Baloney and Spew
Television serves as a veritable wasteland when it comes to keeping tabs on fossil fuel depletion issues. The other conventional broadcast medium, radio, gives mixed results on the issues. The mix boils down to Air America, Pacifica, etc. providing the goods while the right side of the dial tunes completely out.
I don't watch much TV but do keep the radio on in the background, so I can tell you that a network such as AAR seems to mention energy or oil, at least incidentally, at the rate of once every hour. Based on my own sampling, the right wing talkers never mention the topic ... but now they have started droning on and on about Air America on the hour every hour.
Why? Basically the "gotcha" issue involves early fraud by the initial startup player in the network, Evan Cohen. I have not seen the film, but the guy evidently gets slammed hard in the HBO documentary Left of the Dial which focusses on the birthing of AAR. Bad vibes with the staff left the new owners to boot his butt out long ago. However, the repercussions have just started hitting the right-wing blovatars (see Brian Baloney, stage right). Maloney and others spin it as stealing $500K from a minority summer boys&girls camp and Alzheimers patients. (The underlying fever-current involves fear that the liberal network has gained traction and innovation in the Limbaugh-ruled world of talk-radio. Not too puzzling that the right wing talkers lack anything by way of innovations such as show-based message boards, blog comment sections, streaming radio, Democracy Now! podcasts, archives, and satellite radio that the fledgling upstarts have pioneered. Transient bursts of outrage remains the right radio's only outlet. So in fear of their flabbiness getting out-muscled they must counter-attack.) As I write this, the local AssMissile radio show has just started to launch into it.
I donated to the AirAmerica/Gloria Wise free summer camp earlier this year via PayPal thanks to mentions by AAR's Morning Sedition. I felt good about it then, I still do.
I also donated to the Andy Stephenson fund (he of Black Box voting fraud fame) after AAR's Mike Malloy mentioned several times that he needed money for pancreatic cancer treatment. Even though I knew that pancreatic cancer leads to a death sentence, I felt good about giving and I still do today.
Well, Stephenson died July 7.
Sadly, rumors of fraud circulated his illness. One nut speculated on a diary that he faked his illness and even now continues bizarre conspiracies on a single-note web site.
The whole brouhaha over AAR will eventually come down to conspiracies. I see no difference between what they did to Andy Stephenson and Maloney's "investigation" of AAR.
The backlash falls into a couple of general categories. One group appears ideological in nature: Conservatives are attacking Stephenson because he's a progressive activist. "The right wing just went crazy," says Air America's Malloy. "This is one of the sickest things I've ever seen."
Mark Riley of AAR's Morning Sedition has a long history as a community voice in NYC. He provides the link to the flagship station's WLIB roots on AAR. He pushed the Air America Camp because he likely wanted to give back to the community. He and his cohost Marc Maron, told people on-air several weeks ago that donors could request a refund. I do not intend to ask for my money back.
Maloney, shame on you.
It takes a nation of millions of us AAR listeners to make a difference.
We will do it.
Yesterday, Spew Spewitt ranted up and down over this on his radio show; vile coming out of every pore. He raised lots of conspiracies concerning AAR funding.
I base all I know on trust.
I donated to Camp Air America based on AAR's Mark Riley mentioning the charity quite a bit earlier this year.
So the winger outrage has got all the stink of the alleged fraud surrounding Andy Stephenson's phony "illness". Well, he did end up dying of pancreatic cancer. I donated to Andy, writing out a check in his name and mailing it, full well knowing that that type of cancer meant a death sentence and that I would not get my money back. I only knew of Stephenson via AAR's Mike Malloy. Mike Malloy said to donate because Andy deserved a chance to live.
Spewitt deserves only shame.
So where did the $8.8 billion dollars in Iraq go and will we get our money back?
Update: Maha Daily Kos has a diary thread on the topic. Key point: fraudster Evan Cohen is a Guam Republican, and I believe he faked his miraculous recovery from brain cancer. And she has a full recap on her own MahaBlog.