The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

16 January 2006

Randi Rhodes Loses It Over Alito Nomination


Rhodes Again Unhinged: Liberalism Or Addiction?

Does Randi Rhodes really reflect modern liberalism's true state of affairs? If not, why aren't leftists loudly denouncing her increasingly bizarre rantings?

If they can honestly support radio's version of Courtney Love and her crazed ramblings about Judge Alito, then it's truly a movement in crisis.

And after spending so long pounding on Rush Limbaugh over his pill addiction, why won't Rhodes and Air America Radio come to honest terms with her problem? After all, Rush did eventually come clean with his listeners, later seeking help from a drug treatment facility.

After Randi's Friday show, it's only fair to ask whether this is where "progressives" truly stand, or if it's finally her turn to head to Arizona for some "time off".

Is she sober during her radio program? To the listener, it doesn't always sound that way.

With the unenviable task of transcribing the show was Dave Pierre at Newsbusters, who captured Randi in her best Love-inspired meltdown mode:

This guy [Judge Alito] just creeps me out. He's quiet. He's not a guy who shoots up stores, he dies in a blaze of glory. No. That's not who he is. He's like one of those guys who goes along for years really quietly ... murdering hookers.

You know what I mean? That's more him. He's the kind of guy that you live next door to for 30 years, and then all of a sudden a bulldozer shows up, and there's 31 kids buried underneath. You know what I mean? That's his temperament.

He's not a junkyard dog. He's not a barker. He's not like a [UN ambassador John] Bolton; y'know, obviously a big bully. No. He's more like a wolf in sheep's clothing. He looks really 'milk toasty'; you want to pet him, and actually, I want to make boots out of him. Y'know. But, uh. No. He's a hunter.

And he's hunting for ways to - y'know - (changing tone) 'Balance of power? Oh. That's so '80's. 1780's!' You know what I mean? This is who he is.

To Northwest listeners, it's obvious Rhodes is comparing Judge Alito with Green River Killer Gary Ridgway, an association that immediately demands mandatory drug testing for Air America's lead crackpot.

Why won't this happen anytime soon? Because, according to documented information obtained from an inside source, the liberal radio network's execs don't believe the outcome of such a test would be much of a mystery (go ahead, liberals, have a fit about this paragraph- we're in the mood for a good fight).

Even for her fans
, it's not exactly easy to follow Randi's disjointed train of thought. As Pierre notes:

Ugh. In addition to the vulgar and insensitive comparison, Rhodes seems to be complaining that Judge Alito is not a "junkyard dog"; that he's not "a barker'; that he's not "a guy who shoots up stores." I'm - uh - confused. Alito was quiet? Too polite? Too ... classy? I dunno.

Last September, Randi was cited by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) for outrageous remarks in which she compared the evacuation of victims of hurricane Katrina to the deportation of Jews during the Holocaust ([link] and [link] and [link]). Although the letter to Randi from the ADL said, "We look forward to your response," there has been no published report of any apology from Rhodes that this writer could find.

Unfortunately, it's not
as though Air America has a great deal of credibility to squander, yet for some reason they allow Rhodes to relentlessly destroy any remaining shred of it, a seemingly counterproductive business practice.

Given her obvious on-air deterioration, however, how much longer can Randi Rhodes hold it together before she falls apart to the extent we've witnessed with Love?

On another Rhodes matter, several readers have emailed me, wondering about recent on-air claims she'd beaten Sean Hannity in the ratings.

Is it true? Really difficult to know without seeing hard copies of the exact demographic group she's talking about. Is this confined to New York City, or elsewhere, in every hour or just one of them?

We'll be discussing ratings in greater detail this week.

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Randi with beer: Grand Street News, second image: HBO, fourth image: C-SPAN


  • i see that Michael Savage got a 3.1 in the fall ratings on WOR. down from last time,he should stop bashing other radio hosts.

    By Blogger joe, at 16 January, 2006 21:28  

  • Much to do about nothing. Rush Limbaugh has lost it a long time ago. Here is a recent example:
    From the September 19 broadcast of The Rush Limbaugh Show:

    LIMBAUGH: She [Sheehan] had, she had tough words for the military, the Bush administration, and even Democratic liberals such as Hillary Rodham [sic], whom she said voters should "reject" if she fails to toughen her stance against the war. She said, "We have to stop making war profitable."

    She also took issue with the media, which she said has spent more time scrutinizing her past than Bush's policies. The woman's clearly deranged, and I say that not because of the statement about the media but daring to criticize Hillary. If she's not careful -- let me, let me just make you a prediction: If she calls Hillary out one more time -- one more time -- you are never going to see the words "Cindy Sheehan" in the U.S. media ever again.

    I will guarantee you she's already had the talking-to. Somebody has gotten to her and said, "Do the words 'Fort Marcy Park' mean anything to you?" I will guarantee you, my friends, that by the time all is said and done -- if she calls her out one more time -- that's it for Cindy Sheehan. No matter how hard you try, you will not be able to find her name except on some extremist, kook, left-wing blog.

    But you won't find it anywhere in the mainstream press. You just don't do this. You don't call out Hillary Rodham Clinton. You don't call out a Clinton like this. Not, not when you're supposedly on their side.

