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AIR AMERICA: STEALING FROM POOR KIDS?!
    #4460290 - 07/27/05 03:52 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

"Air America is being investigated in New York for diverting federal/local funds--possibly "hundreds of thousands of dollars"--meant for inner-city kids and senior into the station's coffers."




This is TOO funny. You just can't make this stuff up...



Key kids, senior programs saved

City steps in for troubled club

BY BOB KAPPSTATTER
DAILY NEWS BRONX BUREAU CHIEF

A Bronx congressman yesterday praised the smooth takeover of dozens of programs serving thousands of youngsters and seniors across the borough after the city yanked funding from two sponsoring agencies that have come under a cloud.
The nonprofit Gloria Wise Boys & Girls Club and its affiliate Pathways for Youth found their city contracts, running into the millions of dollars, abruptly ended last month by the city Department of Investigation.

The city quickly brought in outside agencies on one-year contracts to run the programs, including the Jewish Association for Seniors for Aged and the Police Athletic League, with in-place workers kept on the job pending individual evaluations.

Rep. Joseph Crowley, who has secured more than $500,000 in federal funding for Gloria Wise programs in the the past few years, said he and his staff "have spent countless hours" working with the city, the Co-op City community where a number of the programs are based, other Bronx elected officials and the new contractors.

He praised the city for what he called "an apparently seamless transfer of contracts" that have kept all the programs up and running without interruption for an estimated 20,000 or so youngsters, handicapped individuals and seniors.

"What is paramount is that they are maintaining the programs," he said. "This is a work in progress."

Crowley (D-Bronx, Queens) said he was "totally shocked - shocked is an understatement" when news of the loss of funding first broke.

He said he and other elected officials are still in the dark over the exact nature of the probe.

In its initial announcement, the DOI said it was probing allegations that program officials "approved significant inappropriate transactions and falsified documents that were submitted to various city agencies."

According to published reports, the allegations involve Charles Rosen, the founder of Gloria Wise who has stepped down as executive director, investing city contract funds in Air America Radio, the liberal talk radio network.

Evan Cohen, Air America's former chairman, had served as Gloria Wise's director of development


http://www.nydailynews.com/boroughs/story/331339p-283184c.html


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Re: AIR AMERICA: STEALING FROM POOR KIDS?! [Re: lonestar2004]
    #4460321 - 07/27/05 04:00 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

So someone who's two dominos away from Air America is connected to Air America?

Evan Cohen is one of the slimiest motherfuckers on the face of the earth. How he isn't in jail right now is beyond me. He almost robbed all of Air America's original funding and took off, and now he's got another gig in this thing? Evan was thrown out of Air America within the first three months of the station.

I'm confused though, how does this connect to Air America the station? Money from this kids foundation was being diverted to Air America? Is that what's this is trying to say?


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Re: AIR AMERICA: STEALING FROM POOR KIDS?! [Re: StrandedVoyager]
    #4460471 - 07/27/05 04:44 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

just probing some allegations.....


"investing city contract funds in Air America Radio"


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Re: AIR AMERICA: STEALING FROM POOR KIDS?! [Re: lonestar2004]
    #4460519 - 07/27/05 04:56 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

It's cool, I'm not trying to be overly liberal. Personally I find Air America a little distasteful with their overly intense liberal slant but I find it a little refreshing considering the current landscape of talk radio stations.

I was just asking what the connection with the station itself was in his whole thing.


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Re: AIR AMERICA: STEALING FROM POOR KIDS?! [Re: StrandedVoyager]
    #4460545 - 07/27/05 05:03 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

its a fucking conspiracy. two choices air America or rush.


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Re: AIR AMERICA: STEALING FROM POOR KIDS?! [Re: lonestar2004]
    #4468340 - 07/29/05 11:26 AM (11 years, 7 months ago)

Statement From Air America Radio (Re: Gloria Wise Boys & Girls Club Scandal)

Air America Radio ^ | Friday, July 29, 2005




Lawyer Statement:

If the allegations of mismanagement and corruption at Gloria Wise Boys and Girls Club are true, it is absolutely disgraceful.

As reported in the Wall Street Journal and the HBO Documentary, Left of the Dial? the company that the Gloria Wise Boys & Girls Club officials gave money to, Progress Media, has been defunct since May 2004. That company was run at the time by Evan Cohen who has not had any involvement in Air America Radio since May 2004.

The current owners of Air America Radio have no obligation to Progress Media?s business activities. We are very disturbed that Air America Radio's good name could be associated with a reduction in services for young people, which is why we agreed months ago to fully compensate the Gloria Wise Boys & Girls Club as a result of this transaction.

We at Air America Radio strongly believe in the mission of Boys and Girls Clubs to provide a safe and nurturing place for young people to learn and grow. As a result, we recently allowed the same club, Gloria Wise Boys & Girls Club, to use our name in a fundraising effort for a summer camp for children in their community.

The funding for Camp Air America was raised and collected entirely by the Gloria Wise Boys & Girls Club, and Air America promoted the camp on air and urged support for it. A link on our web site sent those interested in contributing to the camp to the Gloria Wise web site. Regrettably, the camp did not survive the closure of the Gloria Wise organization. We have offered any individuals who contributed to the camp as a result of Air America's promotion the option of a refund paid for by Air America Radio and the Club offered the alternative option of having their donation redirected to Kip's Bay Boys and Girls Club.

http://www.airamericaradio.com/press/gloriawise


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Re: AIR AMERICA: STEALING FROM POOR KIDS?! [Re: lonestar2004]
    #4468643 - 07/29/05 01:06 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

almost as bad as GW stealing funding from america's public schools!


