What happens when you accuse a Catholic priest of being a commie?
It’s what Nhon Ky Phan (Phan Kỳ Nhơn) is finding out, after he and Neil Nguyen accused certain media outlets of pushing the communist agenda.
It happened at a press conference on July 20, called by Phan and Nguyen. Both Phan and Nguyen are officers with one title or another at the Vietnamese-American Federation of Southern California.
The press conference was well attended by many community leaders, including (in T-shirt on the panel table) the UVSA‘s Billy Le.
Phan, Nguyen and others on the panel made accusations against “1 newspaper and 3 TV programmers” and claimed these outlets were fronting for “communist attacks” against “the community.” And they went on and on, but without identifying those media.
Which is problematic. How would “the community” counter the “communist attacks” if “the community” doesn’t know where they’re from?
So the press did the pressing. And when pressed, Neil Nguyen demurred, probably knowing what kind of trouble he’d get himself in. But Phan Ky Nhon was not hesitant. He named Viet Weekly and VBS-TV.
Well, oops. Now on the one hand VBS-TV’s programming is heavy on materials produced in Vietnam. But on the other hand VBS is run by a Catholic priest, and he knows his advantage.
And he made his stand known, by paying for full-page ads that say Nhon doesn’t know what he’s talking about — and threaten that VBS-TV’s lawyer is taking action. And since he runs a TV program, he got on TV and repeated what he said in the ads.
Nhon hasn’t responded to the priest. As to Neil Nguyen, who owes his position to the blessing of the Interfaith Council, he’s staying out of this one, probably thinking himself lucky he wasn’t the one answering that question.
Everybody else on that panel slinks away too, unwilling to side with Nhon to take on a priest.
To this day, by the way, nobody has named the other two supposed commie TV programmers.