The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

11 December 2005

LaRouche Sympathizer Drobny Featured At Liberal Blog


Why Is Sheldon Drobny Writing For The Huffington Post?

While making room
for a few dissenting voices in addition to a long list of lefty contributors, one has to wonder: just how big is the Huffington Post's tent? Did founder Arianna Huffington intend to include a writer who espouses the viewpoints of fringe extremist Lyndon LaRouche?

Or did Air America Radio co-founder Sheldon Drobny somehow sneak in the back door?

However he did it, Sheldon's now able to use the HuffPo to "mainstream" himself, since his previous associations make Arianna's site appear nearly conservative by comparison.

And the site even includes the latest version of his everchanging biography. Someday, we may get to the bottom of that question, as well.

Since there are already several writers on board with ties to Air America, including CEO Danny Goldberg, host Alan Franken and his notorious, shameless Executive Producer Billy Kimball, perhaps it didn't seem too big of a stretch to include Mr. Drobny.

It was the National Review's Byron York who first uncovered Drobny's true political ties, in this 2003 piece:

But there is another side to Sheldon Drobny, one that has not been included in the news accounts of the talk-radio project. In addition to his businesses and philanthropies (he has given large sums of money to hospitals, universities, and Jewish causes), Drobny enjoys writing. He writes an occasional column for a small website called, and in it he has aligned himself with the wilder-eyed extremes of the Bush-hating Left.

For example, Drobny has written that he sees similarities between President Bush's decision to go to war in Iraq and the pre-World War II strategy of Adolf Hitler. "The corporate masters and their current spokesman, George W. Bush . . . use exactly the same excuses Hitler used to sell to the public his maniacal desire to conquer Europe," Drobny wrote earlier this year. Those corporate masters, he explained, included General Electric, News Corporation, and the conservative philanthropist Richard Mellon Scaife, a group that "essentially dictate[s] what the government does" in a process Drobny called "quasi- fascist."

Drobny has also worried that Americans do not understand the Bush family's extensive links to the Nazis. "Very few Americans know that Prescott Bush, our president's grandfather, supplied Nazi Germany with [support for its rearmament]," he wrote on "The information is documented, but is not known by most Americans because, as in any successful fascist regime, the press is prevented from publishing it."

In response to an e-mail inquiry about his writings, Drobny sent as documentation a chapter from a 1991 book, George Bush: The Unauthorized Biography, by Webster G. Tarpley and Anton Chaitkin. The authors argue that Prescott Bush got rich helping finance the Third Reich, and the money he made became the core of the Bush family's wealth.

"For his part in the Hitler revolution, Prescott Bush was paid a fortune," Tarpley and Chaitkin write. "This is the legacy he left to his son, President George Bush." And of course, the first President Bush is leaving that legacy to his son, President George W. Bush.

That particular chapter of Tarpley and Chaitkin's book-entitled "The Hitler Project"-has been cited on popular left-wing websites, such as and But Tarpley and Chaitkin are not in the mainstream of opposition to the president. Both men are longtime associates of the fringe political figure Lyndon LaRouche, and George Bush: The Unauthorized Biography was published by a LaRouche organization called Executive Intelligence Review.

The same press has also published titles like "George Bush and the 12333 Serial Murder Ring"-an attempt to link the former president and former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher to the 1986 murder of Swedish prime minister Olof Palme-and "Would a President Bob Dole Prosecute Drug Super-Kingpin George Bush?"

In a new post published today, Drobny alleges a "right-wing" campaign to bring down Air America Radio in Chicago through advertiser boycotts. But he fails to provide specific evidence to support this claim:

Some of you are unhappy about the programming. While I was very much involved in hiring Al Franken and some of the other hosts, the programming is done by a wonderful team of professionals at AAR.

I forwarded your comments to them. Also, I did not want to leave the impression that AAR is in financial difficulty. It is not. But it can always use financial help. In fact, the success of AAR is remarkable in that it is in 87 cities after only 18 months of being on the air. What I did want to point out is how little help we have gotten from the Hollywood elites who claim to be liberals.

