The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

17 August 2005

Two Great New Columns

Al's Priorities

Why Not Help Catch "Real Killer"?


Doesn't Al Franken's recent public behavior seem just a bit odd?

After all, shouldn't a deeply concerned "progressive" like Mr. Franken be busy undoing the damage Air America Radio caused the now mostly-shuttered Gloria Wise Boys and Girls Club?

Or, as Michelle Malkin puts it in today's syndicated column, why not try to find "the real killer", as OJ Simpson occasionally pretends to do? That would require lifting at least a finger to help find former AAR exec Evan Montvel-Cohen, who Franken claims is 100% responsible for the scandal.

So far, we've heard nothing from Franken as to how real amends should be made to the community center, for $875,000 in taxpayer funds that wound up in Air America's corporate coffers.

He says the company doesn't have the money to immediately repay in full, so why not take up a collection? How about hitting up rich, liberal friends?

Or, truly revolutionary, why not open the Franken family checkbook and help out, since it's likely at least some of what's in it was intended for inner-city children?

Franken hasn't made the slightest helpful gesture.

And, instead of demanding accountability from their own side, liberals have been busy attacking the messengers: Michelle Malkin and yours truly.

Readers frequently ask me why nobody's demanding Franken and his co-workers take their share of the responsibility for the mess, including playing a role in making amends.

One answer: because nobody's held his feet to the fire.


Brent Bozell
has some new questions for the media today as well, wondering why Bill O'Reilly was such a target last year, while Franken gets a free pass:


ABC gave the Air America debut a morning news story, an evening news story and an entire broadcast of "Nightline." Coverage of their scandal? None.

CBS promoted the launch in brief anchor mentions, and then aired a long profile of Air America star Al Franken on "Sunday Morning." Scandal coverage? Zip.

NBC highlighted the launch with a Franken interview in the morning, and an evening news story. Scandal coverage? Nothing.

NPR promoted the launch on their talk show "Talk of the Nation," as well as their evening news show "All Things Considered," but then aired a critique of their programming on the same show a few weeks later from Michael Harrison. Scandal coverage? Zero.


Then there's CNN, which aired Air America start-up stories in heavy rotation on the weekend before the network debut, as well as promotional stories across their prime-time lineup on Debut Day.

A few days after the scandal broke, CNN's blog reporter noted in the afternoon that bloggers Brian Maloney and Michelle Malkin were pushing this story.

But CNN has had no story of its own.


That's rich, because in October of 2003, when "NewsNight" anchor Aaron Brown was announcing his smirk over Rush's troubles, he brought on his guest -- ready for this? -- Al Franken, who sneered Limbaugh could never recover, because then he'd have "nothing left" for radio.

Update: Powerline has the full story behind the Twin Cities non-story, where the Star-Tribune's local version seems to have been put on ice. They ran the flawed NYT version instead. Not good, considering it's Franken's home turf.

AAR/Franken by Darleen Click, City Kid$ by George Adair. Thanks for your continued Amazon orders, they're helping to defray my costs!

24 Comments:

  • Al isn't concentrating on it because he's posturing for 2008's Senatorial race against Norm Coleman (to which he'll lose by a large margin because people in Minnesota HATE Franken-stein, and think he's a Hillary-style carpetbagging blowhard.)

    Al needs to be keelhauled. Pronto.

    By Blogger Sailor Republica, at 17 August, 2005 04:40  

  • Sailor Republica
    Got any PROOF that people "Hate" Al Franken in Minnesota? Where's a poll that backs you up?

    Norm Coleman is the archetype of a blowhard.

    http://www.thenation.com/blogs/outrage?bid=13&pid=7344

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 17 August, 2005 06:52  

  • Comparing Franken's role in the AA mess and O'Reilly role in his own mess is absurd. No one -- not even you Brian -- is suggesting that Franken orchestrated this con, nor that he is in any way culpable. O'Reilly's problem was caused COMPLETELY by O'Reilly himself.
    No basis for comparison

    By Anonymous Justin, at 17 August, 2005 08:40  

  • The “real” story here (outside of the stealing of public funds from children) is the failure of the MSM to cover this story – at all in most cases – or as vigorously as they covered the launching of AAR (their ideological bedfellow), in others.

