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Barack & Randi, Cozy As Can Be [Three Updates -- Third from Larry Johnson]

This is a screenshot of THE “sold-out” Green360 event in San Francisco at which Randi Rhodes uttered those disgusting remarks. It was an event apparently fully SANCTIONED by the Obama campaign as a fundraiser. It is on his official site. This is the very event where the utterly disgraced Randi Rhodes, now suspended indefinitely from Air America Radio, uttered the vulgar and hostile remarks about Geraldine Ferraro and Hillary Clinton.

Barack Obama condemned Don Imus, and demanded his firing. (But he won’t condemn his 20-year pastor.) Will he condemn Randi Rhodes, and demand her firing? Maybe not. After all, she spent every minute of every day of her show touting him, and dissing Hillary in the most disgusting ways possible. Click on the image to see the full view.

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OF NOTE: It was here at No Quarter that people first saw the video that brought Randi Rhodes down for her disgusting behavior, thanks to our very own video expert C.S. putting the video up on YouTube.

C.S. has called the campaign to see if they will repudiate this:

Here’s a photo for you of the Barack Obama website advertising this campaign “Evening with Randi Rhodes”

I also called the campaign and asked him to “repudiate” these comments and to “speak out against sexism”.

The lady on the phone was a bit upset to hear about this.

By the way, C.S.’s video has had 180,000 hits, and is ranked #2 at YouTube.

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UPDATE 1: Here is the link a new site with info on Rhodes: Obama Stole My Vote.

UPDATE 2: Nashville Talking has an excellent story on the Obama fundraiser at which Rhodes spoke: “Randi Rhodes Suspended For Remarks At Obama Event.”

UPDATE 3: (From Larry Johnson). I take no delight in the heat Randi is feeling, but what would we be saying if Sean Hannity or Rush Limbaugh or any other rightwing radio personality appeared at an unofficial event and referred to Barack Obama as a “nigger”. Just writing the word is radioactive. Well boys and girls, as someone who has been married for thirty plus years let me assure you that a woman does not like being called a “whore”. This is an equally radioactive word. And Randi knows better.

I worry that Randi may be suffering a form of post-traumatic stress syndrome following  her mugging last year. I have been a guest several times on Randi’s show. Since I started advocating for Hillary I have become persona non grata among the progressive women radio personalities–Randi, Rachel Maddow, and Stephanie Miller. I have had the pleasure of meeting and chatting at length with each of these ladies. I found them delightful. But they, better than anyone else, should understand the misogynistic culture in America that encourages men to refer to women as whores, or cunts, or bitches. Those words are meant to dehumanize women and are similar in intent to the various vile terms used to deman African Americans.

Randi calling Geraldine Ferraro and Hillary Clinton “whores” is way out of line.  And I think the punishment is appropriate.  Randi, Geraldine and Hillary are accomplished, professional women and merit respect.  Unfortunately for Randi, she has tarnished her reputation.  I would simply encourage fans of Hillary to not engage in the same conduct in talking about Randi or any of her progressive radio show colleagues. They may be wrong, but calling them equally vile names does nothing to advance the argument that Hillary is a viable candidate and a classy lady.

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  • http://journals.democraticunderground.com/krkaufman plooger

    So all the NoQ gang has to offer are over-the-top character attacks, and nary a defense or even mention of Larry Johnson’s hypocrisy on the issue, the point of the prior post.

    In brief….* ‘whore’ has more meanings than the one that is giving everyone fits, all of which I included in the previous post, highlighting the definition which Rhodes demonstrably intended; no skipping or filtering was done.
    * ‘whore’ may have some exceedingly derogatory connotations, but LJ is a tad hypocritical to be lecturing others on the matter, given his use of the term.
    * Not everyone is expected to rise-up in defense of RR’s rights, but LJ is mighty hypocritical for failing to practice what he preached over on dKos, railing on others for their suppression of speech.
    How did a post on the hypocrisy of Larry Johnson become a post on the wonders of Barack Obama? Ya think maybe ya’ll are a few cappucinos over today’s recommended daily allowance?

    How much more of this belligerence are we going to stomach. I do not recall so much vermon spewd by a candidates supporters. (sic)

    NQ, heal thyself. Aside from my less-than-friendly interpretation of ‘whore’, exactly where in my post did I anywhere near approach the “belligerence” or “venom spewed”(?) by NQ’s home-court commenters.

    p.s. Second only to the “paid trolls” comment, this was my favorite…

    This is evidence of the anger, hatred and incomprehensible infatuation that the leftists in our country are displaying towards Obama.

