The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

05 August 2005

Increasing Liberal Anger Over Air America Coverage

Misplaced Anger

Killing The Messengers, Plus Other Air America Updates


Increasingly bent-out-of-shape Liberals are reacting with rage over Air America's corporate meltdown.

Are they mad at Air America Radio, for not yet repaying nearly $900,000 in taxpayer funds, improperly received from the Bronx-based Gloria Wise Boys and Girls Club? Or for their terrible public relations mishandling of the scandal?

Nope, instead, angry lefties would rather blame everything on Michelle Malkin, Hugh Hewitt and yours truly.

And, they've started a campaign to dominate the comments section of my site, in apparent retaliation for kicking off the Air America Scandal firestorm.

Don't believe me? Take a look at this from the Daily Kos, the nation's largest liberal blog site, with as many as a half-million daily readers:


Dear Michelle Malkin: Go to Hell and take Hewitt with you

Hi Michelle,
I heard you blathering on Hewitt's whitebread radioshow a few days ago about what you and your wingnut friends have called Air Scamerica, Air Deadbeat, Air Enron, and on and on ad nauseum. You really annoyed me with you insistence to call whatever happened at AA Air Enron that day, and your statement that many folks that listen to Air America are obsessed with Enron. I was tempted to write this a few days ago, but didn't.

Then I checked your lame blog today and see that you continue to call the AA thing Air Enron. You and your buddies' protestations that liberal media bias is keeping this from being a big story are baseless. Maybe people who work for media sources (other than the Moonie Times) can distinguish what may have happened at AA from the Enron debacle, a
faculty apparently missing from your miniscule intellectual toolbox.

Scrolling a bit brings this:

Radio "Equalizer"

While Malkin is afraid of comments, the blog she gets all her Air America misinformation from, Radio Equalizer, does allow comments. The comments are already about 50/50 pro-/anti-Air America, so an influx of dKos members would certainly shift things.
radioequalizer.blogspot.com.

Radio Equalizer is hosted by a former Seattle talk host who was fired by new management, but claims that the reason he was fired was because he criticized Dan Rather and that there's a liberal media conspiracy in talk radio. Needless to say, Fox News put him on the air a lot and helped him launch his new career as an Air America Sux loon.


The insults are getting increasingly disgusting, liberals really seem to have no boundries or decency when it comes to venting rage against political opponents. Using racism, deceptions, you name it, it's all okay, as long as they win.

At the same Kos page, more love, as the true aim is revealed (my language editing):

...is for AAR to get Apple computer level litigious. Sue the living sh=t out of anyone, and I do me anyone that has defamed their name.

If there is nothing to the story, and we know that there isn't, then it should be rather simple to bankrupt Michelle and the rest of her coterie of slackjawed f--kwits.

The question, of course, is why I still allow comments? I could remove them, but would rather they remain. Why? Because lefty hate speaks for itself, I want people to see the truth.

Meanwhile, here's a great new op-ed in today's Arizona Republic on this story's amazing MSM non-coverage.

Also, good coverage from Outside The Beltway.

Is a major news development on the AAR scandal coming today? Will investigators keep looking, or is time to go get 'em?

Welcome Michelle Malkin readers. Read her two brand new pieces here and here.

AAR graphic by Darleen Click, City Kid$ by George Adair, MSM Silence by Suzy Rice (of BIRD).

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61 Comments:

  • The thing the Koz Klux Klan has to remember...don't wound what you can't kill.

    By Blogger Sailor Republica, at 05 August, 2005 03:33  

  • God Bless, Brian.

    Please do NOT let this die. The hypocritical weasels need to be held accountable. Please do not let them turn this into another "depends on what the definition of the word "is" is.

    By Anonymous Ziggy, at 05 August, 2005 08:04  

  • Hi Brian,

    Let them vent. Their inability to discuss the issue on your site is representative of the same on a national-level. Besides their reactionary leftwing bleats are hilarious when put in their proper context.

