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FOX and Friends takes Randi Rhodes story a step further

Reported by Chrish - October 18, 2007 -

Only minimally concerned about injuries sustained by the liberal talk-radio host, this morning 10/18/07 the FOX Friends zeroed in on the question raised by her colleague, Jon Elliott, about whether she was the victim of a far-right hate crime? Elliott, unlike FOX colleague Bill O'Reilly, has quickly apologized for his remark: "I shouldn't have speculated based on hearsay that Randi Rhodes had been mugged and that it may have been an attack from a right-wing hate machine. I apologize for jumping to conclusions."
With video.

After a few gratuitous slaps at Air America, the Friends took their own speculative shots, referencing the New York Post's reporting (based on "an anonymous contributor to Gawker.com") who "said Rhodes fell after drinking 14 Bloody Mary's at a Midtown Irish pub."

The Friends failed to mention the incestuous "you lie and I'll swear to it" relationship with the News Corp. owned tabloid. In this manner they furthered an anonymous smear with no facts behind it, elevating it from a small blog to a major (albeit tabloid) newspaper to an international "news" program. The right-wing smear machine, in action.

The Friends discussed why the media watchdogs have not jumped on Elliott's comment (which was not put forth as a statement but rather as a Cavuto-esque question), but as Ellen pointed out last night, MediaMatters is in the business of exposing "conservative misinformation." But even the right-wing MRC did not find Elliott's initial comment, nor his apology, worthy of mention.

Sometimes it's just the little things like this that prove beyond a reasonable doubt the bias rampant in this so-called "fair and balanced news" network. That they couldn't just cleanly report the incident, wish her well, and move on just exposes their hate and agenda-driven drivel for what it is. They don't even pretend on this show to be even-handed - their's are three voices speaking as one.

We wish Ms. Rhodes a speedy and full recovery, and when she feels up to it, maybe she'll look into this deliberate and unfounded attack.