by D. Cupples | Last night, No Quarter posted a video clip (below) featuring "progressive" Air America radio host Randi Rhodes' spewing of vulgarity-laden hatred toward Hillary Clinton during a live performance.
Rhodes was more redundant than creative: she merely repeated the same vile vituperations. Amazingly enough, Rhodes' simple words ("F*cking whore") actually revved up the crowd, which cheered on cue and lapped it all up like swine slurping up slop.
I suppose that's one way to coax alienated Hillary supporters to join Obama's team if he becomes the nominee.
I doubt this is the type of party unity Sen. Obama had audaciously hoped to inspire -- but it's precisely what he has inspired.
Randi Rhodes has been suspended . Radio executive Charlie Kireker said:
"Air America encourages strong opinions about public affairs but does not condone such abusive, ad hominem language by our Hosts."
This doesn't seem to be a First Amendment issue, because Americans enjoy First Amendment protection against government actors, not against private actors.
I wasn't familiar with Randi Rhodes until I saw the video clip at No Quarter, which compelled me to Google Rhodes. Her webpage at Air America is full of pro-Obama and anti-Hillary statements. That's her right.
My point is that Air America's executives likely knew about Rhodes' support for Obama and dislike for Hillary weeks (maybe months) ago -- yet they didn't suspend or fire her. Thus, I suspect that the company's motives for suspending her now has nothing to do with which candidate Rhodes supports.
Most likely, Air America (which reportedly has financial troubles) simply doesn't want to alienate more potential audience members -- thereby reducing the company's potential ad revenues.
I could be wrong. Memeorandum has commentary.