According to Randi Rhodes herself, she was at an Irish pub watching football. She went outside to smoke a cigarette, and she fell (or was pushed or was bumped into). To explain her absence to Air America Radio, she sent her boss an email saying that “I had been mugged and that my teeth were smashed and that I needed to go to the dentist first thing.”
Now, from what I’ve heard about Randi Rhodes, she’s pretty notorious for being a heavy drinker…and from what she said: “I hadn’t eaten anything all day.” Add some heavy drinking to that, and you’ve got a pretty good recipe for a nasty fall.
On her show, she stated that “I don’t know how or why the story grew into me being brutally beaten…”
How about the Left’s paranoia? After all, most liberals seem to think that just because George W. Bush wants to listen to terrorists’ phone conversations, he’s going to bug their phones, as well.
There have been a few incidents of violence against Lefty talk radio, but all in all they have been few and far between. There have been death threats against Lefty talk radio hosts, but there are at least as many death threats against conservative talk show hosts.
Occam’s Razor still applies: “All things being equal, the simplest solution tends to be the right one.” It’s much more likely that Randi Rhodes had too much to drink on an empty stomach, and that this was the instigator of her fall than that she was attacked by the so-called “Right-wing hate machine.”
All in all, it seems that this whole incident was a comedy of errors, with most of the fault laying with Randi Rhodes herself for providing Air America with so little information, along with John Elliot, for letting his imagination run more than a little too wild.