    Your stuff has been great. Don't let these losers (on many different levels) worry you one bit.

    By Blogger GEA3, at 05 August, 2005 09:08  

  • Sob.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 05 August, 2005 09:18  

  • Lord knows all the comments from your supporters have been completely civil towards Liberals.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 05 August, 2005 09:19  

  • The irony is thick.

    Someone so interested in facilitating the downfall of a fledgling liberal attempt to make an inroad into the conservative dominated talk radio world sobbing to himself about the evil liberal empires backlash against him.

    LOL!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 05 August, 2005 09:37  

  • Is a major news development on the AAR scandal coming today? Will investigators keep looking, or is time to go get 'em?

    Tune in later today!

    SAME MOONBAT TIME!

    SAME MOONBAT STATION!

    SAME MOONBAT RANTINGS!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 05 August, 2005 09:47  

  • When you get the KOS kommie kids to vent a spleen....you know you've hit paydirt. Keep going, Brian!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 05 August, 2005 09:49  

  • There's room on the dial for quality liberal talk radio. The problem: Air America isn't it. When your most popular host is Jerry Springer, and your company is founded on money take away from needy inner city youth programs, you've go problems.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 05 August, 2005 09:49  

  • I love the comments they leave. It won't be long before they find a cute rhyme like, "Bush exercised, kids died" or "Hey hey, ho ho, Karl Rove must go."
    They remind me of the brat on the playground with her eyes closed, hands over her ears and screaming at the top of hedr lungs, "I hate you!"
    Please let them keep it up so everyone can see...

    By Anonymous MagicalPat, at 05 August, 2005 09:57  

  • I'm just ignoring the silly liberal comments, their ignorance prevents them from even attempting to comprehend the facts.
    Anyway, this part of a commentary in the Arizona Republic (2,000 miles away from NYC!) is pretty damning:
    "The New York Department of Investigation announced in June that city grants and contracts to Gloria Wise - about $10 million worth - were to be suspended because its officials had approved "significant inappropriate transactions and falsified documents that were submitted to various city agencies."

    But hey, when someone suggested false documents were used in a report from British Intel about uranium in Niger, the NYT was totally silent, right?

    By Blogger Ace, at 05 August, 2005 10:04  

  • The Ace,

    Where you been? That damning quote was part of the first Bronx News story on the subject.

    Considering how the effort here to pin some form of guilt on AAR seems to be going down in flames with every passing day one can understand the Times reluctance to weigh in on the story until the facts are a bit settled. Falsified documents submitted to City agencies. And who would have been subnmitting documents to city agencies regarding funds received from the City? Why the organization that received those funds from the City in the first place, Gloria Wise. AAR has maintained from day one that it is not the subject of the investigation. The fact that the DOI has now recommended that AAR make payments to escrow while the investigation into Gloria Wise is ongoing would seem to back that up. But I'm just a viscious evil liberal who's trying to make Brian Maloney cry.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 05 August, 2005 10:10  

  • I'm always amazed - well, not really amazed probably just amused - by the way the leftist Kos-nuts hide behind the name "Anonymous". Maybe they're afraid of having the comments on their blogs overrun.

    Of course, that would require me to waste my time on their blogs, which I have neither the time nor the desire to do.

    By Blogger Cordeiro, at 05 August, 2005 10:20  

  • You've gotta love these hypocritical liberal blockheads. They're basically saying, "Go ahead and rape the Bronx-area youth, as long as it's in the name of hurting Republicans, we don't care about the children or seniors."

    These are the same people who constantly push for more funding of social programs like the Boys and Girls Clubs. Now we see why.

    Any investigation ever been done into using social programs to divert gov't funds into campaign/PAC coffers? That may be the next step for the lying liberals.

