The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

08 September 2008

Randi Rhodes Launches Disturbing Attack Against John McCain


Rhodes Claims McCain Was 'Well-Treated' In Vietnam


Quick, what's the most disgusting potential way to attack the McCain-Palin presidential ticket? After two weeks of conspiring to destroy Sarah Palin and her family, often through dishonest means, what could be worse than what we've already seen, right?

Well, if you thought the left side of talk radio and the blogosphere had sunk to fresh lows with that smear strategy, it's now clear they haven't even scratched the surface.

Enter syndicated libtalker Randi Rhodes, known for her previous unhinged skits, public spills, obscene rants and wild accusations.

Known as a particularly strident supporter of Barack Obama, Rhodes seems to think even John McCain's six year period of torture at the hands of the North Vietnamese is fair game. In fact, Randi has turned it into a game, one of POW denial.

All for the greater good, right?

During the first hour of Friday's Randi Rhodes Show, she had this to say about McCain's sacrifices during the Vietnam War (clip follows immediately thereafter):

RHODES: Of course he (McCain) became very friendly with the Vietnamese. They called him the Prince. He was well treated actually. And he was well treated because he traded these propaganda interviews for good treatment. So look, it's a horrible story anyway you cut it, anyway you look at it, any way you you you deal with it.

But, it's not the story Fred Thompson told. Nor is it the story Rudy Giuliani told. Nor is it the story Sarah Palin told. Nor is it the story anybody. Cindy McCain knew to limit herself to 'I think what my husband did in Vietnam was heroic' because she knows the truth too.

Of course, that means McCain's own account, broadcast on NPR's All Things Considered in 2005, must be a lie:

MCCAIN (All Things Considered, October 17 2005): I believe in honor, faith and service -- to one's country and to mankind. It's a lesson I learned from my family, from the men with whom I served in Vietnam and from my fellow Americans.

Take William B. Ravnel. He was in Patton's tank corps that went across Europe. I knew him, though, as an English teacher and football coach in my school. He could make Shakespeare come alive and he had incredible leadership talents that made me idolize him. What he taught me more than anything else was to strictly adhere to our school's honor code. If we stuck to those standards of integrity and honor then we could be proud of ourselves. We could serve causes greater than our own self-interest.

Years later, I saw an example of honor in the most surprising of places. As a scared American prisoner of war in Vietnam, I was tied in torture ropes by my tormentors and left alone in an empty room to suffer through the night. Later in the evening, a guard I had never spoken to entered the room and silently loosened the ropes to relieve my suffering. Just before morning, that same guard came back and re-tightened the ropes before his less humanitarian comrades returned. He never said a word to me. Some months later on a Christmas morning, as I stood alone in the prison courtyard, that same guard walked up to me and stood next to me for a few moments. Then with his sandal, the guard drew a cross in the dirt. We stood wordlessly there for a minute or two, venerating the cross, until the guard rubbed it out and walked away.

To me, that was faith: a faith that unites and never divides, a faith that bridges unbridgeable gaps in humanity. It is the faith that we are all equal and endowed by our Creator with inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It is the faith I would die to defend.

And this account, featured in a 1973 edition of US News & World Report, must be bogus, as well:

I hit the water and sank to the bottom. I think the lake is about 15 feet deep, maybe 20. I kicked off the bottom. I did not feel any pain at the time, and was able to rise to the surface. I took a breath of air and started sinking again. Of course, I was wearing 50 pounds, at least, of equipment and gear. I went down and managed to kick up to the surface once more. I couldn't understand why I couldn't use my right leg or my arm. I was in a dazed condition. I went up to the top again and sank back down. This time I couldn't get back to the surface. I was wearing an inflatable life-preserver-type thing that looked like water wings. I reached down with my mouth and got the toggle between my teeth and inflated the preserver and finally floated to the top.

