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Thursday, April 28, 2005
  The Party of Civilized Discourse
BostonHerald.com - the Edge: Assassination joke: A felony if it's as lame as this one: "There apparently are certain things in life that you just can't joke about - like assassinating the president.
Syndicated Air America talk-show host Randi Rhodes apologized yesterday for a segment that did just that.
Rhodes' program, heard locally on WXKS-AM (1430) and WKOX-AM (1200) from 6 to 10 p.m., opened Monday night with an announcer saying, ``A spoiled child is telling us our Social Security isn't safe anymore, so he's going to fix it for us. Well, here's your answer, you ungrateful whelp.''
Listeners next heard four gunshots followed by, ``Just try it, you little bastard,'' and the sound of a gun being cocked.
``What is it with all the killing?'' a laughing Rhodes said after the clip aired.
The White House was not amused. Spokesman Scott McClellan called the bit ``very inappropriate and over the line,'' and the Secret Service was looking into it, according to the online media site The Drudge Report.
Rhodes was contrite yesterday. ``It was a bit. It was bad. I apologize a thousand times,'' she said. "
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