    Barkhorn. (Scott Ryan)

    By Anonymous Barkhorn., at 17 August, 2005 08:53  

  • It breaks my heart for Al Franken and Randi Rhodes to take food out of the mouths of impoverished babies. Those rich fat cats are stealing from the poorest of the poor.

    Anyone who excuses their crimes are guilty themselves.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 17 August, 2005 09:36  

  • First, as a resident of Minnesota, I can't WAIT for Frankin to run. He comes off as a bitter, angry troll. That sure will lure those Iron Rangers to the polls.

    And this scandal won't help. Being involved in stealing almost a million dollars from the poor and elderly will not play well.

    Lastly, for those of you who think Frankin is not involved: You might not think so now, but nobody thought Nixon was involved in Watergate early in the investigation either. You just don't close your eyes when bags of cash mysteriously show up on your doorstep.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 17 August, 2005 09:40  

  • > You just don't close your eyes when bags of cash mysteriously show up on your doorstep.

    But if a bank robber leaves a bag of cash on your doorstep, does that mean you robbed the bank? You seem to be hellbent on pinning something on Franken that someone else actually did, and Franken's employer - not even Franken personally - unknowingly benefitted from.

    This isn't like Rush getting his maid to hook him up with drugs - that one started and ended with Rush. And this isn't like the Bill O'Reilly sexual harrassment scandal - that one was all Bill. Franken's connection to this is tangental at best.

    I don't think he's a good choice for the Senate, but I'm not sure how, as Sailor Moon suggests above, he's a carpetbagger if he wants to run in the state he was born and raised in. Hillary had never set foot in New York before she ran; neither had Alan Keyes - those are carpetbaggers. Franken's a Minnesota guy as much as he's a New Yorker.

    By Anonymous schroeder, at 17 August, 2005 10:10  

  • http://blatherwatch.blogs.com/talk_radio/2005/08/air_america_sca.html

    air america scandal: whole lot of nothin' goin' on

    It's like one of those big high-geared contraptions that clowns drive around the circus: no matter how furiously they peddle, it goes nowhere.

    We speak of Air America's alleged ripping off of little ghetto kidz and Alzeimer's patients in order to finance spreading their liberal agenda over the radio waves in their quest to dominate America.

    Our conservative friend, Brian Maloney of RadioEqualizer has had quite a scoop with this straw dog...he's been not only widely quoted, but has appeared on talk radio all over the country. And we don't blame him for flogging it--we'd do the same thing.
    Al Franken

    His latest accusation is pretty funny, though. Citing a recent piece in the Washington Post where a San Diego AAR listener was inspired to go where Cindy Sheehan waits by the side of a Texas road for George Bush, the RadioEqualizer extrapolates this heady conspiracy:

    Air America's own strategy is now about diversionary tactics, with Cindy Sheehan's rabid supporters in Crawford and one of the network's hosts providing needed cover. If enough people can be convinced AAR's programming is responsible for the activity around the Bush family ranch, it might be a sign the network is in fact viable.

    The idea that Air America, one of the smallest broadcast entities in the country could have manipulated the rolling media thunder that Cindy Sheehan has enjoyed is ludicrous.

    Righties can't seem to make up their minds whether to spin AAR as laughably puny, non-viable and irrelevant--or, as an evil, conspiratorial perp of the powerful liberal establishment.

    (Of course, "powerful" and "liberal" have been mutually exclusive since approximately the time when LBJ decided not to run in 1968).

    BlatherWatch had been following this so-called scandal since Day 1 and we've been ransacking the blogoshere and every news outlet we could think of. For the life of us, we can't find a soupcon of there anywhere in the proximity of there. No matter we've followed all the links and done exactly what the Equalizer and his saucy moppet, Michelle Malkin have told us to do, and read, and think.

