Baseball Crank
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May 24, 2004
POLITICS: I Want My Taxpayer Funding!

Yeah, I know, picking on Air America is beating a dead horse. But this item really captures one prominent reason why conservatives have argued all along that openly liberal radio would never fly as a for-profit business:

Die-hard liberals tuning in to Air America couldn't believe their ears last week when they heard a commercial for the oil company Royal Dutch/Shell.

"Air America is trying to posit itself as anti-corporate, left-leaning radio, and they're running ads where Shell says it's a great corporate citizen?" kvetches an environmental advocate.

In the spot, about a scientist studying a coral reef, Shell comes across as environmentally concerned. Shell-bashers complain that the fossil-fuel dispenser is anything but. In a class-action lawsuit alleging complicity in human-rights abuses in Nigeria, the family of the late Nobel laureate Ken Saro-Wiwa claims that his protest against Shell's drilling led to his execution by the state. (A Shell spokesman told us the allegations were false.)

A source tells us the station inherited the ad commitment for a limited period when it took over WLIB (1190 AM).

It's hard enough getting sponsors without having to have them vetted by every environmental group out there to see if somebody has a beef with them.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 6:57 AM | Politics 2004 | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

I also understand that Dusty Rhodes (sp?) announced she was leaving the network on Friday. She may have been joking but you never know.

Posted by: chris at May 24, 2004 3:31 PM
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