    Wow, them Obamatons sure are a mixed-up bunch, directing their “anger, hatred and infatuation” at Obama. ;) Before the next rant, try some deep breathing.

  • wanda

    This is evidence of the anger, hatred and incomprehensible infatuation that the leftists in our country are displaying towards Obama.

    How much more of this belligerence are we going to stomach. I do not recall so much vermon spewd by a candidates supporters. Can you imagine if this guy loses? Is this their way of having us belief in this guy? I find it a very disconcerting trend. This country seems more divided now than I can remember. Thanks to the Obamamaniacs. I am hoping that Americans in the states that remain to cast their votes take this into consideration and send the DNC a message that their preordained candidate will not do. American voices will be heard!!!!

  • flyarm

    Well well, I just read through all the comments, and it does seem as though Team Obama is rather nervous about this story, and that the masses may get to see this Randi Rhodes disgraceful display..You always know when they are nervous about stuff getting out about what Obama’s surrogates are doing and saying, because they send their paid trolls in like a pile of red ants to try to dispell the subject with hyperbole.
    Like I stated the other day..they are like the old bushbots of 2000and 2001..I wonder though , did they train with the bushbots..is there a bushbot school these Obama trolls are going to ?..if so..they should get a failing garde, they are way too obvious, and their excuses too lame.

    People i know in the industry of Radio and TV have said if they ever said what Randi did , they would never work again..they would be off the air for good!

    There are no excuses bushbots, I… mean… obamabots..
    Behavior like this is usually spelled out very clearly in ones contract…well that is , it is with major networks.
    Even Obamaedshultz has now turned back to volumne…

    Oh and if you think people haven’t noticed what is going on with the media…and the obamabots…even my very republican best friends have said ..it is disgusting,and if they had thoughts about looking into Obama, the way the media has genuflected and groveled and debased for Obama, ..they know ..something is seriously wrong when the media kisses one candidates ass exclusively! They are laughing their butts off at we dems..
    how sad when this is that important ..

  • http://journals.democraticunderground.com/krkaufman plooger

    Coward. Can’t sign your post, eh? You’re in good company, here. And was a billion iterations of my username supposed to somehow intimidate me? What a tool.

    As for your comments of substance that I was able to find within your rather off-meds rant…

    There’s a difference of substance between the terms “media whore” and “fucking whore” … I don’t see how ANYONE can defend Randi Rhodes–her words were disgraceful, and she was wrong to say them.

    Re: “fucking whore”… I would agree, absent any context; but since the phrase was spewed by Rhodes in the middle of a political rant, and while giving examples of how she felt both Ferraro and Clinton had demonstrated this political trait, sufficient context exists to make her meaning clear. And, given the obvious political context of ‘whore’ in Randi’s comments, however shocking to the senses, one might have expected the Larry Johnson of Valentine’s Day, 2008 to defend Randi’s right to speak her political opinion, rather than participating in a purge and a rather pitiable attempt to smear the opposition candidate via distortions and outright fabrications.

    But Clinton supporters, such as those on NQ, are evidently on a witchhunt against anyone who dares to be critical of the Clinton campaign, and Randi’s demonization as part of this effort has been unfortunate*, though instructional. Larry Johnson has been entertainingly hypocritical on this issue, in particular, as demonstrated above.

    As for my support of Obama, it’s soft, at best — what with my preferred candidate never entering the race and my backup suspending his campaign — and is mostly driven by Clinton campaign tactics since the third-place thumping they took in Iowa, after which they began dialing-up the negativity and distortions. However, I’ve long-since acclimated to the idea of the Clinton campaign stealing the nomination, and have begun to hope for it — because whatever certainty you may have regarding Obama’s inability to win in November, I am equally certain that Hillary cannot win. I have begun to look forward to her thumping in the GE, in which I would vote for her, as the necessary enema to which the Democratic Party must submit to flush itself of DLC/Clinton/corporate influence.

    * When I say “unfortunate,” above, I’m referring to the fascist nature of the supposedly NQ effort to purge Rhodes. Personally, I find Randi to be a bit too Randi-centric, abrasive and entirely too abusive of her callers, negating whatever educational value one might gain from suffering through her show, so the only time I listen to her program is when it’s being guest-hosted by Sammy — and Randi’s suspension has provided some much-needed weekday Seder. That said, I hope Randi is back on-air soon, and speaking her mind — and blowing yours.

  • http://journals.democraticunderground.com/krkaufman plooger

    (apologies if my last comment posted twice)

  • KR Kaufmann

    Plooger has had too much of the Kool Aid I see! A hard-drinking member of Team Obama! One of those Democrats who will forsake their principles in support of their King!

