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Randi Rhodes wasn’t mugged, Air America credibility plunges to NYTimes stock-level depths

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By Michelle Malkin  •  October 16, 2007 01:38 PM

Update 10:45pm Eastern. I’m thinking of selling these. Whaddya think:

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And the logo on the back:

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Update 8:30pm Eastern. “It was the brownshirts!”

Lord, what fools these moonbats be.

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The real story:

Air America radio host Randi Rhodes is temporarily off the air, but claims she was brutally attacked near her Manhattan apartment are bogus, her lawyer and a police source said today.

Fellow host Jon Elliott claimed on the liberal radio network that Rhodes had been mugged while walking her dog, Simon, on Sunday night. Elliot, who said Rhodes lost several teeth in the attack, waxed about a possible conspiracy.

“Is this an attempt by the right-wing, hate machine to silence one of our own?” he asked on the air, according to Talking Radio, a blog. “Are we threatening them? Are they afraid that we’re winning? Are they trying to silence intimidate us?”

A police source said Rhodes never filed a report and never claimed to be the victim of a mugging. 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.”

The nutroots are sorely disappointed. But the truth isn’t likely to stop them from believing that it’s the Reich-wing’s fault.

Rush Limbaugh tripped her! Ann Coulter silenced her! Karl Rove poisoned her dog!

Newsday: Talk show host apologizes for faulty report of NYC mugging…

Air America released a statement saying that “the reports of a presumed hate crime are unfounded.” Elliott followed that up with a retraction.

“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 based on an emotional reaction,” he said in a written statement.

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It was my fault!

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Ed Morrissey is amused: “Another Liberal Fantasy Hits Hard Reality.”

Radio Equalizer Brian Maloney takes a step back and traces the anatomy of the non-mugging on the Internet.

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Here’s a screenshot of the left-wing blog that disseminated the “hate crime” rumors (click for full-size):

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A sample of Daily Kos diatribes:

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