, in 2000.

The Charm City Greens says it "distances itself from individual Greens and others who are fighting to bring back Marc Steiner to WYPR." Instead, the Charm City Greens want to see more effort put into bringing true community-media outlets to Baltimore.

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