The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

03 April 2008

Randi Rhodes Suspended After Calling Hillary 'Big F***ing Whore'

WHORE-IBLE INSULTS

Unhinged Rhodes Stand-Up Routine Results In Suspension




*** UPDATE HERE: LEFTIES DEBATE RANDI'S FUTURE ***
*** NEW: GAROFALO SLAMS AIR AMERICA OVER SUSPENSION ***


An unhinged tirade by Air America Radio host Randi Rhodes has led to an unprecedented suspension from the network, according to its new management and several left- wing websites. This is a breaking story with details still emerging.

In a rant so salty it could make a sailor blush, Rhodes repeatedly called Hillary a "big f***ing whore", to both cheers and jeers from the audience. The afternoon drive talker was there on behalf of Air America at an event sponsored by the local affiliate.

In addition, Rhodes referred to former Democrat vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro as "David Duke in drag".

An unabashed Obama supporter, Rhodes has yet to address the situation on her website. And on yesterday's show, fill-in host Sam Seder claimed she was "sick".


UPDATE: word late today is that Rhodes may not be returning to Air America Radio anytime soon, which is a surprise. Could this really be a broke network's way of forgoing Randi's huge salary? Consider this: the incident occurred two full weeks ago, on 22 March. What explains the delay in her removal? Certainly, there wasn't a public controversy to deal with, almost no one not in attendance that night even knew about it.

In fact, the local affiliate apparently received only a handful of complaints.

UPDATE: how much do we really know about new AAR boss Charlie Kireker? Apparently, he's a longtime Clinton operative. Here, however, he's listed as an Obama supporter.

UPDATE: unhinged HuffPo contributor uses flap to attack McCain!

UPDATE: Randi Rhodes claims the suspension is a violation of her contract, according to a new HuffPo report. Ferraro is calling for Randi's termination.


Here's the video clip:





In a short and cryptic statement from Air America Radio's new chairman, a vague reason for her suspension was given:



STATEMENT OF AIR AMERICA RADIO, FROM CHAIR CHARLIE KIREKER
By air america

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 3, 2008

New York - Air America has suspended on-air host Randi Rhodes for making inappropriate statements about prominent figures, including Senator Hillary Clinton, at a recent public appearance on behalf of Air America in San Francisco which was sponsored by an Air America affiliate station.

"Air America encourages strong opinions about public affairs but does not condone such abusive, ad hominem language by our Hosts," said chair Charlie Kireker.


Interestingly, while Rhodes was not suspended for airing a warped skit that claimed Mitt Romney supporters would commit mass murder if their candidate didn't secure the GOP presidential nomination, attacking Hillary is apparently grounds for removal from the airwaves. Here's a trip down memory lane:







Nor was Rhodes punished for airing a similar skit in 2005 that suggested a Sopranos- style hit on President Bush.

And in 2007, she accused Blackwater employees of starting the wildfires that devastated San Diego. In 2006, Rhodes claimed she'd been placed on the "no-fly list". And who can forget her bizarre accident in the streets of Manhattan?

In the weird world of "progressive" politics, there are no standards of decency and punishment comes only when part of the lefty base has been offended.


ACE has his own uncensored take on the situation, plus more from NewsBusters,
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30 Comments:

  • Wonder how hammered she is right now.

    By Blogger hollywood wags, at 03 April, 2008 15:10  

  • Let me start with some of the responses we will hear on HuffPo.

    For instance:

    I got a thrill up my leg just listening to her.

    Has any other major American talk show hose ever made a such a fantastic speech on Democratic politics that comes even close to this one? As far as I'm concerned, it is just plain flat out brilliant--rhetorically, but also in capturing a lot of nuance about the left in America. It is so far above the standard we're used to from our talk show hosts....

    The speech was a moment that Rhodes made great through the seriousness, intelligence, eloquence, and courage of what she said. I don't recall another speech about liberalism with as little pandering or posturing or shying from awkward points, and as much honest attempt to explain and connect, as this one.

    < / sarcasm >

    By Blogger The Benson Report, at 03 April, 2008 15:10  

  • Benson that is funny enough to publish! Thanks for the laugh.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 03 April, 2008 15:27  

  • GOOGLE-"MY LIFE AS CO HOST WITH SHOCK JOCK PERRY STONE" read entire article. Randi goes after Susie Austins job because Randi knew Perry Stone was making alot of money.WHO'S THE WHORE-RANDI?
    And what would Randi's gay audience think of her when we post audio of her cackling at Stones endless "homo" jokes.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 03 April, 2008 16:19  

  • Remember folks that there would be no suspension, indeed no controversy, if the target of this drunken, witless slut were not a scion of the Democrats. Be preprared. This probity will absolutely NOT extend to McCain and I hope he is ready for that. We have a one-time good deal here; even the Democrats are not stupid enough to do this twice; divide so profoundly and bitterly. Limbaugh is on the right track, if your neighbor's house is burning (politically) lend him your garden hose and pump gasoline through it.

    megapotamus

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 03 April, 2008 17:05  

  • Can you imagine the contracts the AAR personalities will have sign when they do public appearances from now on?

