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As most of you know Randi Rhodes  the progressive talker was recently suspended by Air America Radio for remarks that she made about Geraldine Ferraro and sen Clinton.  

She will not be returning to AAR. Instead,today Green 960 took on the cause and is one of the latest champions of free speech.  

Below is the video of the Green 960 announcement and the entire video of her remarks.

The entire video of her routine.

According to the video Larry Johnson posted Randi's comments out of context. Is anyone really surprised?

I am ashamed of Air America. They are supposed to be the bastion of liberal radio and they (meaning Mark Green) seem to represent everything but progressive values.  

I am shocked and disappointed that they would end their relationship with her. Air America is the house that Randi built.

I disagree with her word choice but I defend her with all my might for her right to say it.

I can't imagine Thomm Hartman or Rachael Maddow agreeing with AAR's decision.

Sorry for the short diary I just wanted to get this out there so those who are fans can look forward to hearing her Monday.

Originally posted to BlackBox on Wed Apr 09, 2008 at 10:06 PM PDT.

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  •  When is she coming back (1+ / 0-)
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    soms

    to Air America?

  •  Where are you getting the information... (3+ / 0-)
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    wader, Tod, soms

    that AAR has fired Randi Rhodes?

    •  The Key Words (2+ / 0-)
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      Marlyn, Night Train

      The Green 960 quote is:

      "It is our understanding that today (April 9th) she is no longer an employee of Air America."

      Those magic words:

      "It is our understanding"

      are important.  Those are weasel words meant to give an out.  They could be wrong.  Randi could still be under contract to AAR and could be back on her regular AAR show, or not.

      Editor of the Harvard Law Review vs. Mr. 894 out of 899. How has having a stupid President worked out the last eight years?

      by Tod on Wed Apr 09, 2008 at 11:28:14 PM PDT

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  •  I don't think Air America did anything but what (6+ / 0-)

    it was compelled to do.  I watched the green 960 video defense and i do not see the context.  Sorry, she deserved to be suspended as she represents the station all the time. I do not believe Green 960 had too much to do with the lifting of the suspension.  Green 960 mislead people by not staing that Rhodes was 'suspended' and it appears by watching the video that she was let go and Green960 got her back on the air.

    Nonsense, it's over and it was much ado.

    McCain is the other guy at the bar, the angry dumb one!

    by realwischeese on Wed Apr 09, 2008 at 10:27:34 PM PDT

  •  Define Progressive Values....please.... (10+ / 0-)

    Go back to the origins of The Progressive movement. Progressive is Populist with "family values" and social justice.

    I do love Randi Rhodes but.......I'm sorry.....

    Free Speech is not the issue here...The government is not silencing anybody's speech. It's her boss/sponsors/financial backers who don't want to be associated with what she's been saying. She is free to say or write what she wants on her own. That's what Freedom of Speech is.

    I've missed her on Air America Radio--I listened every day...and felt she had gone a bit off the rails for while about the Clintons.......... but I can understand their position.

    Any entity that has to deal with the public at large and that relies on financial backers and sponsors is going to be sensitive to and responsive to theirs and to public opinion. I'm guessing there was no overwhelming outpouring of massive support for Randi Rhodes.

    What if one of their radio hosts started trashing Obama......? With comparable ad hominem.......? How might you feel then? Look what happened when a radio host said "nappy"?

    Meanwhile, the only place you're likely to hear what you call free speech is on listener-supported Pacifica Radio
    Network; for example, WBAI in New York.

    Freedom of Speech
    In America the majority raises formidable barriers around the liberty of opinion; within these barriers an author may write what he pleases, but woe to him if he goes beyond them.
       Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-59), French social philosopher.
    Democracy in America
    , vol. 1, ch. 15 (1835).

