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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Randi Rhodes Hoax — Apology Issued

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David B. Caruso / AP / Newsday:
Talk show host apologizes for faulty report of NYC mugging -- An Air America radio personality apologized Tuesday for saying that a colleague, the liberal talk show host Randi Rhodes, had been the victim of a violent street mugging perpetrated by "the right wing hate machine." [...]

Air America released a statement saying that "the reports of a presumed hate crime are unfounded." Elliott followed that up with a retraction.

"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," he said in a written statement.

Air America's vice president of programming, David Bernstein, said Rhodes missed her shows on Monday and Tuesday, but hoped to be back soon.
related:
Shawn Macomber / American Spectator:
Mugged by Unreality — MANHATTAN — So perhaps Jon Elliott wasn't exactly cool as a cucumber when he took to the airwaves early Tuesday to announce fellow Air America host Randi Rhodes had lost several teeth in an cold-blooded assault while walking her dog on the streets of New York City. Maybe Elliott, who prides himself on being "The Most Dangerous Liberal in America," sounded a little bug-eyed crazy. Fair enough. But with the proverbial Reichstag in flames and the fascist takeover of the United States clearly under way, neither calm nor restraint were buzzwords of the day. [...]

NY Post:
Randi Radio Daze -- Liberal talk-show host Randi Rhodes suffered painful facial injuries Sunday night when she slammed to the ground in an murky incident alternately described as a mugging, a fall, a drunken stumble and a right-wing hate attack. [...]

Discussion:
Shamanic / The Newshoggers: Overheated on the Internets
P.J. Gladnick / NewsBusters.org: Was Randi Rhodes Mugged by 14 Bloody Marys?
Barooosk / Talking Radio: What a Difference a Day Makes
Macranger / Macsmind: The Dumbest Liberal in Radio
Roja Heydarpour / City Room: First Thing We Do Is Ban Powell Buff

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