Air America Radio host Randi Rhodes was supposedly mugged on Sunday night in New York City while walking her dog and supposedly lost a few teeth. Already, her fans are saying "This was a political attack" and others are playing a similar game. However, at this point in time all that's known is that she's not on the air; AAR themselves says "reports of a presumed hate crime are unfounded." And, the police said no report had been filed. Note that Rhodes was sued for slander a couple years ago; the last that was heard on that case was in January, with the plaintiff cleared to go ahead despite Air America filing for bankruptcy. Other actions may have taken place since then.
While I wish her the best, I also wonder how much this story will change as the details come out. There's even the possibility that there was no attack at all.
UPDATE: From this:
Rhodes' lawyer told the Daily News she was injured in a fall while walking her dog. He said she's not sure what happened, and only knows that she fell down and is in a lot of pain. The lawyer said Rhodes expects to be back on the air Thursday. He stressed there is no indication she was targeted or that she was the victim of a "hate crime."
So much for the greatest minds of the blogosphere!
UPDATE 2: AAR host Jon Elliott - the brain surgeon who started the ball rolling - said this in a completely voluntary written confession:
"I shouldn't have speculated based on hearsay that Randi Rhodes had been mugged and that it may have been an attack from a right wing hate machine. I apologize for jumping to conclusions based on an emotional reaction."
Police have also contacted Rhodes, and she says she's not going to file a police report. I don't suggest making the "glugg, glugg" gesture myself, but I'm sure many are doing that.
UPDATE 3: Here's Randi Rhodes' statement on her "mugging".
Your assignment: don't trust any of those who jumped to conclusions, which may include some posters or commentors at the following links:
Posted in RandiRhodes at October 16, 2007 09:59 AM
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