Thursday, 11 August 2005
|0657 - Air America: maybe, one of these days...|
...the mainstream media will cover it. In the meantime, check out this entry in Michelle Malkin's blog, if only for the great Photoshopping of the cover of Al Franken's latest book and the shout out to michaelmink for his ongoing legal analysis of the scandal's trickier aspects.
current mood: cynical
I read through about a dozen postings on this, and they're all righties smelling blood, but the blodo they're smelling is each others' thrashing about hoping for something interesting to happen.
I still don't understand waht's happening, except that some person involved in AA seems to be having a problem with a loan. How much that is actually connected to AA< and how much it impacts their operations is totally unknown.
Cox and Forkum
spell out the issue nicely -- It's not "Righties smelling blood." It's the fact that $875,000 of public grants were used to fund a private operation. Usually this is the sort of thing that the Mainstream Media will jump on, but Air America appears to be immune to negative MSM coverage.
"spells out the issue"? With a cartoon, accusations, and not one single fact in the entire posting?
Take a lesson from the very target of this 'issue'. Research, get facts, get information, just don't bleat and crow like the rest of the unwashed masses and go "ooo! oo! liberal bias! here it is! oo!"
How is the mainstream media's total lack of reporting on this issue not evidence of liberal bias? Air America admits to getting the money, and has agreed to put it in an escrow account (although there are disagreements about the timing). Both New York City and the New York State Attorney General are investigating. That itself is news, and yet it's gone completely unreported. Why?
Um, it spells out the issue nicely. It doesn't spell out the accusations or the exact case in the cartoon, no -- those are in the blog post below, including a citation from the New York Sun.
Most of the stuff that looks the worst, right now, is in the realm of the officers and directors of Gloria Wise (past and present) that approved the loan(s) to Evan Cohen/Progress Media. There are all sorts of nasty questions the NYAG can ask, and it would appear that the NYAG is asking them.
As I see it, the main issue involving Air America relates to the transaction in which Piquant LLC (AA's current owner) bought out Progress Media/Radio Free America. It's quite possible that there are issues of "fraudulent conveyance" (that is, stiffing creditors by transferring assets from an insolvent entity for less than their value) involved here.
What we really need is to see the asset purchase agreement to get a grip on that transaction, and what happened. Could it be that Piquant LLC tried to stiff Gloria Wise? Dunno, but it's a reasonable question, given the highly murky circs.
Thanks—the ongoing relabeling of the company that owns AAR while keeping the same people in control is particularly interesting, in view of the "that was way back when; it's not the same company" spin that AAR is putting on it. Just the sort of thing that gets muckrakers' blood pumping...except when it's the left doing it, I guess.
I first saw this at Cox and Forkum.
It's fascinating -- when Rush Limbaugh has a drug dependency problem, the mainstream media covers him like hair on a dog. When Air America steals money in order to stay solvent, the dog appears to be one of those little hairless breeds only good for keeping your lap warm.
If Air America were a conservative outfit, would you even be mentioning this?
I wouldn't have to: the mainstream media would be all over it. My objection is not to the theft per se (while I object to that, of course), but rather the double standard between Air America and, say, Rush Limbaugh's drug problems.
So that's a "no", then. And you're talking about double standards. Pot, kettle.
*shrug* Why is it a double standard to complain about the media's double standards?
You're exhibiting the same double standard, but in the other direction. By you, it seems, liberals can do no right and conservatives can do no wrong.
I'd love to believe that liberals could do right...but they keep proving otherwise. When was the last time the mainstream media reported on a story that embarrassed the left? When was the last time they didn't report on a story that embarrassed the right?
The mainstream media is supposed to report the news without bias or favoritism. They're not doing it.
"When was the last time the mainstream media reported on a story that embarrassed the left?"
It was called the 2004 presidential election. Everyone was after Kerry for his military record. No one cared about Bush. Rather may have had the wrong sources, but the idea was still sound. Still no one questions Bush's military career.
But maybe they should have. His approval rating certainly is falling quicker than he can spin his spin.
Also, Rush has stated in the past that anyone using illegal drugs should go to jail. He used drugs illegally, but didn't go to jail, and wanted sympathy. Should I feel sorry for someone who doesn't practice what they preach?