    If you read BlatherWatch, you know that even though we're cheerfully, brazenly of the liberal persuasion, we hold liberals to a higher standard than conservatives--because we expect more from them.

    Here's what we still know for sure--for all the bloggy sound & fury, the story hasn't changed since Day 1:

    -- Evan Cohen, the shady former AAR CEO, while screwing over other investors in a web of lies and finaglings, "borrowed" 875k from the Gloria Wise Boy's & Girls Club in New York and put it into his infant Air America. He'd told everybody he had enough money to keep the start-up going for 3 years when actually he had only enough for 3 months.

    --Al Franken, top AAR talent and himself a screwed-over investor said, "I don't know why they did it and I don't know where the money went. I don't know if it was used for operations, which I imagine it was. I think he was robbing Peter to pay Paul."

    --After Cohen's house of cards collapsed, a new company, Piquant was formed with new investors--real investors--led by Seattle's RealNetworks CEO Rob Glaser. When the B& G Club scandal broke out, Piquant agreed to pay back the money they're doing that on principle, they're not legally bound to do it. It's just another flaming bag of dogshit left at the doorstep of the struggling start-up by Cohen.

    --New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer's office is determining whether they have an investigating role in the matter, but right-wing blogs are already attempting to inoculate the projected findings (which will probably amount to zilch) by casting him as a Democratic partisan running for Governor who'd help in the cover-up so as not to "risk annoying his base."

    All this has been is mudhoney spread thick on the right side of the blogosphere. The bloggers' strategy has been to create a volumes of text that look like volumes of scandal.

    But when you blow away the fluff of stern adjectives and self-righteous partisan glee--there's nothing left but a sad story of a corporate asshole sticking it to his investors and employees.

    (Nothing new there--sounds like a clarion call for more government regulations of corporations to us!)

    The MSM picked up the scandal story bigtime, deflating claims that it was being ignored and covered up. AP ran it nationwide. The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and a host of smaller papers have picked it up. Fox News talkers Bill O' Reilly, Sean Hannity and John Gibson have run with it, of course. Radio talkers like Big Pants, Rusty Trumpet, Hugh Hewitt, John Carlson, Mike Gallagher have been touting it with the help of Malkin. but it doesn't seem to fly.

    Could it be that's because there are real scandals brewing? There was an indictment last week in Miami against Jack Abramoff in the Tom Delay influence peddling case. The Karl Rove national security scandal should have some thermonuclear indictments soon. The Ohio Republican Party is decomposing rapidly from its rotten core along with their Governor.

    President Bush is facing real opposition to his war from within his own party. The military is in disarray; there's real desperation over replacements for the overextended, undermanned troops fighting in the Iraqi quagmire which daily gets bloodier and more complicated.

    Americans have finally begun to question Bush's methods and motives for getting us into this mess. His poll numbers are at historic lows.

    Air America's troubles? It's blanc mange--but baby, it's all they got.

    Posted by michael hood on August 16, 2005 at 02:05 AM in Al Franken, KPTK 1090 am & Air America, politics, talk radio | Permalink

    By Blogger Shipping / Receiving, at 17 August, 2005 11:05  

  • Another day, another vain attempt to cook up something about AAR that isn't there.

    The transparency of this attempt to blog up a scandal that isn't there continues.

    1) The author has the same level of credibility and trustworthiness to report on AAR as Sammy the Hamster. Agenda-driven reporting is opinion no matter how you dress it up.

    2) You're so vain, you probably think this song is about you. The criticisms of your "reporting" aren't a deflection - you are making things up as you go along. Where is the sourcing? You demand it from the MSM but don't have to cough up yourself. You rely on opinion columns as news sources, and you speculate endlessly about things you have no direct knowledge of.

    The many lies continue:

    Al Franken doesn't care about the "scandal." - Sure he does, and has said AAR should repay any funds received by ex-CEO Evan Cohen as a matter of morality.

