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Kevin Wolf

Too true, too true. I've never heard more than bits and pieces of Imus's show, though it's not hard to find his material online. From what I know of him, he's pretty loose with the insults and name-calling. It's the kind of crap I just don't want to listen to.

Because this is his shtick, his usual manner of on air "discourse," I think Imus should be judged by that - what he does and says everyday - versus his occasional charity appearances and other "work" that, clearly, does not define him. (He's a radio personality, not a charity worker.)

On this basis, I think we can all do without Don Imus. I regret it's only for two weeks.

MichaelG

The few times I listened to Imus I couldn't stand him which is why the times I listened to him were few. It seems to be standard for those in public life to offer a semi-apology for their misdeeds and them specifically attempt to pass on the penitential part of things. "I accept responsibility and I'm sorry for what happened. Now let's move on." It may be, however, that prostrating one's self before that fraudulent, self-serving, blowhard Al Sharpton could be considered penance.

MichaelG

It should be "then specifically" not "them".

Jennifer

Imus says he does not want this to be the way his career comes to an end, that he'd like to go out on a high note. I think this is the perfect capper. As Kevin said, it's not to hard to find lots of examples of his past on-air behavior. This case does not seem to be the exception, but rather the rule.

joanr16

I always thought one of the hallmarks of true friendship was to be straight with a friend when they mess up, and not simply overlook self-destructive behavior. Imus has some pretty worthless friends, it seems to me.

Mr. X

It's one thing to give someone a pass because they say something that really does come across as an attempt at humor or irony gone awry, as with Garrison Keillor's Salon column in which he stereotypes gay men as guys who "wear chartreuse pants and black polka-dot shirts". Keillor has long employed satire in his work, e.g. the "We're All Republicans Now" bit that he used to run on A Prairie Home Companion, and nobody bats a thousand, or so I'm told. Besides, he apologized in his very next column.

Imus, though, has always been a jerk. One swallow doth not a summer make, but you don't have to dig very far into Imus' past to find an entire flock.

Linkmeister

Do you suppose he'll use his two-week enforced vacation to go into rehab? That seems to be the usual next step for public figures these days.

Kit Stolz

Yes! "Imus himself should be the one taking himself off the air." Somehow in America today we seem to expect remorse for misbehavior from everyone except racists and all-around jerkheads. Why is that? Imus, for all his flaws, surely is more capable of self-criticism than most criminals or killers.

A column in the LATimes today by a black civil rights lawyer argues, essentially, that Imus is a racist, but a good-natured one. She too calls for a genuine apology, not a crucifixation.

Makes sense to me. And then maybe we can move on to some real news, and not have to listen to self-righteous lectures on morality from Al Sharpton. Who appointed him priest?

www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-rice11apr11,0,3674928.story?track=mostviewed-homepage

nola

If Imus were making of fun of white lacrosse players at Duke would anybody on the left care? What if he were laughing at beer-bellied NASCAR rednecks? And why is it that bloggers representing a candidate for President should not be accountable for their offensive remarks, but a ridiculous radio DJ should be?

joanr16

And once again, we hear from the Twilight Zone.

randy

It seems so hypicritical that the blacks who refer to themselves in much worse ways are offended by his remarks. I saw that if the rappers lower the bar then it's fair game.How about when a black refers to a white as honkey or cracker? Where's the outrage there? It makes me sick how all the shakedown artists are coming out of the wookwork. How much will Jesse Jackson extort out of him? Remember his Hymie-Town remark?. The utter hyprocicy of it all !!

Gray Lensman

Imus' penance should be to pay for the rest of the Rutgers ladies education out of his own pocket, even if it includes advanced degrees, med school, whatever.

OutOfContext

MSNBC canned Imus because they want to be taken seriously as a news organisation (all of a sudden, apparently) and they stood to lose a lot of money. I've got no problem with that decision. There are plenty of formats available to shock jocks.
I've heard a lot of people cite rappers as equal sources of degrading language, but I don't see 50 cent (what a great name) interviewing Kerry or McCain.
As for Sharpton and Jackson, I could go the rest of my life without seeing those two again and not give a damn.
Lance, is it just a coincidence you picked Levon "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" Helm from Imus list of supporters?

julia

It seems so hypicritical that the blacks who refer to themselves in much worse ways are offended by his remarks.

and, you know, conversely, it seems so hyp - yeah, what you said - that the (presumably) whites who are objecting to that particular thing didn't bother to Google and find out that Sharpton called for a boycott of offensive rap a full year ago

You didn't hear about. The media and the blogs you read ignored it, because they didn't think it was important enough to mention.