    By Blogger gutshot, at 05 August, 2005 10:21  

  • Right, so AAR received money from falsified documents and esentially received city grants in the form of no-interest "loans" and it is totally innoncent?
    Please.
    Then why the conflicting statments on the matter? Why the delay in repayment - first they said they can't pay because they weren't responsible (hahaha!), then because the investigating is ongoing (b.s.), now its an interest free payment over 2 years (while the investigation continues).
    Which is it?
    And why is a non-profit organization making "loans" with government grants in the first place? Isn't AAR just a TINY BIT responsible for doing some due dilligence on the matter?

    By Blogger Ace, at 05 August, 2005 10:23  

  • And in the early stages, Nixon was NOT the focus of the Watergate investigations EITHER! Without some digging and searching...they would not have been able to prove his involvement. And his primary involvement was the COVER-UP....

    If there's a cover-up going on by Al Fraud-king, let's investigate!

    But the MSM's complete lack of attention to this, but fixation on some girl who's been missing in Aruba for...what...2 months?...provides more of an understanding of how screwed up the MSM really is.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 05 August, 2005 10:26  

  • Does anyone remember when Rush Limbaugh ripped off Toys For Tots in 1992? Where was the outrage then?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 05 August, 2005 10:35  

  • Right, so AAR received money from falsified documents and esentially received city grants in the form of no-interest "loans" and it is totally innoncent?

    That will be determined won't it. Do you have any source that says Air America Radio is being investigated? Wouldn't the DOI have some interest in securing the assets of AAR if they had reason to believe that AAR had committed a crime?

    Please.

    Whatever.


    Then why the conflicting statments on the matter?

    Conflicting?

    Why the delay in repayment -

    Appaerently the DOI just informed AAR that the funds should be put in escrow. Perhaps AAR was awaiting that directive?

    first they said they can't pay because they weren't responsible (hahaha!)

    Did they? It was my understanding they said that the transactions took place under previous ownership. I don't recall anyone saying they couldn't pay because of that. , then because the investigating is ongoing (b.s.),

    Not b.s. according to the DOI who just told AAR to put the money in escrow.

    now its an interest free payment over 2 years (while the investigation continues).

    You can quibble with the terms of repayment if you like but that does not make AAR criminals.


    Which is it?

    Honestly I don't see any conflict in the statements made by AAR to date.


    And why is a non-profit organization making "loans" with government grants in the first place?

    Well that is for the DOI to determine isn't it. Gloria Wise or some of its officers may have committed a crime that has nothing to do with AAR.

    Isn't AAR just a TINY BIT responsible for doing some due dilligence on the matter?

    Again, the DOI will determine that. You still have provided no evidence that AAR is under investigation.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 05 August, 2005 10:43  

  • Again, the DOI will determine that. You still have provided no evidence that AAR is under investigation.

    And as far as we know, AAR has yet to be honest with anyone about how much they knew about this.

    I'll bet AAR will need a new shredder by the time this is over.

    By Blogger gutshot, at 05 August, 2005 10:54  

  • gutshot,

    You can make all the snide comments you like. It does not change the fact that AAR has not been shown to be the subject of the investigation, or suspected of any wrongdoing. What have they said that can be shown to be dishonest? They said that the transactions happened under previous ownership. They said they agreed to pay back the money. They said they were waiting instruction on how to do that. Can you show any of those statements to be untrue? I'd imagine that the DOI has collected any paperwork they needed from AAR by now. So shreding would be pointless. But I know it makes a nice fantasy for you.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 05 August, 2005 10:57  

  • Democrats have been losing elections and really haven't quite figured out why. I've only stumbled across Air America replays late at night while radio surfing, and you can hear their frustration. But the reason not that many people listen to them, is that the Democrats keep targetting the $30K and under voter, while totally neglecting everyone who makes over $50K. They're not even aiming for the right market.

