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Air America and More Hypocrisy

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You may or may not have heard of the current scandal involving Air America – the liberal alternative to the likes of Limbaugh and Hannity – and their alleged illegal diversion of hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars from a community center. That’s not surprising – the MSM could hardly be expected to take a story like that seriously. Imagine, for a moment however, the following paragraph from the Washington Times didn’t involve Al Franken, liberal, or Air America but instead read Rush Limbaugh and conservative:

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.

Do you think we’d be hearing more on this if it were Limbaugh, Hannity, or Ingraham? Meanwhile, Michelle Malkin has been all over the story, and in other news, Air America is apparently still on the air.

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Written by martinipundit

July 29, 2005 at 9:47 am

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