Tuesday, October 16, 2007


Schadenfreude is Overrated

My desire to keep up with what's going on with the left in America does not extend to listening to Air America, the corrupt, bankrupt, failed, zombie liberal talk radio network. Hardly anyone can stand to listen to that stuff. However, when the rest of the media was doing their best to make Air America successful a few years ago, I did watch the HBO infomercial/documentary on the network's start-up, Left of the Dial. One of the few things I really remember about it is Randi Rhodes giving it to Ralph Nader for running for President and providing George Bush with his sheer margin of victory in Florida in 2000. At least she said what she felt and she actually seemed to know what she was doing in front of a radio microphone. (I believe she is one of the few original hosts still on the air). She also seemed a little miffed throughout the thing that she was never given the build up her talent and experience deserved, while untried Janeane Garofolo and Al Franken were constantly overpraised. I can still see her trying to blank out her face and that's always fun to watch.

So it was a little shocking to read that she had been assaulted, beaten (mugged?) in NYC this past Sunday. Of course, the left immediately blamed the right--[Fellow lefty broadcaster Jon]Elliott was extremely agitated when he reported on the incident.
He opened his show by saying "it is with sadness that tonight I inform you that my Air America colleague Randi Rhodes was assaulted last night while walking her dog near her New York City home."
Pointing out that Rhodes was wearing a jogging suit and displayed no purse or jewelry, Elliott speculated that "this does not appear to me to be a standard grab the money and run mugging."
"Is this an attempt by the right wing hate machine to silence one of our own," he asked. "Are we threatening them. Are they afraid that we're winning. Are they trying to silence intimidate us."
Some of blog posters also expressed concerns that the attack on Rhodes was hate crime. (Emphasis added).

Now Air America is backing off that calumny but it's hard to tell what they are saying happened. They just say it was an unfortunate incident. OK. Like most of the right wing bloggers who have noticed this episode, I wish Ms. Rhodes a speedy and complete recovery and swift, harsh justice for her assaulter.

UPDATE: Now the report is that she wasn't assaulted at all, she fell down. Oh...well, I guess there's no right wing conspiracy to silence her after all.

UPDATE II: Local first tier blogger Stephen Green at Vodkapundit has the best last Onion like word:

CORRECTION: It has come to our attention that had Rhodes been mugged, the savage act would have been committed by a pack of drooling reactionaries. So while the original story was fake, it remains, and shall remain, accurate. We regret the error.


There is a brewing rumor that she fell due to extrem intoxication after exiting a bar.
More than a rumor now. I think if she is silent about the drinking part here, if any, that means she did drink too much. Damn, this means I have to listen to her on Thursday. Eucch!
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