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Randi Rhodes was the first host I ever heard on Air America Radio when it started up in 2004. I was looking for The O'Franken Factor, Al Franken's radio show, as that was the only show I'd heard of. Instead I found this brassy woman with a New Yawk honk, and--often to the dismay of my co-workers, I've been hooked ever since. Now on Nova M Radio, Randi is smart, opinionated, and tenacious. And occasionally she gets herself in trouble.
Over the last couple of years, she has related--in small bits--some of her situation with a lawsuit by a military contractor. She said some negative stuff about them, as political radio hosts are wont to do, and they sued her. Whatever you've heard about her, Randi is not like the right-wing blowholes you've heard from the right. She's meticulously prepared for her show, with sources, notes, the lot. She often assigns her listeners "homework," and insists that they not believe a word she--or any other AM radio host--says. Look it up. Do your homework. That's her mantra. And her saving grace.
Federal appeals court rules for Air America host who criticized Abu Ghraib contractor
A federal appeals court says a radio talk show host's criticism of a U.S. government contractor at the infamous Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq was protected by the First Amendment.
A three-judge panel of the Richmond-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today unanimously rejected CACI International's defamation lawsuit against the talk radio network Air America and one of its hosts, Randi Rhodes. . .
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