The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

03 February 2006

How To Quiet Franken, Al The PAC-Man, Money For Vermont Race

SILENT AL

No Response To Investigation, Socialist Gets Contribution




While it may not seem easy to keep Al Franken quiet on virtually any subject, we may have found a way: on national television, expose his outrageous compensation demands and watch him instantly clam up.

One week after our report appeared here and was discussed on the O'Reilly Factor, Franken, his fellow staffers and Air America Radio itself haven't said a word about it. Nor have nonstop FOX-bashers such as David Brock's Media Matters even mentioned our documented findings.

Included were revelations Franken made an increasing series of demands of the liberal radio network, at the same time it was struggling to figure out how to repay $875,000 in taxpayer funds it received from the Bronx-based Gloria Wise Boys & Girls Club. He insisted, for example, that his entire 2005 base salary of $1,725,000 be paid upfront. By 2008, it increases to a whopping $3 million, whether or not the show ever proves to be a real success.

Since Bill O'Reilly usually can't so much as sneeze without Brock's team going into overdrive, the omission seems especially curious. After all, if any of our facts were incorrect, wouldn't there have been an instant uproar by Franken's fans? That's exactly why FOX News reviewed our evidence before the segment aired, just as any other network would have also done.


Much to the disappointment of Al's supporters, his silence speaks volumes. We knew we were reporting the truth and so did Franken. No doubt his energy has instead been spent trying to figure out how the information reached us. With so many people inside Air America increasingly feeling burned, where would one begin?

While Al's remaining defenders pretend they're unaware of this reporting, history will record he was his own worst enemy, not only with unreasonable behind-the-scenes demands, but also for the way he dealt in public with these controversies.


Franken is clearly keeping one foot inside Air America, where he can continue to collect his bloated salary, while the other is setting up shop in Minnesota for a potential 2008 US Senate race against GOP incumbent Norm Coleman.

So far, his Midwest Values political action committee (PAC) has raised $170,000 for a future race, according to this AP report:

Comedian Al Franken, who is mulling a 2008 challenge to U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman, has raised $168,000 for his new political action committee in just more than two months, according to a campaign finance report.

Franken's Midwest Values PAC so far has made contributions to seven Democratic and independent candidates, including three in Minnesota.

Politicians typically set up such PACs to help build chits to advance their own political futures. By dispensing money to other candidates, they raise their own profiles and build goodwill along the way.

Asked whether one motivation in setting up the PAC was to help him create support for a possible Senate race against Coleman, R-Minn., Franken deadpanned: "No, not all. I take great umbrage.

"Yeah," he added with a laugh. "Part of what I'm doing is looking forward to '08, and I think this is a great piece of what I need to be doing."

He said he won't make a decision on running until after this year's congressional elections.

In the meantime, Franken said, he wants to help elect progressive candidates, support progressive organizations, and encourage people to get involved in politics.

Franken said that one of the things he hopes to push for is public financing of elections, but he didn't see anything unusual about using a PAC to advance that cause.

"You can't disarm unilaterally," he said.

Contributors to Franken's PAC include "Seinfeld" co-creator and "Curb Your Enthusiasm" star Larry David ($5,000). His wife and two children also each contributed $5,000.


In naming his PAC "Midwest Values", was Franken trying to be funny? After all, how does Air America's sleazy corporate track record and the David family's Hollywood elitism fit the "values" expectations of Minnesota's voters?


In addition, according to this report, Franken looks even more extreme, handing out money to Vermont's fringe independent Rep. Bernie Sanders:


MONTPELIER — National Democrats are already expressing strong interest in Vermont's U.S. Senate race this year, but their generosity is not being directed toward a member of their party.

Instead, political committees of senators ranging from Barbara Boxer of California to Barak Obama of Illinois donated in the last quarter of 2005 to Rep. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., who is running to replace the retiring Sen. James Jeffords.

Obama, a first-term Illinois Democrat who wowed his party's convention as keynote speaker in 2004, donated $10,000 to Sanders' campaign, according to federal campaign finance reports reflecting activity from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31.

Even a former senator, Former Minority Leader Tom Daschle of North Dakota, donated $5,000 to Sanders. Another well-known doner was national liberal talk-show host Al Franken, whose PAC gave Sanders $1,000.


(Not only does Franken look extreme here: why in the world did supposed moderate Barack Obama give Sanders $10,000?)

