Before The Truth Can Get Its Boots On

It was reported by John Elliot of Air America Radio that popular host Randi Rhodes had been “mugged by two men” in NYC. Nothing was taken; it was not a sexual assult.
The story was repeated in the Miami Herald.
Markos Moulitsas cannot be held accountable for the words of all the posters on DailyKos, only the atmosphere he supports. Some of them seemed to read some sort of code into Elliots words.

Probably some Chickenhawk
fucking pussy, draft dodging asshole Republican who’s taking his marching orders from General Ass Pimple….
Limbaugh is the scum of the earth.
Figures they would beat up a girl…it’s all they can handle.
Pussies…
by freeleonardpeltier on Tue Oct 16, 2007 at 10:22:49 AM PDT

At least one nationally known pundit, Bill Press, and one reporter, Matt Drudge, also ran with the story:

Bill Press announced at 8:50 AM
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That indeed she was mugged, and that she’d be off the air for the rest of the week.
Truth. Justice. Freedom
ePluribus Media

by Timroff on Tue Oct 16, 2007 at 05:49:40 AM PDT

By the afternoon, something seemed odd – there didn’t seem to be any press followup.

Let’s DIGG for Randi
I find it revealing that you can’t find anything about this mugging in the following news sources:
-NY Times
-Washington Post
-AP
-UPI
-Reuters
Let’s Digg this story from the Miami Herald to get some attention to this in the MSM.
Click here to DIGG FOR RANDI. Digg member can go to the page on digg and digg the story to drive up visibility.
Illustrate your opinion…Steal these pics
by Duke S on Tue Oct 16, 2007 at 09:54:35 AM PDT

Searching continued.

What’s a better News search?
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then just searching google and google news and blogs?
Anyone have a Nexis search or super powers?
542 days
by ZappoDave on Tue Oct 16, 2007 at 12:02:57 AM PDT

… and grew more desperate.

I don’t see anything else, either.
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It’s been discussed on her message board, but, no new details.
Fight for peace.
by operculum on Tue Oct 16, 2007 at 12:14:56 AM PDT

Could the story be… unraveling?

I followed a link from Rhodes’ forum (the forum linked from this diary) to the Daily News story that actually investigated the facts:

Cops from Manhattan’s 17th Precinct called her attorney, who told them Rhodes was not a victim of a crime, the source said.
Rhodes’ lawyer told the Daily News she was injured in a fall while walking her dog. He said she’s not sure what happened, and only knows that she fell down and is in a lot of pain. The lawyer said Rhodes expects to be back on the air Thursday. He stressed there is no indication she was targeted or that she was the victim of a “hate crime.”

Evidently her fellow Air America host John Elliot got it all wrong, too, when he announced a wrong version of this story on the air.

This story is like a Rorshach test: telling us about our expectations of violence against a liberal media figure, but nothing about the event itself.
“When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.” – HST
by DocGonzo on Tue Oct 16, 2007 at 10:17:26 AM PDT

Some, appararently, didn’t want to hear it:

I don’t care…
i stand by my statement about Republican, Chickenhawk pussies…
They have no backbone…they follow General Ass Pimple…
by freeleonardpeltier on Tue Oct 16, 2007 at 10:39:06 AM PDT

Well, some seemed to understand that all was not as it seemed.

Wonder why they call us moonbats?
Dozens of recs for wild speculation that this was politically motivated, then it turns out that there wasn’t even a crime.
Get well soon Randi, whatever happened.
What did you do with the cash Joe?
by roguetrader2000 on Tue Oct 16, 2007 at 10:39:30 AM PDT

But our friend, the Leonard Peltier fan, would not be disuaded.

So they can say whatever crazy shit..
they want…yet we’re crazy when we respond?
I’m tired of these Nazis…it’s time to stand up to them people.
If not over this incident, then the millions of others that they perpetuate…
by freeleonardpeltier on Tue Oct 16, 2007 at 10:44:21 AM PDT

I’m just sayin’.

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