Liberal Insults Clinton, Has History of Rude Remarks
July 7, 2008 - 8:32 PM
(Editor's note: Offensive language is referenced in this article and is uncensored in the video links.)
(CNSNews.com) - Liberal radio host Randi Rhodes has been suspended from broadcasting by her parent company, Air America Radio, after a profane tirade in which she called both Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) and former vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro a "f---ing whore."
Speaking at a recent event in San Francisco sponsored by Air America affiliate KKGN, Rhodes commented on recent criticisms of Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) by former Congresswoman Geraldine Ferraro, which some thought were racist.
"Geraldine Ferraro turned out to be the David Duke in drag," said Rhodes. "Who knew? ... What a whore Geraldine Ferraro is! She's such a f---ing whore!"
She then attacked Clinton, who she said "is a big f---ing whore too."
"She is a big f---ing whore. And you know why she's a big f---ing whore? Because her deal is always, read the fine print a-hole! You know, like it said employ you, but it didn't say f--- you," she said to cheers and applause.
On Tuesday, Rhodes' appearance was posted on the online video Web site YouTube. She was quickly suspended from Air America.
"Air America encourages strong opinions about public affairs, but does not condone such abusive, ad hominem language by our hosts," Air America Chairman Charlie Kireker said in a press release.
Ferraro later appeared on Fox News where she called on Rhodes to be fired.
Fellow Air America talker Sam Seder is filling in for Rhodes, whose show is broadcast from 3 to 7 PM EST. Rhodes has yet to address the controversy and could not be reached for comment.
Rhodes has found herself in hot water for her commentary before.
In 2004, Rhodes compared the Bushes to the Corleone family of "The Godfather" fame and joked about the president being assassinated.
"The Fredo of the [Bush] family is the president of the United States, so why doesn't his father or his brother ... take him out for a little fishing, and let him say some Hail Marys - he loves God so much ... You know, hail Mary full of grace, God is with thee - [gunshot sound]. Works for me," she said.
A year later, Rhodes aired another bit that made light of violence being waged against the president.
"A spoiled child is telling us our Social Security isn't safe anymore, so he is going to fix it for us," said a senior-sounding announcer. "Well here's your answer, you ungrateful whelp: [sound of gunshots] Just try it you little bastard [sound of gun being cocked]."
Rhodes later apologized for the skit after it was widely criticized by conservative bloggers.
This is the first time Rhodes has been suspended by Air America, although she has a history of making similarly controversial remarks about prominent conservatives.
On June 20, 2007, amidst laughter over a recent bit mocking former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani's presidential campaign, Rhodes said of Giuliani, "What a douche he is! What a douche! Rudy [sic] Tooty Fresh and Fruity is running for president and people are, like, buying it!"
On May 15, 2007, Rhodes opened her show elated over news of evangelical preacher Jerry Falwell's recent death.
"Jerry Falwell has died at 73. A moment of silence, then giggle uncontrollably!" she said.
She later added that she wasn't taking pleasure in Falwell's passing away, but was pleased that "he will not be around to blame gay people for everything anymore."
On Oct. 19, 2007, Rhodes said of Rush Limbaugh, "He could have never impregnated anybody up in high school. In high school, the only thing he probably impregnated was a gym sock. I mean look at him."
On another broadcast, Rhodes responded to Ann Coulter after she criticized the wives of four 9/11 victims, saying, "One thing Ann Coulter will never have to worry about is grieving over a dead husband ... You want to debate gay marriage? Ann Coulter is the reason why people go gay, if that's possible.
"Foreplay for Ann Coulter is kicking a dog, you understand? This is the meanest bitch I've ever seen in my life," she added.
Rhodes has also had harsh words for Republican politicians over the years, including calling Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) "an old, evil gnome" and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) a "bitch."
Air America Radio could not be reached for comment.
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