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Air America Idiot Update (Updated)

The NYC Arbitron Abbattior 07/17/06:

WABC (Rush, Hannity): 3.4 (.1 loss); 10th overall
WOR (O’Reilly, Savage): 2.1 (unchanged); 19th overall
WLIB (Air Idiot): 1.0 (.2 gain); 25th overall

UPDATE (7/18): The Daily News’ David Hinckley offers a day part (morning/afternoon) breakdown. Three guesses which station doesn’t make the cut.

All the money Soros and his comrades might pour into this black hole won’t be worth a rat’s ass. They just can’t generate an audience. Plus, if Soros and friends do give them a massive money infusion, they open Air Idiot to charges of being a wholly political entity–a straight up 527 outfit.

That would place them under McCain-Feingold campaign finance “reform” restrictions, which could knock them off the air as election time nears. The media exemptions those restrictions allow could easily be shown inapplicable regarding Air Idiot. WABC may feature a lineup of right leaning talkers, but the station itself is clearly a business, apolitically in pursuit of profits. They air the shows that bring in dough. If they could turn a buck airing the “progressive” stuff, they’d be doing it. They’ve tried it in the past(Mario Coumo, Lynn Samuels); it tanked.

Air Idiot would not be able to convince anyone–especially FEC regulators–it is a commercial, for-profit radio endeavor if its existence is predicated on financing from an admitted politically partisan PAC like Democracy Alliance. Having deep-pocketed liberals investing as private citizens is one thing; Democracy Alliance is an entirely different situation.

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