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Delusions of Adequacy
Posted by: McQ on Monday, October 22, 2007

I don't know if you've been following this story about Air America talk show host Randi Rhodes but it is an interesting peek into the minds of a group of folks who seem to think a lot more of themselves than they probably should. That was never more evident than when substitute host Jon Elliott, covering for an absent Rhodes after she had sent a two sentence email saying she'd been mugged and wouldn't be in that day, went off on this riff:
"Is this an attempt by the right-wing hate machine to silence one of our own?" he asked on the air, according to the Talking Radio blog. "Are we threatening them?"
Wow. Talk about taking the bit and running with it. Of course, as it turns out:
A police source said Rhodes never filed a report and never claimed to be the victim of a mugging.

Rhodes' lawyer Robert Gaulin told the Daily News she was injured in a fall while walking her dog, but she wasn't sure exactly what happened.
Elliot apologized:
"I shouldn't have speculated based on hearsay that Randi Rhodes had been mugged and that it may have been an attack from a right-wing hate machine," the statement said. "I apologize for jumping to conclusions."
But it should come as no surprise to anyone, if you've ever bothered to listen to AA, that Elliot's first bit of speculation involved the network's favorite whipping boy - the "right-wing hate machine". It's hell when reality intrudes on your fantasy, isn't it?
 
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It’s hell when your prejudices show up in your on-air rants, especially when you’re an open minded kinda right thinking, unbigoted, reality based truthiness guy.

Haditha massacres, right-wing hate based muggings. Yeah, no one rushing to judgement on the left.
 
Written By: looker
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I’m surprised Air America didn’t claim that Rhodes was attacked by a roving gang of college LaCrosse players.
 
Written By: Aldo
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This isn’t a delusion of adequacy, it’s projection.

The reason Jon Elliott thought Rhodes was attacked by a right-wing hate machine in an attempt to silence her is because Elliott wants to silence his political opponents in that way.
 
Written By: Steverino
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It really hurts when you realize that your "opponents" don’t even know who you are.
 
Written By: MarkD
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How many people (liberal or conservative) would even recognize this person walking down the street? Delusions of fame...
 
Written By: the wolf
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It really hurts when you realize that your "opponents" don’t even know who you are.
Yeah, that was the point of the title - first you have to be well enough known and doing an adequate enough job to be sought out and attacked.
 
Written By: McQ
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...a group of folks who seem to think a lot more of themselves than they probably should.
The tech community has a name for this condition. It’s called ETD - Ego-Talent Discrepancy.
 
Written By: Billy Hollis
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The reason Jon Elliott thought Rhodes was attacked by a right-wing hate machine in an attempt to silence her is because Elliott wants to silence his political opponents in that way.
She’s on Air America.

She is effectively silenced right now.
 
Written By: shark
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She is effectively silenced right now.
That’s certainly true. When AA shuts down, I want to buy their "Mr. Microphone" and start my own radio network.
 
Written By: Steverino
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Yeah, that was the point of the title - first you have to be well enough known and doing an adequate enough job to be sought out and attacked.
Well, I guess they’re well enough known to have this particular talk radio bombast to merit a blog post. Right up there with Michael Savage and Rush Limbaugh.

I guess that’s something.
 
Written By: PogueMahone
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You’re reaching pogue.

C’mon, admit it, it is a bit sad on their part. I think you are a tad embarrassed that your team is a touch embarrassing at the moment.
 
Written By: capt joe
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Team!?

Not everyone has a "team", joe.
 
Written By: PogueMahone
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That’s it—I need to design, patent, market and trademark a "Right Wing Hate Machine" just for the free advertising.
 
Written By: Douglas Black
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That’s it—I need to design, patent, market and trademark a "Right Wing Hate Machine" just for the free advertising.
You mean kinda like the CD logo all the drive makers use?

(Snicker)
 
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