Friday, February 03, 2006

Go To the Mattresses

In a Times Union story loaded with Mafia and shakedown references, Mark McGuire lashed out at WAMC's Alan Chartock this morning. The public radio station has for several weeks been running a pre-fund drive in advance of the real fund drive, which begins on Monday. That's the same day that the Senate wiretap hearings begin ---so the idea was to lighten the fundraising load and allow the hearings to get on the air.

This seems like a good thing, but McGuire has likened it to extortion. I'm not sure the listeners agree; so far they've kicked in over $270,000.

By the way, on the matter of rhetoric: What allusions would Mark McGuire dredge up if Chartock were Italian? Discuss among yourselves.