With that kind of money already in Al's coffers for a 2008 race, campaign-watchers are safe to assume he's at least seriously considering jumping in, just as soon as he's squeezed every last dollar from Air America's bank account.

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36 Comments:

  • You fat dumb conspiracy theorist. The reason why everyone is silent about your story is because no one cares.

    Shorter Brian Maloney:
    Three time best selling author, highly paid speaker, former EP and star of network sitcom, writer and performer on the most seminal late night comedy show in its heyday... makes a lot of money! How does this happen?

    You have no story. Famous people get paid a lot of money. No one is investigating AAR. Every loan has been paid back. There is no scandal. You are desperate and pathetic. No one reads your blog unless you write about me, you know it and it eats you alive at night.

    Here's the funniest part of your delusional rant:
    "Vermont's fringe independent Rep. Bernie Sanders"

    Bernie Sanders is CRUSHING his senatorial opponent in Vermont. If the next senator from the state of vermont is "fringe", is there even a word to describe how marginal a fat, unemployed, Sam Seder-wannabe, like yourself must be?

    By Blogger samseder, at 03 February, 2006 01:13  

  • Are you still stalking Franken, Baloney?!!!!!!!

    Geesh! Go get some help. Your obsession with Franken is seriously weird.

    By Blogger HeadHunter, at 03 February, 2006 07:22  

  • "Your obsession with Franken is seriously weird."

    The irony of that statement is too much to pass up. This whole blog is a Franken obsession.

    As for Sanders being fringe. Get real. In 2004, he won 66% of the vote in Vermont. And that was with a Democrat and Republican in the race.

    By Blogger Dick Tuck, at 03 February, 2006 08:14  

  • Boy, do you attract the left wingnuts here.

    Al Franken has no aquaintance with the truth.

    By Blogger PCD, at 03 February, 2006 08:38  

  • hey pcd, what makes them nuts? because they don't agree with you? they are presenting some very poignant arguments, and you're only rebuttle is that they're nuts. that's weak.

    but if you want to talk about people who are overpaid and commit crimes, go check out the story about the wal-mart exec worth $20 million, who received $3 million in bonuses last year, and got arrested for stealing gift cards from the company and using them to buy liquor. now that's a fun story.

    By Blogger hardcore conservative genious, at 03 February, 2006 09:48  

  • Media Matters goes after real news organizations, baloney. You are not a journalist. It would do you a lot of good to finally realize that.

    So what if Al Franken makes a lot of money? The Gloria Wise story is completely dead. So either the money has been paid back or no repayment is required. (No one other than you is talking about it.) AAR doesn't owe anyone any extra money. There's nothing wrong with Franken being paid handsomely.

    Its odd you would admit MediaMatters goes after incorrect facts. If you really believe that, why did you go on O'Reilly? They've documented that he's a complete liar. You're against lying, right? Were you just so happy that you were finally getting some real media exposure, albeit brief, that you completely overlooked O'Reilly crazy lieing? I'm more than sure I will not get an answer because you're just a shameless goon whose 15 minutes are almost up. The only time you can get some real media recognition is when you're bitching about Franken, and even then thats only Fox News. And that has nothing to do with your fine journalism (lolololol). It's only because they too have a bone to pick with Franken.

    You are a nobody and you know it. You are the last in a long line of right-wing propagandists. No one takes you seriously. You're big 'story' is dead. No one fucking cares anymore.

    By Blogger Mr. Kite, at 03 February, 2006 10:52  

  • 1. Simply GREAT work by Brian. Brian is right-on. The fact that the story is being ignored by AAR and MMFA speaks volumes.

    2. samseder: "Three time best selling author, highly paid speaker, former EP and star of network sitcom, writer and performer on the most seminal late night comedy show in its heyday... makes a lot of money! How does this happen? You have no story."

    Did you even read the story or see the Factor segment? The story is that AAR is paying huge money to Franken WHILE paying a number of stations to air their programming (e.g., Los Angeles, San Francisco). With only a few exceptions, AAR is a ratings disaster when you consider the gigantic investments. They had to "borrow" cash from an inner-city Boys & Girls club. Private donors (e.g., Rob Glaser) still funnel much-needed cash to the enterprise. Many of Air America's listed "affiliates" or "stations" only carry a small part of AAR's actual lineup. One guy (Al Franken) eats up nearly half of the network's budget.

