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Air America's Randi Rhodes Assaulted; Second Air America Host Blames "Right Wing Hate Machine"

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I was shocked to hear about Randi Rhodes being attacked on Sunday night. I sincerely hope she will be alright. She must have been terrified. But I was equally shocked when I read that her co-host, Jon Elliot insinuated that the "right wing hate machine" was behind it. What an irresponsible, unfounded, and, not to mention, completely paranoid thing to say:

Elliott was extremely agitated when he reported on the incident. He opened his show by saying "it is with sadness that tonight I inform you that my Air America colleague Randi Rhodes was assaulted last night while walking her dog near her New York City home."

Pointing out that Rhodes was wearing a jogging suit and displayed no purse or jewelry, Elliott speculated that "this does not appear to me to be a standard grab the money and run mugging."

"Is this an attempt by the right wing hate machine to silence one of our own," he asked. "Are we threatening them. Are they afraid that we're winning. Are they trying to silence intimidate us."

One the one hand, it infuriates and offends me that he would automatically assume that it was a right winger who did this. There are all sorts of crazy types in New York City who have attacked innocent people unprovoked. On the other hand, I feel sorry for him and others on the left who live their lives in fear that some made up, figment of their imagination "right wing hate machine" is out there lurking in the shadows waiting to "silence" them.

Bithead at Bitsblog agrees with me that the whole idea that the "right wing hate machine" was behind Randi's attack is, well, ridiculous. And, I know, I know, I shouldn't be so shocked that some on the left would say that the right was responsible for it, but I just can't help it. The accusation that some kind of clandestine, organized "right wing hate machine" plotted to "silence" Randi is so paranoid that it borders on psychotic.

Update: Well, it turns out that Randi Rhodes was not mugged. She fell while walking her dog:

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?"

A police source said Rhodes never filed a report and never claimed to be the victim of a mugging. Cops from Manhattan's 17th Precinct called her attorney, who told them Rhodes was not a victim of a crime, the source said.

Rhodes' lawyer told the Daily News she was injured in a fall while walking her dog. He said she's not sure what happened, and only knows that she fell down and is in a lot of pain. The lawyer said Rhodes expects to be back on the air Thursday. He stressed there is no indication she was targeted or that she was the victim of a "hate crime."

I'm glad to hear she wasn't mugged, but Mr. Elliot and the other leftist bloggers and commenters who went completely off the deep end on this non-story need to apologize to conservatives for their irresponsible and offensive accusations that right wingers were behind her non-existent attack. Of course, I won't hold my breath that they will.

Update II: Captain Ed:

1. Air America lies, even when stories involve their own personnel. No one thought to give Randi a call to see how she was doing before Elliot decided to air his report? And no one thought to do so afterwards? The police ended up calling to see why no one reported the incident to them. That's just marvelous journalistic ethics.

2. Anyone who thinks that bigotry has no place in the liberal mindset has -- once again -- just received a material lesson to the contrary. Even without knowing anything about the attacker, several bloggers just decided that it had to be a politically motivated assault by a conservative. That's not leaping to conclusions, that's flying at jet speed to Paranoialand.

3. How long do you think it will take for these same bloggers to offer an apology -- one not accompanied by a litany of rationalizations about how mean conservatives are, and how it was impossible not to convict an entire class of people for an imaginary crime? Longer than the next time they trot out an argument for innocent-until-proven-guilty for the detainees at Guantanamo Bay, I'd bet.

Indeed. They have no shame.

Update III: Vodkapundit offers a "correction":

CORRECTION: It has come to our attention that had Rhodes been mugged, the savage act would have been committed by a pack of drooling reactionaries. So while the original story was fake, it remains, and shall remain, accurate. We regret the error.

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Comments (113)

Are you serious, with chara... (Below threshold)

Are you serious, with characters like stalkin Malkin out there?

One need look no further th... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

One need look no further than WizbangBlue to get an idea of how over the top folks like this think - on a daily basis. I am not surprised by this.

Any details on the criminal... (Below threshold)
kim:

Any details on the criminal?
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Air America is still on the... (Below threshold)
Pretzel_Logic:

Air America is still on the air?

So, Fredrick, I assume you ... (Below threshold)

So, Fredrick, I assume you consider all journalists to be stalkers because they, too, investigate a story by researching and talking to people to get information. Or is this a label you apply only to Michelle because you disagree with her politics?

The first thing that comes ... (Below threshold)
BrandonInBatonRouge:

The first thing that comes to mind upon reading this story is the strange incident where Dan Rather was assaulted.

Most people thought he was full of crap at the time because being attacked by a guy yelling "What is the frequency, Kenneth?!?" was so off the wall that it had to be made up.

It turned out that the guy was a mental patient who was bat-shiat crazy and was convinced that the network news anchors were transmitting to a device contained in his teeth, hence the comments when he attacked.

Somehow, I doubt that right-wing individuals will get an apology from this douchebag if the culprit is caught and determined to be someone apolitical.

Don't taze me, Bro!... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

Don't taze me, Bro!

I remember how well this wo... (Below threshold)
pgg:

I remember how well this worked out for Morton Downey Jr. when he tried it.

So, Fredrick, I assume y... (Below threshold)

So, Fredrick, I assume you consider all journalists to be stalkers because they, too, investigate a story by researching and talking to people to get information. Or is this a label you apply only to Michelle because you disagree with her politics?

But she didn't research anything, made a bunch of crap up about the targets of her harassment, and then refused to consider the possibility that she might have been somewhat innaccurate in her reporting.

