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Friday, September 23, 2005 

Al Franken goes panhandling

As Michelle Malkin reports, Air America is decending into financial ruin, and deservedly so:
Al Franken's liberal radio network, Air America, is now scraping the bottom of the barrel for investors. Having taxed the patience of deep-pocketed liberal sugar daddies, Air America execs have cooked up a new campaign to hit up their own listeners for cash donations.
Brian Maloney says:
In what appears just short of outright panhandling, a desperate Air America Radio is now begging listeners for cash donations.

From a mass email pitch sent Wednesday afternoon, Air America supporters were taken to a webpage where a direct solicitation is made.

Resembling an online PBS or NPR pledge drive, the site offered paltry "benefits" for cash "gifts" to the liberal talk network. Is Air America unintentionally a not-for-profit enterprise?

For $50, they'll send three "official" bumper stickers, while $100 gets a "stylish" tote bag thrown in. The sucker who has everything might choose the $250 version, including the above and an on-air thanks from one of Air America's talk hosts.

Another option: send "any amount", for which they'll be "grateful". Only you can prevent the next Boys & Girls Club financial raid. Send a buck, save midnight basketball in the Bronx.
LOL. I don't know if they're unintentionally non-profit, but they certainly are unintentionally funny! (See TopTechWriter, Leather Penguin and Captain's Quarters for more.)

Others on the subject include: Newsbusters, Ankle Biting Pundits, California Conservative, Angry in the Great White North, The Jawa Report, Fullosseous Flap's Dental Blog, Mister Snitch, Searchlight Crusade, Donkey Stomp, J Rob's House of Opinions, Overtaken by Events, Mad Mikey, Speed of Thought, Project Nothing, Hard Starboard.

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FYI, I heard a TV news commentator say in passing that they had finally paid back that infamous "loan". But I have not heard that anywhere else. It's likely the media has it wrong, since even though Malkin et al are critical of AA, they'd still report the facts. I suspect the "network" probably put some money into escrow and told friendly reporters the loan had been repaid.

The stuff these guys say on the air, and are proud of, is extraordinary. We may all kid ourselves in this life, but geez.

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