Wednesday, April 14, 2004

Air America Update

Blogging of the President does some investigation into the owner of MRBI:

There may be a very simple explanation for the squabble, however. Try searching on the political donations of the President of Multicultural radio (the company that shut down the LA and Chicago stations) , Arthur Liu. In addition to donations to the NAB, the broadcasters lobbying organizations, Arthur Liu has been generous with Alfonse D'Amato and Rick Lazio. Is it possible--as Randi Rhodes is apparently now claiming--that Liu was paid off to make things difficult for the budding radio network?

This may be developing--but I'm guessing Drudge will continue to ignore this side of the story. If it does turn out that Liu was paid to shut down the network, it's a testament to the real success of Air America.

I don't know. I think this is pretty flimsy evidence on which to hang a conspiracy theory. Many successful businessman has been known to donate to both sides of the political aisle (it's called covering your bets). Has Liu made comparable contributions to Democrats?

I suspect this is more the case of ordinary business-screwing-business then a partisan political conspiracy. But I'm open to the alternative possibility.

Update: Hoffmania has a good summary of this story and Blah3 has the financials on Liu


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