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Randi Rhodes has some teeth knocked out

October 14, 2007

Randi Rhodes is an erstwhile liberal radio talk show host who is almost certainly the nastiest bitch to ever have a radio show. She's a homely, dishonest, foul-mouthed, hate-filled, bitter little feminist with absolutely nothing to recommend her as a radio host... so naturally Air America hired her and gave her three hours a day to spew.

Gee, I wonder why Air America went bankrupt.

On the positive side, she's too doggone stupid to gather much of a listener base so not much harm has ever been done. Apparently even liberals don't enjoy listening to her.

To give you some examples of the kind of political discourse that Randi Rhodes finds acceptable, she has imitated a military officer telling a soldier to "insert this fluorescent light bulb into that man's buttocks" while talking about U.S. military prisons in Iraq, compared Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld to "the 12 men who raped me," called President Bush's two daughters sluts, and more than once advocated the killing of President Bush:
Example 1: "A spoiled child is telling us our Social Security isn't safe anymore, so he is going to fix it for us. Well, here's your answer, you ungrateful whelp: [audio sound of four gunshots being fired.] Just try it, you little bastard. [audio of gun being cocked]."

Example 2: "The Fredo of the family is the president of the United States, so why doesn't his father or his brother … take him out for a little fishing, and let him say some Hail Marys – he loves God so much. … You know, Hail Mary, full of grace, God is with thee – pow [gunshot sound] – works for me."
The first example drew the attention of the Secret Service, who were not amused by the "skit."

Air America never had much in the way of standards, but even so they finally suspended Randi in April of 2008 because she called Hillary Clinton a "fucking whore." Skits about shooting a Republican president and vulgar insults directed at his daughters were okay, but directing the same kind of venom at a Democrat? Uh uh, can't have that.

A week after the suspension, Randi Rhodes quit before they could fire her, whining all the way out the door about how Air America had "damaged my hard won excellent reputation in the broadcast industry."

"Excellent reputation?" Clearly the woman has little contact with reality.

Anyway, our interest in Randi Rhodes is focused on what happened to her on Sunday, October 14, 2007, when she somehow lost some teeth and Air America immediately announced – on air – that she was the victim of a hate crime by rightwingers who mugged her in front of her New York apartment in a dastardly attempt to silence her political commentary.

Seriously, that's what Randi's fellow Air America nutjob, Jon Elliott, said the next day on his show. There wasn't a shred of evidence that any crime was committed, let alone a hate crime by a rightwinger, but when did Air America ever use facts as a crutch?
"It is with sadness that tonight I inform you that my Air America colleague Randi Rhodes was assaulted last night while walking her dog near her New York City home. ...this does not appear to me to be a standard grab the money and run mugging. Is this an attempt by the right wing hate machine to silence one of our own? Are we threatening them? Are they afraid that we're winning? Are they trying to silence [and] intimidate us?"
No, Jon. No, no, no, and no – that's the answers to your questions. For God's sake, man, why would anybody on the right want to silence Randi Rhodes? She creates a new Republican every time she opens her foul mouth!

After two days of lefties going apeshit about this bogus hate crime, Air America, Randi Rhodes, and Jon Elliott were all forced to issue apologies and denials. Seems that curious New York cops wanted to know why no report was made to them about this mugging, whereupon Randi Rhodes' lawyer admitted that no crime was committed. Huh? No crime at all? What's up with that?

And why did a lawyer have to say it? Why couldn't Randi herself just stop the hullabaloo by announcing, "Hey, no crime happened!"

The explanation for why Randi was not forthcoming with the truth may lie in an anonymous witness's report on the website Gawker. Turns out that Randi may have drunk a few too many Bloody Marys at an Irish bar, and got so shitfaced that she fell flat on her face when she tried to leave:
"Randi Rhodes was no more assaulted by a right-wing fanatic on Monday than Dick Cheney was. She, in fact, fell down and injured her teeth outside of a Midtown Irish bar at around 6 o'clock Sunday evening after downing about fourteen Ketel One Bloody Marys. She was abusive to the barstaff and generally gross, crass, loud, and pretentious. I genuinely hope she has a speedy recovery. I never would've disclosed this (I believe that anyone should feel free to hang out at Irish pubs at any time and not be concerned about someone publishing their behavior) if Air America hadn't grossly interpreted a drunken indiscretion and allowed it to be morphed into some bullish rhetoric on air. Whatever journalistic integrity the station may have ever had is now completely compromised. The manipulation of the public diminishes any cause, whether just or fabricated."
Given what we know about Randi Rhodes, this sounds like the truth, doesn't it? I mean, doesn't the "gross, crass, loud, and pretentious" comment give the witness's report an aura of authenticity?


4/28/05 - World Net Daily - Randi Rhodes: Repeat offender

10/16/07 - Talking Radio - Randi Rhodes is the Victim of a Violent Attack

10/16/07 - Little Green Footballs - Air America Host Mugged, 'Right Wing Hate Machine' Instantly Blamed

10/16/07 - NewsBusters - Air America Radio Host Mugged, Liberals Blame Conservatives

10/16/07 - Gawker - Was Talk Show Host Randi Rhodes Jumped By 14 Ketel Ones?

10/17/07 - New York Daily News - Air America host denies being the victim of an attack

10/17/07 - New York Daily News - Air America host Randi Rhodes wasn't mugged

10/17/07 - Fox News - Air America, Talk Host Backpedal on Attack Claim, Admit Mugging Report Was False

4/3/08 - New York Daily News - Air America's Randi Rhodes suspended

4/10/08 - Digital Journal - Randi Rhodes Quits Air America

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