Monday, May 02, 2005

Randi Rhodes II - Not her first time?

I caught a blog today by the RadioEqualizer, Brian Maloney, a former Seattle radio host who was fired over his criticism of Dan Rather.

He had this to say about Rhodes and the ad:
Did Randi Rhodes threaten the President again? Was it
real, or another desperate stunt to gain attention for a failing
network?

-snip-

Last year, Rhodes did something similar and while opinions differed on what exactly she said and meant, there's no question she's been crossing the line.
Curious, I found out what she said in 2004:
For those of you who missed it (and I'm sure most of you did), here is Air America's Randi Rhodes, from yesterday's program, comparing George W. Bush to Fredo Corleone. She's openly lamenting that Poppy or Jeb hasn't taken the president on a "fishing" trip, and blown his brains out. Give it a listen. Does this qualify as "hate radio"?
A partial transcript:
"The Fredo of the family is the president of the United States, so why doesn't his father take him, or his brother, one of them, take him out for a little, uh, fishing? You know, let him say some Hail Marys, he loves God so much. Yeah, take him out, you know, 'Hail Mary, full of grace, God is with thee' -- POW! Works for me."
Again not a real tangible threat, but insulting to many, least of all catholics since Bush isnt one but she references Hail Mary's. At the very least she shows a disdain of religious people, and thats not very fair either.

I don't see the benefit of insulting Bush for having faith. Like it or not, a lotof people, liberal and conservative believe in God.

I also wonder, had a conservative host done that bit using the Kennedy's, who are incidentally Catholic, would they be as easily forgiven for 'free speech'?

So maybe my respect for her is not as complete now as it was, since she seems to have a pattern here....

I have to wonder now: was its a calculated, or honest apology she gave last week