The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

15 September 2006

Think Progress Air America Bankruptcy Story Retracted

RETRACTION

Think Progress Retracts, Conservatives Blamed Anyway




*** Sunday Updates Here ***


When a liberal website run by a so- called "progressive" foundation retracts a story claiming that Air America Radio is about to file for bankruptcy, would you expect the left to do some serious soul- searching to see how this occurred?

How about an examination of the very type of back- stabbing within their movement that likely caused this now- discredited "report" to ever see the light of day?

Tonight, beyond the retraction itself, none of that is happening. In fact, conservatives are being blamed anyway, which is about as intellectually dishonest as one can imagine politics to become. Given that this site cast doubt on the report soon after it hit the mainstream media, it's simply false to assert we are responsible for what a "progressive" website publishes.

From Inside Radio:

Despite reports the liberal talk network would file for bankruptcy protection by week’s end – that apparently isn’t happening. Franken tells listeners “we’re not in Chapter 11” and pokes at conservative talk hosts and websites for getting it wrong with quips like “who’s gloating now Bill O’Reilly?” We still believe it’s a tough economic situation at the libnet – and several staffers have been laid-off.


Al Franken, this is a new low, even for you.


At Think Progress, the
retraction post is brief and relatively contrite, but the comments section contains some real winners:



Please burn your source.

Keep them from doing it again.

Viva La Young Turks! Good luck on Air America!

Comment by Guy — September 15, 2006 @ 5:41 pm



Let’s see, first AA’s going bankrupt then Oops, their not going BK.
First I voted for it but then I voted against it…. D’OH!!

Sounds familiar huh Marge?

Comment by Homer+Simpson — September 15, 2006 @ 5:48 pm



I don’t think its a retraction, its an update.

Billy O’lielly will have to retract his story, sorry trolls.

Comment by ForTruth — September 15, 2006 @ 5:59 pm



The trolls were unstoppable in their glee when the rumour about AA filing for bankruptcy started…but now that the rumour has been put to bed, they’re strangely silent…

Helloooo? Here, trolls…where you hiding?

Comment by TripMaster Monkey — September 15, 2006 @ 6:10 pm



Who the hell were your sources, Jason Leopold and Jayson Blair?

Looks like it.

Comment by Doh! — September 15, 2006 @ 6:18 pm


Well, since ThinkProgress “broke” the story, and I’m willing to bet hundreds of right winger whackjob blogs and websites linked to it triumphantly, then I guess it’s that many more conservatives that got some exposure to some fact and some truth and some progressive framing.

Comment by Dave M. — September 15, 2006 @ 6:19 pm



Put Randi Rhodes on Comedy Central after Colbert.

Please, finish the trifecta!

Comment by Ronin Tetsuro — September 15, 2006 @ 6:21 pm


On our side of the fence, meanwhile, we're sticking to indications that the cash- starved network is up for sale and that it is very possible that a takeover group seeking to depress Air America's value could have leaked the bogus report.

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12 Comments:

  • Brian,
    The Inside Radio story is misleading. Al Franken never suggested the right-wing was at fault for "getting it wrong." Had you bothered to listen yourself, you'd hear that the context of Franken's jabs on Friday's show were at O'Reilly's obnoxious gloating, not the inaccuracy of the stories. In fact, Franken acknowledged Think Progress (and Billy Kimball noted the "left-wing blogs") Friday and sourced Think Progress when the story originally broke.

    While I can't contest the hypocrisy you point out from some blog posters on the left, it is dishonest to lump Franken in that category and smear him for reaching "a new low."

    Please correct your story and inform your cronies at Inside Radio.

    By Blogger cspank, at 15 September, 2006 23:12  

  • Sorry freaks,

    Looks like you will have to put off your celebration for another day.

    For me, the outrage of the week has been the railroading of the patriotic congressman Boy Ney who renamed french fries to freedom fries. The Fox drones really eat that shit up leading up the Iraq war.

    It is time to find another misdirection before the upcoming elections.

    By Blogger Elmonica, at 16 September, 2006 00:39  

  • Yeah, this is a thriving business
    __________________

    Air America is late on paycheck to Franken


    Al Franken confirmed Thursday that Air America is "one paycheck" late to him, amid rumors that the liberal radio network may file for bankruptcy
    Al Franken confirmed Thursday that Air America is "one paycheck" late to him, amid rumors that the liberal radio network may file for bankruptcy Friday.
    "How late on they on the paycheck? Not very," said Franken, who claimed he was making a joke when he told Radar online reporter John Cook that he knew the network was having cash flow problems because "there's no cash flowing to me."

    The last time the network missed a paycheck to Franken and others was in 2004, shortly after it launched. At that time it was discovered that then-chairman Evan Cohen hadn't raised as much money for the network as he claimed.

    http://www.startribune.com/459/story/676621.html

    _________________

    The only thing that is wrong about the bankruptcy story is the date.