No, this ia a label that gets applied to Malkin because she went to their home and harassed them. No request for an interview. No contact with the targets of her harassment. No reporting, checking for facts to back up her innuendo, or anything that even remotely resembles journalism.

Maybe if she had, at the very least, made an attempt to talk to the subject of her smear job before spewing her lies and hatred, there might be the possibility of considering what she did to be reporting. Bad reporting - but still having a vague resemblance to journalism. Instead, her actions were akin to the paparrazzi stalking celebrities. And every bit as reprehensible.

Can anyone confirm the wher... (Below threshold)
Vegas Vic:

Can anyone confirm the wherabouts of Carl Rove?

Tom,You find Miche... (Below threshold)
Son Of The Godfather:

Tom,

You find Michelle Malkin's blogging "every bit as reprehensible" as a physical attack on a person?

Interesting peak into the leftist psyche.

Insinuating nothing. That's... (Below threshold)

Insinuating nothing. That's a direct accusation.

Frederick you clueless douchebag. Do you refer to the false accusations against this creep?

Yah, talk to him, that'll help.

Kim, it may surprise you an... (Below threshold)
bobdog:

Kim, it may surprise you and offend you that the "Right Wing Nazis" must have been behind this attack, but you can't honestly say you're surprised to hear it. I would have been more surprised if Air America DIDN'T blame the right.

Gee, I hope she was up to date on her innoculations. You know how dirty and disease-ridden us Conservatives are and all...

Tom here sounds a lot like ... (Below threshold)
Bill B:

Tom here sounds a lot like this person. Check out the comments there for more deranged spew, even claiming Malkin "incites her followers to commit violence against a Baltimore family." Geeze.

Son of the GOdfather, accor... (Below threshold)
Wethal:

Son of the GOdfather, according to lefty analysis, yes, the spoken word is as harmful as physical force. This is the logic they use for speech codes. Basically it is:

Speech is an act.
Acts can cause harm.
Battery is an act.
Battery causes harm.
Actions that cause harm are wrong.

The two acts (battery and blogging) are therefore morally equivalent.

Fallacious, but what lefty logic isn't?

Malkin didn't harass the family; she just went and looked at the house from the public street and checked public assessment records. She just posted an email form one of the Frosts' neighbors, who tipped her off to the Frosts' ownership of three cars adn unwillingness to look for jobs with insurance.

No I apply that label to he... (Below threshold)

No I apply that label to her for her many transgressions, releasing peoples personal info, home addresses, and inspiring stalking freepers everywhere.

Tom, Frederick, I do not un... (Below threshold)
BlacquesJacquesShellacques:

Tom, Frederick, I do not understand what you say about Malkin. It seems that, according to you, if she reports without direct information she's a slandering bitch passing on unsubstantiated rumor or stealing from the MSM. If she goes and does a personal investigation and finds actual facts, like they own and drive specified vehicles, she is harassing people, even if she never speaks to them. No doubt you'd have her in prison for assault had she actually attempted to speak to them.

Do you really think journalism is based on an interview? How lame. How old school. Journalism requires digging through lots of sources, photos, public registries, such as land title, chattel mortgage, corporation, and surveillance, with the personal interview the most useless and least accurate.

As for Malkin's lies, please quote one, but follow the rules. Quote a statement of fact she has made, quote it in context, prove it is false, prove it is intentionally false and not a mere error. To satisfy me you'll also have to prove it was material to whatever point Malkin was trying to make. Then we'll discuss if she ever acknowledged the inaccuracy.

I don't think you'll be able to do that. I think you are wrong. You may be liars, but I can't prove that so I won't say it. I expect you are the usual excited lefties with no command of the facts, or any ability to comprehend the necessity of knowing the facts.

Frederick,You are ... (Below threshold)
Son Of The Godfather:

Frederick,

You are uninformed at best, and at worst... well, I have to watch the new comment policy.

Someone posted Michelle's private info first? Oh, let's leave that info out... It's an inconvenient truth.

But I guess half the truth is what you cowards are comfortable with.

Wishing Ms.Rhodes a speedy recovery.

Whe feel sorry for them. T... (Below threshold)
Peter:

Whe feel sorry for them. The paranoid fantasy is what they live for. In their minds they think they are standing up to some powerful conspiracy trying to silence them. They think they are underdogs speaking truth to power. If you remove the imagined threat, then they would be left with nothing but the realization that they are just so many elitist gas bags.

Tom, Frederick, Do you have... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

Tom, Frederick, Do you have a bad memory or a selective memory? I remember the name and address article and also remember that it came from a Leftie's blog. No research or other search required. When you brag about yourself you sometimes get in trouble. Ask Hanoi John Kerry about the trip to Cambodia, ordered by Nixon, before Nixon was president. Tell the truth and you only have to remember the truth, tell a series of lies and you have to remember each lie and who you told it to. The lie part trips hundreds of left wing democrats daily.

home addresses? personal in... (Below threshold)
Wethal:

home addresses? personal information?

Ever hear of Switchboard.com or Anywho.com? voting records? property records? All posted on line by someone other than Malkin.

The Frosts started this whem they put themselves and their children into the public eye by saying "We're too poor to afford insurance."

Good journalism was checking into that claim.

How would anyone really kno... (Below threshold)
GianiD:

How would anyone really know what someone from liberal talk radio looks like, and, who really cares?

Me thinks this is the only way she ever could have gotten on the front page, and yeah, 1st thing I thought of was 'What's The Frequency Kenneth'.

Is this where we talk about how living in 'blue cities' is far more dangerous?

