Rhodes Gone and The Controversy Continues

Randi Rhodes is gone from Air America but the controversy continues surrounding her offensive statements about Hillary Clinton, her suspension from Air American and now her departure from the progressive radio network.

This morning it was reported that Rhodes quit “Air America after being asked by the network to apologize for her inflammatory remarks against Hillary Clinton and Geraldine Ferraro.”

A source at Air America, who asked to remain anonymous, said, “Many people screw up and then apologize and move on. Like Imus. Like David Shuster. Like Jay Rockefeller on McCain. Like Obama on Rezko. Like Hillary on Bosnia. Randi Rhodes refused to apologize for her obscene comments and has chosen instead to terminate her relationship with Air America.”

The source also said that there is no love lost between Rhodes and her colleagues at the network. “No one is upset. She made the move but there’s relief and joy.”

Dismissing claims that Rhodes was just doing stand-up comedy in San Francisco when she made the remarks, the source confirmed that Air America paid her way to California, that she was advertised as “Air America’s Randi Rhodes,” and that the Air America website urged people to go for “an evening of politics and pop culture.” The source said, “Air America pays people to be talk show hosts, not stand-up comics, or else we’d hire Chris Rock.”

Soon after that news broke, we learned that Randi Rhodes had landed a new gig: Nova M Radio has announced that Randi Rhodes will be joining the network as of Monday. And then tonight Rhodes made an appearance on Larry King in which she made claims that Air America wanted to change her contract, and when she refused they “test marketed” a clip of a “stand up comedy routine” so they could force her out. HuffPo has the video.

I’m just a little dubious about Rhodes claims because she really didn’t make much sense.

As I said in my post about her suspension, “I used to enjoy listening to Randi’s show occassionally, until I grew tired of her propensity to attack our own.” All in all, I see Randi Rhodes these days as the “the liberal, female version of Rush Limbaugh on a good day,” and I am not the only progressive blogger who makes the correlation:

After listening to her for years, I think she’s little more than a liberal version of Rush, and I’m sorry, I don’t think that the progressive movement is benefited greatly by employing progressive versions of Karl Rove, or Rush Limbaugh. We’re better than that, or at least we should be. 

We should be better than what Randi Rhodes dished out that night during her “stand up comedy routine” that Air America in fact sponsored.

So, bye bye Randi… Maybe I might turn on Air America again now that you are gone.

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Pamela Leavey is the Editor in Chief, Owner/Publisher of The Democratic Daily as well as a freelance writer and photographer. Pamela holds a certificate in Contemporary Communications from UMass Lowell, a Journalism Certificate from UMass Amherst and a B.A. in Creative Writing and Digital Age Communications from UMass Amherst UWW.
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5 Responses to Rhodes Gone and The Controversy Continues

  1. Pingback: A Word on the Randi Rhodes issue… « Chuck’s Place

  2. soona says:

    I am happy she is gone. Her loud mouth rants is just sooo wrong. But what really turned me off was what she said after 2006 election; ( mission accomplished) at the begining of her show. she actually believed she was responsible for the result of the election…can u believe that crap

  3. Thomas Chacko says:

    Too bad it has come to this, but it proves yet again that the negativity in this campaign has not come from the Clintons. The most devout Obama bloggers (and his fans in the mainstream media) seem to define themselves by their anti-Clinton obsessions. I’ve heard very little about Obama’s actual qualifications or achievements (which says it all), and too much about his “inspiring” speaking style (which changes depending on whether the audience is black or white) and some ethereal quality which in itself guarantees “change.”

    I had expected better things from Randi Rhodes (silly me), but if she only aspires to be a “progressive” version of Ann Coulter, Peggy Noonan, Monica Crowley, or Laura Ingraham — Good Riddance! Progressive and moderate Democrats deserve better friends than her.

  4. Kendall A. Johnson says:

    I’m glad she is gone. She was a vile negative vioce that you just wanted to go away!!!!! Once again the Obama loyalists seem more opposed to Clintonr than exhibit any rational and substabtive support for Obama. I find nothing progressive about that!!!!!!

  5. Don’t like Randi Rhodes? Move to Salt Lake City. We’ve never had the choice of listening to her, or anyone else to the left of Atilla the Hun.