    Yet another “so-called” Democrat who excuses gutter and offensive language, simply because it was spoken in support of Saint Barack. A “situational” Democrat. A fake. A phony. A sexist. And a truth stretcher, too!

    There’s a difference of substance between the terms “media whore” and “fucking whore” but oh, that sure doesn’t matter…not when we’re talking about Saint Barack’s friends.

    Obama can do no wrong, he can associate with thieves, scumbags, fools, and loudmouthed substance abusers, but we must not point out any of his failings, any of his weaknesses, or any of his character flaws–because he IS Saint Barack! And that goes double for his trash talking buddies!

    I don’t see how ANYONE can defend Randi Rhodes–her words were disgraceful, and she was wrong to say them. But oh, I forgot–we’re talking about an acolyte of Saint BARACK, here!

    People like Plooger are really working hard this election season. They’re working hard to see John McCain elected.

    If Saint Barack is chosen in Denver, we’ll have Plooger and friends to thank for four more years of Bush policies. Because the Republicans aren’t going to be polite about Saint Barack–they’re going to confront the cult head on and make mincemeat out of it. Way to go, Plooger! Four More Years!

  • http://journals.democraticunderground.com/krkaufman plooger

    … what would we be saying if …yada… referred to Barack Obama as a “nigger”.

    I’d start by wondering from what racist gutter the speaker had crawled, based on the fact that there is no acceptable usage of that term — which sort of makes your point irrelevant, Larry. Well, it moots your point, but, in fact, raises a new one, that being… What exactly is your motivation for attempting to equate the use of the word “nigger” with the word “whore” — for which there is a gender-neutral meaning that many would ascribe to the behavior of Sen. Clinton, as well as many other politicians?

    whore
    1: a woman who engages in sexual acts for money : prostitute; also : a promiscuous or immoral woman
    2: a male who engages in sexual acts for money
    3: a venal or unscrupulous person

    Are you actually taking the position, however ludicrous, that Randi Rhodes was intimating that Sen. Clinton and former Rep. Ferraro are sexually promiscuous? Might a less hysterical inference be that Randi was stating her opinion that she viewed both of these public, political figures as ‘venal and/or unscrupulous persons’?

    As you well know, the term ‘whore’ is widely used nowadays, to reflect those who are viewed to be taking some action or position based on some current or future quid pro quo (Clarice), and the term has become nearly synonymous with ‘politician’.

    Just writing the word is radioactive. Well boys and girls, as someone who has been married for thirty plus years let me assure you that a woman does not like being called a “whore”. This is an equally radioactive word.

    Then I expect that you spent quite a bit of time on the couch back in Fall 2005, eh, Larry? Or was the Significant Other less put-out by your use of the term?

    Some Repent for Backing Judy Miller
    By Larry Johnson on October 20, 2005

    When Judith Miller went to jail in July I rejoiced because some justice, at least in my eyes, was being visited on a media whore who helped the Bush Administration mix the kool aid that took us to war.

    So the label of ‘whore’ is only acceptable when, exactly, Lar? Only when you use it? Only when applied to your political foes? Would someone who supported “media whore” Judy Miller’s war as a matter of political expedience not be a political whore?You can certainly disagree with Randi’s political assessment of Clinton and Ferraro as whores, as is your right, but going after someone’s livelihood for daring to voice an opinion with which you differ reeks of fascism, and, in your case, just a wee bit hypocritical.

    FUCK KOS
    By Larry Johnson on February 14, 2008
    the pigs began punishing the other farm animals. They assumed the worst traits of the humans they vanquished.

    Well Markos and crowd. Orwell was right. Fuck you people. I won’t post and I won’t read. But most of all, I won’t apologize. I have nothing to apologize for other than making the false assumption that you clowns gave a shit about freedom of expression or liberty. You guys are John Bolton and Dick Cheney in drag. You are welcome to kiss my ass.

    A less whorish person, perhaps the Larry Johnson from this DKos admonition, might have defended Randi Rhodes’ rights, in spite of a conflicting political allegiance, but it seems your candidate addiction controls and overrides your every action — making you a political crack whore, of sorts.

    • kenoshaMarge

      Defend her rights? She had the right to say what she said. People had the right to be offended by what she said. Her employers had the right to suspend her for what she said. See how that works? Everybody got their rights.

      And that whole freedom of speech thing in the first amendment protects us from having the government suspend our freedom of speech. So far as I know, the government hasn’t been involved nor has Ms. Rhodes been shackled and frog-marched off to the gaol.

