Barry SCHWARTZ (Barijo ŜVARC) (chemoelectric) wrote,

A major correction

Apparently I misheard Randi Rhodes’s advice to Melissa Etheridge, as to how to deal with Rick Warren. The anxious Ms. Etheridge was due to perform at an event where Rick Warren would be the keynote speaker, and wanted Randi to help her deal with that. (Ms. Etheridge eventually listened to Barack Obama’s implicity advice.) I had thought Randi told Melissa to disrupt the speech; actually what a supposedly devastated Randi suggested that Melissa and her partner ask Barack Obama for an invitation to the inauguration so they could use the event to disrespect Rick Warren.

I have the impression this quasi-supernal dissing would have been an offshoot of an anti-Warren protest that Air America’s David Bender has been promoting. With two-valued reasoning worthy of George W. Bush, Mr. Bender argues that the protest is not a protest because it is an affirmation; yeah, and by the same ‘logic’ my using the middle name ‘Hussein’ for a while was an affirmation of Barack Obama’s name and ‘therefore’ wasn’t a protest against the anti-Obama smear campaign. Mind you, I don’t say he shouldn’t take part in the protest, just that he shouldn’t ‘think’ in the manner of GWB.

Back to Randi. In the same show she boasted powerfully and without irony about her modesty and self-deprecation, and also she said that if Norm Coleman had asked her for dirt on Al Franken she would have given it.

Again I think Air America is better off without Randi. The Nova M Radio network (that is, Mike Malloy and Randi Rhodes) seems to be a dumping ground for Air America hosts who have inferiority complexes that manifest as public disrespect for their colleagues, including former co-workers, but also Ed Schultz, and in the case of Malloy also Jerry Springer when they both were employed by Air America.

Randi’s show is funny, however, and she isn’t deliberately dense—just someone moderately ‘neurotic’—so I shall go on listening and loving.

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