It is irresponsible to spec... (Below threshold)

It is irresponsible to speculate on so little information. But I also think it is wrong to dismiss the question of whether this was a crime motivated by ideology. I've read several first-hand reports of people being attacked or intimidated specifically because of political expression. I just read a story last week from someone who was nearly run off the road because they had a Kerry-Edwards sticker on their car.

The truth is there are a lot of whackjobs out there who would gladly take a shot at someone like Rhandi.

But, again, it is irresponsible to presume that this is what happened.

tom, you are an idiot. Malk... (Below threshold)
D-Hoggs:

tom, you are an idiot. Malkin NEVER posted any personal information about the Frosts's save for their names, which were already printed by the MSM. Not once did she post their address. You say yourself, "she went to their home and harassed them...No contact with the targets of her harassment." WTF?!?! How exactly do you harrass someone, with no contact? How exactly is driving by someone's house, on a public street, and then writing that they have a nice house and cars, constitute harassment?!!! What a frigging moron you are, why don't you try actually reading what Malkin wrote, first hand, instead of parroting lies from the leftie blogs, then get back to us. Talk about spewing lieas and hatred.

You find Michelle Malkin... (Below threshold)

You find Michelle Malkin's blogging "every bit as reprehensible" as a physical attack on a person?

For the terminally clueless: if you could read, my comment said that Instead, her actions were akin to the paparrazzi stalking celebrities. And every bit as reprehensible.

Exactly where did I compare Stalkin Malkin to the people who beat up Randi Rhodes? Oh - that's right. Because the voices in your head told you that that's what I meant, it must have been what I said.

Smarter Reich wingnut ditto monkeys please...

Randi Rhodes has been talki... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

Randi Rhodes has been talking a lot lately about the U.S. employment of mercenaries in the occupation of Iraq.

We live in a banana republic run by criminals.

Frederick is, of course, a ... (Below threshold)

Frederick is, of course, a kook for even comparing Malkin to a completely unknown attacker. And Jon Elliot has some serious paranoia issues. Let's wait and see if they're ever even able to apprehend whoever attacked Rhodes. My guess is it's another of thousands of random assaults that occur every day. Anyone who thinks like this Elliot person, with no facts or information, is a fool of the first order.

Tom claimed:<blockquo... (Below threshold)
Paul:

Tom claimed:

No, this ia a label that gets applied to Malkin because she went to their home and harassed them. No request for an interview. No contact with the targets of her harassment. No reporting, checking for facts to back up her innuendo, or anything that even remotely resembles journalism.

Tom. It's as simple as this. You're a liar.

I had not heard what you where talking about but google + 10 min of link following and I found this:

Update 2:50pm Eastern: I just returned from a visit to Frost's commercial property near Patterson Park in Baltimore. It's a modest place. Talked to one of the tenants, Mike Reilly, who is a talented welder. He said he had known the Frosts for 10 years. Business is good, he told me, though he characterized Frost as "struggling." Reilly was an outspoken advocate for socialized health care without any means-testing whatsoever and an insistent critic of the Iraq war. Despite all that, he did agree with me that going without health insurance is often a matter of choice and a matter of priorities. Or maybe we were speaking two different languages.

I also passed by the Frosts' rowhouse. There was an "01 - 20 -09″ bumper sticker plastered on the door and a newer model GMC Suburban parked directly in front of the house. I've seen guesstimates of the house's worth in the $400,000-plus range. Those are high.

She didn't harass anyone SHE DROVE DOWN A PUBLIC STREET... If you open you blind eye for a moment she also, from her observations, reports that the earlier reports the house was worth >$400,000 to be incorrect... She presented a counter-argument for the left you twit.

You are the classic liberal troll. You simply lie and smear people.

Asshole.

I wish Randi Rhodes a speed... (Below threshold)

I wish Randi Rhodes a speedy recovery and the satisfaction of seeing her attacker arrested and convicted. This attack must have been horrifying for both herself and her dog. As a pet owner, I know I would be more concerned with preventing them from being attacked than with protecting myself.

As for Jon Elliot, I'm not defending his outburst (which is irresponsible as it might inspire counter-attacks and is fundamentally unhelpful), but is it possible that the person assaaulting Rhodes made comments about her political views and/or her job at "Air America"? Not that it would impugn all of us who are of the more Conservative or Libertarian bent, but there are crazies on both sides of the aisle. I hope it's not a pseudo-Conservative thug, but it's possible, and that's sad.

"Are they afraid that we... (Below threshold)

"Are they afraid that we're winning. Are they trying to silence intimidate us."

Anybody else flash on Rush, Hannity, etc. at this comment? Except, of course, that one side that believes that Bush destroyed multiple skyscrapers in NY as well as part of the Pentagon while disappearing hundreds of airline passengers to capture the oil of a country run by a genocidal dictator believes that a random attack in a place known for random attacks was a targeted hit on a relatively unknown, minor league radio talker by a vast conspiracy to silence them even though the free market is already accomplishing that handily and the other side can point to democratic leaders talking openly about legislation designed to reprimand them or even attempt to take them off the air.

But who's counting?

Randi who?... (Below threshold)
ODA315:

Randi who?

"Some of blog posters al... (Below threshold)

"Some of blog posters also expressed concerns that the attack on Rhodes was hate crime."

Saw that coming.

Well off investment bankers... (Below threshold)

Well off investment bankers have experienced what Rhodes went through...as much as I dislike her politics, I'm glad she's ok. This one barely made it:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3080050/


obviously a crime of passio... (Below threshold)
914:

obviously a crime of passion!

"Is this an attempt by the right wing hate machine to silence one of our own, he asked."

No need to!! air America silenced itself when it could not attract enough listeners to form a throne room honor guard.