    Quite simply, Air America does not appear to be a self-sustaining business. That's the story, samseder.

    3. "Vermont's fringe independent Bernie Sanders" ... Why not? He's the only Senator who's not a Democrat or Republican. Many would consider that "fringe." And for what it's worth, his state is tiny. Vermont's vote total was 0.2% of all votes cast in the 2004 election (about 300,000 out of 121,000,000).

    By Blogger frankenlies, at 03 February, 2006 11:09  

  • Brian is the James Frey (A Million Little Pieces) of the blogoshere. The two main differences are that the James Frey can actually write and a fairly significant number of people have actually read his work. What really give Brian away is the silly graphics he puts in his articles; a serious journalist would never do this.
    But hey keep it up Brian, I love visiting here to see what conspiracies you come up with.

    By Blogger pbrauer, at 03 February, 2006 11:15  

  • Keep up the good work Brian. It's a disgrace that people like Katie Couric, Wolfy, or others from the major networks refuse to interview any of the 3 major players.

    the voters of WA State should be asking Maria Cantwell if she is tied in anyway to this scandal since she is part of Glasers web of deciet.
    this would be good campaign fodder for Mike McGavick this NOV. hehehe

    I hope O'Reilly does a follow up on AAR's 'huhmm' so called business ventures.

    What must the AAR balance sheet look like? Notes payable, liabilitys offset assets, oops, void of assets. LOL

    By Blogger chardonnay1, at 03 February, 2006 13:36  

  • Who is samseder? I've never heard of this person. Is he medicated, or just in heavy denial?

    By Blogger Elnish Arundel, at 03 February, 2006 17:12  

  • I come to this blog mostly because I'm attacted to watching these slow motion corporate implosions (Like Air America's) and the reactions they provoke.

    I followed a blog about the Daewoo automobile company and its prolonged death spiral.

    It had tons of people with the same kind of denial of reality syndrome that we see here - it was really fun to watch those guys. I'm amused at how excited Brian's attackers get, just like the Daewoo fanatics did about anyone who dared to say anything bad about their dream cars.

    Say: Sam, Phi, dick, kite and "hardcore conservative genious"(sic) -

    How many of you guys own Daewoos?

    By Blogger Lokki, at 03 February, 2006 18:29  

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    By Blogger Lidsville, at 03 February, 2006 20:09  

  • Brian,

    You need serious help. Why do you have such hatred towards Al Franken? Is this something personal? Did Al kill your only child?

    Your obvious channeling of obsessive hatred at Al Franken and AAR is irrational and I am afraid a clear sign of some pathology.

    Can someone pleas look in the DSM-IV and maka a diagnosis. Identification of the problem is the 1st step. Treatment is the next setp.

    By Blogger Berkeley_Guy, at 03 February, 2006 22:13  

  • Elnish Arundel said...
    "Who is samseder? I've never heard of this person."

    Answer: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Seder

    By Blogger Berkeley_Guy, at 03 February, 2006 22:16  

  • Keep up the good work Brian!

    I like when you keep tabs on Al. If he is going to run for Senator in Minnesota - I want to know what he is up to.

    By Blogger nancy, at 03 February, 2006 23:28  

  • Even shorter Maloney:

    "A rich, famous person ignores me."

    That's a story? Buddy, then you've got a lot of writing ahead of you, because every single rich, famous person in the world ignores you.

    Except, you know, Billy O., but that's only sometimes, and because he's got gripes with Al, not because you have any real story. And you know it.

    By Blogger equalizerequalizer, at 03 February, 2006 23:55  

  • frankenlies, can't you get the simplest facts right?

    "Why not? He's the only Senator who's not a Democrat or Republican."

    First off, he's not a senator yet. He's a representitive until November. Secondly, Senator Jeffords is also an independent.

    By Blogger Dick Tuck, at 04 February, 2006 09:49  

  • I love it! Brian Maloney appears on The Factor and posts a report on his blog, and suddenly it's like a chorus of cats in heat, meowing to the heavens about how the author of this blog is fat and dumb and obsessed and a big poopy head, etc., etc.

    Man, where else could I get this kind of entertainment for free?

    Don't you libs realize you're playing right into Maloney's hands? The fact that you come here, throwing spitballs from the cheap seats, only proves which one of you really has the upper hand.