    AAR is under investigation. - That very premise is a lie. There is no investigation into AAR and its parent company Piquant. There is an investigation by the NYC DOI into Evan Cohen and city officials/organization staff that arranged for the loan. DOI's comments respecting AAR itself have been limited to a recommendation that money be put into an escrow account.

    Randi Rhodes is on the edge because she has been criticizing her employers. - Obviously you've never listened to Rhodes. Like Letterman, Rhodes has lampooned and criticized her employers all the way back to WJNO/Clear Channel. She has always made negative remarks about people in the business she doesn't like. She has even criticized AAR hosts like Franken and Garofalo. She loathes Ed Schultz. There is absolutely nothing here.

    If we can't trust you to report even the basic facts accurately, why in the world would be believe your unsourced reports and claims in anything else. You want to play in the world of Edward R. Murrow, but you do it running Amateur Hour.

    The only story really here is frustration that your right wing blog, working with other right wing blogs, have been unsuccessful in trying to start a MSM fire over this story. Perhaps it's not a conspiracy - it's just not a major story except in your own AAR-obsessed world.

    By Anonymous Phillip Dampier, at 17 August, 2005 11:16  

  • uninformed liberal states:
    --New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer's office is determining whether they have an investigating role in the matter

    Um, not really. From the news sources:
    "State and city officials are investigating how $875,000 from a community center in the Bronx wound up in the coffers of Air America, the liberal radio network"

    and:
    "We are looking into it in consultation with the city's Department of Investigation," Spitzer spokesman Darren Dopp revealed.

    --After Cohen's house of cards collapsed, a new company, Piquant was formed with new investors--real investors--led by Seattle's RealNetworks CEO Rob Glaser.

    yeah, um, wrong again.

    Sheldon Drobny, his wife Anita, Evan Cohen, Rex Sorenson, and Cohen's college classmate David Goodfriend formed Progress Media. In June 2004, the investors, including Highland Park couple Sheldon and Anita Drobny and Air America Chief Executive Doug Kreeger, formed a new corporation, Piquant LLC. The Drobnys and other investors forced Cohen and Sorenson to give up their voting stock and depart.
    Jon Sinton remains with the company as president of programming; Doug Kreeger remains with the company as an investor.

    By Blogger Ace, at 17 August, 2005 11:50  

  • You know what I'd like to do with Brian? I'd like to cover him with falafel, rub his tummy with one of those loofah mitts, and reach around and grab his ample breasts.

    By Anonymous Bill O'Reilly, at 17 August, 2005 12:00  

  • Saunders: KKZN can talk up ratings

    In recent years, Denver's AM radio scene has had a static, predictable look.

    Clear Channel's KOA (850) always dominates, finishing second, third or fourth in the quarterly Arbitron audience diary reports that measure radio habits of listeners 12 and older.

    Talk outlet KHOW (630), also a Clear Channel station, usually ranks among the top 15 with a 2-plus audience share in a market dominated by FM music.

    Two music stations are consistent in Arbitron reports.

    KBNO (1280) has made its mark as the leading Spanish station, showing a 3.0 share in the recent spring report, while KEZW (1430) gets a consistent 2-plus share with its nostalgia format.

    Suddenly, KKZN (760), also part of the Clear Channel stable, has become an AM factor with, of all things, a liberal, or "progressive" news-talk format.

    Wasn't liberal talk radio, particularly the Air America Network, considered a broadcasting stillborn by many media experts?

    After less than a year on the air, the new KKZN format registered a 2.0 share in the spring Arbitron, up from a 0.5 a year ago when the station was basically a struggling sports talk outlet.

    An audience share is a percentage of listeners tuned into a particular station.

    But raw share figures don't tell the full story of KKZN's rise - competitive numbers do.

    For example, Al Franken's Air America show (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.) had good figures (3 share), beating most AM programming, including KHOW's widely promoted Tom Martino.

    The exceptions: the always-strong Mike Rosen and the one hour-overlap with Rush Limbaugh on KOA.

    Franken's show ranked 11th overall in its time period.

