Randi Rhodes Mugging Story
The hot story around the blogosphere today is the alleged mugging and beating of Air America’s Randi Rhodes. After several hours of hyperbolic venting about an “attempt by the right-wing, hate machine to silence one of our own,” her own staff reports that she wasn’t mugged at all but “was injured in a fall while walking her dog.” This, naturally, has led to hyperbolic venting on the right wing blogs about the left wing smear machine’s rush to judgment. (I should note that quite a few, on both sides, merely wished Rhodes a speedy recovery and cautioned that we should wait for me details before flying off the handle.)
I didn’t bother to post on the story when it broke earlier because Rhodes isn’t a household name and speculating about the perpetrator in a vacuum seemed pointless. Saying that I wished her a speedy recovery, while true, seemed incredibly trite since I was previously aware of her existence only because she is constantly mentioned in press accounts about Air America.
That it now seems that Rhodes was merely the victim of an accident (she says “she’s not sure what happened”) is a cautionary tale about getting ahead of the facts, certainly, but hardly an indicator of a tendency peculiar to the Left; I suspect we’d have seen the same happen in reverse if Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity had been injured.