    The Columbia Dictionary of Quotations is licensed from Columbia University Press. Copyright © 1993, 1995 by Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

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    by LNK on Wed Apr 09, 2008 at 10:48:55 PM PDT

    •  I heard Mike Malloy last week... (13+ / 0-)

      ...talking about the subject. He used the first half of his show to discuss Air America, how it started etc. and why he thought management suspended Randi. He had some really interesting background on the people involved in the management area at AA.

      I've listened to Mike for years and he seems like a straight shooter so I don't think he was lying or making any of it up.

      Among the things he said about the management at AA is that they are not progressive types at all and that they're more conservative to right wing. He went on to talk about how AA management has gone out of it's way to drive away or outright fire the actual progressive hosts and replace them with middle of the road to conservative bores (that jives with what I observed over time listening to AA).

      He talked about Randi and said that she was always the "real deal" meaning a grass-roots progressive person and talk show host and AA was kind of looking for a way to get rid of her and her stand up routine was a perfect way for them to do that. He went on to say that AA management is heavy-Hillary-supporters and they wouldn't stand for Randi making rude remarks about Hillary (on her own time even).

      He thinks that AA management is either trying to run AA into the ground or slowly convert it to a moderate-to-conservative talk format.

      Mike never struck me as a phony and he was talking from the heart on this show for sure. He even said that he doubted that Randi would even go back to AA when her "suspension" was over and then he said something like "Who knows? Maybe she'll end up....here...".

      AA is a sad joke. They have eliminated their best hosts and everything Mike said about them seemed about right from my experience of listening to AA since it started.

    •  Who is more honest? (4+ / 0-)
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      Mark Green, who proclaims to all the world his neutrality, and in reality is the biggest Hillary shill I've ever seen, or Randi, who for months told people to vote with their hearts in the primary, and that both our candidates were great until the negativity and math made it so she had to come out for Obama. I have a lot more respect for Randi personally.

  •  Freedom of Speech (1+ / 0-)
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    Constitution of the United States
    Ten Original Amendments: The Bill of Rights

    Amendment I.
    Religious establishment prohibited. Freedom of speech, of the press, and right to petition.
    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

    The World Almanac® and Book of Facts

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    by LNK on Wed Apr 09, 2008 at 10:52:00 PM PDT

    •  It Says Congress, Not Air America. (2+ / 0-)
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      Leo in NJ, MKSinSA

      That 1st Amendment being two centuries and three technological epochs behind of our world, is as dangerous as it is beneficial. Maybe moreso.

      It prescribes a nation where Randi can be freely prevented from reaching more than a percent or two of the population. Randi, Hartmann, justice and reason.

      Great concept, appallingly dangerous implementation for our world.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Thu Apr 10, 2008 at 12:20:35 AM PDT

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      •  Freedom of the Press is for owners of (0+ / 0-)

        printing press, always was. Those of us further down the hierarchy are always involved in struggle.

        Media ownership, FCC rules...evolution of American radio (one of my pet topics, having been involved in trying to buy a station and to save another one.....)..........

        Join the media reform effort:

        http://www.stopbigmedia.com

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        by LNK on Thu Apr 10, 2008 at 12:37:12 PM PDT

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  •  I'm glad Randi landed on her feet (11+ / 0-)

    and will be back on the air in NoCal--but what about the rest of the country?

  •  mark green is a tool (6+ / 0-)

    his family bought him the network because he is a washed up politician and owning aar put him back in the press and on the talking heads circuit. he has destroyed the programing on the station.

    To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men~~ Abraham Lincoln

    by Tanya on Thu Apr 10, 2008 at 12:33:38 AM PDT

  •  All the good shows on air america are gone (1+ / 0-)
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    Rhandi Rhodes represented what was right about Air America.  Except for Rachel Madow their programming is horrible and I will just stop listening.  Hillary Clinton was allowed by the owners of Air America to get rid of Rhandi.  Their programming now is horrible.  Tom Hartman who also was pro Obama  is gone.  I guess Hillary has the democratic party so BOUGHT, that she has been given the right to launch racial attacks and then all is fair.  Air America had two sets of standards.  I used to listen to their programming over six hours a day.  Now I don't listen anymore. Most of my friends have stopped listening. Great job Hillary!!

