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Calling All Outrage Specialists: You've Attacked Bill Bennett, Now Go After Randi Rhodes
NewsBusters ^ | October 12, 2005 | Greg Sheffield

Posted on 10/12/2005 9:20:43 AM PDT by West Coast Conservative

When Media Matters took out of context a statement Bill Bennett made on his radio show, the mainstream media were more than willing to comply and show outrage over his remarks.

But another radio host made comments even more explosive, and even elicited a response from the Jewish Anti-Defamation League.

NewsBusters contributor David Pierre noted that on Sept. 21, Air America host Randi Rhodes compared the evacuation of refugees in New Orleans to the Nazi transportation of Jews to concentration camps.

A caller was troubled that when they bused people out of the Superdome, they "wouldn't tell them where they were going." Rhodes responded that it "reminds me of a little visit I made to the Holocaust Museum, and I saw these cattle cars." She added, "So, what are you supposed to do? Just do a 'faith-based evacuation'? 'I'm sure he wouldn't send me to Auschwitz,'" Rhodes said, mimicking a New Orleans resident.

Rhodes continued.

"People were taken one place. Their children were taken another place. THIS IS SO MUCH LIKE THE HOLOCAUST. I can't even -- You know, it's like, you're not supposed to forget the Holocaust so that it can't happen again. And here you have people being loaded onto transportation vehicles, not being told where they're going, and their children are being taken someplace else."

The Anti-Defamation League wrote a letter to Rhodes calling her remarks "a perversion of morality and history," and added that "we look forward to your response."

Rhodes has yet to respond, and so have the MSM, whose members likely do not want to do anything to threaten the already precarious position of the "last best hope" for liberal kind, a talk radio network to compete against the many successful shows on the right.


TOPICS: Politics
KEYWORDS: adl; airamerica; bennett; holocaust; katrina; rhodes
ADL Letter:

Dear Ms. Rhodes:

We have received complaints about and ourselves are deeply troubled by your recent on-air comparison between the evacuation of victims of hurricane Katrina and the deportation of Jews to Auschwitz during World War II.

On the September 21 edition of your show, during a call from a listener about the New Orleans evacuations, you said:

"It reminds me of a little visit I made to the Holocaust museum, and I saw these cattle cars, and they took people to go on them but they didn't tell them where they were going…So what are you supposed to do? Just do a faith-based evacuation? [Mocking tone:] 'I'm sure he wouldn't send me to Auschwitz.'…

"…Think about it this way. People were taken one place. Their children were taken another place. This is so much like the Holocaust! I can't even -- You know, it's like, you're not supposed to forget the Holocaust so that it can't happen again. And here you have people being loaded onto transportation vehicles, not being told where they're going, and their children are being taken someplace else..."

While we appreciate the fact that talk radio is unscripted, the analogy comparing rescue operations --as mismanaged as they may have been --to Auschwitz deportations is a perversion of morality and history. The government's flawed attempt was intended to save lives, not exterminate them.

Hurricane Katrina shined a needed spotlight on the neglected issues of racism and poverty in America. The horrific images coming out of New Orleans speak for themselves of the distance we as a society have yet to travel in securing rights, freedoms, and dignity for all. Nevertheless, the outpouring of support for Katrina's victims by Americans of every political, racial, religious and economic stripe provides a hopeful counterpoint in the midst of the disaster. By comparing the Katrina relief effort to the Holocaust, you demean decent Americans and the memory of six million Jews and others who died at the hands of the Nazis.

We look forward to your response.

Sincerely,

Anti-Defamation League


1 posted on 10/12/2005 9:20:48 AM PDT by West Coast Conservative
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To: West Coast Conservative
I fail to see similarities between what Rhodes and Bennett said.

She said something stupid. He argued against stupid sayings.

2 posted on 10/12/2005 9:23:25 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: West Coast Conservative

Forget it. She simply is not bright enough to understand the point. She's the liberal radio star; a dozen people care what she says.


3 posted on 10/12/2005 9:27:33 AM PDT by Taliesan (The power of the State to do good is the power of the State to do evil.)
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To: Taliesan

Exactly. If you take all of the people that listen to her nationwide and send them all to cuba to spend the remainder of their lives, you may be able to fill up each seat in one Jet Blue plane to transplant them all.

Nobody cares what she says, except for one misribal pissed off liberal that i work with and a handfull of other wackos.


4 posted on 10/12/2005 10:44:48 AM PDT by BigTom85 (Proud Gun Owner and Member of NRA)
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