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Air America brainlessly Suspends Randi Rhodes

Air America Brainlessly Suspends Randi Rhodes

In move that can only can only be describe as bizarre, Air America Radio suspended their top Radio Host, Randi Rhodes on Thursday April 3, 2008.

 

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April 4, 2008
 
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On Thursday, the host of the Randi Rhodes Show, Randi Rhodes was suspended for an indefinite period of time for making remarks off the air in a private nightclub setting that were repugnant to her bosses at Air America Radio.
 
Air America Radio Statement

Air America Radio released the following brief statement:

STATEMENT OF AIR AMERICA RADIO, FROM CHAIR CHARLIE KIREKER
By air america
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 3, 2008

New York – Air America has suspended on-air host Randi Rhodes for making inappropriate statements about prominent figures, including Senator Hillary Clinton, at a recent public appearance on behalf of Air America in San Francisco which was sponsored by an Air America affiliate station.

“Air America encourages strong opinions about public affairs but does not condone such abusive, ad hominem language by our Hosts,” said chair Charlie Kireker.

 
The Incident

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The incident at the root of her suspension occurred on March 22 at an affiliate sponsored event by KKGN green Radio 960 AM. The sold out event at Broadway Studios was promoted on Rhodes’ show, KKGN, and various San Francisco Bay Area Obama support groups.

At the event Rhodes performed a short standup comedy routine followed by jazz guitarist J. Thompson playing a set. Rhodes’ political, satire routine was definitely for mature audience only with a rough, blunt style like Chris Rock’s.

On her April 3 KKGN show, The Green Show, Angie Coiro describe the circumstance, “I also think that she did what people expected her to do. She was in a night club saturation…[It was] clearly a standup comedy routine. It was obvious that this was not a radio show being done from the stage. This was a woman with an adoring crowd who was ripping off the lines and everyone was having fun.”

Rhodes comedy standup routine was well received by the Bay area crowd.

“It was a wonderful night. Everyone, really, really received it well. We were really proud to have her here… She was among friends. She was in a nightclub setting. The people who paid to hear her are perfectly happy,” said Coiro.

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KKGN program director, John Scott, also on the The Green Show, added, “I sat at the table with Randi while she was signing the headshots. I never heard one peep. I sat there for the better part of an hour and a half while these people lined up and she was signing all this stuff.”
The radio station was very happy with the event.

“Arguably the most successful event of its kind this station has every done,” said Scott.

 
The Comedy Routine

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In the routine Rhodes, referring to previous remarks made by Geraldine Ferraro about how easy black candidates have it, said about Ferraro, “Geraldine Ferraro turned out to be David Duke in drag. Who knew…What a whore Geraldine Ferraro is! She’s such a fucking whore!”

Rhodes continuing with Hillary said, ”Hillary is a big fucking whore too. You know why she is a big fucking whoreBecause her feeling is always, Read the fine print asshole! The pledge deligates arent legally obligated to do anything. Oh fuckyou. You know just fuckyou.”

“You believe that, you’ll do anything she says. And if that doesnt work, you know, shes going go all Lieberman on you. Right?”

She also made fun of John McCain, President Bush and others as well.

See KKGN green Radio 960 AM’sphotos of the event.

In the short video clip below Rhodes gives her monologue about Geraldine Ferraro.

 
Below is the monologue about HGeraldine Ferraro.
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Below is the monologue about Hillary Clinton.
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Watch the full 20 minute videofrom KKGN green Radio 960 AM.
 
Questions

The question that needs to be answered is why was Rhodes suspended?

1) The language used was inappropriate.

Scott doesn’t understand what upset Rhodes’ bosses at Air America Radio.

“[The] Video been up on our website for two weeks. Nothing,” said Scott. Adding, “When you go to the Punchline or Cobb’s, you hear comics on stage say sometimes patiently offensive thing[s]. There the old saying in comedy somebody always has to get hurt.”

So it doesn’t appear the “abusive, ad hominem language” was the reason.

2) In a twisted view of reality, the bigwigs at Air America may think the publicity gained is worth the risks of angering listeners and affiliates, inflaming the nastiness between Hillary and Obama, and potentially damaging Rhodes professional reputation.

They would be taking a big chance that the corporate media would even pickup the story. However, the need to pick a lull in the news to increase the chance of the story going mainstream, would help explain the almost two week delay in her suspension.

3) Could the Clinton people put enough pressure on Air America management to have Rhodes suspended?

Scott offered this speculation, “It’s the person being mentioned that is causing the stir, not the statement in and of itself.

 
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On his April 3 show, Mike Malloy said, “The inner core at Air America are Hillary Clinton supporters to the point where they will do to programming Air America exactly what the right-wingers will do. They will say OK if you don’t support what we are talking about; If you come out and criticize or make fun of; Or do a standup comedy routine about, our candidate — watch what happens.”

Listen to Malloy’s monologue on Randi:
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So this may have been the reason, but suspend your number one money producer?

After all, Randi Rhodes is ranked by Talking Radio as the number one liberal talk show host with 19 percent of the liberal radio audience.

In another boneheaded decision by the Air America Radio top brass, it seems they are willing to sink Air America Radio if it helps Hillary Clinton get elected.

What a shame.

It is a liberal principle that freedom of speech is a cherished right that even nongovernmental entities shouldn’t infringe upon it. Thus it is exceedingly disturbing that the censorship of Rhodes is coming from a company that is supposedly left of center the political spectrum.

Air America Radio needs to apologize not only to Rhodes, her listeners, and affiliates, but to all those on the left and right who value the fundamental right of freedom of speech.

—Truthmonk

A big hi-dee-ho to Brad over at Brad Blog and Jill at Brillant at Breakfast for the Mike Malloy Audio.
Also big hi-dee-ho to the folks at KKGN green Radio 960 AM for reposting the video in its entirety.

 
 
Take Action

Send your thoughts to Air America Radio: “feedback at airamericaradio.com” or use their contact form.

Also sign the Reinstate Randi Rhodes Petition.

Gratuitous Plug: Checkout two styles of t-shirts, stickers, and buttons I have designed around this issue:
          Reinstate Randi Rhodes          Give Randi Her Mic
Reinstate Randi Rhodes and Give Randi Her Mic.

3 Responses

  1. […] For more background on the suspension, see our previous blog post Air America Brainlessly Suspends Randi Rhodes. […]

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  3. Air America has been taken over by the right.

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