April 4th, 2008
10:26 AM ET
12 years ago

Air-America suspends radio host for Clinton comment

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/04/04/art.rhodes.gi.jpg caption="Rhodes has been suspended."](CNN) - The liberal radio network Air America suspended one if its most popular radio talk show hosts Thursday after a video clip surfaced on the Internet in which she used derogatory language to describe Hillary Clinton and Geraldine Ferraro.

The comments came during a San Francisco appearance in late march sponsored by a local Air America affiliate. During the event, Randi Rhodes referred to both Clinton and Ferraro as "f-ing whores."

Video of the comments surfaced earlier this week. Air America issued a statement Thursday saying it had suspended Rhodes for "abusive language."

"Air America encourages strong opinions about public affairs, but does not condone such abusive, ad hominem language by our hosts," the statement said.

Speaking with the liberal Web site Huffingtonpost.com, Rhodes said she is upset with the radio network.

"They are in breach of my contract and have damaged my hard won excellent reputation in the broadcast industry..." she said. Rhodes also said she had originally received praise from representatives of the network for her appearance at the event.

Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (146 Responses)
  1. Mr. G

    If you're going to compete with Right Wing Radio, return Randi to the air and explain to her that sensational is OK, but only if you use an adult vocabulary. Curse words are not needed. Just outrageous lies like Rush, Sean Hannity, etc. make: "I have always taken the Bush Administration to task for...blah, blah, blah."

    April 4, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  2. EAGLE35


    April 4, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  3. Jon, Pittsburgh PA

    "damaged my hard won excellent reputation"

    Okay...one last time Sugar...1)NO ONE KNOWS WHO YOU ARE...

    April 4, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  4. vince - phoenix

    mmmmm ... I don't know.. Mixed feelings on this one...

    1) yes, she was at an event 'sponsored' by the station, but she was not 'on air'... it amounted to a comedy routine..

    2) as long as i was not 'on air' i wonder about the punishment because of the whole "freedom of speech" thing that we progressives gend to be proud of...

    but... i will admit, as much as I love Randi and her analysys, the f-w bomb for public consumption when referring to a presidential candidate... (maybe...... just maybe... ) a little over the top...

    but that's just MY take...

    hope you come back soon. we need you.

    April 4, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  5. Ralph

    She should fired for making degrading remarks about two great ladies. There was no call for such remarks. If you don't agree with some one just keep quiet,.

    April 4, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  6. Joe

    "They are in breach of my contract and have damaged my hard won excellent reputation in the broadcast industry…"

    There is no excellent reputation with air america or its hosts.

    April 4, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  7. Jay

    This lady gives the liberal left a bad name and lends more credence to the fact that the Obama supporters are haters.

    April 4, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  8. AJ

    Wow – I bet the Obamazombies will love this one. This woman needs to switch parties and become partners with Anne Coulter. They are both mental midgets with the vernacular of street trash.

    April 4, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  9. Christopher W. Mannoia

    A LIBERAL said all this? Normally we Republicans get attacked everytime we comment on minorities, women, gays, welfare, or whatever the hot topic of the year is.

    What she said was uncalled for of course; but, does the Constitution guarantee free speech or what?"

    April 4, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  10. idahosa, winnipeg, Canada

    while i don't support the comments, i do wonder what the difference is between what she said and what claville said of richardson!

    April 4, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  11. ch

    I heard this event was a SANCTIONED FUNDRAISER by the Obama camp....why was this not included in the story?

    April 4, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  12. suzanne

    There is no real difference between the hateful foul mouthed people on the extreme right wing of the Republican Party and the same hate filled rhetoric of the extreme left wing of the Democratic Party. You people all disgust me. The Republicans seem to have learned their lesson and have nominated a moderate. The Democrats in all their stupidity have sided with the great unknown. I guess we'll find out what Obama really stands for in the General Election.

    April 4, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  13. Tony in NM

    imagine that!

    a liberal minded woman speaking her mind!! ....and using such language! oh, dear.

    April 4, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  14. Viktoriya

    You forget to mentioned in the article that she said it on fundraising even FOR OBAMA.

    CNN, please post!!!

    April 4, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  15. LifeLongDemocrat

    Sorry guys but there are some limits to the First Amendment. When you work for someone you play by their rules, too.

    April 4, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  16. Tony, Wilton, ME

    Rhodes was wrong to say it. It lowers her to the same level as Coulter and Limbaugh.

    April 4, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  17. Barb

    I do not consider myself a prude but I think language in public has become so coarse. I also try to show my daughter by example to be a feminist. Why are we calling each other those kinds of names?How do we ever expect to be treated as equals when we put each other down with those kinds of names? We try to teach children not to call names while we sit around doing it? Stupid!

    April 4, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  18. barrack who?

    Ferraro's comments weren't "derogatory". It was the truth. Stop falling all over your white guilt. How many other Senator's do you know have gone on to presidential runs after serving only one term?
    Did Obama really sanction this public display of ignorance and vulgarity? What Rhodes said was disgusting, but she is disgusting, and it doesn't surprise me at all.
    I am so glad I got out of the Liberal party. It is shocking what has happened to it. JFK, where are you?

    April 4, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  19. Char

    Hard won excellent reputation? What is she on? She's trashy and pathetic. Using fowl language on stage to demeane people you don't even know in support of your imagined messiah candidate is so overplayed. I'm glad she's fired. Maybe now she can attend the Obama rallies and help create fliers attacking Hillary in PA and IN. I heard Obama's got lots of money and is paying his helpers doubled when they can craft the best lies against his opponent.

    April 4, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  20. sherrie50

    Hurray for the news network because that type of behavior should not be tolerated. Everyone needs to realize that this an election. Dem/Rep cannot do anymore than the Congress allow them. Be objective and non-bias. Obama has words and HC has fight!!!

    April 4, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  21. Colleen

    Hillary Clinton was the former first lady. Have some respect.

    April 4, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
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