Did Think Progress blow the Air America bankruptcy story? Update: Yes (Bumped)

posted at 5:48 pm on September 15, 2006 by Allahpundit

We can’t lose. Either TP is right and AAR is circling the drain or TP is wrong and they end up humiliated in front of the blogosphere. That’s a nice warm Friday fuzzy for you.

Brian Maloney doth protest too much, though:

The lessons here are many:

Conservatives were too quick to believe a liberal website’s report without verifying it. Did anybody think to check with yours truly first?

Why would someone in the know have fed a media outlet that’s favorably disposed to AAR false info about impending bankruptcy? And why would a media outlet that’s favorably disposed to AAR have printed info about impending bankruptcy without checking it first? The story stank of bad news leaked to a friendly publication to spin it for them right out of the gate. Good enough for a link, I think.

Stay tuned. Someone’s going down here and whoever it is, it’ll be sweet.

Update: Think Progress has retracted its story. Note the quote from wormy Al Franken, who has the brass stones to blame conservative media for getting the story wrong when it was the Leopoldian tools at TP who broke — and bungled — it. “Lies and the lying liars who tell them” indeed.

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You put some popcorn on, I’ll make a beer run.

Pablo on September 15, 2006 at 1:08 PM

I have a tin foil theory:

AAR personnel leaked the pending bankruptcy story to get the blog rumor mill going. Then they come out and few days later and exclaim, “We’re not going anywhere. Progressive talk on Air America is here to stay!”

This becomes a positive news story in the NYT, “Air America Not Going Teets Up.”

That’s so good it’s Rovian.

Rosetta on September 15, 2006 at 1:12 PM

Popcorn anyone? Personally I prefer marshmallows for this sort of roast.

One Angry Christian on September 15, 2006 at 1:19 PM

I got a chance to listen to AAR while in Austin about a year ago. Some chick nzame Randi Roads(?spell) was the talker. All the talking points were nothing but a rant against the Bush admin. If I were a lib, I’d get pretty tired of listening that crap all the time. Or maybe not…. hmmm….

I kinda like Michael Medved’s discription of AAR, Err America Radio!

Kini on September 15, 2006 at 1:43 PM

It seems to me that if AAR isn’t going BK, they’re about as close to it as they could come. Trying to be bought, lay-offs, Franken not getting paid, etc. etc. They’re screwed, it seems as if they’re hanging on by a thread and I wouldn’t be surprised if that thread is only because they want to make our gloating less sweet.

RightWinged on September 15, 2006 at 2:24 PM

I think Rosetta is right-this could simply be publicity and getting their base worked up with a ’cause’ to rally around before the election. Look for “Save AAR!” fundraisers across the country, where the “impartial and moderate” true believers will once again gather to fantasize about destroying the President and his administration. Because it’s obviously George Bush’s fault that AAR is down the tubes. Where’s Tom Davis?

Doug on September 15, 2006 at 2:46 PM

You gotta love these guys………..

Here’s a typical “It’s not my fault” example of the liberal mindset from ThinkProgress about the impending death of AAR.

If we lefties could get our act together we would make sure there is compelling advertising on our own programs. It is great that people tune in to listen to AAR, but the only way to ensure that such programming stays on their air is to make sure advertisers on these stations create better ads so that people buy from them. If we would make it known that we are buying because of ads on AAR, then AAR would be vibrant.

How can we get better advertisers/advertising? I’m sure this must be the problem.

Comment by AdMan — September 13, 2006 @ 1:50 pm

This guy actually thinks that their PAYING Advertisers are the root of the problem!!! Lets see….since our content and on-air personalities suck so bad, our advertisers could save us if only their ads were more entertaining!

ROFL…..Gotta love those Libs.

BacaDog on September 15, 2006 at 3:55 PM

So they gotta get listeners to buy from the advertisers AND mention that they heard about them on Err Am?
This is their plan?
No wonder they cant manufacture a plan for Iraq.

The demise of Err America is inevitable.

Although I do question the ……..!

shooter on September 15, 2006 at 4:38 PM

BacaDog, I thought they abhor Capitalism…

Entelechy on September 15, 2006 at 5:12 PM

How do you spell Dan ‘what’s his name’?

Wade on September 15, 2006 at 5:23 PM

I wouldn’t say TP would be humiliated by this. It’s just a mistake if they are wrong. Remember, Michelle and Brian Maloney(?) said they were done for in April. Are they looking like fools now? Nope. No harm, no foul, I say. Air America is gone soon. That’s enough.

Kevin M on September 15, 2006 at 5:44 PM

Bad news is good news.

Niko on September 15, 2006 at 6:04 PM

‘I thought they abhor Capitalism… ‘

Why do you think they’re going down the toilet? It’s hard to run a commercial venture when you think that you are entitled to everything by some kind of divine right.

Wolfman on September 15, 2006 at 7:32 PM

You’re right Wolfman.

I spent a couple of hours reading the posts on ThinkProgress. Amazing how those guys think.

The reasoning for the problems at AAR ranged from the usual Right Wing Conspiracy nutjobs to “we need a big investor to fix this” (just like spending more money that’s not theirs) to blaming it on their advertisers.

The gist of almost all of the posts is that there is nothing wrong with AAR, so there must be some outside influence ruining things.

Just the usual lib… umm, Progressive thought process!!!

BacaDog on September 15, 2006 at 8:15 PM

Ads? Air UnAmerica actually got a few sponsors? Since when?

It was reported by Newsmax [9/5] that, “Steinem distances her new network from Air America Radio, but GreenStone has been renting studio and satellite time from Piquant LLC, the corporate entity that owns Air America Radio.” Thus they have some money comming in. Add that to what Soros is probably giving them and you can see that they don’t need to declare bankruptcy. At least not yet.

DannoJyd on September 15, 2006 at 9:12 PM

The Libs need to just give up on talk radio.

They own the movies to get their viewpoint across. Why do they feel the need to try to own talk radio also.

It ain’t gonna happen.

Movies require feeling. Radio required thought.

Rosetta on September 16, 2006 at 1:05 AM

[Doug] Because it’s obviously George Bush’s fault that AAR is down the tubes.

Of course, don’t you people see? AAR has no listeners because the evil Christian “extremist” right wing has brainwashed everyone to the point where they don’t want to tune in…if we could just undo that brainwashing, or outlaw Christianity, or outlaw Republicanism, or use the power of gov’t to restrict “right-wing” talk radio, or, or, or … I know we’d get ’em back!

Seriously: Occasionally AAR has a straight news item or two, and and an interesting point to make here or there. But overall the station (and its implied mission) is a reflection of the festering BDS that has invaded the minds of the various hosts. (The station owners are in a category unto themselves…) To me it’s just shocking to see what’s happened to Franken and Garofalo, who both used to smile on occasion during the 90’s.

RD on September 16, 2006 at 12:50 PM