    Hehehe ... Brian obviously gets under your skin, and his opinion obviously matters to you. Otherwise, you'd simply ignore him instead of frequenting this place like regulars in the Cheers bar.

    Hey, I know ... instead of spewing schoolyard insults, let's engage in an actual discussion of whether Air America Radio is -- as Maloney and Bill O'Reilly discussed -- paying its stations to broadcast its shows ... and running out of money in the process.

    For a wanna-be talk radio network that thought it could compete with the big boys of conservative radio, that's a rather sad revelation if true, no?

    By Blogger The4thEstate, at 04 February, 2006 11:04  

  • Man, you said it! Where else could I get this kind of entertainment for free?

    Don't you stupid wingnuts realize you're playing right into Franken's hands? The fact that you spend so much of your time on these anti-Franken blogs and web sites, throwing spitballs from the cheap seats, only proves who really has the upper hand.

    Hehehe ... Franken obviously gets under your skin, and his opinion obviously matters to you. Otherwise, you'd simply ignore him instead of spending your entire lives stalking him.

    Hey, I know ... instead of spewing schoolyard insults, let's engage in a discussion that someone cares about: that this country - as Baloney and Falafel Bill deliberately misinform - is being governed by a fiscally irresponsible, morally bankrupt cartel of corrupt cronies.

    By Blogger HeadHunter, at 04 February, 2006 14:38  

  • Wow, I haven't heard the ol' "I'll say everything you say" response since at least the third grade.

    Thanks for the nostalgia trip, Philm.

    Of course, since I don't keep coming back to liberal blogs day after day for the express purpose of lobbing ad hominem spitballs at the host, it looks like you're the one who's got some 'splainin' to do.

    Still, it was a nice -- and, most importantly, entertaining -- try.

    By Blogger The4thEstate, at 05 February, 2006 12:08  

  • Not sure I understand the point, here. Who really cares how much Al Franken may or may not make? I certainly don't care how much O'Reilly makes, or Rush, or anybody else (particularly an employee of a privately held corporation).

    This is still America, right? You get what you can get. I just wish I could get a couple mill a year.

    By Blogger pjs, at 05 February, 2006 21:30  

  • Wow, I haven't heard the ol' "I'll say everything you say" response since at least the third grade...babble..

    Hehehe...

    That's the joke, you ignoramus. Some supposed third grade humor just sailed right over your head. Hardly surprising when all you could post was an intellectually lazy reheat of what critics of Baloney have been posting here for months concerning him and his obsession with Franken. Yet you now come along and somehow think you've come up with something original and clever that now only applies to his critics and not to Baloney. Now that's hilarious!

    Then you finally discover the term "ad hominen" yet you're so blind in your hypocrisy that can't bring yourself to apply it equally to Baloney and his vendetta against Franken in addition to his critics here.

    Now who's got some 'splainin' to do?

    By Blogger HeadHunter, at 05 February, 2006 22:33  

  • Sam Seder says no one cares. If no one cares why do people comment? If no one cared no one would take the time to read your blog. You should be proud that Sam Seder even responds to your blog. He also cares about the content of the story that he says he doesn't care about (huh).

    It has always bothered me that Al Franken (and others) like to claim how wrong it is for exectutives to have huge salaries. Al comes across as a guy that is genuinly concernced about the little guy. The way he talks he is very concerned about the minimum wage, the working poor, and that many people can't afford the simple things in life. Yet he feels its alright for him to get paid 1-3 million dollars. doesn't he see how wrong this is. By his own ideology he should be allocating more funds to the lower level works. He should be paying his janitor 30 dollars per hour. If he truely believes what he says he should say "just give me what I am due. I only want to make as much as the average american does. Any other money should be given to my fellow employees" instead we hear"Gimme, gimme, gimme. I'm Al Franked and I'm worth it!"

    Al, keep smiling. I loved you npr interviews.

    By Blogger have a coke and a smile, at 06 February, 2006 10:42  

  • That's right, Dick Tuck. Sanders is a House rep and not a Senator. My mistake.

    But how does that change anything except for the fact it further illustrates my point! That means Sanders is the ONE Independent of nearly 435 representatives in the House. Many would consider that even more "fringe."

    By pointing out a inconsequential error, you've further bolstered my point!

    Thanks!

    By Blogger frankenlies, at 06 February, 2006 11:14  

  • Philm wrote: That's the joke, you ignoramus. Some supposed third grade humor just sailed right over your head.

