The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

23 August 2006

Randi Rhodes, No-Fly List, Seattle, Air America Radio


AAR Host Complains Of Hassle During Seattle Trip

Loose cannon libtalker Randi Rhodes claims she's been placed on the Transporation Security Agency's No- Fly List, according to her website. As a result, a weekend getaway apparently turned into a significant inconvenience when she was briefly blocked from boarding a flight.

The Air America Radio host claims the incident occurred during a trip to Seattle. At some point, she was able to "clear up" the "mistake", providing fodder for a tirade- laced return to the airwaves yesterday.

On Internet discussion boards, including the one at her own site, listeners and industry insiders speculated as to what would cause the "error".

From her fan site:


that just means they know you are paying attention... and *WE* are paying attention to *YOU*

i hope that doesnt stop ya from coming back to seattle. it was SO AMAZING LIFE CHANGINGLY awesome!!! meeting ya!!!

come back! come back!

but the thing about the hempfest kids... it isnt so much just the pot smokers... it is pretty much across the boards here. those stories made me laugh so much! you sounded like me when i first got here talking about the seattle kids...

but it doesnt take long to become one...

And this:

Having been on the no-fly list since the 90s, due to being a legal observer for ACT-UP/LA, this all seems part and parcel of the annexation of America from itself. Divide and conquer, limit and control.

The airlines are doubly screwed, poor things.


She's telling the story now.

Labeled a "PR Hold".

"Maybe you have the same name as a terrorist."

An amazing screwup by the TSA.

And this:

Wouldn't it be a lot less trouble for her to just use her broom?

Of course, the BIG question is whether this was really a foul- up by the feds, or if they do consider Rhodes a bona fide threat to aviation security. Think your Radio Equalizer is joking?

Consider her past antics:

On-air anti- Bush hate skits and rhetoric considered so over the line in 2005 that the Secret Service felt compelled to investigate.

Bizarre public behavior, including crazed, disjointed performances on C-SPAN and CNN.

Increasingly- weird show monologues, including one that claimed Bush was happy to see people killed by Hurricane Katrina (because they were likely Democrats) and another that accused US Supreme Court Justice Sam Alito of being similar to a "hooker murderer".

Does this sound like a person you want sitting next to you on a plane? Or even on the subway (luckily, she has a car and driver in New York City, so you won't see her travelling with the common folk)?

Does Rhodes project a sense of stability in public? Not at all.

Whether Rhodes would engage in outright acts of terrorism seems unlikely, but could she quite easily turn into the next Catherine Mayo?

Without a doubt, the answer is yes!

UPDATE ON SPRINGER STORY: The Boston Globe reports today that Sam Seder has taken Jerry Springer's 9-noon Air America slot. But will that turn out to be correct? We hear that the fighting over Springer's show continues, with Jerry fighting hard to remain at the floundering network. It's quite a strange (and lengthy) Globe profile of Seder, by the way, we'll have more to say about it later today.

THANKS TO Bizzy Blog and OrbusMax for their links today.

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Driving Miss Randi, The Randimobile: Pete at IHillary


  • Brian, I would sit next to Randi any day on a plane. Randi speaks the truth, I know you can not handle it, Rhodes is an American hero. Randi showed up that hack Boortz on the T.V, anyone with a brain sees who won the debate. As far as Janet Parcell, debate, she SLAUGHTER Janet, poor Janet ran out of talking points and had to hold her EARS.

    Brian you are indeed a FASCIST. No mention of Coulter calling for Clinton's execution??? Far more radical than anything Randi has EVER said. Randi attacks filthy politicans, and filthy bigoted right wing talk show hosts. Filthy, vile, bigoted, hatefull demons. Boortz is a demon. Right wing talk show hosts attack "liberals", as in citizens who consider themselves "liberal".
    Big difference. Randi NEVER attacks people who are "conservatives", only leadership and talking heads.

    Again Parcel, is such an inept oundit, she had to hold her ears to escaoe the facts.


    Maloney you are a threat to America, you are a fascist. limbaugh is a threat to America, a divisive NAZI, same for Savage, a bigoted hateful, rotton, piece of human excrement. Same for boortz.
    RANDI is a compassionate, human being, not a sick hatefull pundit.

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 23 August, 2006 11:39  

  • andi showed up that hack Boortz on the T.V, anyone with a brain sees who won the debate.

    There's a fine difference between showing someone up and shouting them down. Good grief, even Larry King had to tell her to be quiet.

    And remember, when you are calling someone "divisive", that including the words/phrases "hatefull", "rotton", "NAZI", and "piece of human excrement" rather defeats your purpose.

    By Blogger Snowed In, at 23 August, 2006 13:02  

  • Sorry, my quoting abilities aren't too good, apparently...somehow the R in Randi's name was eaten. But you know who I meant.

    By Blogger Snowed In, at 23 August, 2006 13:03  

  • from Globe article on Seder: "..Combining his interests in comedy and politics, Seder then wrote, directed, and starred in a movie about Senator Joe Lieberman's fictional son, a guy so agitated about the 2000 presidential election that he tries to blow up a building. The film, whose cast also included Silverman, Benjamin, Cross, Maron, and Garofalo, was just a few weeks shy of being finished when 9/11 came.

    "'On Sept. 10, the notion of a zealot orchestrating a terrorist attack because he's frustrated that his voice isn't being heard was kind of funny,' says Seder. 'On Sept. 11, it wasn't.'

    "In the aftermath of the attacks, Seder didn't get the money to finish the film, and the project was shelved. Five years later, there is still no plan to release it."