Oh sure, AB, sure. Whateve... (Below threshold)
kim:

Oh sure, AB, sure. Whatever your frequency.
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Tom. It's as simple as t... (Below threshold)

Tom. It's as simple as this. You're a liar.

So - she contacted the Frosts and requested an interview?

She fact checked all of her basless lies? Like the fact that that $400K house was actually worth $65K, and in a crime ridden neighborhood, when they bought it? And that they put their labor into making it a better house? And that the neighborhood getting better contributed to the appreciation of the house? Or did she imply that the Frosts spent too much on their house? Like the fact that the Frosts were denied insurance coverage for their children because the insurance companies said they had a pre-existing condition? Oh, that's right - you forgot to mention that part of the post that you Googled where Malkin rhetorically asks why the Frosts didn't get insurance for their kids. From Stalkin Malkin herself. I wonder why there's no admission of error, followup on the lies she spewed, or consideration of the facts of the situation.

You are the classic Putsch fellating reich wing moran. You simply make stuff up when you want to try and counter an argument. And then start in on the name calling.

Right back at ya, fcuktard.

(:Tom:) You have heard of t... (Below threshold)
brainy435:

(:Tom:) You have heard of the term "refinancing," correct. Kinda the whole point.

OF COURSE they had trouble getting insurance AFTER the accident, you dolt. That's why responsible buy insurance BEFORE they need it. I sure as hell wouldn't be paying thousands of dollars a year NOW if I could just get insurance AFTER my wife wrecked a car and we had to hospitalize our kids.

But I realize that facts don't mean a whole lot to people like you.

Tom, your second wave of "f... (Below threshold)

Tom, your second wave of "facts" doesn't detract from the fact that your first wave was phoney.

But you knew that, dincha?

Quick algebra question. If your house is worth $400k and you only paid $65K, assuming you put down the required 20%, how much equity do you have in your home? x = $348,000

Tom is making a fool of him... (Below threshold)
Jo:

Tom is making a fool of himself, let him continue to do so. Malkin never did any such thing! Geeze, what idiots out there.

However, I do recall the lefties posting pics on the web of Malkin's home, the front door even. Nice.

Now that IS something the unhinged left would do. And they have. And everyone knows it.

Oh yeah, and as far as Rand... (Below threshold)
Jo:

Oh yeah, and as far as Randi, I too am surprised, since I thought these buffoons were off the air.

Randi, I hate to break it to ya, but nobody of consequence really knows who you are. Don't flatter yourself.

Which is it, Ms. Priestap? ... (Below threshold)
John:

Which is it, Ms. Priestap? Did Elliot "insinuate" or did he "assume" that a right-winger was responsible? Your quotes sound like questions rather than actual accusations.

If you're going to chide someone for possibly leaping to conclusions, hyperbole will not help you to make your case.

Sounds like a random crime ... (Below threshold)

Sounds like a random crime to me. It seems paranoid, if not borderline mental illness for Rhodes to assume that she was a target because of her political views. However, if this turns out to be the case, then I feel sorry for the mental health of that attacker who cannot tolerate disagreement from his own views.

It shouldn't be a big deal that not everyone agress with the same politics, belongs to different churches, or supports different sports teams. We're all still Americans and bonded together by that.

The mercenaries lost their ... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

The mercenaries lost their lawsuit against her.

Well, it appears that this ... (Below threshold)
drjohn:

Well, it appears that this "attack" was self-inflicted.

She fell on her damn face.

All by herself.

Of course, that is not likely to be aired on Air Anti-America. The truth doesn't see daylight.

Yup,Where's the ap... (Below threshold)
Son Of The Godfather:

Yup,

Where's the apology from Err Amerika for blaming us diseased NASCAR rednecks for this non-crime?

Not only did the radio buffoon jump to the conclusion it must have been a rightwing attack on Ms.Rhodes, he jumped to the conclusion of the actual attack.

Pitiful.

Just as they jumped on the ... (Below threshold)
Son Of The Godfather:

Just as they jumped on the "get Rush" bandwagon without, you know, actually bothering to get any facts.

Randi Rhodes fell on her face???
HATE CRIME! HATE CRIME!
WE'RE BEING OPRESSED!

I hear that Nancy Pelosi ha... (Below threshold)
hermie:

I hear that Nancy Pelosi has planned a House resolution for a vote, demouncing the attack.

Not really, but that wouldn't stop the MoveOn crowd would it?

Tom, you have not yet provi... (Below threshold)
BlacquesJacquesShellacques:

Tom, you have not yet provided any evidence that Malkin lied about anything. Even your terminology is quite mad and bad. She does not 'spew'. I've watched her. She is quite well spoken.

You do mention that "Malkin rhetorically asks why the Frosts didn't get insurance for their kids". She may have mentioned that in a rhetorical question, but no matter, that is exactly her point, my point, the point of most commenters here and the point of the real reality based community. The Frosts are at fault, 100%, because they did not get insurance when they could have.

If you have a house with lots of equity, 3 vehicles and are capable of working, you arrange your affairs to buy insurance for your kids. And you do it before the accident, before the illness, before the catastrophe.

You make do with an old vehicle or maybe 1 vehicle instead of 3. You sell or refinance the house. You work overtime or get a second job. If you don't, you're an irresponsible jerk.

UPDATE: <a href="htt... (Below threshold)
George:
Back to the topic of this t... (Below threshold)
iurockhead:

Back to the topic of this thread, looks like she may not have been mugged after all.
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/2007/10/16/2007-10-16_air_america_host_randi_rhodes_wasnt_mugg.html

This one may have been staged, or some one at the office simply jumped to conclusions. Embarrassing either way. Heh.

