Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Randi Rhodes is the Victim of a Violent Attack

Updated on October 18 at 1:20 PM PDT. Update set in bold face italics

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Randi Rhodes was mugged on Sunday night on 39th Street and Park Ave, nearby her Manhattan apartment, while she was walking her dog Simon.

According to Air America Radio late night host Jon Elliott, Rhodes was beaten up pretty badly, losing several teeth and will probably be off the air for at least the rest of the week. At of late Monday night we have not able to locate any press accounts of the attack and nothing has been posted on the AAR website.

Several liberal blogs, including the Randi Rhodes Message Board and Democratic Underground have logged numerous posts on the Rhodes mugging with most of the posters expressing concern about the condition of the popular lib talker.

AAR's official blogger, Nancy Scola, posted the following message on the lib network's website this morning:

Air America host Randi Rhodes experienced an unfortunate incident hindering her from hosting her show. The reports of a presumed hate crime are unfounded. Ms. Rhodes looks forward to being back on the air on Thursday.

Morning talk host, Lionel filled in for Rhodes on Monday, but did not say anything about why she wasn’t on hand to do her show. The Randi Rhodes board reports that Sam Seder, who does a Sunday afternoon show for AAR, will be filling on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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. Other posters warned that we need more facts before any judgements are made.

According to Elliott, Rhodes was resting in her New York City apartment and was not hospitalized.

Attacks on liberal talk radio stations and their hosts are not a new thing. About a month ago a gunman fired a shot through a window at the studios of KPFT, Houston’s, Pacifica station narrowly missing a DJ who was hosting music show at the time. There is currently a $10,000 reward offered to anyone who identifies the shooter.

This is not the first politically motivated attack on KPFT. More than 35 years ago, the Ku Klux Klan blew up the station's transmitters twice within the Houston station's first year on the air.

Also, shortly after AAR morning talk show host Thom Hartmann, started doing talk radio (about four years ago), he was told by auto mechanic that there were several bullet holes in his car.

"To this day I don't know if somebody shot out my car as kids joyriding with a pistol or rifle... or was a warning or statement of displeasure about my radio show," Hartmann told TR. "I've gotten a lot of death threats and hate mail over the years - hate mail is pretty much a norm in this business - but nobody has taken a shot at me or my car since 2003."

Talk show host, Tom Leykis, who known to express liberal views on his daily "hot talk show" was assaulted outside a Seattle bar three years ago by agitated radio listeners.

According to the Seattle Times, a witness reported two men were involved in the incident:
"…One of the men said to Leykis, "I called your show once and you called me" a name. "You had no right to do that." Then a man standing to Leykis’ left kicked him in the face. The blow knocked him to his knees, leaving his right knee scraped and bruised."

Last year Stephanie Miller received a death threat from a nut case in Ohio named "Sock" Sokolowski. Here's what the letter said in part.

"As with Cindy Sheehan the best thing that could happen to you would be seeing some WONDERFUL activist sticking an AK-47 up your Glory Holes and sending you into eternity" ---
Miller called Socko during her show (yes, he actually included his phone number in the letter) and Socko claimed several times during the phone call that he didn't threaten Miller in the letter.

(Socko is not to be confused with Spocko, who is a liberal blogger who was threatened by ABC Radio's lawyers after he posted a list of advertisers to Lee Rodgers and Melanie Morgan's conservative talk show on KSFO-AM in San Francisco.)

Apparently, some right-wing critics of lib talk aren’t happy that conservative talk only accounts for 90% of the programming on talk radio. These whack jobs appear determined to whatever it takes to silence the opposing point of view.

Not surprisingly, the only talk radio host killed for his political views was a liberal. In 1984, two right wing extremists gunned down Denver talk show host Alan Berg. Berg’s tragic murder was memorialized in a chilling movie Talk Radio

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Anonymous said...

Stop your complaining. I am happy that my Fav., Randi, is ok. Can't anyone play "nice" anymore?

MakingFunOfYou said...

My favorite progressive talker is Babs McNicholson.

Anonymous said...

wow, so NYC is not safe? guns are outlawed so it must be safe. safe for criminals to harrass unarmed victems. quick we need more gun legislation!

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Anonymous said...

I have to say how funny it is that everything that happens to a lefty has to be caused by some right wing person. You guys are nutjobs. I remember right after Katrina hit, thinking jokingly, that the left would find some way to blame Bush. How prophetic I was. The mayor was a democrat, so no blame there, the governor was a lib, no blame there, I guess if Gore had been in office, they would have had to go to the U.N. and blame the U.S. Ambassador or some crazy thing.
I have a left wing kook friend who listens to Scare America and Randi Rhodes, and he thinks he was kicked off Yahoo because of his ideas about Bush. He thinks that everything bad that happens to him is because he posts negative things about Bush. The guy is a loon, as are the rest of you.
I have to say, I am glad Randi got her butt kicked. If this had been Ann Coulter, you guys would be cheering, yet Randi says more right wing bating things than Ann does. I hope it was a right winger who bashed her teeth in. I think that would be the ultimate in funny. I am only saying this because had this been Ann, you would be cheering and laughing, so BACK AT YOU. Get over yourselves.