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Re: AIR AMERICA: STEALING FROM POOR KIDS?! [Re: afoaf]
    #4489268 - 08/03/05 12:40 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

Missing the Perfect Storm

The mainstream media ignores a story tailor-made for them.

by Edward Morrissey

08/03/2005 12:00:00 AM

http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/005/918vrben.asp



THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA is often inconsistent in covering stories. They gave us wall-to-wall coverage when George W. Bush's National Guard service came under scrutiny, but suddenly made themselves scarce when over two hundred Vietnam veterans pointed out hole after hole in John Kerry's service narrative. When Rush Limbaugh ran into legal problems surrounding his addiction to painkillers, we heard breathless updates on subpoenas and court orders, but when Eason Jordan revealed his predilection to slandering the U.S. military, again the press pulled a disappearing act.

Michael LeBoeuf once commented that the elements of the perfect fiction would involve religion, royalty, sex, and mystery--and then boiled it down to one sentence: "My God," said the Queen, "I'm pregnant. I wonder who did it?" Is there a grand-unified theory of media interest and if so, what elements need to come together to make the perfect journalistic storm?

We often hear journalists claim that their mission consists of afflicting the comfortable and comforting the afflicted. One crucial element must therefore put powerful people under a spotlight. Some journalists say that they fight for the little guy, the downtrodden, which means that the story must include victims. Still others like investigative work, digging through arcane paperwork and doubletalk to reveal misdeeds that otherwise would never come to light, which means that a crime or at least unethical conduct would help draw interest. And finally, big money always attracts a crowd and helps audiences relate to the disgraceful actions unveiled by the reporter.

Thus, the perfect

journalistic storm would arise when powerful people victimize the poor and downtrodden, breaking laws or at least ethical constructs, by taking money meant for their benefit. That sort of story will get anyone's attention. All it takes is one reporter to tell the story, and the rest of the media will jump all over it. Right?


ACTUALLY, this perfect-storm story is already percolating in the blogosphere, and oddly enough, hardly anyone in the mainstream media is paying attention to it. Brian Maloney at Radio Equalizer noticed a short blurb in the local-only July 26th edition of the New York Daily News reporting that a well-known corporation had taken money from a Bronx non-profit charity--city government grant money earmarked for poor kids and Alzheimer's patients. The corporation's CEO had also served on the board of directors for Gloria Wise Boys and Girls Club and had quarterbacked a "loan" to his struggling company using these earmarked funds. The Daily News also noted that the money added up to almost a half-million dollars, funds that should have provided services to the elderly and the disadvantaged children of the borough.

On July 27, Maloney then contacted other bloggers to publicize this sensational story. The news that a corporation had apparently taken government money intended for poor kids and Alzheimer's patients to fund their operations spread through the blogosphere. Many bloggers featured the story on their sites, some to pass along the alleged malfeasance to their readers, others to defend the corporation--even after the corporation confirmed the essential elements of the story while trying to avoid responsibility by blaming previous ownership


One would expect that mainstream journalists would want to take advantage of this opportunity to cover this harmonic convergence: A greedy corporation had taken a half-million dollars of city grant money from two certifiably sympathetic and traditional victim groups in order to pay off its already-wealthy employees. Surprisingly, only three mainstream outlets did so: the Washington Times, in an editorial calling attention to the blog reports, a New York Post article doing much the same, and a New York Sun article detailing even more extensive malfeasance on the part of the CEO. After speaking with the president of the charity's executive committee, Jeanette Graves, the Sun's David Lombino discovered that the CEO in question got the loans using rubber-stamp replicas of Ms. Graves's signature on documents never seen by her. A wire transfer of over $400,000 of the charity's funds went to the corporation, also without her knowledge.

In fact, the amount in question now totals $875,000, which the corporation's new ownership discovered on its own but never revealed to authorities. This company has now belatedly agreed to repay the money--but over two years, while the charity remains under funded for its tasks and suffered the loss of other government contracts due to its nonperformance on these earmarked grants. What a story! What a blockbuster!

Yet most of the mainstream media has been oddly silent. Why?


WELL, FOR ONE THING, we have thus far neglected to name the corporation involved. The company that took money from

poor kids and Alzheimer's patients to pay off its high-priced employees is Air America and the CEO was its original founder, Evan Cohen. Air America broadcasts its liberal views on American politics in several cities around the country, attempting to compete with the much more robust conservative talk-radio industry and mostly failing.

The mission of the mainstream media to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable, to tell truth to power, and to hold the reverse Robin Hoods accountable for their malfeasance wouldn't depend on the politics of the criminals.

Would it?


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Re: AIR AMERICA: STEALING FROM POOR KIDS?! [Re: lonestar2004]
    #4490582 - 08/03/05 05:28 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

"We at Air America support the Boys and Girls Club. However, up until the moment the young lad or lassie is born, we hope that mothers continue to acid bath or dismember them"


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Re: AIR AMERICA: STEALING FROM POOR KIDS?! [Re: lonestar2004]
    #4493441 - 08/04/05 02:46 AM (11 years, 7 months ago)

what did that have to do with the price of tomatoes?


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Re: AIR AMERICA: STEALING FROM POOR KIDS?! [Re: afoaf]
    #4493558 - 08/04/05 03:07 AM (11 years, 7 months ago)

Channeling Swami.



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