Hey, what ever happened to the Noose-on-the-door at Columbia? The cops got the surveillance videos on Friday, but no arrests? Could it have been done by a University lefty? Or by the victim herself, and awareness/sympathy ploy? Anybody heard?

Damn, George, I though I ha... (Below threshold)
iurockhead:

Damn, George, I though I had the scoop. Edged me out.

Hey Randi-get Soros to spri... (Below threshold)
Pretzel_Logic:

Hey Randi-get Soros to spring for one of these...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kxBfrXp7mQ

Adrian Browne lives in a ba... (Below threshold)
kim:

Adrian Browne lives in a banana republic where gravity rules. Watch those peels.....of laughter.
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Now Charles at LGF has an u... (Below threshold)
Son Of The Godfather:

Now Charles at LGF has an updated story (though he cautions on the source)...

It is possible, per the source, that Ms.Rhodes was simply s***-faced after downing several Kettle-Ones at the Irish bar she had just left (after being abusive to bar staff) and fell flat on her face.

From this, we must conclude that:

Irresponsible drunken lefty moonbat injury = "Right Wing Hate Machine"

Randi Rhodes wasn't mugg... (Below threshold)
D.T. Miller:

Randi Rhodes wasn't mugged, Air America credibility plunges to NYTimes stock-level depths

So walking & chewing gum proves challenging to the hyperpartisan leftist fishwife.

Double-snort.

I take back what I said. I... (Below threshold)

I take back what I said. I gave this person the benefit of the doubt, and I should have just gone with my general opinions vis-a-vis Lefty sh*t-for-brains.

Tom, Fredrick - how soon ca... (Below threshold)
marc:

Tom, Fredrick - how soon can we expect you to call for a retraction and apology from Jon Elliot?

Will it be about the same time you learn to utilize more than single brain cell or can we expect one sooner?

Wow tom, you really are an ... (Below threshold)
D-Hoggs:

Wow tom, you really are an idiot.

"So - she contacted the Frosts and requested an interview?"

Yes, she did, they declined.

"She fact checked all of her basless lies?"

You still have yet to produce one lie of Malkin's please, fill us in on just one.

"Like the fact that that $400K house was actually worth $65K, and in a crime ridden neighborhood, when they bought it?"

Actually tom, since you are so interested in the facts, the house was bought for $55k, not $65k.

"Or did she imply that the Frosts spent too much on their house?"

Ummm, no dumbass, she is implying that a family that bought a house for $55k, a house that is now worth $400k, sure as shit has enough equity to afford health insurance! That you don't understand that is not surprising, but certainly pathetic.

"Like the fact that the Frosts were denied insurance coverage for their children because the insurance companies said they had a pre-existing condition?"

Umm tom, THEY DID have a pre-existing condition, because they waited until AFTER the accident to try to buy insurance!! Good god, you can't be THAT stupid!

"Oh, that's right - you forgot to mention that part of the post that you Googled where Malkin rhetorically asks why the Frosts didn't get insurance for their kids."

Once again tom, they tried to get insurance AFTER the accident, so Malkin's question is legitimate AND important, why the hell didn't the Frost's get insurance for their kids BEFORE any kind of accident might have occured?!!

"I wonder why there's no admission of error, followup on the lies she spewed, or consideration of the facts of the situation."

Amazing, I am sure we will see your admission of errors for all of the lies you have spewed. Seriously tom, you are pathetic.

Kim, my first comment, #56,... (Below threshold)
D-Hoggs:

Kim, my first comment, #56, was an accident and shouldn't have been submitted, I hit enter while typing and it submitted it. Could you please delete it, as my intended comment is #59. Thanks!

****

Done.

Rhodes' lawyer tol... (Below threshold)
marc:
Rhodes' lawyer told the Daily News she was injured in a fall while walking her dog. He said she's not sure what happened, and only knows that she fell down and is in a lot of pain. The lawyer said Rhodes expects to be back on the air Thursday. He stressed there is no indication she was targeted or that she was the victim of a "hate crime."
Soon to follow.... Tom and Fredrick fire up their MorOn.org patented Spin Machine and claim the Dog was a Rethuglian plant, raised on a farm owned by Rush with Kibbles purchased by Ann Coulter, wearing a collar with spikes personally honed to Ninja-like sharpness by Hannity.
Oh... and I forgot to add..... (Below threshold)
marc:

Oh... and I forgot to add... Tom, Fredrick, you both would be *fine* candidates for inclusion at Wizbang Blue.

You oughta apply, I hear their echo machine needs a couple more voices.

Drunken fool falls down, br... (Below threshold)

Drunken fool falls down, breaks teeth. Film at eleven.

Interesting to note the knee-jerk reactions of the moonbat left, and also that more people heard of Air America via this story than have heard any of their broadcasts this year.

In a more perfect blogosphere, of course, the moronic attempts by moonbats to change the subject of the post would be swiftly deleted by a comment editor . . . maybe I'll put that on my Christmas list . . .

;-)

TYPICAL... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

TYPICAL

Coming soon to a View near ... (Below threshold)

Coming soon to a View near you!

Co-host Joy Behar: "Is there such a thing as a man-made trip-and-fall stroke? In other words, did someone do this to him?..."

Co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck: "Why is everything coming from the liberal perspective a conspiracy?..."

Behar: "I know what this [Republican] party is capable of."

-- Discussing the stumbling face plant of virtually unknown liberal radio talker Randi Rhodes on ABC's The View, October 17 illness of Democratic Senator Tim Johnson on ABC's The View, December 14.

