Randi Rhodes is the host of Air America’s afternoon drive-time talk show (3-7 pm EST). Although I generally prefer NPR to Air America when it’s on, I left work early for “personal reasons” so I got to listen to a lot of Randi. (I would have listened to Fresh Air, but they were interviewing a musician, and musicians, while nice enough as a group, rarely express themselves nearly as well via speech as they do through music – that is, they’re dull.)
As a person with generally liberal views, I don’t have much problem with Rhodes’ politics. It’s the way she expresses herself. She was talking about the fact that Rove had been outed as the Plame leaker, and about half of what she said was incoherent sputtering. It was all “Whaaa …” and "I mean … I can’t … how can they … this is so … there are no words … unbelievable … what the … "
Every last thing she said which could be described as a sentence, which contained a thought or at least a fragment of a thought, was bracketed with this gibberish. It really downgraded the content of what she did say. There was one interesting portion of the show in which she read verbatim an account that has been posted on the Net by a former CIA agent who states definitely that Plame was an undercover op. The sputtering was greatly suppressed during this portion of the show, but afterward it returned, an almost indistinguishable white noise of outraged sounds.
Speaking purely as a listener, I found the show boring and frustrating. When Rhodes did squeeze out some coherent thoughts and observations, she seemed all right, but all that sputtering made her sound really, really, really
Not the impression I think Air America wants to make. Now, I’m as outraged as the next person by the things the Bush Administration has done, if not more so, but if you want to get others to share that outrage you have to actually speak and form sentences. It’s not too much to ask of a talk show host, is it?