    By Blogger Brett, at 16 September, 2006 01:45  

  • All this really indicates is that Air America Radio isn't bankrupt AT THIS PARTICULAR MOMENT -- nothing more, nothing less.

    That may not call for a celebration on the Right (yet), but it certainly doesn't mean the Left should start popping the champagne corks, either. Air America might have gotten a cash infusion ... or might have found a way to hang on a little longer ... or might have put off the filing because it anticipates a sale ... whatever.

    What the latest announcement DIDN'T say is that Air America is now financially viable and will remain so for the foreseeable future. It's important to keep that in mind.

    By Blogger The4thEstate, at 16 September, 2006 08:35  

  • So sad...now we will have to wait until after the election for AA to go under.

    By Blogger MikeyMike, at 16 September, 2006 15:07  

  • More like, you'll have to wait for after the impeachment election for your WORLD to go under...

    Financially viable? Good Lord, no, not by a long shot.

    Not many non-regressive media organizations are permitted to be, making their survival all the more heroic.

    My main question to regressives is: would you truly be happy with programs such as Mike Malloy's and Randi Rhodes's being on the next wave of media's future, satellite radio?

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 16 September, 2006 21:07  

  • Please correct your story and inform your cronies at Inside Radio.

    Yeah, like that will ever happen. Brainless Baloney cranks out slander after slander as long as it benefits his "team". And why not? He's so in bed with that "team", he couldn't possibly do anything else.

    Look at this pitiful site. It's one slander after another against Franken and AAR. It's all about Baloney's sour grapes - Franken has a job (a good paying job) and Baloney has this crappy blog and a few scraps that fall off the wingnut hate talk table.

    By Blogger Dovish, at 16 September, 2006 22:30  

  • If that's the case leftists then you can expect something like this to happen to this country when Speaker Pelosi-Mussolini takes over and the impeachment hearings start:

    http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/15514605.htm



    (To be honest I was no fan of the Clinton impeachments myself as they were a waste of America's time and money--then again Clinton's 8 years of debauchery in the people's house was an even BIGGER waste of both)




















    (Of course the link above is done in sarcastic humor by Mike Smerconish, the morning man at WPHT 1210 in Philly.)

    By Blogger The Real Bob Anthony, at 16 September, 2006 22:30  

  • On immigration alone, the fascists will be trounced.

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 17 September, 2006 02:38  

  • Hashfanatic said ...
    More like, you'll have to wait for after the impeachment election for your WORLD to go under...

    Financially viable? Good Lord, no, not by a long shot.

    Not many non-regressive media organizations are permitted to be, making their survival all the more heroic.



    TheFourthEstate said ...
    Wow, you're really into black helicopters, grassy knolls and conspiracy theories, aren't you?

    So let me get this straight: When a liberal talk radio network can't cut the mustard financially, it's not because they have a product that too few people were interested in ... it's because the evil "regressives" who control this nation like puppetmasters didn't "permit" them to be financially successful?

    Is that your approximate definition of reality?


    Hashfanatic said ...
    My main question to regressives is: would you truly be happy with programs such as Mike Malloy's and Randi Rhodes's being on the next wave of media's future, satellite radio?

    TheFourthEstate said ...
    I'm not sure whom you're defining as the evil regressives in your Sim World, but on the off chance you're addressing anybody who's right of center, I'll gladly field that one.

    I couldn't care less whether Mike, Randi or Saddam Hussein gets a show on satellite radio.

    If any of them really think they can make it on sat radio after failing dramatically on the broadcast band, I say, "Go for it!"

    See, that's what conservatives have maintained all along -- that the free market (advertisers and ratings) should determine who succeeds in talk radio, not government subsidies, equal-time laws and the like. Let the people decide what they want to hear.

    By Blogger The4thEstate, at 18 September, 2006 10:04  

  • Well, since ThinkProgress “broke” the story, and I’m willing to bet hundreds of right winger whackjob blogs and websites linked to it triumphantly, then I guess it’s that many more conservatives that got some exposure to some fact and some truth and some progressive framing.

    Comment by Dave M. — September 15, 2006 @ 6:19 pm


    Truer words were never spoken. And so articulately!

    By Blogger Dave, at 18 September, 2006 14:33  

  • Does this mean you believe that just because Air America hasn't filed bankruptcy yet, that it's in solid financial condition?

    Seriously??

    My guess is that this situation is more akin to being a passenger on the Titanic and having the captain announce, "Relax, folks, that first iceberg just barely missed us. But ummm, what's that big pointy thing in the water up ahead?"

    By Blogger The4thEstate, at 21 September, 2006 12:46  

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