Um...all the HTML strikethr... (Below threshold)

Um...all the HTML strikethrus and most of the italics disappeared from that last comment - you probably get the gist of it, though ;)

So some on the left specula... (Below threshold)
John:

So some on the left speculated or assumed that the attack could or must have been perpetrated by a right-wing nutjob. What's funny is the right-wing nutjobs who think they'd be due some sort of apology if that's not the case.

The ultra-conservative often demonstrate this mile-wide sense of entitlement.

Hope she is get better. <b... (Below threshold)
DB:

Hope she is get better.
The reaction to this is the Classic left.
Instead of waiting for information blame someone or something.

Hill your huband is cheeting on you with an intern.

Vast Right Wing Conspriacy

But wait I am sure they will find a way for her fall to still be the fault of:

The dumbest man in the world who out wits them every time.
The man who talks the fight to terroist instead of just talking about.
The man who controls the Weather
G W Bush
The leader of the VRWC and the man who runs America
RUSH

Yes, John they are entitled... (Below threshold)
Michael:

Yes, John they are entitled to a apology from a mindset that accuses first without any facts or truth...your side is so corrupt that truth has absolutely no meaning to you.

The ultra-conserva... (Below threshold)
Son Of The Godfather:
The ultra-conservative often demonstrate this mile-wide sense of entitlement.

John, either you've mastered sarcasm or you need to actually follow politics.

I am glad there are people like Ms.Rhodes out there to show what it is the lefty lunatics believe/perceive.
Just like the lefties support Ms. Coulter.

http://bitsblog.florack.us/?p=7426

Adrian...you are rather obs... (Below threshold)
Michael:

Adrian...you are rather obsessed with mercenaries today...why don' you go watch THE WILD GEESE.

I speculate and assume that... (Below threshold)
D-Hoggs:

I speculate and assume that john is a heroin junkie pedophile. And I am going to publish it in the papers and air it on the radio. What's funny is that he'll probably think he's due some sort of an apology if that's not the case.

Dipshits often demonstrate this mile-wide sense of entitlement.

Maybe it was one of those n... (Below threshold)
Jo:

Maybe it was one of those new dragonfly cameras whizzing around that distracted her and made her fall. You know, the ones that Bush uses to spy on moonbats.

What would we do without the democrats and the left to laugh at?

I think that some folks are... (Below threshold)
John:

I think that some folks are missing the joke. If speculation that a "right-wing nutjob" might have committed a crime offends you, you have to admit to being a right-wing nutjob to demand your apology.

Heh.

That'd be funny. And right in line with the right-wing nutjob's sense of entitlement.

John, your mindless posts o... (Below threshold)
Michael:

John, your mindless posts only point to you as being a nutjob.

Until something is brought ... (Below threshold)
nogo war:

Until something is brought out as something other than big city harsh mugging I reserve judgment...

But let me ask.. If Ann C. or MM had been so viciously attacked..
LGF, Wizbang etc...WOULD NOT SOME ASCRIBE IT TO LEFTY LOONIES?

If any of you would bother you would read on the lefty blogs you think that hate America...
Most posts are rational with their main concern Randi's recovery...
and jo?


Maybe it was one of those new dragonfly cameras whizzing around that distracted her and made her fall. You know, the ones that Bush uses to spy on moonbats.

"What would we do without the democrats and the left to laugh at?"

May you or anyone you know never be assaulted..

This is the same mindless crap that perpetrates the myth when our daughter is raped...she asked for it by wearing "provocitive" clothing.

It is this response..and so many similar over the past six years..That will turn real Americans against the hijacking of the Republican Party....

Please keep spewing your venom...


Nogo...s h e f e l l d o ... (Below threshold)
Michael:

Nogo...s h e f e l l d o w n...s h e w a s n o t m u g g e d....is that easy enough for even you to understand?

Nogo go here:http://www.new... (Below threshold)
Michael:

Nogo go here:http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/newyork/ny-bc-ny--people-randirhode1016oct16,0,7372381.story?coll=ny_home_head_1 - in her own words.

You really are a moron...you do know that?

She tripped and fell? Obvio... (Below threshold)
Bo:

She tripped and fell? Obviously there had to have been some irregularity in the sidewalk, no doubt caused by a shift in the underlying soil.

That, of course, would have to be attributed to the catastrophic rate of global climate change, which EVERYONE knows is BUSH's fault!!!

SEE??? The VRWC strikes again!!!

Whether Randi Rhodes was mu... (Below threshold)

Whether Randi Rhodes was mugged or fell down, I think we should continue what we've been doing -- attacking "the right wing hate machine," as Jon Elliot has led us to do.

After all, it COULD have happened -- and it COULD have been a politically motivated hate crime committed by a Republican.

Mugged my .. more like what... (Below threshold)
tw111:

Mugged my .. more like what was in her mug that tripped her up.

Someone else want to have a... (Below threshold)

Someone else want to have a go at Nogo?

Nogo, now why would we thin... (Below threshold)
Son Of The Godfather:

Nogo, now why would we think of lefties as violent? They, above all, are our front-line warriors in the fight for free speech!

http://bitsblog.florack.us/?p=7426

Hey, didn't some pansy try (unsuccessfully) to fling a pie at Ms. Coulter? That was an actual attempted assault... Probably the same Right Wing Hate Machine in action...

This is not directed at YOU, cuz that would be wrong, but you have to admit leftards are whiney, deceitful, treasonous, hyper-hyperbolic drama queens.

Now reply with an example that diverts attention from the current topic.

