The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

20 April 2006

David Lee Roth, Opie and Anthony, Air America


Between Roth, Air America Coverage, An Interesting Parallel

With reports running rampant today that David Lee Roth has been fired to make way for the land- based radio return of nearly forgotten shock- jocks Opie and Anthony, the Radio Equalizer finds an interesting coverage parallel.

At least so far, every report indicates unnamed "sources" are behind the news leaks. That includes the AP wire version of the story.

Funny enough, when this site utilized the same approach to reveal fact after sleazy fact about Air America Radio's Enron-like corporate behavior, we were blasted by lefty network supporters.

Yet, as of this date, not one significant contention we've made about the company's prospects has been successfully refuted by Franken & Co.

That includes:

Evidence of an ongoing corporate shell game, especially involving LaRouchian weirdo Sheldon Drobny. With Drobny now striking deals in Phoenix and Little Rock, Michelle Malkin and the Radio Equalizer couldn't possibly have been more on target.

A completely accurate disclosure of the absurd salaries paid to Air America's (at best) marginally successful hosts, including Al Franken's $2 million 2006 base salary and producer Billy Kimball's insane $625,000 annual haul.

The first complete report of record- peddling CEO Danny Goldberg's less than cordial departure from the floundering network. Our exclusive details were unmatched by anyone else.

In addition, we broke the story that Air America was in danger of losing its New York City affiliate, of which the company has since been able to obtain only a temporary extension.

While it seems unlikely reports of Roth's firing are incorrect, we still don't know entirely for sure.

For us, however, The Order Of Things is quite clear. Within the mainstream media, there's a real double-standard, where everything we report is looked upon with skepticism, while the AP can handle sources and stories as they see fit.

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Frankenjerk: David A Lunde, Roth photo: AP


  • Well said Brian! I think that it is just that if you said something positive about AAR, like most of the press does, without substantiated facts and sources, like most of the press does, Then they'd choose to believe ya, like how they believe the NYT, Billboard, etc...

    By Blogger FYIFYI, at 20 April, 2006 16:37  

  • Brian,

    Keep up the great investigative work on Err America. Especially on Al Franken. I'm from Minnesota and I certainly don't want to see him win any political office.

    By Blogger The Benson Report, at 20 April, 2006 17:39  

  • Brian,
    After reading your blog for over a year, I finally feel compelled to comment.

    There are three very simple reasons I find it difficult to take you seriously on pretty much any topic, let alone the "anonymous sources" of your wannabe journalism.

    1. You are not a journalist. Though you may be moonlighting as a columnist for a trade publication, here you are a lone-nut blogger. Respectable news sources have strict policies governing the use of anonymous sources. Has your "anonymous source" been revealed to your editor? Of course not--hack blogs don't even have editors!

    2. You have an agenda. Your bizarre obsession with Air America's demise calls into question anything you attempt to do to substantiate it. Like the televangelist predicting Armageddon any day now, you just won't give up singing this tune.

    3. You have been wrong every step of the way. Armageddon has not arrived, and Air America is not dead yet. How stinging this reality is to you, a failed radio host, seeps into your bitter writings and provides much entertainment.

    So keep the delusion going, Brian! Let's see more of your so-called investigative blogging.

    By Blogger cspank, at 20 April, 2006 22:17  

  • Hey, Spanky?
    here's yer points, answered, skippy (and understand something: I'm not totally enamored with Mister Maloney).

    1. You are not a journalist.
    By whose standard? Do you mean Maloney doesn't have a piece of sheepskin from some academy deeming him worthy of entry into some hallowed hall? And what the hell does the term "journalist" even mean? I've beeen in this game for some time, and I recognize "reporter," and "columnist," but "journalist" makes me think of some thirteen year old chick scribbling in her diary.

    2. You have an agenda.
    WOW! Imagine that; an Intarweb voice has a focal point. STOP THE PRESSES!

    3. You have been wrong every step of the way.
    Point out something, factually, that he's gotten wrong.

    Air Idiot survives because they receive funding from outside sources; they would be dead and buried if left to their own device.

