Follow the money

Dan Gillmor reports that Clear Channel’s sponsorship of pro-liberation rallies is raising eyebrows. Of course, it depends on your reading of the idea of sponsorship; the source article doesn’t explain how Clear Channel is involved, other than by allowing their on-air talent [sic] to mention and promote the rallies. By that same logic, I could bust CNN’s Aaron Brown for “sponsoring” the antiwar rallies last night in Chicago and San Francisco, since he spent quite a bit of time discussing them. So, inquiring minds want to know: did Clear Channel actually pay the tab for any of these rallies? And who’s paying for the organization and logistics involved with the antiwar rallies? All those port-a-johns, podiums, and speaker systems aren’t free.

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