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October 24, 2005

Prepping Al Franken for "the question"

Here's Al's new daily affirmation: "I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and gosh darnit if anyone asks me about the Air America scandal I'll bob and weave and make not-really-actionable charges and smears the best I can!"

You can see that being put to use on his Letterman appearance. More on that here, here, and here.

And, you can see it in action in another recent interview:

We had a shock right at the beginning when the guy [which guy? c'mon, Al, give us a name] who first ran Air America sort of led everyone to believe there was more financing than there was. He led us to believe that we had three years of capital to go through before we had to make a profit, which is what new businesses usually have to do. We didn't have three years, we had three weeks. So after three weeks we lost Los Angeles, we lost Chicago. It was very dicey there. Basically, we barely hung on. Now it's much better, but it slowed things down. It was hard, obviously, to get affiliates to our network if they thought the network wasn't going to be around another day. But now we have 70 affiliates, about 63 percent of the country.

Needless to say, "63% of the country" is quite a bit misleading. For instance, their San Antonio station is actually 50 miles from that city; the half of San Antone that can hear it is in the "fringe" listening area. And, their "Chicago" station is likewise 50 miles away from Chitown.

There are more cows than people in those station's prime listening areas. So, that "63%" includes a whole lot of open prairie. But, that figure would not be misleading as long as you stated that you had included the bovine population when making the calculation.

Posted in StuartSmalley at October 24, 2005 05:52 AM


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