Yesterday, I met with Al Franken after his live broadcast from Chicago. We talked with the Chicago station manager for the AAR affiliate in Chicago. The Republican right wing machine is actively calling AAR’s advertisers and threatening to boycott their products if they advertise on AAR. I have had this discussion with many of the AAR affiliate station managers.

Despite this organized attempt to hurt AAR, the affiliates are doing well, but they need your help. Those of you who listen to AAR can help by supporting those who advertise on AAR and buy their products if you need them. Also, let them know that you are pleased that they are advertising on AAR.

The Radio Equalizer has heard of only one possible organized anti-AAR advertiser boycott so far, in Colorado. After a tip, I wrote to the person behind the "campaign", but there was no response.

One would imagine that anyone behind a real effort to scare off the local affiliate's advertisers would be eager to tell us all about it.

Michelle Malkin and I have previously written about Sheldon Drobny and his background. In addition, his specific HuffPo claims regarding Air America's performance will be addressed in an upcoming piece, watch for it here.

As for Arianna, how much scrutiny is applied to her HuffPo contributor picks? Drobny indicated in a previous column that some personal lobbying was involved:

About a month ago I asked Arianna Huffington to allow me to write on The Huffington Post. I submitted a few articles and in my BIO I disclosed that I was the co-founder of Air America Radio. Three years ago my wife Anita and I started the project because there was not a single rich progressive that was willing to put any money into a liberal radio network.

An examination of the Huffington Post site did not reveal a section outlining the site's philosophy, direction, or criteria used for selecting contributors.

Perhaps during her next media event or fancy cocktail party, somebody could press Huffington on her editorial standards, to find out if any actually exist.

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  • Baloney,

    Al Franken's on the radio and YOU'RE NOT!

    Franken has guests on and is able to engage in intelligent conversation with them on issues of the day - unlike most of the attack dog wingnut talkers who spout RNC talking points and degrade the opposition.

    Baloney you took calls that agreed with your tin-hat wingnuttery and cut off anybody who tried to call you for the fool you are.

    Now you're producing blogorrhea and have to make do with wingnut Michelle and the rest of the more established wingnut blogger's leftovers.

    You are such a failure.

    By Blogger Dovish, at 11 December, 2005 14:39  

  • If what Air America airs is Intelligent Conversation--THEN I MUST BE A RED SOX FAN! And look who's talking about failure!

    It's because of blogs and talk radio that people are getting more info than just spin from the left--including HOT AIR AMERICA! And speaking of failures--AAR has barely touched 100 stations!

    By Blogger The Real Bob Anthony, at 11 December, 2005 17:18  

  • Brian,

    It's been four days since you suggested that AAR would collapse -- again asserting that the network has severe financial problems. At the time, I asked you for some sort of quantitative evidence (revenue, margins, etc.). You still have provided none. Either come up with something, or admit that you are making baseless claims.

    By Blogger Justin, at 11 December, 2005 21:00  

  • Pretty rich that when Drobny quotes from a book written by associates of Larouche, we should also conveniently ignore the right-wing output of the Washington D.C. press corps paid for by the deeply disturbed Rev. Moon.

    No wonder we call the righties "moonbats".

    By Blogger WHT, at 11 December, 2005 21:50  

  • Baloney, why haven't you mentioned anything about AA's good phase 1?

    11 stations up, only 6 down.

    By Blogger Mr. Kite, at 11 December, 2005 22:12  

  • What Brian leaves out of his story is that the Associated Press confirmed that Prescott Bush's bank, Union Banking Corp., was in fact shut down by the government for trading with the Nazis. In addition to the so-called Larouche book, Drobny sent Byron York a copy of the AP story. A fact that York ignored.

    Here's the AP story, from 2003:

    Bush Ancestor's Bank Seized by Gov't

    Fri Oct 17, 7:25 PM ET

    By JONATHAN D. SALANT, Associated Press Writer

    WASHINGTON - President Bush's grandfather was a director of a bank seized by the federal government because of its ties to a German industrialist who helped bankroll Adolf Hitler's rise to power, government documents show.

