Comparing Air America's Statements
Air America Digs Deeper Hole, What's Next
What happens when Air America's recent statements are placed side-by-side?
Answer: the inconsistencies speak for themselves.
Here's the first:
"On MAY 24, 2004 the newly formed PIQUANT LLC acquired the principal assets of AIR AMERICA RADIO from the prior ownership entities. PIQUANT has owned and operated AIR AMERICA RADIO since that time. The company that had run AIR AMERICA RADIO till then no longer had anything to do with the network.
"PIQUANT had no involvement whatsoever with funds from GLORIA WISE BOYS &GIRLS CLUB. PIQUANT neither received nor expended any of the sums that are the subject of the City's investigation of the CLUB.
"PIQUANT is not being investigated by the City, which is investigating a transaction that took place before PIQUANT existed."
Part of the second (emphasis mine):
The current owners of Air America Radio have no obligation to Progress Media's business activities. We are very disturbed that Air America Radio's good name could be associated with a reduction in services for young people, which is why we agreed months ago to fully compensate the Gloria Wise Boys & Girls Club as a result of this transaction.
And third, via Brit Hume of FOX News (as originally reported by John Mainelli of the New York Post):
An Air America spokesman says, "We're committed to paying this money and the terms are being worked out... We are awaiting direction from the investigation into how to proceed."
This was going to be a long analysis of where the statements fail to match up, but when I thought about it, it became clear that little needs to be said.
We're consistently being misled by Air America, first in their attempt to make us believe they had no role, responsibility or involvement, because of an ownership change (even if many of the same folks stuck around).
Second, that months ago, they'd agreed to repay the money. I might "agree" to give somebody a million dollars, it doesn't mean it has happened, but I can craft a statement that makes it appear that way.
What was left out of the second statement? That they HADN'T actually returned a dime, despite language strongly suggesting otherwise.
If not for the attention brought by this site and hundreds of others, would they EVER repay one red cent?
Will they ever send it back, unless somehow compelled?
It took the third quote to find the real truth, that we'd been tricked.
I had liberals screaming for an apology after the second one, now they must by crying in their organic microbrews after hearing the rest of the story.
What will the fourth statement say this week? You didn't know I could read minds and predict the future, did you?
It will be this new defense, or one very similar: that Air America's been trying to repay the money, but couldn't get Gloria Wise to agree to the terms, otherwise, the check would already be in the mail.
That shifts the blame away from Air America, or so they'll hope.
Watch for it.
Update: substantial new information at Michelle Malkin's site.
Al Franken Scandal graphic by Darleen Click.
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