    Ed Schultz (1-4 p.m.), part of the Jones Radio Network, also scored well with a 2.9 audience share, handily beating two national talkers - Bill O'Reilly on KHOW and Sean Hannity on KNUS (710) in their competing time periods.

    Jerry Bell, program director for KHOW and KKZN, notes that Schultz benefited from a three-way conservative audience radio split (Limbaugh, O'Reilly and Hannity) in part of his on-air time.

    "Still, e-mails show that Schultz has made an imprint in this market," Bell says. "While Schultz is a liberal host, he's not considered by some a radical lefty. So he draws some listeners looking for somewhat of a political middle ground."

    The 3-7 p.m. talk battle between KHOW and KKZN produced surprising results.

    The former's local high-profile duo, Dan Caplis and Craig Silverman, registered a 2.3 share, while an hour of Schultz and three hours of Air America's Randi Rhodes displayed a 2.2.

    Bell, who balances his duties on the two stations with a straightforward approach, also noted the interesting morning audience shares of KKZN's Jay Marvin, a former controversial KHOW afternoon host, and KHOW's Peter Boyles.

    Marvin's 6-10 a.m. time period registered a 2.0, up from a 1.6 shown previously by Air America's syndicated Morning Sedition Show.

    "Adding Jay was a key decision," Bell says. "Many Air America outlets around the country don't feature local talent, which can be a mistake.

    "Jay has been valuable in the growth of KKZN not only on-air but because of his personal-appearance work."

    But when it comes to value, perhaps it's time for Boyles to ask for a raise.

    His talk show registered a 5.4 share - the highest rating Boyles has ever had in the 5-9 a.m. time period. His audience share a year ago: 3.4.

    Tabulating and analyzing Aribitron ratings is an inexact science, but Arbitron is the only radio ratings game in town.

    In past years, I've quarreled, in print, regarding their accuracy.

    And the figures mentioned above are always broken down demographically for advertising sales.

    And there can be some variances, particularly in the 25-to-54 age demo that talk-radio advertisers covet.

    KKZN rose above the 1 share figure last fall during the heat of the presidential election. That was expected.

    But its audience seems to be growing in key areas.

    Said Bell: "I don't think the Arbitron numbers have peaked yet."

    NEW ANCHOR: Steffan Tubbs, a KOA reporter from 1994-98, has signed on as the station's co-anchor on the Colorado Morning News.

    He'll replace Steve Kelley, now a TV anchor on Fox31's Good Morning Denver.

    Tubbs left KOA for a national job with ABC Radio News.

    He currently is working as a reporter for the Fox-owned TV station in New York.

    Kris Olinger, Clear Channel AM programming director, said a start date has not been worked out.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 17 August, 2005 12:04  

  • By Phillip Dampier, at 11:16 AM

    -- tell me your thoughts on the randi rhodes memo.

    How do you feel about her comparing this terrible situation to "woodstock"?

    ---fyi

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 17 August, 2005 12:58  

  • Randi Rhodes has big boobs. I like boobs. That's why I read this blog.

    By Anonymous Bill O'Reilly, at 17 August, 2005 13:05  

  • Sailor, I like sailors. Would you be my cabin boy? Do you like falafel and loofahs? Please give me a call and we'll titilate each other. Heheheheheh. I said titilate. I like breasts.

    By Anonymous Bill O'Reilly, at 17 August, 2005 13:17  

  • Blather indeed…
    “The MSM picked up the scandal story bigtime, deflating claims that it was being ignored and covered up. AP ran it nationwide. The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and a host of smaller papers have picked it up.”

    Yea sure, AP ran a small piece days after the pertinent facts were known, the NYT also waited forever and then misquoted Franken to soften the piece up and not ONE major net ran the story. That’s picking up the story ‘bigtime”, huh?

    “President Bush is facing real opposition to his war from within his own party. The military is in disarray; there's real desperation over replacements for the overextended, undermanned troops fighting in the Iraqi quagmire which daily gets bloodier and more complicated.”

