Air America Radio Host Randi Rhodes was recently suspended from her radio show for calling both Hillary Clinton and Geraldine Ferraro "whores" at a recent affiliate appearance. While Ms. Rhodes remarks were made off the air in a San Francisco nightclub, her appearance was filmed and the most sensational portion of her talk was placed on YouTube.
My take on this:
The suspension was justified. This is NOT a question about free speech. Randi Rhodes is free to go to any street corner in the country and shout any mean-spirited epithet at the top of her lungs. However, in this case, Ms. Rhodes was appearing an event sponsored by the local San Francisco Air America Radio affiliate. In my book, this means that she was on Air America's time and representing the network. And if I was the one doing this performance, I probably would have toned it down a little.
Look, I agree with Randi Rhodes a lot of the time, and I'm no big fan of Hillary Clinton or Geraldine Ferraro. However, Randi Rhodes went way too far. She could have made her points without calling those women "whores". She could have persuaded without being crass. You can definitely be passionate about what you believe in, but you don't have to present it in a vulgar way. Especially when you are essentially representing your employers.
Isn't the Democratic party supposed to be better than that?
If this would have been Ann Coulter or Rush Limbaugh getting up on a stage and making such disgusting comments, wouldn't we want some disciplinary action for them? Wouldn't we think that at least a suspension is warranted?
If so, we have to demand the same for Randi Rhodes.