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. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    Poor Rhandi....

    you should have said: "these two women have prostituted their values and convictions to be the hack mouthpieces of the old guard of the Democractic Party.

    Cleaner, clearer, and perhaps–legal on the airways.

    April 4, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  2. Sunny Bristol, CT

    A lot of Obama`s supporters are the same.

    April 4, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  3. Wendy

    Well, Randi, there's a line that can't be crossed.....and you crossed it and were punished. End of story. If someone had said the same thing about Barack, you'd be foaming at the mouth with anger. The extreme left wingers are no better than the extreme right wingers.....they're all a bunch of crazies dedicated to their candidate and their causes.

    April 4, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  4. Mikey, Scottsdale AZ

    To Billary, Rocky, Paulette Revere, and Whomever You May Be Today !

    Please save our Party, which in case you have forgotten it's the Party that is in small print on your resume , and consider serving in the position that you wanted which is, you told us , Senator of NY . isn't that good enough ?

    And you would be closer to continue the Stand Up Comic routine on the David Letterman show ! Have a nice day !

    April 4, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  5. Isaac, Wisconsin

    I am happy she was suspended. She will now have to rethink how she will continue to be a talk show host and deal with the serious issues in this election....Be careful next time girl...

    April 4, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |


    April 4, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  7. MD

    No need to use abusive language to describe anyone. The First Amendment does not mean candidates can be verbally abused.

    I am not a Clinton supporter - far from it, but I still find name calling childish, pointless, and abusive.

    Clinton is hanging herself with her own comments such as admitting to lapses of memory on the Jay Leno Show.

    Let's not give her camp excuses to portray Hillary as a poor little woman who is being discriminated in the media.

    April 4, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  8. Joe - Wilmington, DE

    Using the F-word on the air? So much for your hard-won "excellent reputation in the broadcast industry.

    Get a grip on yourself and grow up.

    April 4, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  9. Jackie

    Not to worry Randy next time just make your comments from behind a pulpit and they will be welcomed and applauded.

    April 4, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  10. Huh? REALLY?


    April 4, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  11. Derrick In Houston, TX

    Well did she lie?

    April 4, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  12. Dylan

    I love Randi Rhodes. She has been a strong voice for Democrats since the birth of Air America. If you know her personality this news is no surprise. It's true she needs to watch her language at events sponsored by Air America... that being said, I have no problem with what she said off the air. In fact, I agree with it. I hope she's back soon.

    April 4, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  13. Charlotte

    What an Idiot. My philosophy in life, never,ever argue with experts! Rhodes is the expert in this instance.

    April 4, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  14. After further review,Texas

    Well its not just the lunatic right wing that has all the nut jobs,they just dont get fired for all the lies they tell.

    April 4, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  15. Juliet

    I am a Obama supporter, but even I think that is very insensitive. I think the suspendsion is justified.

    Obama for President......got to love it! 🙂

    April 4, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  16. Stacy Clarks,

    Okay, I am a Clinton supporter, but such language is not called for in the public or political sphere.

    Clinton is many things (lier, deciever, manipulator, in terms of her political career), but to call her the "W" word is not only derogatory, but totally uncalled her.

    Call her out on the issues, but this type of language is not appropriate

    OBAMA 08!!!!

    April 4, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  17. Billary out

    She's right. Hillary and ferraro are indeed two ugly and greedy old women.

    April 4, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  18. Grif

    I suppose some people just love 'Programs'.. I wander who the Lady "Randi Rhodes' was thinking about, when she made that Statement???. Could it be "Hot Pant's Obama" ...
    Some Female's get themselves so worked up. And frustrated.

    April 4, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  19. Alex H

    Did anyone hear Geraldine Ferraro come out on Fox News? She says Rhodes was coming out at her and Hillary in a 'racist and sexist way'. Really? A white female is racist AND sexist to 2 white females? REALLY???

    Look, Randi Rhodes was way out of line. Her language was horrible and inappropriate and while her substance may have been dabbling in the truth, it was dripping in slander. She will get what she should have known was coming. But on top of that, Ferraro needs to know when to quit lol. If she had just let the news handle these statements without her commentary then we wouldn't have any more fuel in our tanks to keep coming back to her. "CHILL OUT!"

    April 4, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  20. Tex

    Hang in there, Randi! The truth shall set us all free!

    April 4, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  21. Former Obama supporter

    This sort of stuff should not be tolerated at all. I am really surprised that women aren’t gathering behind Hillary. They have the chance to elect the first woman president and they are blowing it. African-Americans are gathering behind Obama, so why aren’t women going towards Hillary? I feel that this is their only chance of electing a woman president. What other woman could match up to Hillary Clinton? This is one chance in a lifetime opportunity. Women talk about “Women Power” but they really don’t prove their support towards women. I really hope they realize this and gather behind Hillary Clinton.

    April 4, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  22. Manuel TX

    She should be fired.

    It's pretty amazing how so many people have been brainwashed into hating Hillary.

    This woman has probably never even met Hillary but she's in her hatred.

    What an idiot.

    Wright should have been fired as well. It's amazing that his church is now defending him as well.


    April 4, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  23. Tyler

    Sometimes the truth hurts?

    April 4, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  24. Justin

    Well, truth hurts, though I think she should be suspended, as she is politically wrong of saying that

    April 4, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  25. Kshama

    What else will the media be allowed to get away with or not cover when they disrespect and marginalize Hillary Clinton? Whether you agree with Hillary Clinton or not, this is exactly why no woman will ever reach the White House.

    April 4, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
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