    By Blogger muckdog, at 05 August, 2005 11:04  

  • Speaking of stories the MSM hasn't picked up on, how about the fact that Ann Coulter has been caught plagiarizing in a recent column:
    http://www.tucsonweekly.com/gbase/Currents/Content?oid=oid%3A71335

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 05 August, 2005 11:23  

  • What have they said that can be shown to be dishonest? They said that the transactions happened under previous ownership. They said they agreed to pay back the money. They said they were waiting instruction on how to do that. Can you show any of those statements to be untrue?

    Wait a second, Charlie, you're changing the subject. Do you honestly believe Piquant would have paid back Gloria Wise B&GC without an investigation/media coverage? Heck, at first, they even said they had never heard of it. So it's very apparent that former AAR management expected this money to be lost in the shuffle.

    The point is that we have a media corporation who appeared to embezzle money from a government-sponsored club. We may never know whether it was one man's own personal initiative, or a group of board members at AAR.

    By Blogger gutshot, at 05 August, 2005 11:24  

  • OH-MY-GOD
    Anonymous said...
    Conflicting?

    Uh, yeah, like this original response:
    "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."

    to:

    " Piquant spokesman said yesterday that Gloria Wise would be compensated regardless of the amount of money it transferred"

    so you are going to repay money that you had "no involvement" with?
    That is certainly conflicting.

    Further, they said they also said the money couldn't be paid because the investigation was on-going, but this was in yesterday's paper:
    "DOI has done nothing and given no instruction preventing payment of money owed to Gloria Wise [Boys & Girls Club]. Any statements to the contrary are inaccurate," said DOI spokesman Keith Schwam

    See any contradictions yet?
    A "recommendation" isn't a directive, and the investigation is still ongoing, yet a payment was made yesterday, while the investigation continues.
    See any conflict yet?

    My point isn't that AAR is under investigation. I'm saying don't you think its a bit funny that a private business would take loans from a non-profit organization with no apparent repayment plan?
    And, if you are going to take a loan from a non-profit, wouldn't you do some investigation of how a non-profit is able to give you a "loan"?

    By Blogger Ace, at 05 August, 2005 11:31  

  • Gloria Wise or some of its officers may have committed a crime that has nothing to do with AAR.


    Really? Are you suggesting that its not possible someone on AAR's board, um what's his name been in every article, knew this was happening?
    When you are party to a crime, there aren't many investigators and judges who deem you "nothing to do with"

    By Blogger Ace, at 05 August, 2005 11:36  

  • You're got to love the reactionary wingnuts squirting their undies over nothing. They were soooooo wrong about Air America being a viable format that they need a few hundred dots to connect to give themselves credence.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 05 August, 2005 11:40  

  • Wait a second, Charlie, you're changing the subject.

    Did I? You said AAR hadn't been honest. I said I didn't believe that was true.

    Do you honestly believe Piquant would have paid back Gloria Wise B&GC without an investigation/media coverage?

    Do you have evidence to the contrary?

    Heck, at first, they even said they had never heard of it.

    Did they? Never heard of what? You have a link to someone from AAR saying they never heard of "it"?

    So it's very apparent that former AAR management expected this money to be lost in the shuffle.

    That may well be true. But former AAR "management" as you say is not current AAR management or ownership. Evan Cohen may very well have intended for the money to go away. By all accounts he's a scam artist.

    The point is that we have a media corporation who appeared to embezzle money from a government-sponsored club.

    Or individuals who embezzled money from a government funded organization AND a media corporation.

    We may never know whether it was one man's own personal initiative, or a group of board members at AAR.

    That may be but that's why there is an investigation going on. Are you putting the presumption of guilt on AAR? How un-American of you.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 05 August, 2005 11:40  

  • Really? Are you suggesting that its not possible someone on AAR's board, um what's his name been in every article, knew this was happening?

    Did I say that? No. I said Gloria Wise may have committed a crime that has nothing to do with AAR.

    No one has produced any evidence to contradict AAR's statement that they are not being investigated. Can you?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 05 August, 2005 11:44  

  • I said Gloria Wise may have committed a crime that has nothing to do with AAR.