But hey, you know all about Those People. You didn't have to look it up.

Mullah Cimoc

Mullah Cimoc say ameriki not free now. benjamin franklin him so sad if see amerika.

truth: them have tattoos and knappy hair and in waziristan any the woman have tattoo is ho. fo show.

Did not english ancestor subdue king at runnymeade for make truth a defense at law.

so control the usa media by masters in tel aviv acting through monopolists and FCC bureaucracy, keep all ameriki so stupid for killing the muslim and the torture.

for this aemriki be punish. all him land go to the aztec and maya. him woman be slut taking the LBT (low back tattoo)
during this time him daughter the goverment making her take the shot for destroy the sexual organs. him so tame him not even fight. him like the woman and the homosexual. him not to fight for him own daughter, this not real man.

amerika need google: mighty wurlitzer +cia

education for understand control media of usa nazi regime.


Suffering Bruin

"It seems so hypicritical that the blacks who refer to themselves in much worse ways..." which is another conversation for another time. This is about Don Imus. I hope you are digressing. I hope you don't think that what some blacks say has anything to do with what Don Imus said.

And Lance? FWIW, I was with you until the last sentence.

nola

Julia - Way to go! Most of the lefties around here just stare at their shoes and wait for the subject to change when Sharpton's name comes up. They recognize that he's a far more revolting scumbag than Imus, but they just can't bring themselves to bash a black Democrat. So it is refreshing (and entertaining) to hear from a real Sharpton apologist.

I wonder if anyone around here thinks Amanda Marcotte's idiotic comments about the Duke lacrosse players are more offensive than Imus' remarks? Or maybe you would rather pretend she isn't every bit as vulgar and foolish as Imus?

Daniel DiRito

Frankly, we are fast becoming the epitome of a Jerry Springer society. It seems to have become more important to have an audience and notoriety when confronting conflict than it is to attain resolve and mutual respect. That model seems to serve the needs of the exploited and those who seek to exploit; reinforcing all that relegates objectivity to the outhouse while making the frailty and imperfection of the human condition a spectacle that harkens back to the Coliseum.

This situation isn't and shouldn't be about whether liberals or conservatives, this race or that race, hip hop or honky-tonk, one group or another, are more offensive and therefore more responsible for all that is wrong with America. I am not capable of judging the whole of Don Imus nor am I capable of crafting a recipe to fix all of America...and neither are the countless pundits and partisans who have sought to frame it so.

I'm not a religious person...but I often find kinship with the imagery surrounding the portrayal of one called Jesus and his teachings of understanding and forgiveness. For all the banter I hear about the Bible and Christian values, it certainly seems to me that we are fast abandoning what many view as the sacred "tablets" in favor of the sacrosanct tabloids. If I'm right, all I can say is heaven help us.

Read more about the dynamics that lead a situation to become larger than the sum of its parts...here:

www.thoughttheater.com

Jerry

When did so-called "comedy" become a convenient cover for racism, misogyny and bullying. Jon Stewart may be one of the funniest, hippest, and topical comedians on the planet, and I have yet to hear him utter an ad hominem or malevolent cruelty. His satirical humour is a brilliant use of irony which mostly let the pompous and the powerful skewer themselves with their own words and actions. To spew bile and call it "humour" shows only how cynical our society has become!

Kevin Wolf

nola, you can bring up Amanda Marcotte again when she's had a national radio show with years and years of invective directed at whoever she feels like hatin' on. You're comparing apples and oranges.

BTW, NASCAR fans are fair game. They deserve to be mocked. (And I include my family in this.)

denisdekat

"Imus himself should be the one taking himself off the air."

So should Lebron James quit basketball for his homophobic perspective? I mean - he did say that a team player who stays in the closet is untrustworthy. As an ex San Francisco resident, I can tell you the outrage there was pretty big ovcer this sort of statement. Do you remember this?

http://www.outsports.com/nfl/20021123eserahearstfollow.htm

Where was the national outrage then?

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