    Ahhh, I see. In other words, when you can't come up with anything smarter than a rudimentary rehash of someone else's position, we're all supposed to pretend it's sophisticated humor. Thanks for clearing that up.

    Hardly surprising when all you could post was an intellectually lazy reheat of what critics of Baloney have been posting here for months concerning him and his obsession with Franken.

    Yoohoo, Philm, who might you be talking to now?

    Speaking of intellectually lazy ... where'd you come up with the quaint notion that I posted a reheat of what CRITICS of Maloney have been posting here for months?

    See, this would imply that I agreed with Maloney's critics, which ... ummm, I obviously don’t.

    Got it now? Fog starting to lift a little?

    Yet you now come along and somehow think you've come up with something original and clever that now only applies to his critics and not to Baloney. Now that's hilarious!

    Not as hilarious as watching a gaggle of libs flock here day after day to take the same bland potshots at the host ... then try to claim Brian’s the one who’s obsessed.

    If you spent any more time on this site, you’d have to pay property taxes.

    Then you finally discover the term 'ad hominen' ...

    No, I merely commented on it for the first time that you happened to notice. Try to keep that distinction straight.

    Incidentally, the term is "ad hominem." So evidently you still haven't discovered it.

    ... yet you're so blind in your hypocrisy that can't bring yourself to apply it equally to Baloney and his vendetta against Franken in addition to his critics here. Now who's got some 'splainin' to do?

    You do, kiddo. Because if you seriously believe all of what you just said, it raises even bigger questions about you.

    You're the one who first condemns this blog, then treats it like his own personal Cheers bar. So unless you’re one of those libs who get paid to troll conservative Web sites, what does this say about you?

    That you secretly enjoy reading Brian's commentary? That you're jealous of and/or frightened by his media influence? That you get off on your own irrelevance? That you’re a closet Maloney groupie who secretly craves his attention?

    Surely the truth is out there ...

    By Blogger The4thEstate, at 07 February, 2006 00:18  

  • Ahhh, I see. In other words, when you can't come up with anything smarter than a rudimentary rehash of someone else's position, we're all supposed to pretend...blather...

    WOW! You really did have some 'splainin' to get off your chest.

    I guess I really touched a nerve, hey wingnut? 00:18! Geesh! Did you take all day and half the night to come up with this lame incoherent response? And yet.. not only did a simple parody (of you) remain in the stratosphere compared to your lowly brain, all you could come up in response with was a spelling mistake!! But I understand, you must be really desperate.

    And you're so stupid that you mindlessly reinforced one of my points. It's you wingnuts who are frightened by Franken. Why would you dedicate your lives to these anti-Franken blog and websites? And as for Baloney, he's getting less than 2K hits a day. And most of those are people like me poking fun at him.

    But you been shown to be just another rightwing hypocrite incapable of grasping a simplest of thoughts. So I don't expect you to comprehend any of this. But I will get a great laugh if it takes you until after midnight again to come up with another pathetic post like your last one.

    By Blogger HeadHunter, at 07 February, 2006 07:11  

  • Just for your information, PhilM, the "LOL you spent all day writing a reply!" bit was retired back in 1992 after it had been used to death on Usenet. The fact of the matter is that some people need to do things besides post on blogs, so replies aren't always instant.

    "Why would you dedicate your lives to these anti-Franken blog and websites?"

    I certainly don't. The reason AA comes up a lot is because we enjoy watching liberal hubris in action. Instead of starting small and gradually building a national audience as conservative talk shows did in the past, the founders of AA arrogantly thought they could pour money into a big hole and instantly have millions of listeners hanging on their every word.

    Franken's salary is worth noting because of the horrible financial status of AA. I'm certain that Limbaugh gets paid a lot more than him, but his show is very successful and makes tons of profit from advertisers, whereas AA is hemorrhaging money and actually _pays_ stations to air it.

    This whole business is representative of the liberal political philosophy of "Let's throw more money at a problem until it fixes itself!"

    By Blogger Fatmouse, at 07 February, 2006 12:01  

  • Whaddya know... another kool-aid drinking wingnut rushes to 4thRate's rescue. I understand... it would be diffcult to not feel sorry for her. I'm sure you girls will have great fun comforting each other and protecting each other from big bad Al Franken.