Mugged my.. more l... (Below threshold)
Son Of The Godfather:
Mugged my.. more like what was in her mug that tripped her up.

OK, now THAT was good.

nogo:But let m... (Below threshold)
marc:

nogo:

But let me ask.. If Ann C. or MM had been so viciously attacked..

(setting aside for the moment that NO ONE was viciously attacked)

Why yes, we would and dadd gum we would be right!

Of course to loonbats like you getting cream pies tossed at you for no reason other than a disagreement over policy or political persuasion is *normal* and acceptable.

P.S. Do you work hard at being a raving lunatic or does it come naturally?

Another 'fake but accurate'... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

Another 'fake but accurate' example of the news as brought to you by those shining examples of journalistic integrity on the left.

Ok...I have said I w... (Below threshold)
nogo war:

Ok...
I have said I will wait...assuming it was a vicious attack..
but you folks have made up your mind...

Falling down...
Hmmmm...
"leftards are whiney, deceitful, treasonous, hyper-hyperbolic drama queens."

Yep...That is why you see all these Republican members of the House and Senate saying they will not run in 2008....

The Republicans are the voice of morality..
They are the voice of the sustained success in Iraq...
They are the voice of affordable health care...
They are the voice...of ..well America..

Republican Landslide in 2008....

again....I will say....the 30% of you who believe your voice? ....
30% has seldom won an election....

Speaking of Falling down?

http://tpmelectioncentral.com/2007/10/rudy_in_1996_im_really_not_a_republican_mayor.php

nogo:Ok...<br ... (Below threshold)
marc:

nogo:

Ok...
I have said I will wait...assuming it was a vicious attack..
but you folks have made up your mind...

Yeah you *said that*. AFTER completely ignoring the update to the post and a full four hours AFTER two comments had links to stories plainly stating she FELL ON HER ASS of her OWN ACCORD!

You not only didn't *wait* you ignored reality.

Oh how shocking, nogo showing a disconnect to the real world!!! /sarc off

Now reply with an ... (Below threshold)
Son Of The Godfather:
Now reply with an example that diverts attention from the current topic.

Nogo, I was just kidding when I wrote that... You didn't actually have to go and do it.

Randi loads the airwaves wi... (Below threshold)
914:

Randi loads the airwaves with more bullshit..She really outta lay off the meth!

Shade's of "Rathergate".. t... (Below threshold)
914:

Shade's of "Rathergate".. the incident is proven to be a falsehood and the whackjob leftard lunatic fringe aka ( nogo ) still believe it has to be true!

Nogo and cretins like him a... (Below threshold)
Michael:

Nogo and cretins like him are one of the reasons why the Republicans are actually going to do very well in '08.

Off topic, but I'm concerne... (Below threshold)

Off topic, but I'm concerned he "fell" somewhere. Brian, where are you? It's Day 15.

Oh, I certainly admit the Dems do some stupid things. And you folks make sure they take their lumps for it. But when someone on the right says something stupid, you just can't admit it, and have to go dragging up every Harry Reid statement you can find to draw attention away. And then to have the actual US Congress, with all of the issues of the day, spend time on a resolution defending one of the most divisive personalities on the air? As I said, desperate.
Plus, guess what? None of this shit matters anyway. It's a fantasy if you think "millions of people will learn" about Jesse Macbeth, or that anyone will care about this in two weeks, much less regret it.
6. Posted by Brian | October 1, 2007 7:04 PM | Score: -14 (16 votes cast)

Here is Rush on Fox and Friends today:

http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/home/daily/site_101607/content/01125124.member.html

Which crow recipe would you like Einstein? Also, the desperate now are the fools who signed their names for posterity. Your heros have literally thrown themselves on the spear of the enemy. You can't make this stuff up.

I especially like this condescending, ignorant and arrogant remark: Plus, guess what? None of this shit matters anyway.

And this: As I said, desperate

Desperate yes, and you should take a lesson on how New Media can turn the tables so quickly...but something says you're still living in Ratherland.


Nogo:Too much part... (Below threshold)

Nogo:

Too much partying again? Try some coffee and a cold shower.

The nogo-ranto-bot strikes ... (Below threshold)
Steve:

The nogo-ranto-bot strikes again...eerie...

Since 2000, 30,457 French gays have been robbed!!! Fuhrer Bush only wants DISNEYWORLD for the OIL!!!? ROFL!! I am not in love with superstition!

Hey nogo, why don't you attempt complete thoughts and sentences for once in your life.

OMG, I can't believe GROWN ... (Below threshold)
Jo:

OMG, I can't believe GROWN MEN would still fall for these WUSSY DEMOCRATS!!! Can you imagine?? A GROWN MAN blaming it on the rightwing! Since WHEN did MEN become so WOMANIZED????

OMG How embarrassing to be a male and ADMIT you vote and FALL for Democrats.

Bwhahahahahahahaha....

HughS - Come on, you know B... (Below threshold)
marc:

HughS - Come on, you know Brian's defaut would be the story is alive only because it's on "Faux News."

That aside, I do wonder where both Brain and barneyG have been.

Me tends to think the new comment policy and the quick invoking of it has their short hairs wrapped around their little pee-pee's and they are in hiding.

Probably in the loving embrace of DKos kiddies or MorOn.org sycophants.

Brian and Barney are down a... (Below threshold)
Jo:

Brian and Barney are down at their doctor's office trying to get some testosterone pumped into their veins. It won't work. They became feminized a long time ago, and there's no turning back. That goes for Nogo too.

