Congrats and candies to all doubles, triples, and quads, team leaders, operational teams and support staff. The news can finally be released: Al Franken will soon be leaving Air America Radio. While the full story cannot yet be revealed and the full complete story will never be known, think of AAR as a brick wall without any mortar and built by someone unworthy of calling themselves a mason. Brick after brick were removed from the wall until it is close - just close - to collapsing. First, the funding "issues", leading to embarassment and finally bankruptcy. The former B-movie "star" Janeane Garofalo was given a better offer; trash TV host Jerry Springer was marginalized; the semi-talented Marc Maron was shuttled off to Siberia... I mean Los Angeles. Brick after brick, until the wall will soon fall.
UPDATE: Oddly enough, the DUmmies don't appear to be discussing this matter, but our friend proudprogressiveCA is. After the perfunctory dissing of Brian Maloney - but not this site for some reason - some of the commenters weigh in.
"Gooserock" opines: "I think Ed Schultz is light-years ahead as liberal entertainment for the masses." Yes, he is indeed "bread and circuses" for the great unwashed.
"kestrel9000" says: "Franken's problem is that he built his cred as a comedic writer, so people, when listening, expect him to be funnier than he actually is. That same handicap does not impede him in terms of his books, just his radio show. People, I think on first listen, expected to be rolling in the aisles, and it just didn't happen."
"Getreal1246" reminds us that Franken frequently treated his listeners to the thoughts of Paul Krugman.
And, "sclminc" indeed has his tinfoil hat snugged down tight!
My admittedly tinfoil hat concern is that I wonder if maybe the Bush Rovies have somehow planted moles at Air America, or used the CIA, FBI or NSA to spy on Air America, or done other really creepy stuff to bring it down. You might say, "Well, Air America's stupid managers did the Bush Rovies' legwork for them." But were the managers really that stupid, or were some of them moles? And, were they really that stupid, or did they go up against a secret Bush Rovie boycott or other Bush Rovie barriers?
UPDATE 3: Here's my Al Franken tribute video.
Posted in StuartSmalley at November 17, 2006 11:09 AM
Lib talk blog LTRadio.blogspot.com claims Franken isn't leaving...
he's going to Iraq on a USO tour, etc. Not sure whether or not they're accurate...
Posted by: raccoonradio at November 18, 2006 10:08 AM
Proudprogressiveca says to tell you he'll be your friend when hell freezes over.
Posted by: kestrel9000 at November 29, 2006 10:04 AM
Monitoring Air America Radio [TM] so you don't have to.