Some North Vietnamese swam out and pulled me to the side of the lake and immediately started stripping me, which is their standard procedure. Of course, this being in the center of town, a huge crowd of people gathered, and they were all hollering and screaming and cursing and spitting and kicking at me.

When they had most of my clothes off, I felt a twinge in my right knee. I sat up and looked at it, and my right foot was resting next to my left knee, just in a 90-degree position. I said, "My God--my leg!" That seemed to enrage them —I don't know why. One of them slammed a rifle butt down on my shoulder, and smashed it pretty badly. Another stuck a bayonet in my foot. The mob was really getting up-tight.


I think it was on the fourth day that two guards came in, instead of one. One of them pulled back the blanket to show the other guard my injury. I looked at my knee. It was about the size, shape and color of a football. I remembered that when I was a flying instructor a fellow had ejected from his plane and broken his thigh. He had gone into shock, the blood had pooled in his leg, and he died, which came as quite a surprise to us—a man dying of a broken leg. Then I realized that a very similar thing was happening to me.

When I saw it, I said to the guard, "O.K., get the officer." An officer came in after a few minutes. It was the man that we came to know very well as "The Bug." He was a psychotic torturer, one of the worst fiends that we had to deal with. I said, "O.K., I'll give you military information if you will take me to the hospital." He left and came back with a doctor, a guy that we called "Zorba," who was completely incompetent. He squatted down, took my pulse. He did not speak English, but shook his head and jabbered to "The Bug." I asked, "Are you going to take me to the hospital?" "The Bug" replied, "It's too late." I said, "If you take me to the hospital, I'll get well."

Don't expect to read about this in the mainstream media, even after they smeared Rush Limbaugh over the fake "phony soldiers" flap. Nor will you find outraged Media Matters / Huffington Post types calling for Randi's head.

Lastly, don't hold your breath waiting for the left to demand Rhodes back her allegations up with even a shred of factual information.

Nope, the silence will be deafening, as it always has been.

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  • My new bedtime prayer:

    Dear God,

    I know you're probably pretty busy these days, but if there's any way you could send us more unhinged, loose-lipped, leftist dimwits like this one, we'd really appreciate it.

    Thanks, G.

    By Blogger Bruce, at 08 September, 2008 20:42  

  • I went through S.E.R.E. training, which is like make believe, playtime training, to prepare you for Survival, Evasion, Resistance And Escape. It included a three day P.O.W. simulation. I wish Randi Rhodes could go through just a RELAXED version of that, for five and a half years.

    What piece of ****.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 08 September, 2008 20:58  

  • the saddest thing there is in life is to know that such things exist

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 08 September, 2008 21:20  

  • Randi Rhoades is a diarrhea drinking slut.

    The beautiful thing about her is that one day she will die and none of us will remember her.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 08 September, 2008 21:21  

  • Rhodes gets this crapola from someone on the FAR RIGHT, Ted Sampley, who was deployed by the Bush campaign in 2000 vs. McCain in the S. Carolina primary. Sampley had a group back then alleging McCain had been brainwashed by the N. Vietnamese and was an agent of the Vietnamese Communists. Michael Isikoff in the 1st issue of Newsweek in the yr. 2000 wrote a good piece on McCain and the POW/MIA families who are extremely bitter vs. McCain. Nutcases like Bob Dornan can be found on YouTube videos (just google, "McCain traitor, " and "mcCain Manchurian Candidate") alleging all sorts of vile sheeit vs. McCain.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 08 September, 2008 21:25  

  • Randi Rhodes, yet another left-wing poster child for retroactive abortion.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 08 September, 2008 21:35  

  • Next step for her is to become a Holocaust denier. What an utterly loathsome individual.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 08 September, 2008 22:23  

  • Who the hell is Randi Rhodes? Seriously. Some left wing lightweight given time on CNN? So she's totally deranged, they all are. My bet is her biggest regret in life, is having been too young to actually have been able to spit on our returning soldiers, and call them baby killers.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 08 September, 2008 22:27  

