July 31, 2005
— Ace Predictably.
Somehow a rather large sum of public money for a youth and seniors' charity ended up being "loaned" to Air America. Air America hasn't repaid this "loan" yet, though it promises to do so.
The left -- beginning with Daily Kos (who else?) and spreading to its various client-blogs -- is calling this a "phony" story ginned up by extreme right-wingers.
How can it be a phony story, Radio Equalizer wants to know, if Air America admitted it must pay back the money?
Obviously, then, money went from a charity to Air America. Is that within the operating parameters of the charity? Just loaning (or, perhaps, "loaning," if you know what I mean and I think you do) money to a for-profit talk radio network? I sort of doubt it, though I guess it's possible that's an allowable use of pubic tax money and private charitable donations. Either way, though, this isn't a "phony" story; there's possible wrongdoing here, and it needs to be investigated.
The reality-based community. Okay.
Oliver Willis' pet phrase is "the right wing Wurlitzer machine," by which I suppose he means the lockstep repetition of claims from right-leaning blogs.
I don't know. I attack Instapundit all the time, was all over Andrew Sullivan back when most considered him a conservative, and here on the right we've had vigorous disagreements about drug legalization, the patriot act, random searches of bags at subway stops, Terry Schiavo, and stem cell research.
And yet the left seems to be in unison (as of yet) in defending Air America.
Lefties always circle the wagons. Just like the protest group 'Billionaires for Bush' weren't bothered by the fact that their candidate was the only actual billionaire bankrolled by yet another billionaire. They just don't see it, or when it's pointed out, it's never a problem when their guy does it. Air America just represents the good sort of stealing money from kids.
Posted by: caspera at July 31, 2005 12:51 PM (jylGY)
Posted by: ramms at July 31, 2005 12:54 PM (zj6xd)
Posted by: Jeff B. at July 31, 2005 12:58 PM (037AZ)
Although I'm not sure how redundant it is to add "machine." You can say Xerox machine.
Posted by: ace at July 31, 2005 01:00 PM (sYxc4)
Posted by: Jeff B. at July 31, 2005 01:27 PM (037AZ)
Just make sure you watch your fingers.
Posted by: Beck at July 31, 2005 02:25 PM (ZyH0M)
It's actually surprisingly lame, considering that it's a play on "Mighty Wurlitzer" -- why use "Right Wing" instead of "Righty"? Or did Ace botch that part too?
Posted by: Guy T. at July 31, 2005 03:26 PM (6NzoK)
The Mighty Rightwing Wurlitzer (presumably the Wurlitzer theater pipe organ and not one of Wurlitzer's other products) and variations thereof originated with Digby at Hullaballo, iirc.
Posted by: BumperStickerist at July 31, 2005 04:52 PM (i5Msd)
Posted by: Persona Au Gratin at July 31, 2005 08:03 PM (/C+88)
Come now, we all know the truth about these "differences of opinion," so why won't you just admit it? All the right-wing fascists who appear to argue different points of view are really just acting in lockstep - lockstep! with the instructions of Karl Rove! He orders you to pretend to have differences of opinion, and as in all cases, when Karl Rove says "jump," you all say "how high?" Pathetic the lengths to which you rightists will go to put up a smokescreen camouflaging your true beliefs from the reality-based community!
Posted by: David C at August 01, 2005 02:41 AM (CLFPT)
I believe the Wurlitzer organ sound was popular at baseball stadiums, and on Lawrence Welk. I think this is a crack about how "square" conservatives are and how the pajamhadeen are a bunch of cheerleadres.
Posted by: 72 Hanging Gardens of Babylon at August 01, 2005 05:34 AM (dhRpo)
"that was before it was cool to be a Republican!"
Well Oliver, if you don't have the people with you, or the presidency, or the Congress, or the future Supreme Court, you always have ridicule. But the truth is that outside of your little Liberal Kabal: no one else is listening!
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