March 10, 2004


Sweeping individual puddles of sick into one massed pond is disgusting, but not impossible: will announce this week a series of ambitious editorial initiatives, including the opening of a new Washington D.C. news bureau as well as strategic partnerships with, The Guardian of London and the new progressive radio network, Air America, MediaChannel has learned from a memo sent to Salon board members.

Also involved: Sidney Blumenthal. And Al Franken. Sounds like another Respect Party.

(Via Matt Welch)

Posted by Tim Blair at March 10, 2004 11:07 PM

Sounds like a good time to finally cancel my Salon susbscription.

Posted by: Bryan Costin at March 10, 2004 at 11:45 PM

One great Idiotarian conglomeration?

Posted by: Bruce Rheinstein at March 11, 2004 at 12:07 AM

Air America? Are they trying to be ironic, or do they realize that that was the name of the CIA's privately run airline?

Posted by: Andrew at March 11, 2004 at 12:13 AM

I already canceled mine ... is it just me, or did Salon used to be kind of good, left-leaning, but not foaming-at-the-mouth bug-eyed looney?

Posted by: Bill at March 11, 2004 at 12:22 AM

How ironic that the progressive left is using the name Air America for its soon-to-flop network. It's nice they have named the network after the CIA's airline. They will have competition from the taxpayer subsidized National Public Radio (NPR)and possibly the taxpayer subsidized Public Broadcasting System (PBS) and we all know how socialists view competition. They will probably ask for taxpayer dollars since nobody will listen to them except gray ponytailed aging hippies and other Michael Moore types.

Posted by: BC at March 11, 2004 at 12:22 AM

Don't forget, Air America was also the name of a movie starring the left's current favorite religious film maker, Mel Gibson.

Posted by: Dave T. at March 11, 2004 at 01:18 AM

Well, that just makes it easier to stop reading Salon altogether. I'd do without the Guardian Weekly, too, but I have it as a gift subscription from a friend....

Posted by: Sgt. Mom at March 11, 2004 at 01:59 AM

Sounds like just the place for Ted Rall to send his resume.

Posted by: Ernie G at March 11, 2004 at 02:13 AM

I cancelled about a year ago. Salon is done for.

Posted by: Ellie at March 11, 2004 at 03:50 AM

Tim, isn't this merely another manifestation of Blair's Law, whereby all the idiocies and blinkered ideologies in the world are consolidating into a singularity of Stupid?

I'm shocked that you didn't reference the term, given the fact that you coined it. Seems to hold here.

Posted by: Jeff B. at March 11, 2004 at 05:11 AM

Wow, I'm pretty disappointed. I had considered Salon to be a bit more sensible than that. A "strategic" partnership with MoveOn?

I wonder what goal they share. Hmmmm.

Posted by: Sortelli at March 11, 2004 at 06:53 AM went COMPLETELY insane in 2000-2001. All that sweet, sweet dotcom money that supported them disappeared and an EEeeEEeEevil republican was somehow elected into office.

In order to attract paying subscribers, they re-branded themselves as a hysterical leftist rant rag that told lefties exactly what they wanted to hear.

Posted by: Fatmouse at March 11, 2004 at 06:55 AM

Salon is currently running ads implying that they're the antidote to blind conformist media thinking. Of course the reality is that Salon is a PERFECT example of blind conformist media thinking.

Posted by: Jeff at March 11, 2004 at 07:03 AM

Sounds like an interesting way to get around campaign finance laws the same people demanded.

Posted by: Ryan at March 11, 2004 at 08:18 AM

BC, I exspect they can count on supporting their idiotarians' merger with beaucoup bucks from George Soros. Soros, after all, knows from personal experience how wicked capitalists are and how compassionate and well-intentioned socialists are, be they national or international socialists. He's lived under them all.

Posted by: Michael Lonie at March 11, 2004 at 08:23 AM

If Rush can get thirty million conservabots tuning in every day, I don't see why Air America can't get a few million liberals. It'll probably end up playing around with its line up and format a bit early on to see what works and what doesn't, but given it's big money backing I doubt it will sink out of sight immediately if it initially rates poorly.

Posted by: Stewart Kelly at March 11, 2004 at 04:03 PM

"is it just me, or did Salon used to be kind of good, left-leaning, but not foaming-at-the-mouth bug-eyed looney?"

I think it was Charles Krauthammer who called it "Bush Derangement Syndrome."

Posted by: Yehudit at March 11, 2004 at 05:07 PM

HAsn't Salon lost millions of dollars over its life, and never turned a profit? Who keeps dumping money into this dog, anyway?

And yes, running a "publication" is a great way around the US campaign finance laws. Just another illustration of how utterly futile they are.

Posted by: R C Dean at March 11, 2004 at 10:47 PM

There is no justice in the world while Salon still lives and Suck is still dead.

Posted by: dzd at March 12, 2004 at 03:06 AM