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. Adam

    They suspended a political commentator for speaking? That's absolutely reprehensible. Censorship like this violates everything Air America stands for.

    April 4, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  2. Brad, TX

    Rhodes is a mess and, I must say, speaks like an Obama supporter.

    April 4, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  3. Kay

    You go girl! Truth hurts!! I like people who say it like it is. I used to respect the Clintons but their demons have surfaced during this election.

    "Not this time"!!!

    April 4, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  4. Tim

    Good for her. It's about time a fellow woman spoke the truth. Imagine if a man said this...

    April 4, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  5. Shelley in NC

    Does anyone remember the First Amendment? Good times...

    April 4, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  6. Joe Ossai, Bedford, NH

    I love Randi Rhodes, she is the best.

    April 4, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  7. Ohio Dem

    Thanks for the apology. I think you can find a more articulate way to express your dislike for Hillary.

    April 4, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  8. Paul

    Let the ignorance talk, it is sad that some people working for the media can become so vulgar , and biased, a clear example is this type of event.

    Hillary, you are the best candidate for President that we have at this time. We cannot go to the extremes, America has left, right and moderates. Everyone has to be embraced in this melting pot y a unifying candidate who cares for the entire nation. you are the one who can truly bring change to America by fixing our broken economy, and protecting our people.

    May God bless you always

    Hillary-President of te United States of America

    April 4, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  9. Evans Oseki, Norway

    Her views should be respected in my opinion. Both Hillary and Ferarro have used stronger words and at least Hillary never got fired ,so, why this lady?

    April 4, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  10. Bouts in Minnesota

    I'm not a fan of Hillary or Geraldine, but EVEN I think that was horrid!

    April 4, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  11. James, Pennsylvania

    Get lost Rhodes! You're a disgrace to your gender and to democrats. No wonder why you're an Obama supporter.

    April 4, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  12. rod

    Liberal radio parallel to Obama's Liberal mental outlook are " weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable " [ Shakespeare ] of society. Both Clinton and Ferraro are appealed to logic that results into White Slaves. Perhaps residence is futile which encourages " the statement said "

    April 4, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  13. KiloWhiskey - Denver

    Penalized for telling the truth.....!

    April 4, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  14. Terrell

    I like Randi, she has every right to express her opinon .....I just like clear channel to be consistant and suspend Rush's butt or even fire him on a mulitply things. Number one Drug abuse.

    April 4, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  15. Alex

    What a piece of garbage this woman is, I'm a pretty liberal person, but that whole radio network should be shut down as soon as possible for keeping such trash on the air.

    April 4, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  16. Tom, Cville, VA

    I am disgusted by what Clinton is doing in the campaign, and I very much hope Obama wins it all, but this commentator's remarks about Clinton were completely out of bounds, not to mention immature. Unacceptable, and helpful to no one.

    April 4, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  17. Blueray98

    Good, get rid of her! I’m sick of so-called fellow democrats bashing members of our same party. And that Huffington Post is one of the worst places. I used to go to that site all of the time, but not anymore! They are no better than the Right Wing Machine.

    April 4, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  18. Norisha

    whatever happened to freedom of speech...people.? she'd entitled to her opinion!!! lol

    April 4, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  19. McCain Clinton 08

    Clinton; Pwned!

    April 4, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  20. Rick in Oregon

    I used to love Ms. Rhodes, but she has really started going off course. In the last few months I have lost almost all my respect for her. She talks about uniting the democratic party and then chooses to use her powerful position to tear people down that have done so much for it. Shameful. Please come back to your senses Randi.

    April 4, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  21. Yes, DM again Arlington, TX

    This was a comedy club and that what you do here is make jokes to make people laugh...

    Freedom of Speech.

    Hillary was really laughing too.....

    April 4, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  22. SPQR753

    I used to listen to Randy Rhodes and I agreed with most of her comments.
    Then, quite recently she started SALIVATING each and every time she would mention Obama, as if he was the reincarnation of Jesus Christ the Savior.

    At the same time, she used to spit venom on Hillary, with the same gusto she had when criticizing (correctly) the bungling of G.W. Bush.

    End result : I stopped listening to Air America. WHY? Because if I need to hear someone RANTING, then all I have to do is to turn on the nonsense Sean Hannity regurgitates on ABC radio almost every afternoon.

    April 4, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  23. Linda of Atlanta

    Rhodes is rediculous to think she should be able to refer to Clinton and Ferraro in such a way and get away with it. While neither Clinton nor Ferraro will win any awards from me, it is outrageous how Talk Radio in America is permitted to remain so TOXIC!

    April 4, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  24. Jana

    Obama supporter clearly crossing the line many times. They are very engry individuals and this is not the change we would like to have. There is a big price to pay for that.

    April 4, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  25. therealist

    Obviously Air-America has a double standard on who their radio talk show hosts use derogatory language to describe...

    April 4, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
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