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August 17, 2005
Air America: Show Al The Money

Michelle Malkin wants to help Al Franken in her new column this week. He recently talked about the revelations of financial malfeasance at his employer, but found it difficult to maintain any interest in the fact that they took money from poor kids and Alzheimer's patients in order to pay his talent fees:

The Bronx-based Gloria Wise Boys & Girls Club has been duped out of a reported $875,000 meant for poor children and elderly Alzheimer's patients. Evan Montvel-Cohen, the former chairman of the much-hyped liberal radio network Air America, is at the center of the erupting scandal. Air America radio host Al Franken, punctuating his discussion with nervous laughter, called Cohen a "crook" on his show last week and confessed to his left-wing audience that "I think he was robbing Peter to pay Paul." ...

Curiously, Air America has shown little interest in urging law enforcement officials to track down Cohen and hold him accountable for "robbing",Al's word, not minean inner-city charity in the network's name. Why is that? Franken says the subject of massive theft from one of the largest non-profit charities for underprivileged residents in New York City is "boring."

Yes. "Boring."

Even O.J. Simpson still fakes occasional interest in finding his wife's killer between his rounds of golf. Franken and Air America management, by contrast, seem unusually eager to sweep the entire financial scandal under the rug. Meanwhile, the Boys & Girls Club hasn't seen a dime of the bilked money repaid. Hearts aren't the only things that seem to be bleeding at Air America.

That's where Michelle wants to step in and help Al find the swindler. She's volunteering her readers to do some sleuthing work to track down Evan Montvel Cohen, the former Air America and Gloria Wise executive who helped transfer almost $900,000 from the latter to the former just before Progress Media discovered that he had run through all the money in June 2004. She even offers clues that she has already gleaned from readers and published reports.

See if you can't help out as well. After all, until they catch Cohen and get the full story from him, Al will continue to experience this boredom while Eliot Spitzer and possibly other agencies investigate the misappropriation of government grant money by his employer. Once Cohen turns up, things are bound to get more interesting for everyone at Air America ...

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at August 17, 2005 5:45 AM

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