      And so, why on earth would anyone that thinks Ms. Rhodes is a piece of loud-mouthed trash defend her? No one has infringed upon her right to make an absolute ass of herself. And she took full advantage of that. As did all the tacky people that defend that kind of rhetoric.

      Oh and by the way; when you look things up in the dictionary do you usually bypass the first two definitions of a word and head directly to the 3rd? The most logical understanding of what Rhodes said is

      whore 1: a woman who engages in sexual acts for money : prostitute; also : a promiscuous or immoral woman

      Especially when preceded by the word “fu*king”? Thus we are supposed to actually believe that what Rhodes meant was a “fu*king venal or unscrupulous person”? Even for an Obamapologist that’s some corkscrew thinking.

  • sari in santa cruz

    I’m an Obama supporter who is horrified by what Randi said and did and equally horrified at the audience cheering. Just so you know, we are not all robots or misogynists. I don’t believe Obama endorsed this event, but I also don’t think he should profit from it. I think he should make a statement condemning it and contribute the money elsewhere. I just want you to know Obama’s supporters are not all one way. I do not hate Hillary. I respect her. And most of the Obama supporters I know feel as I do. It’s just that the young fanatical ones make the most noise online. I find them over the top, too, just as I find many Hillary supporters. How about a dialogue between those of us who are more mature and don’t think online warfare will get us anywhere.

    • Northwest rain

      Sorry I can’t trust you guys.

      This is the concerned troll mode.

      Obama is not going to be the President. He will lose if he is the democratic nominee.

      So there isn’t anything to discuss — except count the FL and MI votes and throw out the caucus votes.

  • http://www.nashvilleistalking.com Christian Grantham

    The Obama campaign has responded to this story:

    http://www.nashvilleistalking.com/node/31505

    • http://hyper-educated-uppity-woman.blogspot.com Uppity

      Sorry but what is on the Obama site is not what appeared before a video went viral. Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on who you are, that original page was captured here

      http://noquarterusa.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/barackrhodes.jpg

      • http://hyper-educated-uppity-woman.blogspot.com Uppity

        See we caught on to the bait and switches on his site. Kind of like how the Black Panthers link goes up and then comes down and then goes up again, depending on the weather out there.

  • Barb

    Stephanie dumped the Spy Guy! I didn’t know that because I haven’t been able to listen since Stephanie dove into the Obama tank. But – I used to love that show and really, really loved it when Larry was on!
    Depressing

  • Jack

    FYI – Your link to

    http://obamastolemyvote.com

    in update one is broken.

    Thanks for the story!

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  • http://www.clydestuff.blogspot.com clyde

    I had the video on my blog also. Some woman or girl left a comment to the effect that since Randi was doing stand up she didn’t see anything wrong with it.

    I decided to try and make a point. I replied, “If I have to tell you what’s wrong with it, then there’s no hope for you, you – (and at this point I used the same terminology towards her as Randi had about Hilary). But then I added, now do you see what’s wrong with it, and now do you get my point and why it disgusts me?

    But the more I thought about it, the more I hated the fact that I had used those words towards someone even if it was to make a point about how awful those words are when directed at someone. For any reason. So I ended up just deleting her comment and mine. But like I said, if you don’t understand it, then there’s no hope for you. And the fact that so many find this acceptable, so many who proclaim themselves to be liberal or progessive tells you the depths to which the Obamabots have sunken.

  • american sawbuck

    Randi Rhodes’s hateful performance pushed me over the top.
    After 46 years as a Democrat I marched into my City Hall today and became a proud Independent.
    If Hillary is out of the race I will vote for the Republican. I have never voted for anyone but a Democrat. I cannot vote for Obama and his hate filled robots.My brain keeps telling me Obama is evil.
    My heart keeps saying “RISE HILLARY RISE”

  • grtphoto

    I decided to listen in today since Sam was filling in and low and behold, callers agree with Randi! I stopped listening to all AAR long ago but thought I’d try to catch the sentiment after RR suspension. I was shocked and bewildered that folks think it is OK for her to use her “free speech” in such a way. Of course no one, including Sam, mentioned the fact that this has an Obama link to it, that she was fundraising for him. Janeane Garafalo called in to say how disgraceful the event was and even said that it isn’t RR fault that their was a video of her! I cannot figure out this hate for Clinton; that fellow females are allowing this name calling. Maybe Randi is dealing with her own guilt of being a hypocrite; she heavily criticized BO before it was a 2 person race.