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Commentary, sarcasm and snide remarks from a Florida resident of over thirty years. Being a glutton for punishment is a requirement for residency here. Who am I? I've been called a moonbat by Michelle Malkin, a Right Wing Nut by Daily Kos, and middle of the road by Florida blog State of Sunshine. Tell me what you think.

Monday, August 01, 2005

The Knucklehead of the Day award

Goes to Evan Cohen, former director of the Air America Radio Network. As is being reported in today's New York Sun, Mr. Cohen had personal loans made out to him by non-profit organization which he was also a director of.

The top executive at a Bronx youth organization said yesterday that the former director of Air America Radio received more than $800,000 in loans for himself and the radio network from the nonprofit organization while serving as its development director.

Some of the transfers, according to the president of the Bronx-based Gloria Wise Boys & Girls Club organization's executive committee, Jeannette Graves, occurred when the development director, Evan Montvel Cohen, who for a time served simultaneously as the liberal radio network's director, appealed to the organization for two loans worth $35,000. Another member of the executive committee said Mr. Cohen told the executive director of the organization that he needed the money to pay for chemotherapy for himself and other medical expenses for his ill father.

Ms. Graves said that Mr. Cohen also received another $213,000 loan for Air America in a check that was approved without her authorization and stamped with an imprint of her signature, and that the club wired more than $400,000 to him without her knowledge.

Mr. Cohen, who no longer is employed by either Air America or Gloria Wise, and who has not been charged with a crime, could not be reached for comment.

Mr. Cohen sounds like a real slime ball. He is trying to excuse his fraud using the my father has cancer excuse. Could very well be, but it don't excuse you for breaking the law.

Other bloggers like Michelle Malkin and Brian Maloney have been all over this story. While I have followed it, I haven't blogged on it because I really don't like to gloat too often over other's hypocrisy. Everyone is hypocritical to some extent at times, yours truly included. But this cancer excuse just gets my blood to boil. I'm a cancer survivor myself and my bills don't never made me have to take out a $35,000 loan.

What I find interesting as do other bloggers is the lack of coverage of this story. Where's the three tv networks? Howard Kurtz of the Wash Post? The New York Times? They have all fawned over AA in the past, now their silence is deafening. Anyone want more proof of bias in the MSM.

The Sun article went on to say-

Ms. Graves said Air America has agreed in writing to pay back the full amount of more than $800,000 in installments over the next two years. It is unclear whether the funds allegedly obtained from Gloria Wise were ultimately received or spent by Air America.

Air America needs to cough up the money now. Not in two years. Where is the NY attorney General Elliot Spitzer on this? He's never been shy on big profile cases in the past.

For defrauding poor boys and girls, Evan Cohen is the Knucklehead of the Day.

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