Randi Rhodes was mugged on Sunday night on 39th Street and Park Ave, nearby her Manhattan apartment, while she was walking her dog Simon.
According to Air America Radio late night host Jon Elliott, Rhodes was beaten up pretty badly, losing several teeth and will probably be off the air for at least the rest of the week. At of late Monday night we have not able to locate any press accounts of the attack and nothing has been posted on the AAR website.
I am shocked to learn that Air America is still around.
Ha! I keed. I keed.
Several liberal blogs, including the Randi Rhodes Message Board and Democratic Underground have logged numerous posts on the Rhodes mugging with most of the posters expressing concern about the condition of the popular lib talker.
Hmm. Let' see how many comments there are on the DU thread before someone speculates that a neocon cabal attacked her...
Oh wait - I should have kept reading. Apparently the the drooling mob at DU wasn't the first across the breach:
Elliott was extremely agitated when he reported on the incident. He opened his show by saying "it is with sadness that tonight I inform you that my Air America colleague Randi Rhodes was assaulted last night while walking her dog near her New York City home."
Pointing out that Rhodes was wearing a jogging suit and displayed no purse or jewelry, Elliott speculated that "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," he asked. "Are we threatening them. Are they afraid that we're winning. Are they trying to silence intimidate us."
Yow! You got us Jon! A sparsely-listened-to unhinged talk show host that almost nobody knows of posed a clear and present danger to our diabolical plot to take over the world and impose a neocon theocracy.
On behalf of all of us in the Right-Wing Nutso Trilateral Commission, I promise that from now on, we will restrict our tactics to intellectual thugishness (like having 12 year-olds and mothers of dead soldiers deliver our communiques, context-stripped slanders of public figures, and so on...) and renounce violent physical thugishness to silence our critics of whom most of us were heretofore unaware.
(Seriously: KAR wishes Ms. Rhodes all the best and offers our sincere hope that the scuzball who assaulted her is apprehended and hung by his extremely small penis.)