May 08, 2004


Air America is sucking air:

In yet another sign of trouble for Air America Radio, the liberal talk network entering its fifth chaotic week on the air, co-founder and chairman Evan Cohen resigned Thursday, as did vice-chairman and investor Rex Sorensen.

The company also failed to make its scheduled payroll Wednesday, leaving its staff roughly 100 radio personalities, writers, and producers unpaid until Thursday.

Annoyed by coverage of last week’s Air America executive resignations, Al Franken is making that familiar whining sound.

Posted by Tim Blair at May 8, 2004 12:34 AM

Anti-capitalists trying to make it in the free market. That's the funny part to watch.

Posted by: the markman at May 8, 2004 at 12:51 AM

And not succeeding.

Posted by: rabidfox at May 8, 2004 at 01:28 AM

I suspect someone's gonna get tackled soon.

Posted by: Russell at May 8, 2004 at 01:31 AM

One wonders whether Big Wooden Al Gore's new liberal cable TV network will fare as well as Err America has. One hopes so.

Posted by: BarCodeKing at May 8, 2004 at 01:39 AM

Died even quicker than I imagined too.
I thought they had better funding.

Posted by: Fred at May 8, 2004 at 02:16 AM

These air america guys have the same overwhelming sense of entitlement as Michael Moore. They think they are somehow owed a free venue in which to air their opinions, while everyone else competes in a free market.

Posted by: debbie at May 8, 2004 at 02:31 AM

The interesting thing is that, in the movie of the same name, one of the running gags is the constant crashing of aircraft.

The funny thing is that Al Franken didn't catch on to this, ummmmm, nuance.

Posted by: The Real JeffS at May 8, 2004 at 02:42 AM

the up side is that all the money they waste on these efforts is less money for pr kerry spots.

it still all good.

Posted by: capt joe at May 8, 2004 at 04:05 AM

Quote from debbie

They think they are somehow owed a free venue in which to air their opinions, while everyone else competes in a free market.

That is socialist thinking for you, entitlement.

Posted by: Yibin at May 8, 2004 at 04:17 AM

They don't understand that Rush is popular because he is entertaining. They launched for the expressed purpose of defeating GWB. Rush launched in order to create a huge listening audience in order to charge confiscatory ad rates.

Posted by: JEM at May 8, 2004 at 04:18 AM

They are not paying their workers! Isn't that how evil Republicans become rich - they don't pay fair wages and they don't pay taxes?

What did Al know about the cash shortage, and when did he know it? What is his role in the coverup?

Posted by: perfectsense at May 8, 2004 at 04:28 AM

The problem is the liberals already have a free radio outlet, NPR. It would fail too without government funding.

Posted by: Jeremy Marshall at May 8, 2004 at 04:35 AM

This could only happen so quickly if they completely misjudged the marketplace.

Like their allies in Najaf and Fallujah, they thought their actions would spark a revolution but they were wrong.

There was never any vast Army of the Left waiting for a call to arms. There was only a vast army of indifference waiting for them to shut up and go home.

Posted by: lyle at May 8, 2004 at 08:03 AM

I gave them six months at the outside, and thought they might manage to last thru the election if they proved to be a useful irritant to the Bush campaign. Looks like I overestimated.

Posted by: JorgXMcKie at May 8, 2004 at 08:18 AM

Whgat happened to all the moolah George ("I got mine, you go jump") Soros was going to give them? Didn't he come through? Did somebody embezzle the money? If so, who did it? Inquiring minds want to know.

Posted by: Michael Lonie at May 8, 2004 at 09:20 AM

You may be sure that Franken, Rhodes and their tame rap star's checks all cleared. Pity about the proles, tho...

Posted by: Richard McEnroe at May 8, 2004 at 10:53 AM

A local affiliate carries Randy Rhodes's (sp?) show in the early morning - I heard it driving home from work yesterday and the day before at 2:30 am. The first day, she called Republicans "evil bastards" less than ten seconds after I turned it on. Yesterday I flipped it on for literally 20 seconds, just long enough to hear her guest say that the American army in Iraq was acting no differently than the Nazis in France and Poland, and that the Bush administration "is, frankly, Hitlerian." She agreed wholeheartedly.

Can't imagine why they're having trouble finding an audience. I mean, it's not like they're mean and nasty like those horrible conservatives.

Posted by: Dave S. at May 8, 2004 at 01:09 PM

I don't understand, is there no demand in America for THE TRUTH to counteract BUSH'S LIES!!!?

Posted by: Amos at May 8, 2004 at 01:44 PM

In other news, Franken's love of truth and hatred of lies has led him on a quest to hold Micah Wright accountable for his lying liar lies. The first of several books documenting the long string of falsehoods Micah has used to advance his career and stave off criticism is due to bookstores this fall.

...Okay, okay, I made that up.

Posted by: Sortelli at May 8, 2004 at 02:51 PM

Maybe Franken should do a piece on defaulting defaulters and the employee's payrolls they default on.

Posted by: Amos at May 8, 2004 at 03:30 PM


Below is a copy of an email I submitted at the Air America feedback website:

Try it, it's easy, fun, and free (though unfortunately you do give a "hit" to the Air America website counter). I can only hope this ends up on Al Franken's desk. Maybe if he gets enough emails like this, his head will explode . . .


Dear Fellow Human Beings,

I demand an inquiry into why the poor, hard-working staff of Air America is not being paid! This is inexcusable and heartless! Clearly, this shows that your organization is being run by big, corporate fat cats who don't care a fig for the "little guy!" Why is the upper management of Air America bailing out now(doubtless with big "golden parachute" severance packages)? How did they know about the fiscal collapse far enough in advance to conveniently disappear?

I demand Al Franken's resignation! When did the "wage gap" become known, and when did Al Franken know about it? What specific steps did he take to stave off this crisis before it boiled over? I demand an independent inquiry into "WageGate" as soon as possible (preferably by a non-Democrat, so the investigation will be led by someone who actually knows how to manage a budget, or an economy). I refuse to go to war to save Air America!!! NO BLOOD FOR AL!!! NO BLOOD FOR AL!!!

Oh, by the way, RE-ELECT BUSH!!!


A Concerned, Amused Citizen (Note: NOT Amused by Anything INTENTIONALLY Done or Said by Air America, AKA "Crash and Burn Radio")

Posted by: That Guy at May 8, 2004 at 11:49 PM

Heh. Welcome to the Republican Attack Machine, That Guy.

Posted by: Sortelli at May 9, 2004 at 10:43 AM

Air America needs to get a new voice, one even more in the spirit of their message, yet one that harkens back to the good old days. Perhaps...Hanoi Hannah could help. I'm sure Long John Kerry would appreciate it. Brings back the old days.

Posted by: Timothy Lang at May 9, 2004 at 04:59 PM