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New Air America VP interprets his mission liberally
N.Y. Daily News ^ | Today | DAVID HINCKLEY

Posted on 01/17/2006 7:47:24 AM PST by holymoly

Felipe Luciano becomes vice president of news for the progressive radio network Air America (WLIB, 1190 AM) with several premises.

First, "All those years of talk about a 'liberal bias' in the media has pushed our national media to a right-wing slant.

"What was once an independent voice has become afraid to take a stand. Everyone is afraid what happened to Dan Rather will happen to them. That's why we see almost no investigative journalism."

To that timidity, says Luciano, Air America offers an essential alternative.

Second, "You should never talk down to your audience, because they're much more interested and aware than people think. I grew up a black Puerto Rican at Third Ave. and 112th St., and people were always saying, 'Stay in your community.' But I was interested in the whole world. Most people are the same."

When Luciano talks about media, it's not theoretical. He has worked at WNBC/Ch. 4, WCBS/Ch. 2 and Fox News. He's hosted radio shows at WRVR, WLIB and WWRL.

He's been equally busy outside the media. In the '60s, he was a founder of the Young Lords party and in recent years he has run for political office himself.

This lifetime of activism would seem to make Air America an ideal spot for him.

"One of the things I quickly found here is that the people are very smart," he says. "That means the newsmen like Bill Crowley and Wayne Gilman, the hosts and everyone else. You have to be informed and quick just to keep up."

Among the things he's after in the news department, he says, are "important stories neglected in the major media" and "subjective objectivity," meaning accurate information "with a point of view. When you see the bias of Fox News commentators, why shouldn't we have a balance?"

That lack of balance, he suggests, contributes to a dangerous and widening gap in America.

"You have the incredible generosity of the American people and the incredible callousness of the American government. We need to close that divide."

Luciano, who will also be doing on-air commentary, has an ambitious expansion of Air America's news mission in mind.

"We're working on big plans," he says. "We'd like to have a speakers' bureau. We'd like to have a TV presence. This is the beginning of a new CNN."

And yes, gypsy though he's sometimes been, he'd like to be around for it.

"I always wanted to find a place," he says, "where my radical background was an advantage, not a handicap."


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aar; air; airamerica; america; delusional; delusions; liberal; liberaltalkradio
"We're working on big plans," he says. "We'd like to have a speakers' bureau. We'd like to have a TV presence. This is the beginning of a new CNN."

Good idea.  Just look how successful Al Gore and "Current" TV have been. </sarcasm>

1 posted on 01/17/2006 7:47:26 AM PST by holymoly
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To: holymoly
Everyone is afraid what happened to Dan Rather will happen to them.

Yup. If you lie and cheat, the blogosphere will catch you. Must suck to be a shill these days.

2 posted on 01/17/2006 7:49:01 AM PST by Fenris6 (3 Purple Hearts in 4 months w/o missing a day of work? He's either John Rambo or a Fraud)
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To: holymoly

"That's why we see almost no investigative journalism."

Did not see it then either...


3 posted on 01/17/2006 7:49:50 AM PST by edcoil (Reality doesn't say much - doesn't need too)
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To: holymoly
This is the beginning of a new CNN.

ie. you'll be visiting Saddam in prison and blowing him for "access"

4 posted on 01/17/2006 7:50:31 AM PST by Fenris6 (3 Purple Hearts in 4 months w/o missing a day of work? He's either John Rambo or a Fraud)
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To: holymoly
We'd like to have a TV presence. This is the beginning of a new CNN."

CNN? That really sets the bar low.
5 posted on 01/17/2006 7:54:17 AM PST by TheForceOfOne
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To: holymoly
"Subjective Objectivity" ?
The BS detector on my computer is flashing...
6 posted on 01/17/2006 7:54:32 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Fenris6
the callousness of the American govt" This govt really is callous, I didn't even get a birthday card, and am still waiting on the Christmas. A phone call would be nice, especially around this time of year. Not even a thank you for the check I sent in this morning for my estimated tax bill for this qtr, or the others.

Seriously, how is a faceless corporation like the US govt supposed to show it cares? In my view, it absolutely cannot, in this mans view, by sending along its check, but only if a Democrats signature is attached.

7 posted on 01/17/2006 7:55:38 AM PST by jeremiah (People wake up, the water is getting hot)
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To: holymoly
This lifetime of activism would seem to make Air America an ideal spot for him.

Either that, or night shift manager at the local McDonald's.

8 posted on 01/17/2006 7:58:17 AM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: holymoly

"What was once an independent voice has become afraid to take a stand. Everyone is afraid what happened to Dan Rather will happen to them. That's why we see almost no investigative journalism."

I have no problem with investigative journalism, as long as they truly investigate and vet their allegations, which Dan, Mary, and Co did not do. Most liberal reporters are lazy and not willing to do the leg work necessary to make sure their stories are correct.


9 posted on 01/17/2006 8:01:54 AM PST by nuke rocketeer
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To: holymoly
You should never talk down to your audience

It's hard not to talk down to an audience that is so low they have to look up to see whale crap.

"I always wanted to find a place," he says, "where my radical background was an advantage, not a handicap."

"and where my flirtation with lunacy would be seen as an asset."

Maybe Howard Dean needs a personal assistant ...