    By Blogger raccoonradio, at 23 August, 2006 15:26  

  • from the Vermont Air America discussion board:

    "I can't believe we got downgraded to 1070am... That is not a very progressive move. This morning I freaked out when I heard ESPN radio on wvaa.
    Any plans to get a better station?"

    (It's called capitalism!!!)

    "Well it isn't like we haven't been here before, as Air America originally was on 10.70, then it got an upgrade to 13.90, and now we're back to 10.70. And it isn't the fact that there aren't listeners, I personally know of a least 20."

    (Which brings their total listenership up to about 25.)

    "Thing is, Air America isn't an advertising cash cow, at least compared to a known breadwinner like ESPN radio, so advertisers are hesitant to hedge their bets with them."

    (But...corporations, even Starbucks and Ben and Jerry's,
    are eeeeeeeeeevil! Don't spend money, comrade! wonder nobody wants to advertise)

    "I do feel somewhat let down, as it seemed that with their donnation campaign they were going to try to keep the better station."

    (donnation? wyy kant libralz spel...)

    "I mean if it was a question of cash, they could have set goals. Anyone who knows anything about donnations, knows its better to set goals first, that way people know a point to reach for."

    (notice that Rush and Hannity do not have to have pledge

    By Blogger raccoonradio, at 23 August, 2006 17:11  

  • Yeah, I liked the "Driving Miss Randi" bit as well!

    Randi's awesome. To me, she really is a true American.

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 23 August, 2006 17:21  

  • Racoon,

    AAR actually is beating ESPN Radio in many markets, including NYC.

    By Blogger Justin, at 23 August, 2006 17:39  

  • Sorry guys, you can pound away at yours truly all you like, but I have to stand up for the graphics guys, David A Lunde and Pete at IHillary. I can't tell you how many people I've heard from who love their work.

    When I was at the talk radio convention in NYC in June, a number of people there commented on David and Pete's outstanding work.

    I don't think Driving Miss Randi is the exception, it's been typical of their clever and creative images.

    By Blogger Brian Maloney, at 23 August, 2006 18:40  

  • regarding the graphics:

    It takes a certain mindset to enjoy the blatantly obvious without nuance and showing little creativity. That mindset belongs to right-wingers. It certainly is an interesting trait and explains why only a small fraction of creative comedians happen to be rabid right-wing idealogues.

    By Blogger @whut, at 23 August, 2006 22:00  

  • Actually, fascism is the merging of corporate and government interests.

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 23 August, 2006 22:31  

  • Besides, of COURSE Bush was happy about Katrina! Why ELSE would the neocons have planned it all out the way they did?

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 23 August, 2006 22:39  

  • They don't need to worry about Randi launching a liquid bomb.

    Unless, of course, there's an XMasTree on the plane.

    By Blogger LonewackoDotCom, at 24 August, 2006 03:10  

  • Unreal, I can not believe someone would describe Naziism as being Leftist. Jeeeeeeeeeeezzzz, i guess that is what listening to Limbaugh does to you. Good work on clearing it up, by the other posters. Nazi thinking entails an all powerfull executive branch, and no checks and balances, in addition to hyper-patriotism and an attempt to classify as whole group of people as enemies of the country. Hitler did this to communists and Hitler whipped up a big German patriotism movement
    Many parallels to the Bush regime. 9-11 was Bush's Reichstag, make no mistake about it. 9-11 was used to ferment anti-Muslim sentiment, just as Reichstag started anti-communist rhetoric by Hitler. Anti-communistm became anti-Jew. To say Hitler was a "socialist" is insane. Hitler attacked COMMUNISTS as the enemies of Germany, how could he be a communist/socialist? After Reichstag or 9-11 (if you will as Cheney says) patriotism was whipped up to a fever pitch in America. Other parallels, Hitler's enabling act, basically made Germany's representative goverment useless and gave all the power to the executive branch, similiar to the "unitary executive" conservative theory, displayed by threats to eliminate the fillubuster and Hassart's "majority of the majority' law, making it impossible for any law to goto the executive branch without the majority of the power in party voting for it. This law never came to be as it is unconstitutional.

    So you take a mix of scapegoating, uber-patriotism and elimination of checks and balances, and you have NAZI mentality. Nowhere in any NAZI doctrines is there any mention of socialist ideas, such as re-distribution of wealth. Hitler actualy gave money to corperations that supported his party, and I'm sure he gave them large government contracts(I could be wrong) similiar to Hallibuton/CACI. If anyone can back this claim, help me out.

    so still think Nazi mentality is socialist??

    I talked about these parallels on my internet radio show last week. listen tonight 10-MID(EST) on FREE PLUG!! Sorry, Brian, I will mention your blog to my 40 loyal listeners!

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 24 August, 2006 12:49  

  • Any party dominated by religious fundamentalists is much more prone to autocratic rule. The fundamentalists of the RNC would love to force the bible down everyone's throats if they could. I can see the Dobsonites loving it if we had a little council of preachers making decisions such as rejecting the teaching of evolution.

    By Blogger none, at 24 August, 2006 15:39  

  • more righwing lunacy per Republican candidate Katherine Harris:

    "We have to have the faithful in government and over time," the Witness quotes Harris as saying, "that lie we have been told, the separation of church and state, people have internalized, thinking that they needed to avoid politics and that is so wrong because God is the one who chooses our rulers."

    By Blogger none, at 24 August, 2006 19:28  

  • Oh, no, please don't tell me she's going to "lay it all on the line" again.....

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 24 August, 2006 21:00  

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