Air America Host Randi Rhodes did not get mugged. But in a few short hours a story that she did get mugged, took off like wildfire across the blogosphere with bloggers on both sides flying off the handle.
Air America radio host Randi Rhodes is temporarily off the air, but claims she was brutally attacked near her Manhattan apartment are bogus, her lawyer and a police source said today.
Fellow host Jon Elliott claimed on the liberal radio network that Rhodes had been mugged while walking her dog, Simon, on Sunday night. Elliot, who said Rhodes lost several teeth in the attack, waxed about a possible conspiracy.
“Is this an attempt by the right-wing, hate machine to silence one of our own?” he asked on the air, according to Talking Radio, a blog. “Are we threatening them? Are they afraid that we’re winning? Are they trying to silence intimidate us?”
Still, the tale lived on in the blogosphere.
I didn’t comment on the story earlier today and now I have one thing to say, this over-zealous urge to break the news, and speculate on it is out of control. Just take a look at Memeorandum to see how overblown this story that wasn’t got, in just a short time.
Joe Gandelman and Dr. E both offer some good perspective on The Moderate Voice. And finally, John Cole on Balloon Juice wins for the advice of the day: “if you can’t understand how unhinged you look when a guy whose trademark is ‘Hot Air and Ill-Informed Banter’ feels it necessary to tell you to calm down, all is lost.”
Everyone should take a deep breath and get a little perspective. This is part and parcel of the “Partisanship Gone Crazy,” that I wrote about here a few days ago. It’s out of control.