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As soon as I read this story linked on Drudge,
I had three questions:
1. Randi Rhodes still has a show?
2. Air America is still on the air?
3. If calling Hillary Clinton a “big f-ing whore” is grounds for adverse action because the network “does not condone such abusive, ad hominem language by our hosts,” then why are not most of its hosts on indefinite suspension?
You can watch a video of the comments that got her fired here. Except for the f-bombs, it’s typical drivel that I’ve heard her spout on the radio numerous times before–only about conservatives.
Now I understand why there were no groans or boos in the audience when Rhodes trashed Clinton and Ferraro:
Christian Grantham does some digging and discovers that the event where Randi Rhodes spoke was promoted on Barack Obama’s website. Sure, the campaign distanced itself by saying that it was a KKGO event, but they were proud enough of Rhodes’ help to highlight it on their website and even to encourage people without tickets to show up in case there were no-shows. They even had a way to sign up for the event on Obama’s webpage. Clearly they were happy to have Randi Rhodes’ help.
Strangely, the media is awfully silent about the clear connection to the Obama campaign.
Christian made a comparison in the comments below that is spot on. He likened Randi Rhodes’ remarks to those of WLW host Bill Cunningham. If you remember, when Cunningham introduced John McCain at a campaign event in Cincinnati, he purposefully highlighted Obama’s middle name “Hussein” at least three times during his short remarks. When he came to the stage John McCain immediately said that Cunningham’s comments were uncalled for.
John McCain was right to do that. Now, will the press push Barack Obama to distance himself from Randi Rhodes for her comments which were even more hateful?