October 17, 2007
Just yesterday the leftist blogosphere was ablaze with reports of Air America radio hostess, Randi Rhodes, being mugged near her home. Ms. Rhodes didn’t appear for her afternoon romp through broadcast mediocrity and radio host Jon Elliot had reported earlier that Ms. Rhodes had been mugged on Sunday night on 39th Street and Park Ave. while she was walking her dog Simon.
Elliot speculated further when he added that she “was beaten up pretty badly, losing several teeth and will probably be off the air for at least the rest of the week.” Further inciting listeners, he said, "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? Are we threatening them? Are they afraid that we're winning? Are they trying to silence intimidate us?"
Spare us the melodrama, Mr. Elliot. Your listening audience is minimal, not due to right wingers interfering, but due to the mediocrity of your message and lack of truly entertaining material. Perhaps that was what drove Air America into bankruptcy in the first place.
When all you have to broadcast is “I hate George Bush” and “The Right is out to get me” day in and day out, it becomes quite boring and even liberals seek something more suitable to listen to. Face it; even Hillary Clinton knows not to overplay the “Vast Right Winged Conspiracy” and “Right Winged Hate Machine” in every speech.
As reports of this little tidbit of titillating news broke, the leftist blogosphere erupted in outrage and anger. Almost immediately, “news” started appearing on several left-winged blogs of Right Winged Hit Squads and Brown Shirts roaming the streets in a near repeat of the Nazi’s 1938 Krystalnacht.
From DailyKOS, Democratic Underground, even to Ms. Rhodes own forum, we read accounts that can only be said to be the products of someone’s paranoid delusions and outright bigotry, if not fear, of the Right Winged political spectrum. We read comments of,
MadMaddie: “..if this is true this is very bad, obviously for Randi but if she was not robbed.....I am telling you the neocons are getting desperate.”
Rageneau: “I hate living in a country were I have to suspect my government did this. Random mugging? Maybe. But IMHO, the odds of her being the victim of a random assault are much, much smaller than the odds are of somebody from the BFEE busting her chops just because they hate what she says.”
tom_paine: “I think it was the Brownshirts, not the Nazi Leadership
probably acting independantly, as Brownshirts often do. They don't need to be told who needs a beatin'.”
Ldf: “wow. my biggest fear and i have stated several times in posts, that at some point, SOMEONE is going to snap.
it may be someone on the left, or it may be someone on the right. it now appears that it may be from the right. i am too cynical to believe that randi was a random mugging. she is too well known, especially for her outspokenness.
but once it starts, it will be extremely difficult to stop.
it could, literally, end in an ideology war between conservatives and liberals, that will rip this country apart.
a war that will be bloody, and claim lives. and once it starts, all grievances will be addressed. we won't be able to hide from the freepers, the freepers won't be able to hide from us, the politicians will not be protected by their gated communities... the shit will, literally, hit the fan.
too bad americans don't care enough to deal with the situation, but would rather ignore, whistling past the graveyard, until it is too late.
hell, maybe this is what has to happen before we can start to take our country back. i hope not.”
tom_paine: “And when the perps, like the Anthrax Assassin and so many others, walk free free FREE, the message which is already quite strong, that it's open season on Enemies of the BushPutinist State, will continue to swell to it's inevitable conclusion.
Yes indeed, target key, prominent individuals.
She wasn't robbed and they literally smashed her teeth in.
Kristallnacht must have been comprised of thousands of singular episdoes like this one...”
backscatter712: “I'm almost certain this was politically motivated. Pretty damned sickening. The right-wing hate machine needs to take at least a little blame for this - they'll of course say they had nothing to do with it, but people like Ann Coulter gleefully encouraged it. And so Amerika's Krystallnacht comes that much closer. Don't think I won't defend myself on that day...”
Soft and somewhat simple was this sites headline of Randi Rhodes Mugged.
Talk Radio Blogspot jumped into the fray with Randi Rhodes is the Victim of a Violent Attack.
The Moderate Voice Blog ran with Randi Rhodes Is Badly Beaten In Street Attack
Before the day was out, Mr. Elliot released a written statement of, "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. I apologize for jumping to conclusions based on an emotional reaction."
Air America itself released their statement of [Rhodes] "experienced an unfortunate incident. The reports of a presumed hate crime are unfounded. Ms. Rhodes is looking forward to being back on the air on Thursday."
Far left blog DailyKOS reported this with the headline Randi Rhodes and Unhinged Republican Violence, but comments earlier in line with those above seem to have disappeared after news of the claim were totally unfounded surfaced.
Calls by more level-headed people on the left to not speculate or jump to conclusions went ignored as shown at Michelle Malkin’s site, leftist were fired up and ready to do battle over initial and erroneous reports.
Even Michelle was accused of having hand in this “attack” by the blog JABbering Stooge with the line, “Hey Stalkin Malkin, care to tell us something about this?” Later in the day, stooge posted, “Okay. I jumped the gun a bit on the Randi Rhodes "mugging" story. My bad. (This is something you’ll never see from a serial liar like Michelle MalKKKin, wingnuts. Pay attention. It’s called responsible blogging. You might want to look into it sometime.)
This is “responsible blogging?” No apology, just “I jumped the gun a little” and then launch into a litany of excuses of his erroneous claim and more attacks against the right?
No, stooge, there isn’t anything “responsible” in the reaction yesterday or your post. It is nothing more than pure paranoid bigotry of the right, hatred of George W. Bush and any who voted for him or still support him. It is hate that is yours and your sides alone.
Right Wing Blog Little Green Footballs accurately assessed yesterday as Air America Host Mugged, 'Right Wing Hate Machine' Instantly Blamed.
Ms. Rhodes claims she doesn’t recall what happened to her, just that she fell down. One questionable source said she was drunk. I have no idea and will not speculate further. If she was, it is understandable given the lack of audience Air America has and the hatred festering in hosts and listeners of that network and their inability to successfully take over America and turn it into The Late Great United States.
I hope that Randi Rhodes recovers from whatever happened to her intact and returns to the air soon. Her diatribe is essential to America seeing these Paranoid Bigots for what they are. Nowhere has the Paranoid Bigotry of the left been revealed as it was yesterday over the erroneous reports of her mugging.