The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

19 January 2007

Andrea "Andi" Parhamovich, Iraq, Air America Radio, Huffington Post


As AAR Staffer's Death Is Politicized, Our Critics Silent

Controversy sure pops up in the strangest places sometimes, doesn't it?

Yesterday, your Radio Equalizer was slammed for mentioning the passing of former Air America Radio PR aide Andrea "Andi" Parhamovich in Iraq. The only point of our post was to thank her for her work there.

Yet, our contention that serving in a civilian capacity in Iraq must have been far more rewarding than dealing with Air America's constant crises was met with screams from the left.

Somehow, your Radio Equalizer was supposedly using her passing to further an anti- Air America political agenda.

In response, my point was that Air America Radio is essentially dead and this was merely an assessment of which job was more rewarding: building democracy in Iraq, or defending a company that took money from an inner city charity to pay the salaries of Al Franken, Randi Rhodes and others.

Now, at the Huffington Post, Air America insider - investor Shelly Lewis (think "Progressive Insurance") has used Andi's death to further a political agenda against Condi Rice and the Bush Administration!

And yet, our own critics have nothing to say about this kind of unhinged rhetoric:

As her closest colleague and dear friend Jaime Horn put it, "Andi had a fierce spirit and determination to change the world around her. It led her to a job in politics, and then to work at Air America Radio, but it wasn't enough. She felt a calling. She wanted to be an advocate for democracy, and that calling led her to Iraq."

Andi worked for the International Republican Institute in Iraq before joining the National Democratic Institute, a nonprofit whose mission is "to build political and civic organizations, safeguard elections, and to promote citizen participation, openness and accountability in government" in all parts of the world. NDI advises local politicians and activists on the mechanics of democratic practices and institutions. Its chair is Madeleine Albright.

Andi and three security guards were killed in Baghdad when their convoy was ambushed and attacked in a mostly Sunni neighborhood. She had just completed a workshop on democracy for local Sunni political activists. You can read the terrible details here.

Andi Parhamovich's death is a story that has been told more than three thousand times across America since this horrific war began. That doesn't make it any less painful; it makes it worse.

I can't help but believe, now more than ever, that Barbara Boxer's question to Condi Rice last week was not only not impertinent, it was the single most pertinent question to ask. Who pays the price for the war makers' decisions? Not the war makers, that's for sure. They won't be grieving for loved ones killed in Iraq because they have none there. They will never personally pay the price for their recklessness. Will they ever know when the price is too great for those who do pay it?

The price is too great. It has been too great since the first bomb fell.

Hey guys, this is where the political agenda really lies, not in your Radio Equalizer's take that working at Air America was stressful. Note the total lack of comments condemning what Lewis has written.

Your hypocrisy is simply breathtaking.

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  • Being a hypocrite is part and parcel of being a liberal or left wingnut.

    By Blogger PCD, at 19 January, 2007 13:41  

  • Please Maloney and PCD, those opinions displayed in that piece you used there is exactly what 70% thinks about the Iraqi war. Boxer's question is fine, America arees with her "unhinger rhetoric". America looks at you freaks as the UNHINGEd

    lets talk hypocrites. Bush on PBS, stated America makesthe war sacrafice by watching the T.V!!!!! Than in the middle of an all important question started to babble about Bush tax cuts, he turned a serious question about war sacrafice into a soap box for his tax cuts.
    disgusting, repulsive, and insulting. That is Bush.
    America agrees with me, PCD. America rejected neo-conservatism, America rejected Bush. Deal with it. Deal with it.

    You are the hypocrites
    90% of you degenerate "nu Republicans". you shriek about the gays, than get caught with young men, dshriek about the pot, than get caught with heroin and speed. You shriek about the Huffington post, while your president urinates on America
    only hypocrites here , the far far right

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 19 January, 2007 14:30  

  • It would be offensive if Shelly Lewis had suggested she knew how Parhamovich thought about the matter, and that Parhamovich might agree with her stance. However, Lewis's point is that Parhamovich's death is just one more, among thousands of deaths, in a needless war.