    By Blogger HeadHunter, at 07 February, 2006 13:58  

  • Philm wrote:
    WOW! You really did have some 'splainin' to get off your chest.

    I guess I really touched a nerve, hey wingnut? 00:18! Geesh! Did you take all day and half the night to come up with this lame incoherent response?


    That was weak, Philm -- even for you.

    Fatmouse already covered this territory adeptly, but in case you failed to grasp his point, I'll give you the paint-by-numbers picture: Unlike you, some of us actually have jobs and other real-life responsibilities that prevent us from living on our computers 24/7.

    I'm truly sorry if you stayed up all night waiting for my reply, but as your Mommy and Daddy can tell you, life is full of disappointments, and someday you'll probably have a job of your own (at McDonald's or Domino's, maybe). Perhaps then you'll understand the mysterious concept of adult responsibility.

    And yet.. not only did a simple parody (of you) remain in the stratosphere compared to your lowly brain,

    It pains me to point this out, Philm, but "remain in the stratosphere compared to your lowly brain" isn't a logical analogy.

    Is English your second language, or do you not have a first one?

    all you could come up in response with was a spelling mistake!! But I understand, you must be really desperate.

    Ummm ... need I remind you that you're the one who claimed I just discovered "ad hominen"? Look, if you can't even spell it, why would I believe you could understand it?

    And you're so stupid that you mindlessly reinforced one of my points. It's you wingnuts who are frightened by Franken. Why would you dedicate your lives to these anti-Franken blog and websites?

    I don't dedicate my life to any such thing -- I come here periodically to read a wide range of commentary about the radio industry.

    Now when are you going to answer my question: If this site is such a waste of time and Brian is so full of it, why do you come back here day after day after day?

    Well, Philm??? The clock's still ticking on your non-answer ...

    And as for Baloney, he's getting less than 2K hits a day. And most of those are people like me poking fun at him.

    You're the clueless one, kid. The fact that you come here regularly to fire your verbal flatulence at Brian -- and the fact that you robotically respond to his commentaries -- merely proves that he owns you.

    Otherwise, you'd simply ignore him and find someplace better to go.

    But you obviously haven't figured that out yet, so by all means, keep responding to him. With each new post, you merely reinforce my point.

    But you been shown to be just another rightwing hypocrite incapable of grasping a simplest of thoughts.

    Say what??? "You been shown to be ... incapable of grasping a simplest of thoughts"???

    Gee, looks like "you been shown to be incapable of writing a simplest of responses."

    Hehehe ... thanks for the best laugh I've had all day.

    So I don't expect you to comprehend any of this.

    You're right -- because much of what dribbles off your fingertips makes no sense to anyone who speaks fluent English.

    But I will get a great laugh if it takes you until after midnight again to come up with another pathetic post like your last one.

    Your first mistake is assuming that I spend even a nanosecond caring what you do or don't think about my posts.

    Your second mistake is failing to understand that I have a real job, and it might be a day or two (or three) before I get back here.

    So instead of staring at your monitor and pulling another all-nighter waiting on my next reply, why don't you finish your milk and cookies and get to bed. You're a growing boy, and the school bus will be at your curb before you know it.

    By Blogger The4thEstate, at 08 February, 2006 00:27  

  • Yo, Fatmouse -- interesting post.

    (Incidentally, I realize I should resist the urge to come in here and slam-dunk on the kiddies, but what can I say ... sometimes it's just too easy and too much fun.)

    Anyway, on to real issues.

    Fatmouse wrote:
    The reason AA comes up a lot is because we enjoy watching liberal hubris in action. Instead of starting small and gradually building a national audience as conservative talk shows did in the past, the founders of AA arrogantly thought they could pour money into a big hole and instantly have millions of listeners hanging on their every word.

    Exactly, Fatmouse. They watched the hard-earned success of Limbaugh, Hannity et al. and thought they could play ball in the big leagues. Overnight.

    Instead, they're finding out that like most things in life, it always looks easy when someone else does his job well, whether it's an all-star first baseman or a top-notch talk show host.

    What they didn't grasp was that Limbaugh and other conservative hosts built an audience of millions because they represent an alternative to the mainstream media. Whereas Air America is pretty much like CBS News, only more shrill.

    Franken's salary is worth noting because of the horrible financial status of AA. I'm certain that Limbaugh gets paid a lot more than him, but his show is very successful and makes tons of profit from advertisers, whereas AA is hemorrhaging money and actually _pays_ stations to air it.

