Barry SCHWARTZ (Barijo ŜVARC) (chemoelectric) wrote,

Nonsense about Randi Rhodes being suspended

Jeff Farias is cooperating with his callers in positing and expressing nonsense about Randi Rhodes being suspended for calling Hillary Clinton and Geraldine Ferraro ‘fucking whores’ during a stand-up act arranged by an Air America affiliate. There is the usual non sequitur about the First Amendment (which Farias seems too ignorant to counter), and there is the suggestion that this was outside of Randi’s work, even though it was an AAR affiliate that was operating the event, so that effectively Randi was representing AAR in that affiliate’s market (San Francisco, I believe). And Farias said something about Randi being ‘squeezed out of her job’; er, Jeff, she was suspended, not fired.

I personally believe that an appropriate way to handle this is for Randi to stay off of the topic of the Clinton campaign, because she is on record, now, referring to Clinton and Ferraro in the terms of a personal gripe. Even I don’t do that, despite having a personal gripe against them. :) Whether a suspension is appropriate, I don’t know, but I do not oppose the suspension and don’t criticize it.

Thankfully Malloy is on vacation since Friday and so doesn’t have the opportunity to compound his, I think, unjustified anger, which ate up most of his Thursday program.

Sam Seder seems to be the main sub for Randi, so from my point of view the suspension has led to a temporary but vast improvement in programming. :) Sam thinks Randi went too far but shouldn’t be suspended, because she was not on-air, but I don’t get the impression he feels that way strongly. But Sam is way smarter than Malloy and way, way smarter than Farias. :)

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