    By Blogger TC, at 21 April, 2006 11:35  

  • here's what he got wrong, Lynch - when he was on O'Reilly a while back and said that AAR would be "off the air in a few months." oh yeah, he also said that they were losing WLIB on April 1st. granted, they only got a few more months, that turned out to be a false statement.

    also Lynch, i guess by your standards anyone who runs any kind of blog is a reporter and their info should be treated as the undisputable truth? any idiot in america can start a blog on this site, but that doesn't mean that we should believe everything we read. there is nothing wrong with questioning information.

    By Blogger liberal outlaw, at 21 April, 2006 14:22  

  • where everything we report is looked upon with skepticism, while the AP can handle sources and stories as they see fit

    You're comparing yourself to the Associated Press?
    And what is this "we" business? You're just one loser.





    Worldwide respected news organization
    dumbass blogger




    And you're serious about this?


    One last time.... hahahahahahahaha

    By Blogger Mr. Kite, at 21 April, 2006 14:40  

  • Brian never said unequivocally that AAR would lose its lease on April 1. He said the possibility existed.

    He was right, and the fact that the lease was extended for only a few months shows that something is fishy. What kind of business would agree to a short term lease if a long term one were available?

    That said, I think the pundits who make predictions for when AAR will fold are making a mistake, as AAR's future is not dependent on the making of money, but on the largess of sugar daddies.

    Who can say when they'll get tired of footing the bill?

    The reality is that AAR is already dead it's just a matter of when the plug will be pulled, but here's a tidbit for all you lefties who are delusional enough to believe that AAR is anything but a failure:

    I remember when Howard Stern was fired from WNBC radio. He had, I believe, seven offers from other New York radio stations from which to choose.

    If AAR does go under, do you think that ANY of its hosts would have even ONE offer?

    By Blogger Brett, at 21 April, 2006 15:04  

  • actually brett, many of AAR's hosts are syndicated on other stations that do not air any other AAR programs. not to mention the fact that the station is actually growing. they are gaining affiliates. that really isn't what a station that is going under should be doing, now is it?

    By Blogger liberal outlaw, at 21 April, 2006 16:18  

  • liberal outlaw said:

    "... many of AAR's hosts are syndicated on other stations that do not air any other AAR programs. not to mention the fact that the station is actually growing."

    The only problem is that in their recent history, they're not actually growing.

    By Blogger Ironman, at 21 April, 2006 17:28  

  • Lynch,

    By whose standards?
    Real reporters are held to standards by their employers. The NY Times and BBC require reporters to reveal the identity of anonymous sources to their editors. (I'm sure others do as well; I found these on Google in 30 seconds.)

    WOW! Imagine that; an Intarweb voice has a focal point. STOP THE PRESSES!
    Recently Brian compared himself to Woodward and Bernstein of Watergate fame in his use of anonymous sources, accusing "the left" of holding him to a double standard. This comparison is ridiculous on so many levels. Brian is a partisan hack, not a reporter, which to your point is not a problem in and of itself.

    Would a left-wing blogger be taken seriously if he reported, using anonymous sources, that Rush Limbaugh has a fetish for man-on-dog porn?

    By Blogger cspank, at 21 April, 2006 17:32  

  • Spanky, you are a maroon if you think there is such a thing as "real"reporters that are held to standards.

    You've obviously never actually worked a day at a daily.

    By Blogger TC, at 23 April, 2006 04:31  

  • Ramooooooneeeee....tell this self important asshole to slide under a gas truck and taste his own blood....

    By Blogger hehateme06, at 23 April, 2006 10:25  

  • Thank you, hehateme06. That was a very inciteful comment which added greatly to the discussion of the content of the article.

    Oh, but one small thing... next time you suggest that "...this self important asshole to slide under a gas truck and taste his own blood.... ", please try to be more specific about to whom you referring. Your one sentence post doesn't make it clear.

    For example, how can we be sure that you're not like Bob Dole, who likes to refer to himself in the third person?

    Just a thought......

    By Blogger Lokki, at 23 April, 2006 10:49  

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