Sunday night, Air America host Randi Rhodes was injured while out walking her dog. Her associate Jon Elliott reported on the air that she was mugged and beaten up. He speculated that it was a hate crime perpetrated by right wingers. The Talking Radio blog posted about it and ran with the conspiracy idea. They blamed everyone but W and Halliburton.
It has now come out from her lawyer that she was not mugged but that she fell. No police reports were filed, no conspiracy.
What pisses me off was the rush to judgement by her associate and the posters on the Democratic Underground site. According to their view there was no other possible explanation for her injuries besides a mugging, preferably by someone wearing a Bill O’Reilly t-shirt.
I know this happens on all sides of the political spectrum and it’s bullshit. Knee-jerk reactions from radio hosts/bloggers/talking heads when something happens that offends their finely cultivated sensibilities are pathetic. A Democrat proposes healthcare reform? It’s a commie plot! A black dancer accuses frat boys of rape? They must be guilty because they are white!
I’m sick of this shit. The world moves so fucking fast that everyone wants to break the news first and to hell with the facts. “Damn the cites and full speed ahead!”
Let’s find out all the facts before we tar and feather someone.
Besides, if it ever gets too slow, one could always start a thread about declawing cats, why circumcision should be mandatory, or movement to repeal the 2nd Amendment to the US Constitution. Those would be fun for days!
Wouldn’t mugging an Air America host for money be a waste of time? So would beating her up for political reason–I mean, who would notice?
And we can be sure it wasn’t Randy Rhodes who attacked Randi Rhodes. They’d never find her body if he had. We all know he was quite the axman. Lizard, who believes cats should all be declawed, foreskins are evil, everyone should own a gun, and that puppies make a fine stew.