Friday, July 29, 2005

What if Fox News Channel got money stolen from children?

Michelle Malkin has links to further coverage of the "Air America taking money from poor children" scandal. The best one is this fisking of Air America's contradictory mea culpa which implicates them while they try to say they're not responsible.

She also mentions that the MSM isn't spending any time or ink on covering this story. I supposed that dead girl in Aruba - c'mon, you knew she was dead two months ago! - and the failed witchhunt against Karl Rove are more important. But, as the headline mentioned, what if Fox News Channel was being propped up by money stolen from poor youth groups? Zounds! Dead girls in Aruba would be replaced by pitchforks and torches for Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes.

Yep, another day, another liberal hypocrisy.

The Washington Times - I can hear the fascist moonbats squealing "MOONIES!!!" now - has an editorial and primer as to what's it all about, Al Franken?

Did Al Franken's liberal radio network Air America divert city money for the elderly and inner-city children to itself? That's the question people should be asking this week after the revelation that the New York Department of Investigation is looking into whether hundreds of thousands of dollars were illegally transferred from a Bronx community center to Air America. Only a community paper and a few Internet bloggers seem interested in what could be an egregious case of illegal funneling of tax dollars to a private, partisan organization.

In late June, city officials designated the Gloria Wise Boys and Girls Club, a nonprofit organization that runs mentoring programs for children and day care for Alzheimer's patients, a "non-responsible city contractor." Investigators found "significant inappropriate transactions and falsified documents that were submitted to various City agencies." The city subsequently suspended the club's contracts, which run well into the millions.

It turns out, according to sources quoted anonymously by the Bronx News, that the mishandled money went to Air America. One source claims that $480,000 was wrongly transferred. The city investigation is concentrating on Charles Rosen, the club's president for 15 years, and Evan Cohen, the development director, who is a former chairman of Air America. Mr. Cohen resigned from Air America in May after the network's leasing plans in Chicago, San Francisco and elsewhere fell through.

No one has claimed that Messrs. Cohen or Rosen sought to profit personally from any transfers. The money was said to have been a "loan" from the community center to Air America, which Air America would repay with interest at some point in the future. But why the public till should be tapped to rescue a foundering news outlet was a question no one seemed to consider. Maybe Air America officers thought spending public funds on their network was a truly compelling public interest. It isn't, of course, and if the allegations are true, they reveal a misuse of tax dollars to support a partisan organization.

Air America's parent corporation Piquant LLC issued an "explanation" yesterday but did not deny the allegations. It instead tried to pin them on Air America's previous owners, on whose watch the transfer is said to have occured. That won't wash.

Most of the mainstream newspapers have ignored this story. We only found out about it through the reporting of Brian Maloney, who pieced a story together on his blog "The Radio Equalizer" which was picked up by syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin. The New York Daily News buried an item at the end of a column of news briefs. There was nothing in the New York Times, which has heaped flattering coverage on the flailing network.

Air America is struggling to find listeners, leaders and reliable funding. But should it take money from children and the ailing elderly? Al Franken and Randi Rhodes, ever the defenders of the "little guy," should explain this one.

I'm almost winning to bet money that Randi will be snarling about "Rove treason" and "Bush Mein Kampf" tonight - like EVERY night - and won't have a peep coming out of her shrill noise hole about how her paycheck is funded by the downtrodden she pretends she speaks for.


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Dirk Belligerent said...

Ah, the return of the reality-challenged Mr. Anonymous, eager for another clubbing over his/her/its hypocrisy!!!

This is really easy and it goes a little something like this....HIT IT!!!!

1. Using Liberal Debate Tactic #1 (ad hominem), the linked story devotes all its fury to the question "Who blew the whistle?!? Ignore them!!!" and goes as far to say:

As I said at the start of this post, I’m not attempting to prove or disprove the allegations. I’m just trying to track down where the allegations are coming from and how solidly they are sourced.

The charges don't matter; it's the fact that an Echo Chamber is in effect that supposedly bothers him. Alrightee then. That leads to...

B. When Dan Rather destroyed himself with fake documents and it's been determined that Joe Wilson is the source of the Valerie Plame leak, why don't the lying hypocrites of the Left seem to be so concerned about lack of sourcing? Hmmm???

Whether they're trying to get Dubya or Darth Rove, it doesn't matter that they used false charges, the fact that there were CHARGES AT ALL called for summary execution!! OFF WITH THEIR HEADS!!!!

When it's their side, however, there is NOTHING that will be satisfactory to prove charges and if evidence exists, no one should've been even looking for it! NO CONTROLLING LEGAL AUTHORITY is the motto of the Left; never forget it.

Well, thanks for playing, playa hata. Move on now!