    OWNERS OF AIR AMERICA. YOU BLEW IT!

  •  Start calling the advertisers of Programs! (1+ / 0-)
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  •  I think she will be on Monday Green 960 (1+ / 0-)
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    One of the first things I would like to hear her do is lay into Ferraro.  

  •  There is more to this story than they are (0+ / 0-)

    even saying - Randi has gone synicate for a while.  She has signed up with AM 1500/FM 1750 - out of the DC area - which as all kinds of right wing talk show host on to include freakin Glen Beck.

    She probably had it in her contract to fly and do things on her own -

    That being said - a suspension is not a firing - and quite frankly - management and owners have the right to put expectations on individuals who present a public face of the organization.

    Like it or not - Randi Rhodes is identified with the Brand AAR everywhere she goes.

    Before: "America Rising" - John Edwards we are with you. - After - Not This Time - Barack Obama we are with you!

    by totallynext on Thu Apr 10, 2008 at 05:02:36 AM PDT

  •  I can hardly wait for Sam Seder to (0+ / 0-)

    be in her spot.  Face it - randi has turned into a bitchy person.  There is nothing worse than her thinking that she is the only one that is right.

    Before: "America Rising" - John Edwards we are with you. - After - Not This Time - Barack Obama we are with you!

    by totallynext on Thu Apr 10, 2008 at 05:04:12 AM PDT

  •  Hmn! (0+ / 0-)

    So, let me get this straight; she built AA therefore must be over everybody, huh?  Do you believe that (obviously you didn't say that) or are you blinded by partisanship?  I do not believe Randi Rhodes should've been suspended.  Although I do not agree with her talking points, I have to admit she was doing a stand up comedy where she should've had her freedom of speech.  However to insinuate that shouldn't have been let go because she built Air America is somewhat silly.  They felt that they had to take action and they did although I disagree with their stance.  Perhaps Randi Rhodes should've thought about the fact that she represents AA.  It's a wonder how people are losing their reasoning this political season.  I know this is supposed to be a partisan website, but aren't there any independent thinkers here?  I would love to read some balance posts regardless of their leanings.  Can't people say or stand up for the right thing even if it's against your candidate or against those who support your candidate?

  •  Free speech (0+ / 0-)

    You have a right to free speech in that the GOVERNMENT cannot interfere with your right to free expression, but you do not have the right to say whatever you want, whenever you want, without consequences.

    I don't blog about the pharmaceutical industry because I work in the area of health research and I have to pay the bills.

    I have heard that Randi's contract is up April 24 anyway.  I know that she has not been happy with AAR management for quite some time.  It may very well be that she decided, "Damn the torpedoes" and went ahead and said what she wanted to speed along a separation from AAR.

    That said, it's so clear that AAR has botched the running of the network since day one.  After listening to Marc Maron subbing for Malloy for two nights, and listening to Sam subbing for Randi, I marvel at the kind of community these two guys have built, not even through any effort to do so, but just because they created an audience that BONDED WITH THEM AS PEOPLE and as radio personalities.  How many people have had radio shows that last a year and a half -- and two years later, when they sub for another host, their original callers are still calling in?

    Marc and Sam have been so shafted by AAR; one wonders why no one else (*cough* Drobnys/NovaM cough) has grabbed them.

    It may be that the advertiser/profit model never was right for progressive radio, or that corporate interests have stood in the way of progressive radio gaining critical mass.  But AAR's original programming, for all that it had a seat-of-the-pants quality, was so new and so fresh and so memorable, we'll never see its like again.

    http://brilliantatbreakfast.blogspot.com Stomping monsters since 2004

    by hackwriter on Thu Apr 10, 2008 at 07:52:10 AM PDT

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