August 19, 2005


I listened to a few minutes of Janeane Garawful the other night. She was talking about New York newspapers.

The nub of the gyst: The Times, the Post, the Daily News...not bad.

The Sun? An ickypoopy paper whose readers are all knuckle-dragging droogs.

I figured they must be on to something.

As Michelle Malkin showed us this morning, they are.

Michelle links to a couple of by the NYSun's David Lombino.

An attorney whose client is suing the Air America radio network said yesterday that the May litigation is part of a larger attempt by the client, an owner of radio stations, to collect more than $1.5 million it says it is owed.
You may recall that within two weeks of airing in the spring of 2004, Air America was yanked from the air in Chicago and LA. The network was renting time on the two stations, owned by "Multicultural Broadcasting", a small group owned by an Arthur Liu ; their checks bounced.

In perhaps the dumbest move I've ever seen a company pull off, the Air America website displayed a page, "The Sludge Report", during the middle of the controversy:

After just two weeks on the air, Air America Radio, the fledgling liberal talk-radio network featuring Al Franken, Janeane Garofalo, and that really loud woman from Florida, appears to have encountered serious cash-flow problems.

Stop the presses!!! There?s nothing more exciting than half a story from a third hand source!!!!

Insiders tell SLUDGE, that the reason the network was pulled off the air this morning in Chicago and Los Angeles, the network's second- and third-largest markets, was because, the owner of both stations, Arthur Liu of Multicultural Broadcasting, said, the network bounced a check and owes him more than $1 million! The run-on sentence, tortured grammar and the exclamation point clearly means it's true!!

Only it isn't.

Normally we?d let this go because "habitual liars" like Drudge are laughable, and ridicule is our business.

But Arthur Liu --- not funny. He lied to us, he ripped us off and now we?re chasing him down with a pipe wrench. It?s a metaphor.

It's also defamation, and it's not funny, and it can and will be (and is being!) used against Air America in court.
So we got screwed, Liu?d, and tattooed. How Liu can you get? In Liu of payment. Liu?d and lascivious behavior. These write themselves. [But FrankenNet has staff writers for all its shows, anyway...Ed.] What we?re getting at is that we hate him.

So now everyone?s saying we?re going down the dumper in Chicago and Los Angeles, but what they don?t tell you is that we?re still on in Portland. And we OWN Portland. And let?s not forget Riverside and Plattsburgh.

Forget 'em. Their ratings were crap in April of '04, and in many cases they're worse now.

But the interesting part, for now, is the money involved. Between the $875,000 they allegedly owe Gloria Wise, and the $1,500,000 that they may end up owing Multicultural Broadcasting (and I suspect that punitive damages are in the offing, if Liu wins his case), that amounts to nearly 40% of the money with which Air America got started in the first place.

Anyway, read the "Sun" pieces, as well as Malkin and Brian Maloney's ongoing investigation of Air America's legal history, and the ongoing shell game their founders are engaged in.

Posted by Mitch at August 19, 2005 07:04 AM | TrackBack

This is no longer "circling the drain" anymore for Err Amerika....they are in the drain and nearing the sewage plant (or septic tank, for those of you in Rio Linda). Frankin & Company are in deep trouble and playing the shellgame-switchero with parent companies to avoid debts....ain't gonna work.

Posted by: Dave at August 19, 2005 12:27 PM
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