    Can we have some more unfounded propaganda along with our “higher standards’?

    Barkhorn. (Scott Ryan)

    By Anonymous Barkhorn1x, at 17 August, 2005 13:21  

  • For someone to use "The Nation" magazine as their primary source against me is not only foolish, but smacks of denial in the fact that I am always right.

    The proof is in the experience. I know Minnesotans, as I was one. Is it any wonder why people like Collin Peterson (a Conservative Democrat) keep getting elected? Jim Oberstar? Gil Gutknecht? All elected because they can connect with the constituents. Al Franken? He doesn't.

    Al Franken will be unable to win Rural Minnesota (even if it has DFL leanings), and he probably won't be able to take Anoka County (which is the bellweather county for the state).

    My evidence is in my observation and experience. Proof, Anon, is for fucking math.

    And to the person who likes to impersonate radio/TV personalities, Watch it.

    By Blogger Sailor Republica, at 17 August, 2005 14:55  

  • http://www.surveyusa.com/50StatePOTUS0805.htm

    Bush Minnesota - 8/16
    Approve:39%
    Disapprove 59%

    And don't give me any bull about Bush not looking at polls.

    Maybe Political Wind Vane Norm Coleman will switch back to be a Democrat.

    By Blogger Robert, at 17 August, 2005 16:19  

  • Just to see if turnabout is fair play, let's replace "Franken" with G.W. Bush, "AAR" with "Halliburton",
    "Cohen" with "Bin Laden", "liberal/progressive" with "conservative", "children's" and "charity" with "US Soldiers" and "funds", "$875,000" with "$9 Billion", "Michelle Malkin" with "Arianna Huffington", "inner-city children" with "US Soldiers", and see if you still think it's such a scandal.

    Replacements are marked with asterisks.

    *****************************

    *Bush's* Priorities

    Why Not Help Catch "Real Killer"?

    Doesn't *Bush's* recent public behavior seem just a bit odd?

    After all, shouldn't a deeply concerned *"conservative"* like Mr. *Bush* be busy undoing the damage *Halliburton* caused the now mostly-shuttered *US Soldiers funds*?

    Or, as *Arianna Huffington* puts it in today's syndicated column, why not try to find "the real killer", as OJ Simpson occasionally pretends to do? That would require lifting at least a finger to help find former *Halliburton* exec *Osama Bin Laden" , who *Bush* claims is 100% responsible for the scandal.

    So far, we've heard nothing from *Bush* as to how real amends should be made to the *US soldiers funds*, for *9 BILLION* in taxpayer funds that wound up in *Halliburton's* corporate coffers.

    He says the company doesn't have the money to immediately repay in full, so why not take up a collection? How about hitting up rich, *conservative* friends?

    Or, truly revolutionary, why not open the *Bush* family checkbook and help out, since it's likely at least some of what's in it was intended for *US Soldiers*?

    *Bush* hasn't made the slightest helpful gesture.

    And, instead of demanding accountability from their own side, *conservatives* have been busy attacking the messengers: *Arianna Huffington* and yours truly.

    Readers frequently ask me why nobody's demanding *Bush* and his co-workers take their share of the responsibility for the mess, including playing a role in making amends.

    One answer: because nobody's held his feet to the fire.

    *****************************

    Almost seamless. The only sticker is that Bin Laden is not officially a member of Halliburton; just ex-Saudi royalty.

    $9 BILLION that should have gone to our soldiers, who don't have enough armor or equipment and are stretched thin as it is - went straight into Halliburton's pockets. And Bush has done zip, nada, absolutely bum-doodle bupkiss about it.

    Is what Bush has done a scandal? Or is Franken the bigger fish?

    By Blogger metasailor, at 17 August, 2005 16:39  

  • metasailor,

    You need a primer in Right Wing Math:

    Lying about Oral Sex >> (much worse than) Lying about going to War

    18 KIA in Mogadishu in "Blackhawk Down" Battle >> Mismanaged Iran with 1800+ KIA

    "AAR Scandal" >> 9 Billion Mismanaged in Iraq Reconstruction

    "AAR Scandal" >> Outing a Covert CIA Agent by the Senior Adviser to the President of the United States.

