In case you managed to miss it, long-time serial racist Don Imus struck again last week, calling the Rutgers women’s hoops team “nappy-headed hos” on his nationally syndicated show. Imus has a well established reputation for racial slander, and some of the people he invites on his show (like “sports announcer” Sid Rosenberg and producer Bernard McGuirk – who later in the same show characterized the Rutgers/Tennessee matchup as “the Jigaboos vs. the Wannabes”) are as bad or worse.
This isn’t a one-off. This is merely the latest in a fairly appalling string of incidents that has me wondering – never mind why Imus hasn’t been fired for last week’s slur, why the hell was he still on the air to start with? His past record qualifies him for the job of communication director at Storm Front, and he should have been freed from his contract to pursue that gig a long time ago.
So, some questions to ponder:
- Obviously, why is MSNBC still packing him along? NBC called the comments “deplorable,” and yet the show hasn’t been turfed.
- By the way, isn’t Keith Olbermann on MSNBC?
- How come we haven’t heard from Imus’ buddy, Dem presidential hopeful Joe Biden?
- Why did NBC’s Tim Russert, allegedly a real journalist, go on Imus’ show the next day and act like nothing had happened?
- I’d love to know what other folks associated with Imus’ radio home, WFAN, think about his race-busting. You know, people like the extremely multi-cultural New York Mets?
- What the hell is Myles Brand, president of the NCAA, smoking? He correctly notes that “It is unconscionable that anyone would use the airways to utter such disregard for the dignity of human beings who have accomplished much and deserve great credit.” But then his mind goes walkabout: “It is appropriate that Mr. Imus and MSNBC have apologized.” It might be appropriate that he apologize after a first offense where there was no suggestion of a pattern of behavior. After this many offenses it’s appropriate that he be thrown bodily out the door by security.
The fact that this isn’t happening and that so many people are responding with silence and/or cluelessness $uggest$ that $omething el$e could be driving M$NBC’$ thinking. I ju$t have no idea what it could be.
I’m not a big Al Sharpton fan, but his threat to picket the building until Imus is fired shows that somebody is at least paying attention.
Imus should have been gone a long time ago. He may be gone yet. Stay tuned.