    I can only hope you are joking. Really, I'm serious. If you think being the recipient of money that was obtained in a fraudulant manner makes you not culpable, you really have the blinders on.

    Oh, and as far as current/"former" management, its worth noting that Jon Sinton the current president and director of programming, was president while Cohen was Chairman.
    Want to keep sticking to that lie, er "line"???

    Air America is a 'viable format'?
    Really? All 67 stations, huh?
    My God....

    By Blogger Ace, at 05 August, 2005 11:50  

  • so you are going to repay money that you had "no involvement" with?
    That is certainly conflicting.


    What's the conflict?

    If the funds were received by a parent company under previous ownership no one says that the current ownership is not legally liable to repay the funds. Piquant said they did not recieve the funds. They did not say they were not going to be responsible for compensating Gloria Wise for the funds.

    This is not a conflict.

    The only way there could be a conflict with the statement "We will repay the funds" is if Piquant had said they would not repay the funds. This is something they never said to my knowledge. Claiming you did not receive the original funds is not the same as saying you will not take responsibility for repaying those funds.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 05 August, 2005 11:51  

  • I can only hope you are joking. Really, I'm serious. If you think being the recipient of money that was obtained in a fraudulant manner makes you not culpable, you really have the blinders on.

    Again, I'll ask you. Do you have any evidence that contradicts AAR's statement that it is not the subject of an investigation?

    I don't really give a crap about what you think about receiving funds that were distributed fraudulantly. Do you know of evidence that is contradictory to AAR's claim?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 05 August, 2005 11:54  

  • Oh, and as far as current/"former" management, its worth noting that Jon Sinton the current president and director of programming, was president while Cohen was Chairman.
    Want to keep sticking to that lie, er "line"???


    Fine. If he did something illegal I hope he pays for it.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 05 August, 2005 12:02  

  • Do you have any evidence that contradicts AAR's statement that it is not the subject of an investigation?

    You don't seem to get it. It is IRRELEVANT whether or not AAR is the "subject" of the investigation.
    They certainly can be found guilty/liable/reckless/whatever in the course of an investagion into Gloria Wise.
    Even if they are not, why is a private business accepting "loans" from a non-profit organization?
    Further, when the parties meet to dicuss/accept such "loans" there is a ton of paperwork, and as a part of this process AAR should have done some due-dilligence into what exactly the source of the funds were. If an organization is given government grants -and GW was getting $10 million - there are strings attached and its unlikely "loans" were part of those strings. Can you grasp this?
    That is my point. You repeating the same mantra is irrelevant.

    This is not a conflict
    Um, you don't want to see a conflict.
    People who aren't responsible parties to things often don't fork out over 800K while claiming they were not the recepient of said 800K. Especially when you are in such dismal financial shape because of low ratings.

    That aside, there is a DIRECT CONFLICT between previous AAR statements on repaying the loan b/c of the investigation and the DOI saying nothing prevented the repayment.

    By Blogger Ace, at 05 August, 2005 12:03  

  • so you are going to repay money that you had "no involvement" with?
    That is certainly conflicting.


    Is it really that complex? Air America has supported the Boys and Girls Clubs in the Bronx since they went on air. Perhaps it's a liberal concept, but we believe in supporting the least amongst us. I know that most reactionaries believe in social darwinism when it comes to giving a helping hand, but you should just accept that we have a different set of values.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 05 August, 2005 12:04  

  • Bush lied, Air America was forced to take a little cash on the side!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 05 August, 2005 12:27  

  • This is getting FUNNY!

    Now the cover story is that Err Amerika is supporting the Boys and Girls club with a DONATION! That's what you are describing.

    So my mortage payments are 'donations', and not debt payments?!?!

