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. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Did Ferraro get suspended for her derogatory remarks?

    April 4, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  2. Robin

    excellent reputation

    Are you kidding me? This is building evidence that Obamaniacs are deranged. And if nominated, he will go down in flames. Yeah team.

    April 4, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  3. POOR

    Poor lady.
    Don't worry, I forgive you.

    April 4, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  4. POOR

    I believe she was talking about herself.
    MAKE SENSE!!!!!
    YES YOU ARE!!!!

    April 4, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  5. ross

    Indiana's lates Primary Polls (April 2)

    Obama Clinton
    RCP Average 45.5 42.7 Obama +2.8
    Gallup 49 46 Obama +3.0
    Rasmussen 46 43 Obama +3.0
    CBS/NY Times 46 43 Obama+3.0
    NBC/WSJ 45 45 Tie
    Pew Research 49 39 Obama +10.0
    FOX News 38 40 Clinton +2.0

    Based on Real Clear Politics

    Obama 08!

    April 4, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  6. Viktoriya

    "excellent reputation" ? where does this country is going to?

    April 4, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  7. Bill, Little Rock, ARK

    Randi, er I mean Ms. Rhodes, was accurate. They are both what she said they are. I should know! Not that I have ever had sexual relations with Randi, aahh, I mean Ms. Rhodes........

    April 4, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  8. pretzelONEgeorgebushZERO

    I'm a proud liberal and occasionally tune in Air America, but Randy Rhodes is unlistenable, even though we have the exact same viewpoint. She's a horrible listen, and usually unnecessarially rude to callers, never really allowing them to get their point across because she loves the sound of her own voice too much.

    Sometimes liberals with a broadcasting gig (Keith Olberman is another example) don't really help promote our agenda & viewpoints. Too strong, coming off as far too arrogant. Not really doing liberals as a whole a service.

    Randy Rhodes sucks. And actually, her comment isn't that far off-base. She just got busted, is all.

    April 4, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  9. Seth

    What happened to free speech? America is becoming so prudish and conservative.

    Funny that Air American is decidedly UN-American in following one of the central tenets of our nation.

    April 4, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  10. SOHAN

    these people don't know a good thing or good people when it's infront they eyes if hillary don't win this election we going to see how worst this country going to get.then all these low life people and the low comment will stop.

    April 4, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |

    Miss Rhodes, Don't beat yourself up. You are not the first and you won't be the last. Hang in there, girl!!!!!!!!!!!!

    OBAMA 2008

    April 4, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  12. ben

    At least she didn't call them lesbians like I have heard others say

    April 4, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  13. Kel

    Wow, someone actually went and said it in public. I guess if Clinton poking fun at her own blatant lie about "dodging sniper fire" is funny, then this is pretty darn hilarious, too.

    I'm sure all the clinton supporters are going to line up behind this and start crying "foul!", as an example of how much people hate Hillary, and that's fine. This is America. You can whine as you please. I just think that if one of Hillary's own supporters says he'd be surprised if Obama doesn't win, we should all consider what's really going to happen here.

    Obama 08

    April 4, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  14. Carol

    Isn't it funny that when anything is said against any Cliinton that they don't like, the reporter and radio host will lose his job? If that were said about a Republican it would be okay.
    I am still trying to find out what happened to the msnbc reporter who said something about Chelsea. Nothing has been said. I wrote to the station and received no reply. He was to be taken off the air.

    April 4, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  15. Cindy

    I'm glad they suspended her. Any radio network should be able to defend to the views of the announcers working for them. They may not agree with the views expressed but they should at least be able to defend them in an angle of them being free speech. What this announcer has done isn't free speech, it's slander and she should always remember.....if she wouldn't enjoy hearing it said about her, one of her loved ones or even her own mother....then she shouldn't say it about someone else. Always treat others the way you would want your mother to be treated and you can't go wrong. Disagreeing is one thing. Slandering and bashing are another thing. However, if this announcer would enjoy hearing her mother spoke about in that fashion, well...that speaks for itself.


    April 4, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  16. Public eye

    Yeah, if you're gonna use that type of language, use it in on YouTube, not on the radio. FCC has these rules in place for a reason.

    April 4, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  17. An Agnostic Democrat

    Actually I thought Randi, like Samantha Powers, was being rather polite. Hillary deserves everything she gets because it's everything she's dished out coming back at her. Karmic justice!!!

    April 4, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  18. Hillary-Monster-LIAR

    The TRUTH will set you free...

    Get a grip Air America. Love you Randi.

    April 4, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  19. Mike

    Takes one to know one!!!

    April 4, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  20. BSDhaliwal

    She should been fired for making such kindd of comment. She can can not control herself and she is a habitual liar.

    April 4, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  21. A REAL American

    You know, I despise Hillary just as much as this woman does, but in NO way is this acceptable. And since when does she have an "excellent reputation"? Maybe in the eyes of the far-left lunatics who rule the blogosphere (this site included), which is probably why there are so few comments here.

    Imagine if someone like Bill O'Reilly or Sean Hannity had said something like this– the torches would be lit already! Can you say double standard liberals?

    April 4, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  22. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Oh no, someone said a bad word. Wasn't it the same root word as the one Cheney uttered in Congress? How come he didn't lose his job?

    April 4, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  23. Peter

    I consider myself fairly well informed and fairly liberal. However, I can also recognize garbage when I see it and hear it. Therefore, I was somewhat surprised to hear Randi Rhodes say that her "hard won excellent reputation" has been damaged especially since I had never heard of her until this incident.

    April 4, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  24. concerned

    this is what is wrong with this entire primary in my opinion. both Ms.Ferraro and Hillary Clinton deserve respect, no matter how much you like the other guy. for this woman to have a national audience, and it be revealed that she has such poor judgment is reprehensible.

    April 4, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  25. Jim Shimmer

    Every word of what she said, is the TRUTH!!!!
    No one can disagree with it.....

    April 4, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
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