    From the September 20 broadcast of The Rush Limbaugh Show:

    LIMBAUGH: Time for another big-time El Rushbo, "See, I told you so!" Yesterday, I read a story about Cindy Sheehan in which she called out Hillary Rodham [sic] and said that Mrs. Rodham [sic] would soon be changing her mind on troops in Iraq and be demanding that they come home. And if she didn't, she might live to regret it, or words to that effect.

    I said, "You don't say this about Hillary Clinton. You don't say this." I said, "By the time this story was published and Mrs. Clinton heard about it, operatives of Mrs. Clinton will have gotten to Cindy Sheehan, and she will never, ever mention Hillary's name again."

    So, The New York Times today: "In an anti-war speech by Cindy Sheehan, the mother of an American soldier killed in Iraq, was cut short yesterday after the organizer of the event was arrested and police officers confiscated his audio equipment.

    "Mrs. Sheehan has not shied away from controversy, opening her New York visit on Sunday night in Brooklyn, by accusing Senator Hillary Rodham [sic] of failing to challenge the Bush administration's policies in Iraq. Ms. Sheehan, who did not mention Ms. Clinton yesterday..." Da, da, da, da, da, da, da and she will not mention her again, ladies and gentlemen, unless she wants to end up in Fort Marcy Park. Mark my words on it.

    By Blogger pbrauer, at 16 January, 2006 21:37  

  • Steve Malzberg back in n.y. on thursday 4-6 pm on WOR Bob Grant's former time slot.

    By Blogger joe, at 16 January, 2006 21:38  

  • I don't mean to yell about Randi Rhodes but--SOMEBODY TELL HER SHE IS NOT FUNNY AND IS A BIG BLABBERMOUTH LIBERAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    By Blogger The Real Bob Anthony, at 16 January, 2006 23:12  

  • Thanks Brian for pointing out the "over the top" comments by Ms. Rhodes. I hope that the people in the Northest that tune in (hopefully there aren't many) can sift their way through her BS. If they can't that is scarry. Come on... basically comparing Judge Alito to a serial killer?? She's nuts!
    Note to pbrauer....even on drugs Rush is Right....

    By Blogger nancy, at 17 January, 2006 00:10  

  • Note to nancy. So you believe Hillary is responsible for the death of Vince Foster as Limbaugh suggested?

    BTW, I know Limbaugh is right - far right. And is it a shame that he ruined his hearing taking all those drugs.

    By Blogger pbrauer, at 17 January, 2006 01:23  

  • Typical liberal suffering from 'LDS' - Liberal Derangement Syndrome. This is incurable as long as one subscribes to their inability to 'think' as this would interfere with keeping an open mind.

    By Blogger digger, at 17 January, 2006 14:01  

  • pbrauer:
    1) Actually I believe that Vince Foster probably killed himself. Who could blame him - getting mixed up with the Clinton crowd.
    2) Your comment sure takes alot of thought. So...
    Do you agree with what Ms. Rhodes is saying? Hard to tell by your response. But I guess that is how some people debate (or comment)- just shift the focus away from the topic and onto Rush (boy, that'll make all those conservatives mad).
    Dennis Prager is my favorite talk radio host. You are cordially invited to listen to him between 11 - 2pm centeral time.

    By Blogger nancy, at 17 January, 2006 17:09  

  • Randi is a hell of lot better than Hannity, Rush, O'Liely and the other rightwingnut trash. At least she will correct herself with better data if necessary. The rightwingnut pos's intentionally lie, monotonously so, over and over and over again.

    I like to listen to her and thought she was right on about Alito (another major right wing nut caught in 'stealthy mode'.....) and what he intends to do to our constitution might be likened to rape.

    And for those who say she is deranged. Ha. I guess I must be too. But as a Clinical Neuropsychologist, I bet I am in a much better position to determine that than any of you right wing slime balls.

    By Blogger duff, at 05 February, 2006 13:02  

  • "Is she sober during her radio program? To the listener, it doesn't always sound that way."

    So, what's the point you're trying to make Brian?

    Do you know something we don't, or are you just rumormongering?

    It's no secret Randi Rhodes enjoys a beer. So do millions of other Americans.

    According to the National Beer Wholesalers Association, "More than 90 million Americans of legal drinking age enjoy beer responsibly and in moderation."

    Let's sum up,
    Randi Rhodes, like 90 million other Americans,is of legal drinking age and enjoys beer responsibly and in moderation.

    Rush Limbaugh illegally abused a controlled narcotic pain reliever.

    "Is she sober during her radio program?"

    Brian Maloney should come clean with his readers. What proof do you have Randi Rhodes is anything but stone cold sober, delivering a quality radio show to her listeners.

    By Blogger Libertas, at 15 April, 2006 21:43  

  • Randi stole her name from a dead Ozzy Osbourne band member Randy Rhodes.. Her real name is Randi Buten, LMAO...

    By Blogger Nascarman, at 14 August, 2006 17:20  

  • Here is an excerpt from a recent Palm Beach Post article about Randi:
    "She is just low-class," says Linda Marx, widow of the late WJNO talk-show host Jack Cole.

    Marx recalls an incident at a Christmas bash the couple threw in 1999, when an inebriated Rhodes squatted over the Christmas tree as a party antic. Rhodes admits she had a few martinis, but insists she didn't urinate.

    "I pretended," she says.

    Marx indicates otherwise. "I'm just happy the tree was on tile and not carpet," she says.

    btw her real name is Randi Buten

    By Blogger Nascarman, at 14 August, 2006 17:42  

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