Wednesday, March 31, 2004
  Tammy Joy Kennedy waits for her hearing to start in Garfield County Court House Tuesday afternoon. The hearing was delayed. (Staff Photo by MAIKE RODE)
Kennedy Program is Off the Air
PEGASYS yanks the proverbial plug on self-called healer
By Robert Barron
Staff Writer

PEGASYS board members voted Tuesday to uphold the suspension of a program produced for the public-access television station by a controversial self-described healer.

Board members determined Tammy Kennedy’s program, 'Red Fuzion,' had commercial content and could not be broadcast. Their vote came following a review of the program and discussion of an appeal Kennedy filed over her suspension.

This is Kennedy’s second suspension of a program. If she receives a third suspension, the PEGASYS board could suspend her permanently.

Kennedy also is involved in a legal battle with Oklahoma chiropractors over her healing process, which they say is practicing chiropractic procedures without a license.

Kennedy was not present at the PEGASYS meeting because she was meeting with her attorney preparing for a court hearing that eventually was postponed until 10 a.m. Monday in Garfield County District Court.

An assistant attorney general representing Oklahoma State Board of Chiropractic Examiners is requesting the court shut down Kennedy’s business — Nerve Signal Interference Removal Technologies School of Alternative Healing — on grounds she is practicing chiropractic services without a state license.

An Oklahoma City attorney representing Kennedy has filed a motion asking the court to dismiss the request on grounds the chiropractic board is vague in its definition of chiropractic services and procedures.

Kennedy’s mother, Yvonne Kennedy, attended the PEGASYS meeting and read a prepared statement from Tammy Kennedy asking the board to postpone its vote until next month’s meeting because she could not be present.

The board already had postponed a decision during its February meeting because new board members had not reviewed the video.

A motion to table the decision until the next meeting was defeated 7-4 in a roll call vote. The motion to deny Kennedy’s appeal was approved unanimously.

In her statement, Kennedy presented information she said shows she is the victim of politics.

Kennedy accused 'corrupt' city officials with starting the process against her.

'I’m being punished on a daily basis, because politics is what it is,' she said.

In other business, the board discussed the proposed 2004-05 budget, anticipating another 5 percent cut by the city.

Executive Director Wendy Quarles told the board where cuts would be made to meet the budget. She also talked about tentative plans to raise $13,500 with a fund-raising project.

Staff writer Scott Fitzgerald contributed to this story.


elcox writes:
"Okay, maybe a third time will be the charm. I know, you guys must be afraid of how litigious those licensed medical providers can be. Guess I can't blame you with the recent activity in Enid.

I am sure there is a person who is feeling some sort of a victory here by succeeding to silence Kennedy's voice (You know who you are). I am appalled at their politics and lack of integrity as they assault a woman who lost her daughter. Someone did not want Tammy to air this program because there were names listed in the program who were the primary care givers of her daughter and they are the ones who instigated the commercial complaint from the beginning. That was proven by a letter sent from the city attny to Tammy when this attny named that person as the one behind the original complaint to Pegasys. That complaint started this whole chain of events. Not unlike a chain of events that happened in the care of my niece that ended in her death. I imagine it must be interesting at the hospital these days with the ruling from the Department of Health (public record, one just needs to ask the dept of health for their ruling) as well as scrutiny from other governing bodies. I am sure that those care providers have been a part of these investigations. I hope that their colleagues are looking down their nose at them like they are attempting to at Tammy. Except that if they are taken to court they will have that amazing thing called malpractice insurance to protect them from having to feel the sting of the financial burden after being found responsible for Kennedy's daughter's death. No malpractice insurance will protect their ability to sleep at night as they ponder their responsibility in the death of this beautiful, vibrant sixteen year old woman."


elcox writes:
"Sorry that the people of Enid have a paper that is so frightened of the people in power in that city. I wonder what it would be like to have some real information that is not censored. Maybe the community would be able to make more informed decisions of their own. I didn't realize there was such a dictatorship set up in little old hicksville. Wow."


Tammy writes:
"It's unfortunate that PEGASYS didn't look at my programming in the same light as they saw the prospect of showing the Kennedy center programming in Washington, D.C. last December. Maybe if they leave me alone long enough, my programming might find it's way to Washington, D.C. and then they would want it here. See, that's the problem, before I can submit my shows to other communities I have to first run it by the vultures in the Enid community who would so quickly and readily stop progress because they are scared of a little competition. Thought it was time for a little tongue in cheek. :o)

Lord knows, I need a good laugh."


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