One comment by a moonbat said something about how we're trying to "shut up" Randi Rhodes! Should we send them a memo that most of us have never even heard of Randi Rhodes! Geeeze, these people are beyond pathetic.

marcBrian doubled do... (Below threshold)

marc
Brian doubled down (with some qualifying language the second time)...nonetheless, his was a bold prediction born of arrogance and ignorance...he needs to be reminded every time he shows up here.

I'm tired of of the trolls showing up without an IQ/Common Sense certificate.

No response Nogo?...Hmmmm..... (Below threshold)
Michael:

No response Nogo?...Hmmmm....I didn't think so.

Some Right Wing Nutjob(tm) ... (Below threshold)
The Listkeeper:

Some Right Wing Nutjob(tm) has obviously viciously assaulted Nogo and left him bruised, bleeding, and crying for his mommy on the sidewalk somewhere.


The question is, just who among us has a six year old daughter that would do such a thing?

I have to take Randi's side... (Below threshold)
Proof:

I have to take Randi's side in this! Just because she didn't see the black helicopter, doesn't mean there wasn't a black helicopter!

The incident is unexplained... (Below threshold)
kim:

The incident is unexplained.
=========

So, gravity is part of the ... (Below threshold)
_Mike_:

So, gravity is part of the 'right wing hate machine' ?

FYI Mr. Elliot dementia can be treatable.

Fox is reporting:<... (Below threshold)

Fox is reporting:

Host Jon Elliott issued a written retraction of his remarkable on-air charge, saying: "I shouldn't have speculated based on hearsay that Randi Rhodes had been mugged and that it may have been an attack from a right wing hate machine. I apologize for jumping to conclusions based on an emotional reaction."

Hard to believe, but true - he apologized for his comments, not an apology 'if anyone was offended by his comments'- I'm thinking his DNC card is going to be revoked for that.

Well, bully for him. And t... (Below threshold)
kim:

Well, bully for him. And truly, in the circumstances, I can pardon an emotional reaction.
======

And truly, in the ... (Below threshold)
Son Of The Godfather:
And truly, in the circumstances, I can pardon an emotional reaction.

Then you are a better person than I.

Get a fact or two messed up?... Maybe.

Perpetrate an ENTIRELY false story for political reasons?... While you are on on-air personality?... Contrived unprofessionalism.

He can go pound sand.

Let's see if the locals fes... (Below threshold)
kim:

Let's see if the locals fess up.
==========================

Wow, this thread must hit a... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica Immigrant:

Wow, this thread must hit a nerve! I guess this is another case of liberal projection. Liberals project what they would do onto their political opponents. The dem party is now run by the Stalinist left.

Still no response from Nogo... (Below threshold)
Michael:

Still no response from Nogo. I guess the little coward scuttled back under his rock.

Host Jon Elliott issued a w... (Below threshold)
engineer:

Host Jon Elliott issued a written retraction of his remarkable on-air charge, saying: "I shouldn't have speculated based on hearsay that Randi Rhodes had been mugged and that it may have been an attack from a right wing hate machine. I apologize for jumping to conclusions based on an emotional reaction."

An apology that he should re-issue on the air, since that is where he made his accusation.

And an "emotional reaction" to somebody getting mugged, is to assume that it is a part of a "right wing hate machine?" Yeah, the first thing I always think of when one on my friends is a victim of a crime is that it most have been perpetrated by some "left wing wacko." I don't think so.

Paranoia will destroy ya...

A similar story here from G... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica Immigrant:

A similar story here from GMU

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2007/10/018758.php

The President of The George Washington University, Steven Knapp , came out swinging when he thought that conservative students had hung pernicious, anti-Muslim fliers around campus. "There is no place for expressions of hatred .... We do not condone, and we will not tolerate the dissemination of fliers or other documents that vilify any religious, ethnic or racial group," he said in a statement released to the media. The Executive Vice President of the Student Association called the acts "heinous" and said that he "would support expulsion."
...
So far, President Knapp has been less than enthusiastic about taking any type of disciplinary action now that liberals have been revealed to be the culprits. "We have established judicial policies and procedures," University spokeswoman Tracy Schario said. "I am confident that President Knapp will let them take their course."

What about not "condon[ing]" and "tolerat[ing] the dissemination" of hate? All of a sudden the administration is concerned about due process? Yet when the fliers were first spotted, Young America's Foundation students were dragged into an administrator's office, presumed guilty, pressured--unsuccessfully--to sign a statement disavowing hate speech that may originate from any of their future events, and hauled before a University "Peace Forum" where they were jeered at by fellow students.

So much for due process!

I'm sure if Muslims were the intended target of the fliers, President Knapp would've probably announced plans to build a multimillion-dollar mosque on campus, Imams would be hired as visiting professors, prayer rugs would be imported from Saudi Arabia, and the school would institute a new study abroad program to Mecca.

Alas, conservatives were the target, so President Knapp's wrath has subsided, and his clarion call for justice is no more. And that means that the political profiling of conservatives continues for another day.


Host Jon Elliott issued ... (Below threshold)
Proof:

Host Jon Elliott issued a written retraction of his remarkable on-air charge, saying: "I shouldn't have speculated based on hearsay that Randi Rhodes had been mugged and that it may have been an attack from a right wing hate machine. I apologize for jumping to conclusions based on an emotional reaction."

My alarm clock didn't go off this morning. "Damn!" I thought, "The power must be out. Probably because of a thermonuclear exchange between the US and Iran! Damn that trigger-happy cowboy George Bush!"
Then, I noticed that I'd forgotten to set the alarm!

My bad.

Actually Elliot did issue a... (Below threshold)

Actually Elliot did issue an apology on-air. I'm glad he did.




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