Saturday, September 17, 2005

The Antidote for Culpability

Hello Thinkers!

Have you ever been exhausted from the demands of life? Not the physical demands, like cleaning up the house, or working on some major domestic project - but the day to day concerns that require little physical exertion. Did I pay all the bills? Is my dog barking too late into the night? How will the kids do in school? All these worries can make you just as beat as if you had spent the day landscaping.

But fear not my friends! If this is a problem, I have a new miracle cure - simply be a liberal. Case in point. The ongoing, but scantily reported scandal involving The Gloria Wise Foundation and Air America. I won't go into the details of how the Foundation, which receives millions of our dollars to help inner city children and the elderly, decided to give Air America over $800,000.00 during their startup. Yep! That's right - your hard earned tax dollars, close to a million of them, went to pay Al Franken and Janeane Garafalo to sit in front of a microphone and blame Bush for everything from global (non) warming to the surge in illegal immigration (well, maybe they have a point there).

However, others are going an excellent job tracking the Air Enron story. Check out the details here:

My interest however lies in the wonderful elixir, the cure-all of culpability, being a liberal.

You see, in a recent interview on Fox News, William Press (formerly of the CNN show CrossFire... I know, I never watched it either) went on a no-holds barred defense of his idealogical sty-mates at Air America. Here are some excerpts from his interview with Neil Cavuto:

PRESS: So we agree, we agree the culprit here are the directors of this boys and girls club, or the executive director, who loaned this guy this money. They're the ones ought to be under investigation. The point I'm making is, this has nothing to do with the people who are now on the air on Air America, or that are now running Air America.

...that would be fine Bill, old man, except Air America hasn't come close to paying back the "loan" yet. Here's some more:

CAVUTO: --is it worth exploring to you--seriously--is it worth exploring to you whether the dots connect here, and whether there was a point in Air America's history where its very survival somehow was assured by this money? Whether you disagree with that or not, that that not maybe didn't happen, but to explore it?

PRESS: Let me just put a fact on the table. This loan occurred before Air America ever went on the air. When Air America went on the air they found out that--

...and why was this "loan" never disclosed until after it was blasted out in the blogosphere and in few select newspapers?

And what about the snake oil cure for culpability that I promised earlier? The warm soft glow of blamelessness is not far. Here is one of Bill Press's final statements of the interview:

PRESS: Hey Jim, Jim, Jim, nobody at Air America today is involved in this. Nobody, period. Get off it.

...And there it is! These are liberals at Air America - they are not to blame. So what if the previous management took your money intended for disadvantaged children and Alzheimer's victims? Air America has a whole new crop of saints at the helm now and all this should be water under the bridge.

I wonder how Bill Press feels about reparations?

I did do a google search and came up empty on any comments he may have made on that subject, but I did find his home page. On this he maintains a series of essays. I did not have the stomach to read them, but here are some titles:

Wal-Mart: Welcome to the new American Taliban
Don't blame diversity for Jayson Blair
Let the U.N. make the peace
Stop the bleeding: Shut down Guantanamo Bay
Arab world hates us - but don't blame Newsweek
Why Senate must reject John Bolton
Bush declares war on Social Security
Kerry makes clean sweep of debates
CBS fiasco doesn't let Bush off the hook
Swiftboats sink under waves of truth
Michael Moore's daring film
Capture of Saddam doesn't change a thing
Kerry Presidency Off to Strong Start (HA HA! I LOVE that one!)

So based on this, I have a fairly good idea what he probably thinks of reparations. Of course Corporate America is evil, but Air America is nice... so let them be. Ironically, Bill Press is collecting funding to start his own liberal network. Apparently not all of that money is, shall we say, clean.

Hypocrisy, thy name is Bill Press.


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