    HAHAHAHAAHA....you liberals sure are FUNNY!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 05 August, 2005 12:34  

  • If the MSM is really losing its influence like right-wingnuts suggest, then why is it so important to Brian and his gang of whiners that the NYT cover this story? Shouldn't Foxnews, the WashingtonTimes and his blog be enough?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 05 August, 2005 12:40  

  • They are taking a break from doing research on nominee Roberts adoptions to try to inhibit your speech.

    This story has big strong legs and it's not going away.

    Keep up the good work!

    By Blogger SactoDan, at 05 August, 2005 12:44  

  • Brian;

    Good grief! The language these lefty responders use. And why did so many Democrats name their kids "Anonymous"? Keep up the good work. Malkin's blog is fun, too, don't you find? She is sharp and (pardon my freedom) a fine looking woman; God does good work, dosen't He? All the best... Clayton

    By Anonymous Clayton Jones, at 05 August, 2005 12:48  

  • That aside, there is a DIRECT CONFLICT between previous AAR statements on repaying the loan b/c of the investigation and the DOI saying nothing prevented the repayment.

    Where?

    AAR said it was awaiting instruction from the DOI. AAR received instruction from the DOI. The DOI said nothing it was doing was preventing AAR from repaying the money. AAR never said the DOI was preventing it from repaying the money. They said they were awaiting instruction from the DOI on how to proceed.

    What conflict would you find in that?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 05 August, 2005 12:56  

  • Ok, here is the conflict (which those on the left won't see as one)

    Mr. Franken said he did not know if money from Gloria Wise had been absorbed by the network and used to finance its operations. He said Piquant's payments to Gloria Wise were scheduled to begin this month but were prevented from going through while the city investigation continued.

    Comment from DOI on the matter:
    DOI has done nothing and given no instruction preventing payment of money owed to Gloria Wise [Boys & Girls Club]. Any statements to the contrary are inaccurate," said DOI spokesman Keith Schwam


    -Its also worth noting the investigation is STILL on going.

    Otherwise I know that you somehow don't see the first statement from the parent company as "we never received the funds and had no involvement" - well ask yourself this, what does that first "no involvement" statement imply, you are paying the money? - to change to:
    we will begin payment, blah, blah, blah...

    as a conflict, but I do. If it isn't why didn't they say they were going to pay in the first news release? The first statement certainly didn't imply they would be paying...

    By Blogger Ace, at 05 August, 2005 13:09  

  • Air America can proceed by placing any funds owed the Gloria Wise charity in an escrow account.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 05 August, 2005 13:24  

  • The Ace,

    I had overlooked Frankens comment. I doubt that Piquant would consider him to be officially speaking for the company since by his own admission do does not know the specifics of what is going on. However, I've no interest in making excuses for him. His statement would indicate a conflict. To my knowledge statements from Piquant said they were awaiting instruction from the DOI. With that I find no conflict.

    On Franken I stand corrected.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 05 August, 2005 13:29  

  • as a conflict, but I do. If it isn't why didn't they say they were going to pay in the first news release? The first statement certainly didn't imply they would be paying...

    The first statement was clearly a quick reaction to the questions that they were receiving. If you start getting hostile questions about why you stole money from little kids and old people what's the first thing you're gonna do? You're gonna deny that you stole money from anyone.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 05 August, 2005 13:33  

  • I see your larger point. And I certainly wouldn't counsel anyone to do ANYTHING without cooperating with investigators if I was advising Piquant, I can't say that is "hiding" something or improper in any way.
    I still see a conflict in the orginal statements!
    ;-)

    By Blogger Ace, at 05 August, 2005 13:34  

  • ***The insults are getting increasingly disgusting, liberals really seem to have no boundries or decency***

    "Well, I think that's bullshit and I hate that, Just let it go."