10 posted on 01/17/2006 8:05:09 AM PST by IronJack
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To: TheForceOfOne
That's C(X)NN. The "X" in the call letters "CXNN" is to remind viewers of how people are treated when their views are not the same as C(X)NN's.

(In a recent TV report of a speech made by Vice President Dick Cheney, C(X)NN interposed a large black "X" over the face of the Vice President to show their disapproval of what he was saying.)

Actually I would like to listen just once to Air America so I can make a list of the sponsors to avoid. But I can't find a station where I live who carries it.

This man should also be making his retirement plans.
11 posted on 01/17/2006 9:20:24 AM PST by R.W.Ratikal
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To: holymoly

"subjective objectivity,"

Try to understand those two words which mean the exact opposite. There is no such thing as subjective objectivity. Only a lib can string words together that make no sense.


12 posted on 01/17/2006 9:34:37 AM PST by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages - In Honor of Standing Wolf)
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To: holymoly
"One of the things I quickly found here is that the people are very smart,"

Standard talking point: all progressive liberals are uniformly brilliant.

13 posted on 01/17/2006 9:44:32 AM PST by RJL
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To: holymoly
"All those years of talk about a 'liberal bias' in the media has pushed our national media to a right-wing slant.

Although I have heard this mantra espoused on Err Anerika, they are clearly delusional.

14 posted on 01/17/2006 2:16:29 PM PST by p23185 (Why isn't attempting to take down a sitting Pres & his Admin considered Sedition?)
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To: R.W.Ratikal
Actually I would like to listen just once to Air America so I can make a list of the sponsors to avoid. But I can't find a station where I live who carries it.

Although this a local station, you can get a feel for what typical sponsors are in local Err Amerika outlets and therefore you would know not where to shop Air America Phoenix Directory of Sponsors

15 posted on 01/17/2006 2:20:50 PM PST by p23185 (Why isn't attempting to take down a sitting Pres & his Admin considered Sedition?)
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To: holymoly

Worry about the "right-wing bias" later, concentrate now on paying back the $850K you stole from the kids.


16 posted on 01/17/2006 2:20:57 PM PST by muir_redwoods (Free Sirhan Sirhan, after all, the bastard who killed Mary Jo Kopechne is walking around free)
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To: holymoly

I didn't see where one of his conditions would be a regular paycheck, which is probably a good thing.


17 posted on 01/17/2006 2:21:47 PM PST by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: R.W.Ratikal
Air America is the place where even Democrat talking points beg for mercy after being beaten to death. It doesn't make you angry or make you think but listening while driving will most likely put you asleep at the wheel. Static is more interesting.

My local station had Air America and I tried listening just to be fair. It was wasted time. I tune in the easy listening format that replaced them sometimes and smile. Sinatra croons in place of their vapid drivel.
18 posted on 01/17/2006 2:28:37 PM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult
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To: p23185

Isn't Phoenix dropping AA at the end of the month? Some libs report that the station isn't dropping AA until they find a new home for AA in Phoenix, but this may be just lib wishful thinking. Once AA goes away, hardly anybody wants it back, at least enough listeners to keep a station in business.


19 posted on 01/17/2006 2:33:24 PM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult
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To: holymoly
Filipe "Lucky" Luciano, gets to work with Franken.
20 posted on 01/17/2006 2:47:19 PM PST by fish hawk (creatio ex nihilo)
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To: holymoly; All
In the '60s, he was a founder of the Young Lords party . . .

This lot -- you need to see it to believe it.

21 posted on 01/17/2006 3:00:19 PM PST by dighton
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult
Isn't Phoenix dropping AA at the end of the month? Some libs report that the station isn't dropping AA until they find a new home for AA in Phoenix, but this may be just lib wishful thinking. Once AA goes away, hardly anybody wants it back, at least enough listeners to keep a station in business.

The local news is that a Christian broadcast group offered a price the current manager of 1010am couldn't refuse. The Err Amerika owner claims to be in the process of raising money (?) to get a new licenses and frequency to continue the non-sense. They continue to claim they were highly successful financially. I find that hard to believe. Also it is not known at this time what frequency they think they are gong to acquire, but the local LLL continues to blather on about how they will be on the air, and yes it appears the new frequency owner will let them stay until they find a new home. But when they had the old 1010 owner on the air right after the first of the year he told callers who were volunteering to send in $10 a piece that "money was not the issue, and that he had to find a freq". Now I heard he is rounding up financing - go figure. I think shortly they will all just go off into the night.

22 posted on 01/17/2006 3:09:05 PM PST by p23185 (Why isn't attempting to take down a sitting Pres & his Admin considered Sedition?)
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To: dighton
We want liberation, clothing, free food, education, health care, transportation, utilities, and employment for all. We want a society where the needs of our people come first, and where we give solidarity and aid to the peoples of the world, not oppression and racism.

And Yea, did God planteth a garden with abundant offerings for his people. A Nike tree, a pizza tree, a one-story-elevator-operator-with-a-million-dollar-a-week-salary tree, a Lamborghini tree, an electricity tree, a Hillary-Care tree........

And no one had to do a thing to supply these wondrous things.

But alas, didst Felipe Luciano eateth of the Tree of Stupid.

25 posted on 01/23/2006 5:42:57 AM PST by N. Theknow (Kennedys - Can't drive, can't fly, can't ski, can't skipper a boat - But they know what's best.)
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