    See, they can't talk about any of the REAL SCANDALS going on RIGHT NOW lest their criticize their dear leader or their dear party, you have to throw as much mud as possible (and hope it sticks) at the other guys to divert attention

    By Blogger Robert, at 17 August, 2005 17:12  

  • You need a primer in Right Wing Math:

    [Lying about Oral Sex >> (much worse than) Lying about going to War]

    Congress Authorized it. You lose this point.

    [18 KIA in Mogadishu in "Blackhawk Down" Battle >> Mismanaged Iran with 1800+ KIA]

    Or the many more who were killed in Kosovo/Bosnia. Don't forget Sudan's aspirin factory or all the people killed in Tanzania and Kenya by terrorists. That's about the same amount. And to think it all could have been prevented had Clinton taken custody of Bin Laden.

    ["AAR Scandal" >> Outing a Covert CIA Agent by the Senior Adviser to the President of the United States.]

    Y'mean, just like John Kerry did while grilling John Bolton in committee hearings? How about Dick Durbin, Jay Rockefeller, and Ron Wyden outing secret defense satellite contract details. That's treason right there. Sounds like you need to look at yourself before throwing weight around.

    [See, they can't talk about any of the REAL SCANDALS going on RIGHT NOW lest their criticize their dear leader or their dear party, you have to throw as much mud as possible (and hope it sticks) at the other guys to divert attention]

    Be careful what you wish for, because you actually might get it...but not the way you want it.

    By Blogger Sailor Republica, at 17 August, 2005 18:39  

  • Gee, Robert, nice to see you again.

    First of all Clinton lied under oath, and President Bush has not lied. You just don't want to see it, like many liberals. President Bush has constantly talked about the multitude of reasons for the war in Iraq. And it is laid out in writing in the information that congress voted on when they approved giving President Bush the OK for the war.

    Secondly, I didn't know anyone from the US was killed in Iran. If you meant Iraq-sure some of it could have been managed better. However, war is a fluid state, not a static one, and as such mistakes are likely to be made. It's been the same in every war. The reason for the war is the important part, as well as the goals for it. You imply we're losing. However, that is just your OPINION.

    "AAR Scandal" >> Outing a Covert CIA Agent by the Senior Adviser to the President of the United States.

    Again you're guessing. There have been no proof or inditments in the Bush administration about the Plame thing. You just want it to be so, therefore you and other liberals cite it as if it is fact. No one will be sure until the investigation is done. It's entirely possible that Plame was "outed" by herself or another Democrat to embarrass the President. Actually there is some question as to whether she was really outed or not.

    Nice try at diverting attention from AAR. Flame away. As more and more information is uncovered you can continue to hold your fingers over your ears and sing la la la.

    By Blogger Linn, at 17 August, 2005 19:09  

  • I'm just wondering what excuses are going to be thrown about when Air America goes belly up.

    You can argue all day about who's to blame, where the money went, if Franken was involved, etc. etc., but the bottom line is that it's looking pretty firm (especially after looking over the legal papers on Michelle Malkin's site about the debts owed to Multicultural) that Air America owes a hell of a lot more money than they have, or have any ability to obtain. I seriously doubt they'll be able to get credit to cover their debts and fines. Nobody expecting to make a profit will invest in them, and if some uber-rich progressive celeb types were going to bail them out I think that would have happened by now.

    The clock's ticking. If they don't come up with a way to pay their bills the courts are going to start seizing assets.

    By Blogger Graumagus, at 17 August, 2005 23:57  

  • Al Franken is probably rich enough to pay back the $875,000 himself and not feel a thing. We know that John "I'm practically a billionaire" Kerry could cover it in a heartbeat. Why not ask HIM for it? He already put a quarter of a million dollars into buying Christine Gregoire into the WA governor's mansion.

    By Blogger M, at 22 August, 2005 00:34  

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