I've already argued persuasively that Randi Rhodes is an embarrassment to progressives. Now I'm running out of adjectives. What's worse than "embarrassment"? Words fail me.
Yesterday I opted to test my teeth-gritting ability and tuned to Portland's Air America station, KPOJ, while she was on. I heard some amazing news: Dick Cheney said they have lawyers looking into whether the 22nd Amendment is inoperative, and George Bush could run for a third term.
Wow! What a scoop. That was the first I'd heard about this astounding revelation. Rhodes went on to express her outrage about how the administration was set on making the country into a never-ending Bush monarchy.
I took her seriously, because she was talking that way. So did other listeners, naturally, some of whom posted excited comments on the Randi Rhodes message board.
The top of the hour came. Time for Air America news. "Wonder what they'll say about the Cheney story?" I thought.
Answer: nothing. Because this was an April Fool's Day joke, a hoax that the perpetrator observed keeps on hoaxing. A fact that Randi Rhodes belatedly recognized on her show.
How did she deal with the ridiculous misinformation she spouted over the public airwaves? Not by apologizing, but by saying, "The fact that this is something we could have believed about Cheney shows how little credibility he has." (words to that effect, at least; I'm going by memory here).
Randi, as difficult as it is to surpass Dick Cheney in the lack of credibility department, you did that yesterday. Like you do most days I listen to you. You shoot from the lip in a seriously misinformed fashion just as badly as Michael Savage, Rush Limbaugh, and other right-wing wacko talk show hosts do.
Get off Air America, please.
All you're doing is preaching to the faithful who excuse your misstatements because they like your passionate style. I respect your passion also, but not your propensity to say whatever pops into your head, regardless of its truth content.
That's just what George Bush and Dick Cheney do. You're not helping the progressive cause by acting just like them.