    whaaah!
    mean old Liberals

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 05 August, 2005 13:36  

  • I've said beofre here that I have no interest in "protecting" AAR if they did something wrong. I simply find it laughably transparent that the motivation of the operators of this site is to bring down AAR rather than to understand what truly happened between Gloria Wise Club, Charles Rosen, Evan Cohen and Progress Media. The stupid "Air America Scandal" graphic is the clincher. Brian says he wants to be taken seriously by the NY Times. That ain't the way to do it.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 05 August, 2005 13:44  

  • What I am curious about is - & Brian might better answer this - if AAR did receive the money & didn't include that investment in its articles of incorporation or transfer of ownership to the new company, doesn’t that render the corporation invalid or at the very least illegal? Can an illegal corporation hold a FCC license? If the company is invalid or illegal, couldn't AAR be shut-down?

    By Blogger PMain, at 05 August, 2005 14:32  

  • If the ongoing DOI investigation had any reason to believe that the struggling, cash strapped Air America Radio network had any criminal culpability in the misappropriation of funds why would there not be some action taken to freeze the assets of the network? DOI suspended NYC’s contracts with Gloria Wise forcing them to seek alternative financing. If someone believed that there was organizational responsibility, beyond whatever responsibility Evan Cohen has, on the part of AAR or Piquant why would the DOI allow AAR to voluntarily start putting funds in escrow rather than just seizing or freezing the assets of Piquant?

    It is conceivable that acting in his dual capacity at both organizations Evan Cohen, as an individual, defrauded both Gloria Wise and Progress Media. If that’s the case there may never have been paperwork related to any loans from Gloria Wise at Progress Media because they may never have received the funds. Cohen could have simply embezzled the funds and produced fraudulent documentation on both ends. More likely a combination happened and Progress Media recieved some of the funds and Cohen stole some. Cohen had the ability to manipulate paperwork at both ends. From what I've read he was apparently not well overseen by others because he was well trusted. The hallmark of a truly gifted scam artist. If that were the case AAR, as its statement says, feeling stung by the fact that its name was used to defraud Gloria Wise could have arranged to compensate Gloria Wise even though it did not appear that AAR ever even received all or most of the funds in the first place. From a public relations stand point a smart thing to do. That would explain why the DOI seemingly has no problem with AAR making repayment of the money that a Progress Media owner stole from a kids club in AAR's name but simply requested that the money be put into escrow until such time as it is determined the full extent of Gloria Wise Clubs or Cohens criminal conduct. Since the money originated with NYC the DOI may determine that the money should go back to the city rather than to Gloria Wise. Hence escrow.

    It is not uncommon that individuals use their positions in companies to embezzle funds without the company’s knowledge. Cohen could have done just that. The investigation has been going on since June. It would seem very odd indeed for Piquant to make a statement that very clearly says they have no legal responsibility for the apparently stolen money. Why would they do that unless they were reasonably sure that that was the case? The DOI has never said that AAR or Piquant owed the money to Gloria Wise. DOI simply said that they were doing nothing to prevent AAR from making any payments to Gloria Wise. They simply requested it be put in escrow.

    It just seems to me that a lot of people are assuming a lot of things for which there is no evidence at this time.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 05 August, 2005 15:11  

  • Left-wingers expect to be financed by our tax money. Do you expect them to compete in the free market. Loosers with old marxist ideologies can't compete. They are victims and must be treated with special rights the rest of us don't need. Conservatives are mean spirited for holding AAR to the same standards we hold big business!

    By Anonymous RA, at 05 August, 2005 15:18  

  • anon, you raise some very pertinent questions.
    Why isn't the New York Times, CBS, NBC, Washington Post, asking them?

    By Blogger Ace, at 05 August, 2005 16:16  

  • anon, you raise some very pertinent questions.
    Why isn't the New York Times, CBS, NBC, Washington Post, asking them?


    Just because they haven't run with every scrap of a comment they can find does not mean they aren't asking questions.