    Maybe the provisions will sound like the 10 commandments:

    1. Thou shalt not call any Democrat a whore. (etc.)

    By Blogger Missouri Show Me, at 03 April, 2008 17:06  

  • This unhinged, unintelligent, and (most damning) unfunny radio voice has had her self-destruction coming for a long time. She's discovering what we've known for a long time - liberals eat their own. All I can say is bon appetit.

    By Blogger Neal5x5, at 03 April, 2008 17:33  

  • It' funny Randi would call Hillary a whore, Randi was in the Air Force in her younger years and everyone flew her.

    By Anonymous john, at 03 April, 2008 18:48  

  • Yeah what a BIATCH!
    She is not nearly as funny as Rush.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 03 April, 2008 23:11  

  • This was not a radio broadcast on the public airwaves-- it was a stand-up routine at a small private event, so the Imus comparisons are a bit unfair.

    Randi can be abrasive at times, but she's one of the only hosts that talks about complicated issues, like the fact that the current administration doesn't represent real conservatism. She has well-respected guests like John Dean and Jonathan Turley. And most of all, she always encourages her listeners to believe nothing that they hear on radio and to check all the facts for themselves.

    If Rush or Hannity's listeners did that, they'd realize that they're listening to scripted comedy shows that aren't generally based in fact.

    The good news is that it's heart-warming to see how concerned the conservative right is with Hillary and Geraldine and their feelings. We're making progress after all.

    By Blogger Steven, at 04 April, 2008 03:24  

  • Randi Rhodes thought she
    could say anything. Well
    now she knows that is not
    true.
    There are reports that the
    converstaions between Sean
    Hannity and Hal Turner may
    be made public.
    I wonder if Sean may be
    effected if the tapes are real.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 04 April, 2008 06:17  

  • Wait now. Was she talking about Bill or Hillary? Because maybe she "misspoke" and meant that Bill was "f***ing a big whore". That would put her into Carville territory for sure, but it would still clear her so she could go back on the air.

    By Anonymous Diggs, at 04 April, 2008 09:23  

  • neal said: liberals eat there own

    only problem half-wit Hillary is NOT a LIBERAL.

    This proves my point, AAR is not a Liberal/progressive network, they are now are officially a DNC network. Maloney is actually right on this post, it was not the language it wasa the victim of the attack, Hillary Clinton. AAR, non objective "D" over America radio, the same way conservative radio takes party over country, AAR is the same exact way now.

    In other words, if your a host on AAR, you can not dare attack a democrat. The suits at AAR do not get it, progressives do not want cheerleading radio, to progressives it is not "D" over "USA".

    and Rasndi is hysterical, Rush has not been funny since 1988. Calling veterans "phony soldiers" is not funny.

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 04 April, 2008 10:01  

  • Lefists dont belive in fredom of speech and NPR is leftists run

    By Anonymous Birdzilla, at 04 April, 2008 10:18  

  • This is the same situation as ESPN's Dana Jacobson found herself in back in January, when at a non-televised roast of fellow ESPNer and Notre Dame alum Mike Golic, she got up at the roast and said "F--- Notre Dame" "F--- Touchdown Jesus" and "F--- Jesus". That rant also took a couple of days to get out into the public, but forced Jacobson's bosses to act once it became known.

    It was not a broadcast event, but still an event associated with the network, and that resulted in a one-week suspension. Rhodes is in the exact same situation here (plus James Carvelle's Judas remark about Bill Richardson shows some Democrats still think of Hillary as Jesus), so Air America's action is in line with what a much larger and much higher-profile network did just over two months ago.

    By Anonymous John, at 04 April, 2008 11:00  

  • She calls the President Hitler and skates. You go after the wife of Don Clintony and your lucky she didnt end up like Vince Foster. This fat pig should thank God she is still alive. I love hearing the Demos devouring each other though.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 04 April, 2008 11:00  

  • The affiliates only received a handful of complaints because no one is listening.

    By Blogger MPH, at 04 April, 2008 11:45  

  • Randi is not fat and Rhodes is funier than any whining effeminated sissy on RNC radio, and Rhodes is one of the only hosts in America that actually served her country. Levin, for all his pandering of the military, never served a second anywhere in the military.

    Why are you wing nuts attacking our veterans??? You should be defending her, she was targeted and attacked by the DNC. AAR should be ashamed of themselves for pandering to the DNC and the Democratic party, they are not a liberal network they are a DNC network. When was the last time an actual progressive was a guest on AAR, Howard Zinn? Noam Chomsky?? Any member of a socialist party in America? NEVER

    At this point, I hope AAR goes under. Rhodes does not need AAR, she has had a good radio career and will find other work, hopefully where she does not have to pander to conservacratic candidates with "D" next to their name. If ditto-man called Hillary a whore, you wing nuts would pee your pants, why is it not funny when Randi says it? Your love of Ditto is pracically homo-erotic at this point.

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 04 April, 2008 11:54  

  • Mop said: Calling veterans "phony soldiers" is not funny.

    I agree.

