Even NY Times Recognizes Air Americas Failings


Air_america_sinkingAh, liberalism. While trying to find a counterpoint on the radio to conservatives, Air America is living up to everything that liberalism espouses. Idealism vs Reality, Government Intervention as opposed to Tough Decisions. Even the New York Times can not gloss over the mess that is Air America. They tried hard enough, but this is such a mess that even the Times can not put lipstick on it completely.

Lets look at the Finances of Air America:

Some people at Air America assert that, under Mr. Glaser and the team he put in place, the network was top-heavy with management, inept at selling ads, unwilling to make program compromises that veered from the liberal message and overstaffed with more than 100 employees when two dozen would have sufficed.
“What they did for $45 million they could have done for $10 million,” said Sheldon Drobny, an investor with a contentious relationship with the network. Mr. Drobny and his wife, Anita, longtime Democratic activists, are credited with the idea for Air America. via New York Times.

Hmmm… This is not surprising. Now lets look at the bankruptcy. Instead of a buyer saving the company and putting cash into it, the board members wanted the cash to go to them and let the company flounder. What a surprise.

Late in September, the Drobnys tried to buy Air America for $2.5 million, but the deal fell apart because, Mr. Drobny says, the terms were changed. He said he would have had to put the money into Piquant’s operating account, where it could have been tapped by creditors, instead of into a shielded holding company.

In an e-mail message to the board, Mr. Drobny wrote that “one or more of the board members and attorneys have intentionally taken steps to put the company into Chapter 11 and have taken actions that are intentionally to the detriment of the current members and their creditors.”

And for those willing to wade through the whole article, and I will save you the anguish, the truth comes out in the final paragraph:

He disputes the idea that Air America “was a vanity project,” but acknowledged that things may be done differently in the future. “I have come to understand very clearly that the radio component of this requires a radio professional,” he said.

Posted December 18, 2006 by
Media | 9 comments

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    9 Responses to “Even NY Times Recognizes Air Americas Failings”

    1. katablog.com on December 18th, 2006 10:27 am

      No surprise here. The details the Times points out (and there are probably many more that would make us all shutter) are exactly the true liberal way of doing things.

      They purport to be for the poor and down trodden, but that’s only after they skim theirs’ off the top, and then make the rest of America pay.

      Liberals encourage the poor staying poor but with more benefits. It’s a true “robin hood” philosophy.

    2. John Staton on December 18th, 2006 12:50 pm

      Watch out, next they will want to TAX us to support it!

    3. Dana on December 18th, 2006 1:20 pm

      Can you say CBC ?
      Canadain taxpayers pay for a liberal left wing dominated broadcasting service. Would not surprise me to say the least. The dems are looking for anything to go against Rush and Hannity.

    4. lostintime on December 18th, 2006 3:20 pm

      I’m a old member and can’t get on…How do I register?


      SM:   Send an email to Tom or Red, there is a link to email them on the front page of SM.   Tell them what your old nickname was etc.   (klaasend)

    5. lostintime on December 18th, 2006 3:58 pm

      Thanks Klaasend….Hope to see you soon….

    6. hugh scott on December 18th, 2006 6:40 pm

      Have you ever listened to Air America especially to the Randi Rhodes Show? All you hear is negative,negative negative. Its a really depressing format and its no wonder nobody wants to listen or pay to advertise on the show.
      Not only is it negative comments on and on but the show hosts seem to have no problem with lying to try to make a negative point. Below are examples:
      “we left munitions to be stolen in Iraq so that terrorists could use them and create a reason for American soldiers to be there for a long time”
      “there is still hope that Iran and N.Korea will go wrong”
      “Bush caused the death of 10,000 people in New Orleans”
      “Our military is killing for corporations”
      “We are trying to make countries like Iran go nuclear so that corporations can make money creating anti-missle weapons”
      “US planes airlifted thousands of Al Quaeda out of Tora Bora to Pakistan”

      This is just part of the “stuff” that came out of the Randi Rhodes show on Air America- and they wonder why Air America failed. This is scarey stuff!

      Hugh Scott

    7. Mortella on December 19th, 2006 9:02 am

      Some have recently called our American media coverage “crap” but I beg to differ. Yes, we have complete freedom of the press and I believe we fought a war about that with that as a part of the very first Amendment to our Constitution, the separation of the press from the government.

      As long as there is an America, may that freedom reign! With every major journalism school in this country wildly liberal, I can well imagine if our own press were government run! Of course, this is just what many would like but may we never put politics ahead of our basic freedoms, the first and foremost of which includes the freedom of our press from government interference.

      I would never want to live under a situation in which the government controlled access to information like this. All one has to do is look at the old Soviet Union’s control of Pravda and what the people of that region were told and what passed for the truth in journalism.

      The liberal media in this country labeled Natalee Holloway’s coverage excessive, pretty rich white girl syndrome and claimed she would never have gotten any coverage at all had she been a poor member of a minority. That is not true but their agenda and an example of why we don’t need liberals in control of our press, ever.

    8. katablog on December 19th, 2006 4:51 pm

      We don’t want the government to control access to media – well other than the media that prints classified documents. However, we don’t want our “news” served to us every night with a liberal slant so that “news” becomes merely opinion and a biased opinion at that.

      We want news without the government’s bias, but also without a political party bias. Don’t you want your vote to be your vote instead of based on lies the media has fed you.

      What happened to journalism that use to be just the facts, reported straight without bias and without sources that are the terrorists disguised as “reporters”.

    9. Carpe Noctem on December 20th, 2006 9:51 pm

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