    The first part of investigative journalism is investigation.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 05 August, 2005 16:41  

  • Really anon? Do you see just a tiny discrepancy between the Rove issue and this?
    I've seen mulitple articles speculating that he is been persued for perjury, or obstruction
    Like This

    And the NYT can't run a SINGLE article raising questions or even acknowledging that GW lost city funding. My oh my now the left wants the "facts to come in" after spending the last 2 months shouting that Rove is guilty....

    By Blogger Ace, at 05 August, 2005 17:53  

  • Well, Brian, Air America and its Koolaid drinkers over at Koz Klux Klan have gotten caught with their pants down BIIIIGTIME. And they can't admit they're wrong. Ever. Not in their nature to do so.

    We love ya! Keep up the good work and keep making corrupt liberals face the music!!!!

    By Blogger M, at 05 August, 2005 19:43  

  • and it just cracks me up how liberals can't seem to keep their hands off taxpayer dollars, even for private enterprise. If Air Scamerica has to rob from little kids to stay afloat, then I don't think Air Scamerica will be solvent much longer. That's just pathetic

    By Blogger M, at 05 August, 2005 19:46  

  • and it's just PRICELESS to see the website for the Gloria Wise B & GC 'Camp Air America'. What's up with THAT????? How blatant do they have to get????

    By Blogger M, at 05 August, 2005 19:47  

  • web page for 'Camp Air America'

    It's there for people to donate to. I donated a few months ago after Morning Sedition and other AAR programs mentioned it for the summer camp season.

    By Blogger WHT, at 05 August, 2005 20:55  

  • It is not only appalling but outrageous how anyone can imply that Air America Radio is anywhere at fault over the Gloria Wise controversy.

    First off, people who very close to me suddenly found themselves without a job for the Summer at the fault lies with those who run Gloria Wise, not, I repeat not Air America Radio.

    If Air America intends on giving back the money it received from a disingenious Executive Staff at the Gloria Wise Community Center, then bravo for them.

    By Blogger nlsngrc, at 05 August, 2005 21:00  

  • Kos frigging came out with a specious argument for the typography of the Rather documents being typed. he is also searching with J for the real killer. Take Mauritsitas and bend him over the gunnels and fuck him with a sandpaper condom.

    By Anonymous TCO, at 05 August, 2005 22:12  

  • Given the outstanding record of Liberals in supporting their assertions that the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy is responsible for their problems. I am waiting to hear how Karl Rove masterminded this whole financial fiasco mess and how it stole the election in Ohio. The more I hear from Democrats and the Leftists the more I realize they are headed for the trash heap of history. Who will replace them?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 09 August, 2005 15:10  

  • I'll say it again - te continued existance of AAR is actually a benefit to conservatives. There are a number of reasons for this. First, the failures at AAR are ultimately self-evident in any reasonably objective review of the numbers. AAR, through Franken and others early on indicated its reasoned that it would be successful premised on the following: since the electorate is [allegedly] split 50/50 between Democrats and Republicans, there must be a need for a radio network that could serve the 50% of the people who are Democrats, who now can only listen to conservative talk radio. I can discuss the many flaws in this reasoning another time, suffice to say that not only was AAR wrong, it was dead wrong. It's utter lack of success - evident to ANY objective review - and it's awful programming (also evident upon objective review) is just plain embarrassing. But it's much more than that, it's also evidence of the bankruptcy of the ideas upon which AAR rests. That's why it's failure is so important, and the longer it lasts, the better it is for conservatives. In short, while the minds of hardcore liberals will never change, the more open minded "on the fence" people who sample conservative and liberal talk radio, will (and have)ultimately reject what AAR is trying to promote. This isn't wishful thinking - it's proven by the dismal failure of AAR to pull in audience. As long as AAR continues to air, the (for lack of a better term) bankruptcy of the left is there for all to hear. So....the longer it stays on the better for the right. Second, the company is surely bleeding money, and at this point can only be maintained by investors who would otherwise be using the same money for more "useful" purposes.

    By Blogger B.Samuel Davis, at 29 September, 2005 17:11  

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