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October 20, 2005

Dead Air America: No Measurable Listenership In DC

They just never got the main point: You don't need a shoestring, semi-professional media outlet when you've already got ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, NPR, PBS, the NYT, the WaPo, the LAT, etc....

It's endlessly amusing to me that the left imagined its savior to be the hyper-charismatic, endlessly talented Al Franken. You know, the guy who worked at Saturday Night Live for ninety-three years before Lorne Michaels made him a cast member.

Passed over again and again in favor of such greats as Brad Hall, Terry Sweeney, Randy Quaid (!) and Anthony Michael Hall, after he traded steroids for humor.

But this was the guy. This was the franchise. The guy who had exactly two funny bits on his three-hundred-forty-two year history on the show -- "The Al Franken Decade" and the first six thousand Stuart Smalley sketches.

This legend was going to give birth to a new industry and turn American politics around 180 degrees.

What, they couldn't get Jon Lovitz? At least he could do that Master Thespian bit.

When The New York Times Was Covering Air America Every Day Of The Week... You know, before they actually debuted, before the network was revealed to be a corrupt embarassment, there was talk by liberals that every day people would say at the water cooler, "Did you hear what Al Franken said today?"

My prediction was borne out: The Top Ten Things People Are More Likely to Say Than "Did You Hear What Al Franken Said Today?"

You may have to do a search for "Franken," as the link just seems to take you to the top of the archived page.


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