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Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Air America: hard to stay on message

As I understand it, AA launched early to shill for Kerry. And the product is certainly neither fair nor balanced.

But I get the feeling that they're chi-iker's first and shills second.

Couple of things from yesterday's shows (I listened to Garofalo's and Franken's - they kinda merge...): one segment was on media concentration, and, naturally, Clear Channel came up (that I read somewhere had 45% of US radio broadcasting revenues). And the question was asked, how did this happen? And someone mentioned - in 1996, under Clinton.

And - this was a Franken segment - a guy from the NY Times was talking tax, in particular, the enormous Federal tax breaks the super-rich have been getting. And, from the numbers he gave [1], around half of the reduction came under Clinton.

Plus a whole lot of chatter about why Kerry is (relatively) soft-pedalling 9/11 and Iraq.

(I missed Franken's interview with Kerry because the streaming went down. They're supposed to be providing archives sometime...)

No doubt, by this inability to stick to the script, they lose the hardcore - the St Petersburg Democratic Club, for instance. But they have a stab at attracting the unattached.

Franken had a discussion on the Medicare Act - remember Karen Ryan? - and the prescriptions racket it put (left?) in place. According to this list (PDF)) on the site of Rep Rahm Emanuel, the US price for tamoxifen was over ten times that of the Canadian price.

Plenty of swing voters could get hot under the collar about the corruption involved there [2].

Franken and Garofalo as coalition-builders? Stranger things have happened. Must have done...

  1. From memory, for the top 400 US taxpayers, Federal taxes (defined how?) fell from 30% of income in 1993 to 23% in 2000; and in 2003 were 17-18%.

  2. But - oops! HR 1 passed the House by one single vote - with nine Democrats voting for the bill! And eleven Democrats voted for it on passage from the Senate. You bastards...


Looking again at Senate Roll Call 459 on HR1: the Dems voting for the bill were

Baucus (D-MT)
Breaux (D-LA)
Carper (D-DE)
Conrad (D-ND)
Dorgan (D-ND)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Lincoln (D-AR)
Miller (D-GA)
Nelson (D-NE)
Wyden (D-OR)

Those not voting were:

Kerry (D-MA)
Lieberman (D-CT)

The presumptive candidate (to be kind) missing in action. And this was November 25. In 2003, Thanksgiving fell on November 27. On the 25th, The Note was on hiatus for the holidays, too.

(I'm sure it was a tricky business for JFK: a point to return to, perhaps.)

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