Unhinged Rhodes Stand-Up Routine Results In Suspension
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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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