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.