Unlike "Real" Journalists, Letterman At Least Pushed Franken on Air America-gate

<p> Brian Maloney at <a href="http://radioequalizer.blogspot.com/2005/10/franken-book-tour-off-to-poor... Radio Equalizer</a>, a leading blogger on the Air America scandal, offered the transcript of the other part of the Letterman segment with Al Franken. Unlike the &quot;mainstream media,&quot; Letterman at least asked about the Air America financial scandal.</p><p>
<!--break--> Letterman: &quot;Correct me if I'm wrong but it looks like you have a new set there. Is that what it looks like?&quot;<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">Franken:</span> &quot;Yes, this year we have a new set.&quot;<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">Letterman:</span> &quot;So things must be going well for you.&quot;<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">Franken:</span> <span style="font-style: italic;">(sarcasm)</span> &quot;Oh........yes! No, Air America is doing great. We've got 70 affiliates, cover about 65% of the country.&quot;<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">Letterman:</span> &quot;What was all that talk about money, somebody had money, didn't have money, loaned money, stole money, wouldn't give it back. Any of that true?&quot;<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">Franken:</span> &quot;All of it, all of it. No, what happened was, we had a guy running the company at first who turned out to be <span style="font-style: italic;">(makes a face)</span>...&quot;<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">Letterman:</span> &quot;A goon? A thug?&quot;<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">Franken:</span> &quot;Keep going...&quot;<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">Letterman:</span> &quot;Idiot?&quot;<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">Franken:</span> &quot;Worse than that. But he basically led us to believe...&quot;<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">Letterman:</span> <span style="font-style: italic;">(says something bleeped out)</span><br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">Franken:</span> &quot;There you are. There you are. You see, I thought I couldn't say that. So anyway, he told us we had enough money to stay on the air for three years before we made a profit and it turned out to be three weeks.&quot;<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">Letterman:</span> <span style="font-style: italic;">(laughing)</span> &quot;So, just a little bookkeeping error.&quot;<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">Franken:</span> &quot;So, we lost two of our stations right away and we had five at the time and they were Los Angeles and Chicago <span style="font-style: italic;">(laughing)</span>. So we had to wait a while until we got very good ratings and now we have 70 affiliates.&quot;</p><p />

Tim Graham
Tim Graham
Tim Graham is Executive Editor of NewsBusters and is the Media Research Center’s Director of Media Analysis