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This Randi Rhodes thing ...
Posted by: McQ on Friday, April 04, 2008

Have you been following this little kerfuffle that has the leftosphere in such an uproar while most of the rightosphere laughs?

Seems Air America talk host Randi Rhodes was doing a stand-up gig in San Francisco and called Ms. Clinton everything but a child of God. In a profanity laced rant, she went after both Clinton and Geraldine Ferraro, dropping the "F" bomb and calling them both whores.

Clinton supporters were simply aghast. And as a consequence, Air America has suspended Rhodes indefinitely.

First note that this wasn't done on the air, as was the Imus thing. Now, I'm not sure if it was an Air America sponsored event [commenter Horatio says it was an AA event -ed.], but I don't believe it was. However, since Rhodes went after an icon of the left in such a vicious manner, even though it wasn't on the air, AA felt it was incumbent upon them to act.

But as James Joyner notes, "[s]he also called Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and Dick Cheney racists and anti-Semites but Air America seems not to be upset by that". He also cites someone who claims Rhodes has made even more outrageous statements about the likes of Mitt Romney without repercussions.

So one has to believe it's not what she said, but about who she said it. That, for most reasonable people, smacks of hypocrisy and underlines again the divisiveness this primary campaign is having among Democrats (if you don't believe that read the comments at the AA link).

In fact, my guess is had she limited herself to those baseless insults against Nixon, Reagan and Cheney, her performance would have never made a ripple and the smug left would have continued to believe that all hate is spewed on the right. (You can see the video of her "performance" at OTB.)

Don Surber, sarcastically calling them "Taliban lefties", lists the reaction of some:
So, how are the free speech lefties handling it?

The Democratic Daily: “The misogynistic screed in the video above is astounding, simply astounding. Quite frankly I think Rhodes should be fired, not suspended.”

F-bombs are a regular feature of the Democratic Daily.

Shakesville: “My only question is why she was only suspended and not [expletive]-canned, like she should have been long ago.”

Liberal Values called it an F-bomb even though it is used several times on that site. But LV didn’t not ask for her head on a platter.

No Quarter took credit for the suspension. Nice brown shirts.
One of the values of this primary, as far as I'm concerned, is to finally see the veneer the left has tried to hide itself behind ripped away. As is obvious, "smear" and "hate" aren't the exclusive property of the right nor is "hypocrisy". And free speech? Well, that's exclusively reserved for those on the left with whom they agree. Calling Reagan an anti-semite and racist? OK. Calling Hillary Clinton a whore? Off with Rhodes' head.
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It was an Air America sponsored event, and she was there on their behalf
Written By: Horatio
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Thanks, Horatio.
Written By: McQ
Oh, she should be suepended, then fired, made to go on a groveling apology tour, and then Hillary should have to give her blessing before Rhodes gets another job anywyhere in the industry.

I call for her immediate firing.

After all, it’s just playing by the rules the left has established.

Some would call it hypocracy.
Others would call it spite.
I call it a "teachable moment"

Only way they’ll change is to get burned a few times.

I’m e-mailing AA with my support for her firing RIGHT NOW.
Written By: shark
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Yes, Virginia .. Progressives eat their own.
Written By: Neo
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I thought Air America went belly-up? Didn’t Al Franken five finger discount a bunch of money from the station?
Written By: Paul
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Like now a whore’s a bad thing?
Written By: Bandit
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If she had said the same thing about Laura Bush they would have given her a medal.
Written By: retired military
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Maybe Absolut could market in Sweden showing the Gustavus Adolphus version of Europe.

Or they could market in France showing Napoleon’s 1811 map of Europe with England thrown in for good measure.

Why am I betting the Euro’s wouldn’t find any of that very funny.
Written By: looker
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hey! who’s on the wrong page!!!!!!
Now I’m really gonna need a sense of humor......
Written By: looker
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had she limited herself to those baseless insults against Nixon, Reagan and Cheney
Baseless? BASELESS?

ROTFLMAO. What you been smokin’ dude?

And, given your, um, AMAZING grasp of history, do you really think you ought to be commenting on this?

Really. Stop and smell the coffee. And stop with the blatant hypocrisy of applying separate standards to both parties.

Or continue looking like a drunken partisan boob. It’s your choice.
Written By: Hart Williams
I watched the video and found it to be non-offensive because it was a stand-up comedian style event. I don’t get why she is fired or suspended.
Written By: Harun
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Harun: I don’t get it, either. Suddenly, Air America has no use for stand-up comics.

Are they trying to "re-invent" themselves? {shrug}
Written By: Billy Beck
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For the record, insert from me here about 45 minutes of raucous, almost choking, laughter.

Then after I am done, someone pass me the popcorn.

This is MOST entertaining.
Written By: The Gonzman
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"Like now a whore’s a bad thing?"

Yes. ’Whore’ is bad, ’sex worker’ is good. It is tough to keep up.
Written By: timactual
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Hart, that someone may deserve insults doesn’t mean making stuff up is something other than making stuff up.

I listened to the beginning of the particular clip and she calls Cheney a racist who moved to Wyoming (?) just so he’d never have to see another black face. Okay, so she hates Cheney. Lots of people do. Is he a racist? This is what *baseless* means. Your animosity is not the *basis* for charges of blatant racism.

"I don’t like so-and-so" doesn’t make any old made-up thing true about that person. And her audience wasn’t laughing because she was pointing out some comic truth about life. Her audience was laughing because she was telling outrageous lies about people they hated *too*. Which this time included Ferraro and Clinton.

Written By: Synova
Air America is still around?
Written By: Cargosquid

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