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Saturday, April 17, 2004


Paranoia strikes deep

The vast right-wing conspiracy is at it again. Joe Trippi has this post titled "Sign Up With Air America to Defeat Ken Starr and Ted Olsen".

Trippi is really trippin':

Many of you are familiar with the lawsuit that Air America filed against MultiCultural Radio Broadcasting Inc. after MultiCultural pulled Air America off the air in Chicago. Air America won a temporary restraining order against MultiCultural, forcing them to put Air America back on the air.

MultiCultural's claims were suspicious from the start. The owner, Arthur Liu, was quoted as saying that Air America bounced some checks, but according to Air America, everything was paid on time.

MultiCultural not only pulled Air America off the radio -- they changed the locks on the station office.

It turns out there's more to MultiCultural than meets the eye. The CEO Arthur Liu, a Republican supporter, retained the firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher -- a firm that lists Ken Starr and Ted Olsen as its alumni.

This is a right-wing blackout, and we can't let it happen. Ken Starr tried to overturn the results of one presidential election with Whitewater; Ted Olsen successfully overturned another when he represented Bush and Cheney in Bush v. Gore in 2000. Their cronies are trying to silence our voices.

Air America won the first round, but this will be an ongoing fight. Now is the time to show your support for Air America by signing up. Let's send a message to the Olsens and the Starrs who are trying to create a one-party nation -- the online progressive community is powerful, and we will not let them get away with it.

Let me get this straight. Liu, a "Republican supporter" (whatever that means), retained Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, a law firm that was a finalist for the American Lawyer's Litigation Department of the Year Award in 2002 and honorable mention in 2003. This, combined with the fact that the firm employed Starr and Olson in the past is supposed to mean that Starr and Olson have something to do with the decision by Liu not to continue broadcasting Air America.

Trippi seems to understand that Starr and Olson are, in fact, not still lawyers at GD & C. Olson hasn't been there since 2001 and Starr hasn't been there since January 1981. In other words, when Ken Starr was last on the payroll of GD & C, I was three months old.

So what do Olson and Starr have to do with anything? Umm, nothing, except that people that Joe Trippi hangs out with hate them. So it makes sense that Trippi would use any tie, no matter how tenuous, to make it seem like they have something to do with Air America going belly-up.

It is rare, but I agree with Wonkette on this one:

We're with Trippi on this one, actually. Air America should fail because it sucks, not because of some shadowy conservative cabal is pulling strings! No fair! The Republicans are cheating!


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