UPDATE: NY Daily News is reporting that Rhodes was not mugged - she FELL while walking her dog. Damn that Republican concrete sidewalk! Heads are exploding all over the place at DU.
At some point in time these far left lunatics are going to have to come back to reality. Randy Rhodes, one of the hosts at Air America, was mugged over the weekend.
Randi Rhodes was mugged on Sunday night on 39th Street and Park Ave, nearby her Manhattan apartment, while she was walking her dog Simon.According to Air America Radio late night host Jon Elliott, Rhodes was beaten up pretty badly, losing several teeth and will probably be off the air for at least the rest of the week. At of late Monday night we have not able to locate any press accounts of the attack and nothing has been posted on the AAR website.
While I may vehemently disagree with Randi Rhodes views, I whole heartedly wish her a speedy recovery. A mugging is quite a traumatic event and can leave one physically and emotionally devastated. No one should be subjected to this type of violence.
But low and behold, the left is going ape-sh*% over the mugging - claiming it was a plot by the Right Wing Hate Machine to silence a dissenting voice. Over at TalkingRadio, it has reached a sombrero sized tinfoil hat moment...
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."
Some of blog posters also expressed concerns that the attack on Rhodes was hate crime. Other posters warned that we need more facts before any judgements are made.
Not content to beat one dead horse, they start comparing Rhodes' mugging to KKK attacks...
Attacks on liberal talk radio stations and their hosts are not a new thing. About a month ago a gunman fired a shot through a window at the studios of KPFT, Houston’s, Pacifica station narrowly missing a DJ who was hosting music show at the time. There is currently a $10,000 reward offered to anyone who identifies the shooter.
This is not the first politically motivated attack on KPFT. More than 35 years ago, the Ku Klux Klan blew up the station's transmitters twice within the Houston station's first year on the air.
Also, according to a blogger on Democratic Underground, Thom Hartmann said on his Friday show that his auto repairman, after replacing his windshield, pointed out to him that he had three bullet holes in his car.
It MUST be a vast right wing conspiracy because there are no violent crimes committed by people with the sole intent to cause bodily harm and grab some cash - especially in NYC. (insert extreme dripping sarcasm here). Most of the commenters on the blog post are taking the author to task for his kneejerk blame game.
But one thing we need to ask.... Where was Rove? Where was Cheney and his shotgun? Where was President Bush? And where the heck was Barney the dog?
What a crock of absurdity the left is becoming...