Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Not a Joke

Drudge reports today that Air America's Randi Rhodes show is being investigated by the Secret Service for airing a sarcastic piece about Social Security in which a character seems to shoot at the President.

I'm all for comedy, but this is ridiculous. All told, I think Air America's done very well and provides a worthwhile service and quality entertainment; I often listen to Franken during the day.

But this goes too far for two reasons: 1) because it's distasteful to all but the most radical and possibly illegal; and 2) because this kind of pushing the envelope invites negative publicity fueled by those who would use the incident to debase the whole network. Air America thereby shoots itself in the foot, then hands the gun to the Right, who shoots it in the stomach. (Pardon the gun analogy, but I'm stuck with it after reading Drudge's piece.) I'm bracing for the commentary that will follow in the next few days.

(And all this for a social security skit?)

Rhodes and Air America need to remain civil despite their contempt for the President and his policies.


Blogger The Accipiter said...

Update: Rhodes has apologized, saying Air America put the skit together and she didn't hear it before it aired. Not sure where that leaves them. . . .

11:25 AM  

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