A source familiar with Air America's thinking yesterday said, "The company felt Rhodes should apologize for her comments. . . . And she felt Air America should apologize to her for the suspension. And that was it."



The case has caused a similarly deep split among listeners.

Some felt the issue was the offensiveness of the comments. Others felt that since she was doing comedy, off the air, it became a progressive network stifling free speech.



...The Air America source said the network got "a Niagara of e-mails" taking both views, but that in the end, "The issue was her comments. If Larry King said something equivalent about Barack Obama, even if it were off the air, could CNN not have taken action?"