    Prescott Bush was one of seven directors of Union Banking Corp., a New York investment bank owned by a bank controlled by the Thyssen family, according to recently declassified National Archives documents reviewed by The Associated Press.

    Fritz Thyssen was an early financial supporter of Hitler, whose Nazi party Thyssen believed was preferable to communism. The documents do not show any evidence Bush directly aided that effort. His position with Union Banking never was a political issue for Bush, who was elected to the Senate from Connecticut in 1952.

    Reports of Bush's involvement with the seized bank have been circulating on the Internet for years and have been reported by some mainstream media. The newly declassified documents provide additional details about the Union Banking-Thyssen connection…

    By Blogger Dick Tuck, at 12 December, 2005 00:16  

  • Sheldon Drobny’s message to the editor of National Review

    Yesterday I had a very cordial conversation with Byron York about his article and guest appearance on Brit Hume's SPECIAL REPORT. I told Byron that I generally do not give political interviews to either left or right wing media. However, I agreed to speak to Byron a few weeks ago. In the main, I do not agree with the positions taken by your magazine. However, I recognize that The National Review is a respected conservative publication. So I agreed to give Byron the interview.

    Byron accurately described me as a venture capitalist and philanthropist in his piece. He also researched my writings on the web site called I am a student of history and enjoy researching what I call lost history. If you read the articles I wrote objectively, I have written about unknown points of history in the 20th century. I have criticized both Democrat and Republican Presidents. I criticized Wilson for sending troops to attack the Soviet Union in 1918 (T. Roosevelt and the Republicans did as well). I criticized both the Bush and Clinton Administrations for missing an opportunity to positively change the those countries under Soviet dominance after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

    However, in one article I wrote, The Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, I made the following comment:

    "Nazi Germany's military industrial complex allowed it to rearm and start a second world war. Much of the support for Germany’s rearmament came from American and international businesses, a scandal that has never been completely made public. Very few Americans know that Prescott Bush, our president's grandfather, supplied Nazi Germany with such assistance. He did not stop until President Roosevelt, in 1942, froze some of his assets under the Trading With The Enemies Act. The information is documented, but is not known by most Americans because, as in any successful fascist regime, the press is prevented from publishing it."

    The theme of the article was to give the reader a prospective of what "fascism" or "corporatism" mean in the context of modern nonracial economic and political terms. It was written in January of this year on a web site that surely has little influence on political discourse in this country. In other words, I write as a hobby and have never attempted to be in the "limelight." Byron asked me if I believed the Prescott Bush story. I told him to go to GOOGLE and search BUSH NAZI himself. I got over 400,000 hits. One of them was the quote he used in his article written by the alleged LaRouche follower. However, there were many credible sources he could have used in his article including the most recent articles written in the AP and New Hampshire Journal.

    I have enclosed the article by Mr. Buchanan written recently after release of information from the National Archives about Bush, Harriman and other industrialists who traded with the Nazis. I did not accuse our President of being a Nazi nor did I blame him for his fathers deeds. Fascism, as a political and economic commentary, is not Nazism. My criticism of our President concerning preemptive war is very much in line with main stream conservative thinking.

    Both my parents were immigrants from Poland. My uncle, Chaim Lopata, was a documented hero of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in 1943. I have honored him with a chaired professorship at the University of Illinois Jewish Studies Program. My commentary about the American industrialists who traded with Nazis is especially relevant to me. The "Dark Angel" that York referred about is not me, but Prescott Bush and those who participated with him. It is their shame, not mine, that is a horrible legacy to our great country.

    Sheldon Drobny
    Paradigm Group, LLC

    By Blogger Dick Tuck, at 12 December, 2005 00:20  

  • Still waiting Brian... Your silence is deafening.

    By Blogger Justin, at 12 December, 2005 12:50  

  • I don't know about Sheldon Drobny, but I've just received word that Mel Duchovny is staging a sit-in at the Beverly Hills HQ of HuffandBlow. He says he's not leaving until Marc Maron is reinstated.

    I have a feeling this is not going to end well.

    By Blogger LonewackoDotCom, at 12 December, 2005 15:40  

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