    In your previous post, it was stated "Her tenure at [Air America] must have been stressful...", eventhough she may have enjoyed that job WAY more than working in Iraq. Conversely, how inappropriate would it be to say "I bet she would've stayed at Air America, if she knew what would happen in Iraq"? Sure, it's probably a 90% accurate statement... but I don't know for sure. Therefore it's inappropriate to speculate.

    Now, if this had been a war criticism, such as, "This woman's death only emphasizes how much we need to rid Iraq of its terrorists groups"... I would have no problem with it.

    Of course, it seems your egotism won't allow you to simply say, "I mispoke", and you'll further defend the fact that you took a jab at Air America by suggesting you knew the thoughts of this woman. Please feel free to prove me wrong.

    By Blogger HowCron, at 19 January, 2007 15:06  

  • qvwnvMinister of Poop.

    Arianna Huffington is a laughing stock. She is second to Rosie O'Dumbass for being a empty headed twit that should be ignored.

    You are rising on the to be ignored list. You should venture outside of your rent controlled flat once in a while to talk to people who aren't welfare recipients.

    By Blogger PCD, at 19 January, 2007 15:09  

  • What howcron said...

    Brian, you are now simply lying about your actions and intentions - despite the base evidence of your own article.

    Of course, this is not the first time you've been completely dishonest in spite of the obvious truth. It's in your archives, as you have enjoyed saying in the past.

    No, you cannot compare Parhamovich's story to your own, at least not honestly.

    Instead of simply admitting your own shortcomings, you simply obfuscate your own actions/writing - then point the finger "over there!"

    Fortunately for you, enough of your fans are simple partisan idiots.

    Although, I've yet to see any one of them actually _address_ what you did, simply jump on the bandwagon of this new misdirection...


    By Blogger TJ, at 19 January, 2007 15:59  

  • It's actually rather funny...

    The supposed "left-wing media" has proven over and over that there is very ample room for right-wing partisan hacks who lack integrity and lie daily...

    And yet - blogging here is still your "main job"...

    Keep up the dishonesty, it may yet get you a job again someday.

    By Blogger TJ, at 19 January, 2007 16:01  

  • What people need to understand about these right wing nutbags is that they have almost completely cut themselves off from reality, since cold hard facts always militate against their crackpot, unworkable positions on every issue. So they insulate themselves with their talk radio lie empire, FOX, and the Southern Baptist Church which Jimmy Carter exposed has been taken over by end-times zealots cheering on hero Bush to Armageddon.

    When they venture out into the real world, or the hyper-competitive blog world, they are quickly debunked as the frauds and phonies they are (e.g. every single neocon supporter/planner of the War was a chickenhawk draft dodger, while every Dem skeptic served honorably or was a War hero) so they adopt name calling of the most ridiculous stripe because here you have morbidly obese, pasty faced white racist activists throwing rocks from their glass house. So total was their talk radio disinformation empire, duping 20-50 million at a time to swing elections, that it took awhile for America to catch onto the total fraud, but when it did they were smacked down by a 12 million Congressional vote plurality.

    I spent some time in my youth as Daddy's Young Republican and attended their meetings where these dirty tricksters (Abramoff, Rove, et al) were trained. So I can spot their dirty tricks operations and talk radio was the grandaddy of them all, with their pasty operatives now spreading out on multiple websites to defend its flanks even as its liars are revealed as drug addled frauds for all to see - no where revealed with more gusto than Air America radio, target of this particular trickster who is a failed talker and waddling pasty pudge himself.

    By Blogger gregrocker, at 19 January, 2007 18:04  

  • Down with the pasty pudges!

    By Blogger none, at 19 January, 2007 21:01  

  • Don't think so, sweetie.

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 20 January, 2007 13:34  

  • Waaaaah!