  • Is she sleeping with Gore Vidal?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 08 September, 2008 22:58  

  • I got so sick of listening to the sound of your voice and your wrong politics in my Manhattan workplace, I'm so glad you're gone, it's such a relief to my ears and has improved my quality of life dramatically.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 08 September, 2008 23:04  

  • Oh my comment was for Randi Rhodes BTW not Brian Maloney.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 08 September, 2008 23:05  

  • Randi is disgusting. What is she basing this on. She has nothing to attack so it is just what they done to PALIN...launching 72 lies in one week. FEAR FEAR FEAR.
    Just look at McCain's arms, you fool. She is as disgusting as the OBAMABOTS who put Trig Palin on EBAY. This must stop.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 08 September, 2008 23:34  

  • John McCain admitted that he broke under torture and said he was a war criminal and that the United States had committed crimes against humanity... see his on camera interview on sixty minutes in 1997.

    I don't blame this man for breaking under torture and signing false confessions. The comment above from the serviceman who went through S.E.R.E. training can attest to the duress.

    I blame him for voting to allow the USA to torture when he knows it is used by despicable regimes to coerce false confessions.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 09 September, 2008 00:09  

  • I went through S.E.R.E. training, which is like make believe, playtime training, to prepare you for Survival, Evasion, Resistance And Escape.

    And to train American military torturers for Republican oil wars in this or that Third World shithole.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 09 September, 2008 07:21  

  • This comment from Randi Rhodes is so typical of the lunacy from the Left nowadays. After Governor Palin effectively destroyed the MSM with that acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, people will more or less dismiss those mutterings from the Left because everyone now knows the insane tone of their rants.

    By Blogger SactoMan01, at 09 September, 2008 07:33  

  • ABC World News Tonight confirms our website prophecy brought down the Hillary Rodham Clinton presidential campaign.

    By Blogger Albert Howard, at 09 September, 2008 10:05  

  • that comment is abhorrent and unsupportable.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 09 September, 2008 11:17  

  • btw an L.A. man is suing Salem Comm. and KRLA saying they are not serving the public because they have only conservative/Republican talk shows.

    Am waiting for the day when someone dares sue the parent company of a libtalk station saying they are not serving the public because they only have liberal/Democratic talk shows.

    It's come to this...

    By Blogger raccoonradio, at 09 September, 2008 12:13  

  • The accusations Randi Rhodes made were not her ideas.... thefarright made these accusations months before Rhodes made these accusations...... the far right were attacking McCain and his POW story since 2007. Of course, Maloney is ignoring all of this. A fellow veteran of McCain made these claims..... kind of like the swiftboat vets. A fellow veteran who was with McCain made the claim, that McCain was not tortured... rhodes did not make this up.... it is comming from other sources

    Maloney, being intelectually dishonest as usual

    This stuff is all over You Tube, there are thousand of videos of Veterans against McCain, frm the right and left.....

    When will Maloney ever be honest?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 09 September, 2008 13:37  

  • Please give Mz. Rhodes a break. She was physically assaulted while walking her dog by a dozen gin & tonics. That's how she got that Babs Streisand lazy-eyes look.


    PS: Would the Fairness Doctrine also apply to NPR?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 09 September, 2008 14:46  

  • WOW - what a complete, flippin' idiot. It would be sad if it wasn't so funny... Like Bruce said - please send more!!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 09 September, 2008 15:11  

  • Water boarding is NOT torture. You folks are so spineless and revolting.
    Anyone who can remotely justify what rhodes the toad said is simply sadistic and should immediately seek a shrink.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 09 September, 2008 15:16  

  • rhodes is to the far left. listen to her on America left...she is one revolting non fact spewing hussy.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 09 September, 2008 15:18  

  • But of course Rhodes believes McCain was treated well while a POW in North Vietnam. Isn't everyone treated this way in leftist totalitarian hellholes?