    And of course that is not what Rush said. He called Jesse MacBeth a phony soldier. If Mop ever decided to be accuate in any of his postings he would have said:

    Calling the liar, Jesse MacBeth, who never served in Iraq as he stated; never was an Army Ranger as he said; never got the Purple Heart he claimed; never saw the war atrocities he mentioned; and was kicked out of the military after 44 days of boot camp as a "phony soldier" is funny.

    But the concept of MOP speaking the truth is just like expecting Rhodes to speak with a civil tongue.

    By Blogger The Benson Report, at 04 April, 2008 12:31  

  • MPH:
    The affiliates didn't get complaints because this was not done on the air. It was a public appearance.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 04 April, 2008 12:32  

  • She gets suspended for bad mouthing fellow liberals. She gets a free ride for bad mouthing conservatives. Maybe she is an angry black man living in a woman's body. LOL

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 04 April, 2008 12:52  

  • Benson

    Im glad ytou agree with me, but Limbaugh 5 minutes after the fact mentioned McBeth, the only phony soldier against the war, to cover his tracks. By saying what he did he called the entire I.V.A.W group phony soldiers, they held a confrence, 3 weeks ago, all vets, REAL VETS, all against the war. Limbaugh's dishonesty was an insult to those men and women who served and spoke out.


    I always tell the truth Benson.
    Now Benson, you should defend Rhodes a veteran being attacked by the DLC for criticising Hillary and BITCH would have been a better word than "whore", her husband is the "whore" !!!! I would defend a wing nut if he/she weas tossed of the air for attacking Hillary. As much as I despise Wing nut radio, I support Free speech and so should you

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 04 April, 2008 12:53  

  • Mop said: Limbaugh 5 minutes after the fact mentioned McBeth,

    Yes, and he also mentioned McBeth in a 2 minute long morning monologue before the phone call. It was obvious his discussion pertained to the liar McBeth. To assume it applied to all veterans who disagreed with the war is ludicrous.

    No problem with Rhodes and free speech, unless she is acting as an employee of a company. And as Brian pointed out: "The afternoon drive talker was there on behalf of Air America at an event sponsored by the local affiliate."

    Air American acted responsibly and correctly which is a first for them.

    By Blogger The Benson Report, at 04 April, 2008 13:44  

  • Freedom of sppech means the government can not curtail your speech. It does not mean, as you obviously misconstrue freedom from consequences. Thus if you tell your boss you are certain he is descended from pigs and apes, he may well be offended and decide that you no longer can wash cars for him.

    Back to the couch in mom's basement and a sack of stale chips for you.

    When you show up as a representative of your employer and make a fool out of yourself, you also make a fool out of them. I am sure that there is plenty in the yakker contract that permits AAR to act to make sure their reputation ( whatever shreds they have left ) is not sullied by an idiot deranged employee.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 04 April, 2008 14:38  

  • Why did this particular comment got her in trouble when other equally flametastic ones didn't? Ask Don Imus. For that matter, ask Bubba the Love Sponge, for those of you who know FM radio. Action gets taken when enough outrage gets directed at the guys writing the checks.

    Is this partisan in this case, in the sense of attacking your own being more likely to piss people off than attacking the other guys? Sure. But with all respect, don't suggest this is some kind of unique property of "lefties." Rush could say much worse about Clinton and, well, make a lucrative career out of it. If, on the other hand, he cracked jokes about how Bush was a proto-fascist not fit to lick Barry Goldwater's boots (and probably not able to spell "boot," let alone "Goldwater"), I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say that the angry letters that would pour into Premiere Radio from conservatives would not be fierce defenses of Rush's free speech rights.

    By Blogger Watts, at 04 April, 2008 14:51  

  • “I always tell the truth Benson”

    LOL You sure are funny. LOL


    MOP you have no idea what truth is. You have been lying so long to try and support your warped ideas that you no longer no the difference between opinion and fact.

    By Blogger pf1, at 05 April, 2008 01:21  

  • Poor Randi. She spoke truth to power -- probably for the first time in her life. She should have known that the Clintons are desperate right now. She couldn't have engineered her Air America demise any faster if she had told whore jokes about Stabenow's husband.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 06 April, 2008 07:27  

  • I reposted the video of that nasty slimy human with all her nasty comments not befitting an American Women -- which she is not....

    http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=q...TSo#GU5U2spHI_4

    By Blogger TruthMachine, at 06 April, 2008 22:31  

  • I see Brian Baloney is still alive and well acting as a F----ing whore for the reich wing. I guess Michael "savage" weiner, Pus Limpballs, Glenn Fecal Beck and the rest of the reich wing girly boys don't count when it comes to daily tirades.....

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 08 April, 2008 13:19  

  • The problem I had with Randi was that she was turning off a lot of folks with her anti Hillary hate speech 24/7. The base of the Democratic Party is women. Many women are ticked off with the progressive hosts who do nothing but spit hate at Hillary. We are all in this together, but Randi was acting like Hillary was the enemy. Obama supporters seem very naive. How do they expect to win without the Democratic base? Many women will not vote for Obama. They will just skip the presidential race. This will only give McCain a win. So what have we gained by ticking off women????

    I think Randi just lost it.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10 April, 2008 13:54  

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