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 20 January, 2007 18:40  

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    By Blogger TJ, at 20 January, 2007 18:51  

  • Linn, of course, must be completely disingenuous - if not delusional - to not see that Brian behaved poorly in his previous post, and is deliberately obfuscating the issue with this post.

    It is completely obvious. It is readily apparent.

    There is no way around the simple truth that Brian took the occasion of a woman's tragic death to make an unsubtantiated comment simply to once again smear Air America Radio.

    This is why Brian, and those like him, no matter the political bent, will always have fans.

    It's sad, really.

    By Blogger TJ, at 20 January, 2007 19:21  

  • And I thought you just THREW like a girl!


    Go to and go work out your own latent tendencies...I am sure "V the K" will welcome you with open...well, I'm sure you get the picture.

    Sayonara, sugar! Give my love to the boys with the pointy hoods!

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 20 January, 2007 23:53  

  • wow - no one but me wants to address the facts - that brian wrote something with inappropriate intentions - and then followed up with a post to deliberately obfuscate that issue...

    I fully understand why Brian has to do it - I don't understand why the two women offended by "sweetie" and "sugar" are so deliberately obtuse, and not addressing the actual issue (which is, in fact, the issue I stated).

    By Blogger TJ, at 21 January, 2007 23:28  

  • PCD
    You seriously hate America, ignore me all you want, my posts make you cry, I speak the truth. I posted Bush hypocracy and you are more concerned with Huffington Post, proving much more, you can have a piece of excrement running this country as long as there is an "R" next to their name, con flunkies will shrtug their shoulders and shriek like little babies about "the libs", nothing more pathetic. This is why America has rejected the radical right. PCD is nothing but a mindless sycophant and AM talk radio made him this way. before AM talk radio, PCD did not understand the difference between the "R" and the "D", now since a few radio hacks showed him the "light" he thinks he is an expert. I showed you what a disgrace Bush is to America, I guess you feel making the "sacrafice" is watching the T.V?? Right????? My fiance is a reserve, and you???? Where is your sacrafice? I showed you what a disgusting sleeze-ball your hero, the flunkie-closet queen in a flight suit is, and you attack huffington Post? you hate America , PCD, you hate the troops, and the tired old right wing act, has worn thin, America has rejected it.

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 22 January, 2007 09:14  

  • Not really. You've already been proven to be corrupt, fraudulent, and most importantly, wrong on all counts.

    We're just here to rub your noses in it.

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 22 January, 2007 19:09  

  • Inarjov

    We are here to treat you filthy Anti-American freaks, the same way you treated us for 12 years. If you slimeballs can do it, so can we. Cons cry like little cowards when "libs" dish out the same kind of rhetoric, they dish out on a daily basis, on their filthy talk shows and on television. If you Anti-American freaks can have a forum of thousands of AM talk stations and the whole cable media, we can speak truth to power on a radical blog like this. You are the wack job, America rejected you and your shit you have tried to shovel down Americans throats. Nobody buys the shit anymore that the radical right media is selling.

    Femanized con posts:"the lib lefties and their whacked-out cohorts"

    Nobody is listeing to your feminine, paranoid rantings, anymore. Remember whn I believe chris matthews said "we are all neo-cons now" after 9-11? well we are all "far left libs now". America is rejecting this radical administration and ignoring the sick rhetoric spewed on main stream media.
    Shriek away, you are making yourselves more irrelevant.

    Just as I said on my program the week before the elections when cons were still running against John Kerry (in November 2006), they have shrieked themselves into irrelevancy. I was 100% correct, and 2008 will be a humiliating defeat for conservatism. while you shriek about Pulosi and "commies", America is largley ignoring it, just like America ignored the pathetic John Kerry attacks which had nothig to do with the 2006 elections.
    I personally think right wing radio has become so insane it is actually helping the Democratic party.

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 23 January, 2007 10:12  

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