Liberals have a lot of problems with what they hear on right-wing talk radio. They find it ignorant, loudmouthed, demagogic, and prone to wild plunges into unfounded conspiracy theories.
So it's a good thing we have liberal talk radio networks like Air America, where hosts would never debase the lofty standards of discourse by... Oh, wait. That's right. The Randi Rhodes thing.
Rhodes, an Air America host, was mysteriously hurt last week when she reportedly lost a few teeth in a meeting with the pavement. Fellow host Jon Elliott, unable to protect her, leapt into action in his own way, informing his audience "with sadness" that Rhodes "was assaulted" while walking her dog in her Manhattan neighborhood, which is really too rich of a place for a good liberal to live anyway.
Elliott put on his detective hat, musing on air, "This does not appear to me to be a standard grab-the-money-and-run mugging. Is this an attempt by the right-wing hate machine to silence one of our own? Are we threatening them? Are they afraid we're winning?"
No Jon. It turns out that Rhodes just fell down and hit her head without any right-wing help. Elliott issued a tepid retraction, but one senses that he is just waiting for the next time he stubs his toe to blame the lurking troops of hate once again. Maybe radio hosts - not politics - are the problem.
3. On the right track