    Good point: A talk show host like Limbaugh is never overpaid if he can earn his keep via the advertising revenue he generates.

    On the other hand, if Franken were paid only a commission -- based on the ad revenue he generates -- he'd probably have to hawk Air America tote bags on the side just to pay his cab fare home.

    This whole business is representative of the liberal political philosophy of "Let's throw more money at a problem until it fixes itself!"

    Great analogy. Of course, in this case, they can't plunder the taxpayers' wallets to support their hare-brained programs.

    By Blogger The4thEstate, at 08 February, 2006 00:47  

  • Your first mistake is assuming that I spend even a nanosecond caring what you do or don't think about my posts.

    HA HA HA HA
    I get to my desk this morning and what do I see... another desperate blather from 4thRate after being handed her head days ago. And incredibly... this one is even longer and more incoherent that her last... littered with simple-minded responses to my every word and delusional imaginings all about me. Yeah, sure you don't care, 4thRate. Looks more like I own you.

    But what an effort for such puny substance. More nitpicking over spelling mistakes, an inability to comprehend simple metaphors, and more self-contraditions and hypocrisy. And yep... after midnight again... while I'm sound asleep.

    I see you and FatHead had become close friends. I knew you two would hit in off. Good for you... your sycophancy has paid off.

    Well, you keep on believing that you're slam-dunking those kiddies. And everyone else can keep on laughing at you in your delusional bubble. I wonder how long your next rant will be.

    By Blogger HeadHunter, at 08 February, 2006 09:57  

  • BRIAN-
    YOU PROVED LIBERALS WATCH FOX NEWS. LOOK AT THOSE COMMENTS.
    GOOD JOB BUDDY!!

    By Blogger chardonnay1, at 08 February, 2006 18:58  

  • I got an idea, lets call Glaser and ask him.

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    By Blogger chardonnay1, at 08 February, 2006 19:00  

  • Well, Phlegm -- er, Philm -- your last post was 100 percent point-free. Nothing but the usual unimaginative ad hominem (or as you would put it, "ad hominen") material, such as "you're delusional" and "you're simple-minded."

    Ooh, ow, ouch ... can somebody help me pull the rubber arrows out of my back?

    Anyway, congratulations on attaining that perfect score -- and for giving me nothing whatsoever that deserves even a look, let alone a response.

    Let's tackle a more substantial topic. Why are you so terrified by my previous question -- which was this:

    If this site is such a waste of time and Brian is so full of it, why do you come back here day after day after day?

    See, I find it noteworthy that your teenage mouth runs like a backed-up commode most of the time, yet a simple question like this can apparently shut you up for all eternity.

    It's a simple question, kid. What's your answer?

    By Blogger The4thEstate, at 10 February, 2006 20:40  

  • Chardonnay1 said:
    BRIAN-
    YOU PROVED LIBERALS WATCH FOX NEWS. LOOK AT THOSE COMMENTS.
    GOOD JOB BUDDY!!


    Right you are, Chard. It kills them to turn on their TVs and realize that when it comes to the Air America scandal, Brian does the talking and they do the watching.

    So they come here and wail like cats in heat, trying to make themselves feel a little less irrelevant, if only for a few seconds.

    It must hurt to realize that your favorite talk radio network has to pay stations to put it on the air.

    By Blogger The4thEstate, at 10 February, 2006 20:53  

  • ...and for giving me nothing whatsoever that deserves even a look, let alone a response.

    And yet you do respond, 4thRate. Another bulls-eye! Yep... I definitely own you now.

    You are so stupid that you are totally incapable of fathoming the very basic contradictions between your words and your actions. HA HA HA... You post long-winded pointless drivel that you have squeezed from your pustule of a brain in the middle of the night, and then you claim that my posts are 100% point free. Your posts are nothing but tired unimaginative rants about me yet you claim my posts are personal attacks. And you are totally incapable of applying your bleating about personal attacks equally to Baloney's stalking of Franken. But you are no doubt too much of a moron to see the hypocrisy. You want to know why I visit this blog and yet you give yourself a pass concerning your impotent lingering here.

    With each post, you repeatedly demonstrate yourself to be an mindless moron and a bald-faced hypocrite. There is really no need to persist ny further. But if you must...

    By Blogger HeadHunter, at 11 February, 2006 13:03  

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