    By Blogger Jack Coleman, at 09 September, 2008 17:07  

  • Randi Rhodes

    Isn't she the one who fell down and then one of her people claimed she'd been attacked by a right wing zealot.
    Randi Rhodes, wo I beleive was fired by Air America for vile obscene comments.

    By Blogger Pack Rat, at 09 September, 2008 17:08  

  • It's men like John McCain that have made it possible for American's to have enjoy the freedoms we so charish today. Idiots like Randi Rhodes are nothing more than useless human beings that are a waste of oxygen. She obviously knows nothing about McCain or any American history. She's just another modern day Jane Fonda. "Air America" is anything but American, and now the people are starting to see the truth about the liberal media, their bias, and the lies they have tried to spread about Sarah Palin. They liberals are only doing what they are doing because with Palin, the McCain ticket has caught fire and everyone now knows that all of the alphabet networks, so called news magazines like Time and US Weekly are all liars. True Americans won't tolerate liars, and the left wing media has done more to help Sarah Palin than anyone ever could of imagined. The next time you see Obama on the news, notice that he now looks worried, very worried. He should be. A prediction and a called shot, McCain will upset Obama Nov 4th. And the liberal media will only have themselves to blame. What the left wing media hacks don't realize is that you can only BS the American public for so long, and eventually they figure out the truth. As for this Randi Rhodes character, just ignore her. She's not worth the time of day and would never be welcome in most of our homes.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 09 September, 2008 22:26  

  • Randi Rhoades is prooof that Liberalism really is a mental disorder.

    It's "quality entertainment" like that that tanked AAR. Great job Randi!

    By Blogger JMK, at 09 September, 2008 22:34  

  • And with this comment, Randi Rhodes will be voted "worst person in the world", right?


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10 September, 2008 00:53  

  • The makers of the "Jane Fonda" urinal target decal should add a new face or two to their inventory. They could probably start a complete line of "CNN Mouthpieces", and have a banner sales year.

    By Blogger Unknown, at 10 September, 2008 07:28  

  • Amazing. Rhodes is using information that conservative Anti-McCain groups have promoted all over You Tube, all over the internet...... There is a "Swiftboat" group claiming the same thing, soldiers interviewed whoclaimed McCain was not tortured....... She did not pull this out of a hat. she took it from the right wing......

    amazing when the same thing was done to Kerry, the radical right did not call it disgusting. Total hypocrites. I have not heard Randi in months..... but the truth must be posted.......

    Randi uses a conservative talking point against McCain, and the right blames Rhodes for the right's own talking point. Amazing.

    you people are so warped. and the Vietnam was was a degenerate, failure, and McCain ws captured on his way to bomb civilians (that was INDEED his mission. NOT SMEAR... this is verified.

    How did Vietnam war protect my freedoms? Explain how the United States slaughtering 50,000 troops for NOTHING kept me free? The Vietcong were comming to invade America? The Vietnam war was a waste and anyone who says otherwise is a mindless, drooling idiot who of course (like of all sick conservatives) never served.

    all a little action game, to the pea brained bush voter.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10 September, 2008 09:55  

  • Randi Rhodes is obviously an imposter. There is no doubt in my mind she is the daughter of "Hanoi Jane Fonda". Now there is someone who got really friendly with the North Vietnamese.

    Old Vet

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10 September, 2008 15:37  

  • As someone who has no faith in either candidate or the Dem/Rep parties, it is obvious to me which side hurts itself more. The Dems should be running away with this election just based on what we've seen from the White House for the last 8 years. However, the moron far left (as opposed to the moron far right - there's just as many of them!) keeps shooting itself in the foot with personal attacks that any clear-thinking campaign director would realize are just energizing non-committed voters. Mean-spirited does not work. McCain's service to this country is off limits! How can denegrating him help Obama? The "right" does this as well, it just seems that the far left spews more irrational, unsubstantiated vitriol. Really, if the left just ran on the record of the Repubs for the last 8 years, wouldn't it be a cakewalk for them? Instead, everyday more people all over America who aren't really overtly political decide to vote for McCain because of this kind of thing. Kind of funny, like watching someone who has won the lottery squander his money. Are the Dems really going to screw this up?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10 September, 2008 17:11  

  • Just listen to the lib’s that post here. All they do is tell lies and act like idiots. They will say anything to try and win an election, Daily KOS. Sites like that are the reasons they lose elections. People don’t want to be associated with freaks like that.

