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August 15, 2005
How Many Bronx Kids Pay For A Private Jet?

The ongoing financing scandal at Air America took a cynical twist in the last twenty-four hours. Brian Maloney, who broke the original story to the blogosphere, now reports that an internal memo from AAR host Randi Rhodes proposes using a private corporate jet to take her and her show to Crawford, Texas -- so that she can take advantage of all the publicity surrounding Cindy Sheehan:

Also, transporation is an issue, because it will take me a whole day to travel. I don't want to miss a day on the air, and lose momentum. Flight to Dallas, on to Waco and then to Craford by car. So I was hoping that someone in the company would let me use their jet? I could take Steve with me and leave after Thursday's show.

Perhaps I missed something, but Air America and Piquant Media has a debt of almost a million dollars that originated from misappropriated government grants intended to support poor kids and Alzheimer's patients in the Bronx. Piquant Media promised to pay the money back -- but without interest and only over two years. They defied the Department of Investigation's recommendations and put their first payment in an escrow account they themselves control, which amounts to paying the money from one AAR account to another AAR account.

In the meantime, while Gloria Wise awaits the reimbursement due them, the radio netlet spends money on private corporate jets? Money is no object to Randi, especially when she has the opportunity to leech onto someone else's national publicity. Unfortunately for the children of the Bronx, AAR doesn't have the same regard for the victims of their own financial shenanigans. (via Michelle Malkin)

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at August 15, 2005 10:07 PM

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