Scare America to declare bankruptcy?

The popular lefty blog Think Progress is saying yes:

Air America Radio will announce a major restructuring on Friday, which is expected to include a bankruptcy filing, three independent sources have told ThinkProgress.

Air America could remain on the air under the deal, but significant personnel changes are already in the works. Sources say five Air America employees were laid off yesterday and were told there would be no severance without capital infusion or bankruptcy. Also, Air America has ended its relationship with host Jerry Springer.

The spin:

The right wing is sure to seize on Air America’s financial woes as a sign that progressive talk radio is unpopular. In fact, Air America succeeded at creating something that didn’t exist: the progressive talk radio format. That format is now established and strong and will continue with or without Air America. Indeed, many of the country’s most successful and widely-syndicated progressive talk hosts β€” Ed Schultz and Stephanie Miller, for instance β€” aren’t even associated with Air America.

Is this another example of spinning a negative into a positive or what?

Maybe it’s Bush’s fault.

Update I: AAR is denying the rumor.

Update II: Brian Maloney has several updates to this story – keep checking that link for updates.

Hat tip: Allah

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