    The libs could screw up a wet dream.

    By Blogger pf1, at 11 September, 2008 01:10  

  • Randy is a Drunken Slut who was found in a NYC Gutter and her co workers claimed it was a Right Wing Mugger lol. She is disgusting to be honest. Another Bolshevik. Ethel Rosenberg incarnate.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 13 September, 2008 14:51  

  • Air America could not be trusted with kids. Its already proven they STOLE MONEY from the Gloria Wise Foundation for Children. Wake up Randi you drunken fool. America knows whats in your mind. Young Boys.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 13 September, 2008 14:53  

  • Priceless. From Air America who is PROVEN to have committed crimes against Kids Stealing 800K from the Gloria Wise Kids Club. Nice. Add that to the Biden $3100.00 in Charity over 10 years. Spells Left Wing LIAR

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 13 September, 2008 14:54  

  • Nobody pays attention to this Drunken Gutter Slut. She can't even remember who's back seat she was in last night.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 13 September, 2008 14:56  

  • Rhodes is Obama.

    She's been a media asset for his campaign since before he announced, and is part of the same Marxist network as William Ayers.

    So whatever comes out of her mouth comes directly from Barack Obama's.

    She's his sock puppet, to protect "The Brand."

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 14 September, 2008 17:14  

  • I was perturbed when the republicans did this to Kerry during their convention..(remember the band aids while supporting their National guardsman, who was usually missing and the 5 time deferment candidate?.|) I am really outraged that the dems are doing this to McCain with all of the right wing talking points first issued by GWB campaign. Of course they used all of the right wing talking point against Hillary Clinton as well.

    There is absolutely no difference between the radical right wing or the radical left wing. They both believe that they are blessed with some "higher mission" that justifies anything they do or say.

    I am a liberal democrat. I find this tactic disgusting

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 17 September, 2008 09:59  

  • The only evidence that McCain acted honorably in captivity is his own account. Other POWs who were there, and many Vietnam vets consider him a liar.

    There is fresh scholarship documenting how he betrayed Vietnam POWs
    McCain and the POW Cover-up

    By Blogger SteveMDFP, at 28 September, 2008 05:26  

  • Recently an insurance company nearly wind up....

    A bank is nearly bankrupt......

    How it affect you? Did you buy insurance? Did you buy mini note or bonds?

    They bailout trouble finance company, but they will not bail out your credit card bills……You got no choice, and no point pointing finger but you can prevent similar things from happen again……

    Who fault?

    The top management of the Public listed company ( belong to "public" ) salary should be tied a portion of it to the shares price ( IPO or ave 5 years ).... so when the shares price drop, it don't just penalise the investors, but those who don't take care of the company.....If this rule is pass on, without any need of further regulation, all industries ( as long as it is public listed ) will be self regulated......because the top management will be concern about their own pay check……

    Are you a partisan?

    Sign a petition to your favourite president candidate, congress member, House of representative again and ask for their views to comment on this, and what regulations they are going to raise for implementation.....If you agree on my point, please share with many people as possible....

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 04 October, 2008 05:27  

  • It is utterly disgusting that this obvious idiot has any air time at all. She is a disgrace to our great country and an offense against all our military men/veterans. HOW DARE YOU SAY JOHN MCCAIN WAS TREATED WELL AS A POW??? Let's see how you like having almost every bone in your body broken and hang in the air with your hands tied behind your back!!! Actually, that's what YOU deserve!!! Americans like you make me sick to my stomach!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11 October, 2008 09:54  

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