The Gunslinger said...

To everyone accusing the Right Wing posters here of insensitivity, read them again.

The snarky comments are not about the woman, but about the idiot moonbats who immediately went into blame and finger-pointing conspiracy mode.

And that IS funny...and deserves no respect.

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Anonymous said...

What's tragic is that this was all a (poorly conceived and executed) hoax. The New York's Daily News says that "Claims she was brutally attacked near her Manhattan apartment are bogus, her lawyer and a police source said today."

Sounds like a publicity stunt so Jon and Randi can pretent to be relevant.

MakingFunOfYou said...

Any news on Babs McNicholson yet?

Mark said...

Maybe she should change her name to Brandy Rhodes.

makingfunofyou said...

Is Randi back on the air? (Kind of like asking if a tree falls in a forest and nobody is there to witness it, did it really make any noise?)

Anonymous said...

Republican are All Really Disconected from Reality. Must be all of the pedaphelia in their party and their churches.

Anonymous said...

Wait a minute... a woman was mugged in NEW YORK CITY?!?? I thought this city was a crime-free haven!!

Perhaps this attack wouldn't have been as severe had Rhodes or a bystander been ARMED - but no... thanks to NYC's strict gun 'control' laws, little else can be done but call the Police and blame conservatives.

This is, unfortunately, the status quo: When an armed conservative gets mugged, he produces a weapon and fights back. When an unarmed liberal gets mugged, they immediately become a victim and blame it on conservatives. When will we learn that it's not legally concealed weapons that we should be afraid of?

-- Another hatemongering, murdering, race-baiting right-wing nutjob

Anonymous said...

After hearing all the HATE out there. I just need to counter it with a comment of my own. Anybody who comments jokingly about a violent act is committing a violent act themselves and the law of retribution will eventually catch up with them. Shame on those people! She (Randi Rhodes) deserves our compassion and love.

Anonymous said...

The comments of conservative morons speak for themselves- vicious, unfunny (when is the last time you saw a Bush lickspittle with a sense of humor?) And you all show such a wonderful sense of toleration for anything that departs from your 1950's world view. Yes sir, you "guys" have done this country proud. YOUR right wing radio tools can't even get behind your Republican candidate because he's too moderate- nice. BTW, progressives do not constantly need to be reassured by TALK RADIO that their positions aren't moronic.

Anonymous said...

Sending a prayer for you Randy, wish you peace and blessing. I love your show can't wait for you to get back.You are GREAT!!!!!!!

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That's what you get for taking a dead guitar legend's name to promote your crappy "career" as a loudmouth moron.

Anonymous said...

On behalf of all Hillary supports...YESSSSSSSSSSSSS lol. In another words, we are thrilled to have Randy Rhodes gone. She is a person I once admired, and now I'm just so happy to see that monster burn. We come a long way.

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All these conservatives have a view about Randi (not my fav either, but I wish her no harm). And in reading many of them, I sure can tell why they follow like sheep. Man are these people just plain stupid.
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Irene Chester said...

Randi
I live in Lake Worth, Florida and I can't get Air America on the air. I'm waiting anxiously for your show. I miss hearing you every day. There are no progressive radio shows here. Only Republican hate mongers. When and on what station will I get to listen to you again?
I hope you are well now and I'd like to get my hands on whoever did this despicable thing to you!
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Well after reading some of these hateful comments it's easy to see that that the Nazi Party is Alive and well. Go Randi !

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Anonymous said...

Randi... I am so sorry you have been violated in such a manner. I would hate to think it was some stupid-ass Republican but then again... I know this sounds disconnected but I hope the dog didn't suffer as the primary focus should be on you. We are pulling for you... God Speed.

And as for the punk-ass, limp dick, asshole who did this, let's meet somewhere and you can try mugging me. Potrland Airport, name the time and date.

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Rhodes is so fuckin ugly it makes my gums ache.

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You know - I've seen unflushed toilets that look better than Randi Rhodes face does.

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Anonymous said...

Randi Rhodes??? If I'm correct I think I listened to her on KGO in San Francisco years back. Then I saw here picture on the web...
Then I asked myself why anyone would want to hurt her or the dog??
The mugger really wanted the dog but when he saw her face he over reacted...
Her rating have to be as bad as those of Steven Baldwins fat head brother...Whats his name???
No one remembers it anyway..

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