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Don Imus in Context

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 1:45 pm - April 12, 2007.
Filed under: Liberals,New Media

After my initial post on the Don Imus hullabaloo, I didn’t think I’d have much more to say about this offensive, left-leaning radio host. But, given the synchronicity of his offensive statements and the exoneration of the Duke lacrosse players (who had been accused of raping a stripper), it occurred to me how far America has progressed in the past half-century.

Voices from the left and the right have denounced Imus for his insensitive remark. And while some have questioned whether or not he should lose his radio show, few have defended what he has to say. Not only that. Numerous corporate sponsors are “pulling ads” from his show “indefinitely.

Perhaps Al Sharpton et al. have gotten so worked up about Imus because racism is on the wane in America. That few (if any) mainstream voices have rushed to the radio host’s defense indicates that most Americans have little stomach for such attitudes. And this holds true for mainstream conservative pundits and bloggers.

The eagerness with which Sharpton and others on the left sought to exploit the Duke case — where white lacrosse players were accused of raping a black woman — suggests that they still see an America where racism is rampant. But, as the bloggers at Maggie’s Farm put it:

Indeed, the “America is Satan” crowd gets so fired up by rare examples of blatant racism — real, contrived, or imaginary – mainly because they are so rare. And they want it to be true so badly, to support their view of the world and their raison d’etre, that facts and truth go out the window.

(Via Instapundit.)

That Imus has lost his television simulcast, that prominent corporations are refusing to sponsor his program, that leading politicians, serious pundits and bloggers have come out to denounce this man suggests that we are far from the America that many on the left envision. Don Imus’ remarks are not a sign of resurgent racism in America. Rather, the reaction to them suggests that Americans have so stomach for such insensitivity.

It’s too bad that all too many are all too eager to find racism where there is none — and to level false accusations against certain white people in their attempt to show that America has little changed in the last half-century.

– B. Daniel Blatt (GayPatriotWest@aol.com)

UPDATE: CBS has fired Imus. While I won’t shed any tears at his departure, I will note that neither the AP article nor that in the LA Times announcing his dismissal made mention of his politics. This tart-tongued talker endorsed John Kerry for President in 2004 and frequently badmouthed his then-opponent, President George W. Bush. If a conservative broadcaster had faced such a scandal, you can bet these news outlets would not hesitate to make mention of his politics.

If any of our readers find news articles indicating Imus’s left-of-center politics, please let me know.

UP-UPDATE: While no fan of Imus and while finding the erstwhile broadcaster’s comments “disgraceful,” Glenn Reynolds calls the situation “a feeding frenzy. And, really, who cares what Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson think about proper public demeanor?” He’s right about Jackson and Sharpton.

One of Glenn’s readers wonders why “Rosie O’Donnell still has a job.” Good point. She has certainly made her share of disgraceful comments — and on more than one occasion.

UP-UP-UPDATE: This LA Times article shows that Imus helped Democrats reach out to “a national audience of white males.” So at least one media outlet does not his generally liberal tilt as per my query in the first UPDATE. (Via Instapundit.)

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65 Comments

  1. Whats your excuse?

    Comment by Vince P — April 14, 2007 @ 10:26 pm - April 14, 2007

  2. so Imus was a good left-wing Rush for the Dems after all….and they’ve wiped him. Nice to see Dems eating their own comm infrastructure.

    Comment by comment0r — April 15, 2007 @ 7:12 am - April 15, 2007

  3. This story is funny

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,266165,00.html

    Germany Army Instructor Still on Job After Ordering Soldier to Envision Blacks During Shooting Practice
    Sunday, April 15, 2007

    E-MAIL STORY PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION
    AP

    April 15: A car passes through the entrance gate to the German Army barracks ‘Feldwebel-Schmid-Kaserne’ in Rendsburg, northern Germany.
    BERLIN — A Germany army instructor who ordered a soldier to envision himself facing hostile blacks in New York while firing his machine gun is still on duty, the army said Sunday.

    A video of the army instructor telling the soldier to shoot and yell obscenities while thinking of African-Americans in the Bronx aired on German national television Saturday and prompted calls for an apology by the New York City borough’s president.

    When asked Sunday if the army would apologize, spokesman Florian Naggies said, “The German Army takes the incident very serious and is interested in quickly resolving it.”

    Naggies said that the case is under investigation, and the instructor “is still working for the army.”

    The video shows an instructor and a soldier in camouflage uniforms in a forest. The instructor tells the soldier, “You are in the Bronx. A black van is stopping in front of you. Three African-Americans are getting out and they are insulting your mother in the worst ways. … Act.”

    The soldier fires his machine gun several times and yells an obscenity several times in English. The instructor then tells the soldier to curse even louder.

    The German Defense Ministry said the video was shot in July 2006 at barracks in the northern town of Rendsburg and that the army has been aware of it since January.

    In New York, Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion Jr. said Saturday that whoever was responsible for the video should be disciplined.

    “The German government obviously has work to do to correct something that is insidious. … Clearly these folks don’t know anything about African-Americans or the Bronx,” he said.

    Comment by Vince P — April 15, 2007 @ 12:46 pm - April 15, 2007

  4. #53 – So Vince, when are the “Rev” Sharpton and Jackson going to Germany to lecture the army? And is there a cargo plane ready to take them back in their body bags after the German Army responds?

    Regards,
    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — April 15, 2007 @ 7:26 pm - April 15, 2007

  5. I hope they planepool with Nancy and something happens over the Atlantic

    Comment by Vince P — April 15, 2007 @ 7:59 pm - April 15, 2007

  6. ouch, no you don’t.

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — April 15, 2007 @ 8:19 pm - April 15, 2007

  7. #48 I find it hard to blame Sharpton or Jackson. It’s the media who ask them to appear on these shows. They hold demonstrations with 100 loud mouth people, probably from their own organizations. Most times protesting Corp ethics. With the number of “news” shows on cable, it seems there’s always a camera for any ambulance chaser. I wish they, the media, would seek out respected community or business leaders when these hot button societal wounds occur. But they are actually at work, teaching or getting the trains to run on time. What exactly do the “Revs” do during an ordinary day?

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — April 15, 2007 @ 8:26 pm - April 15, 2007

  8. John Hawkins of Right Wing News (-dot-com) has posted more than once and well on Imus.

    Comment by Jeremayakovka — April 15, 2007 @ 8:43 pm - April 15, 2007

  9. Hm.

    Imus was a key outreach between Democrats and white male voters.

    Imus repeatedly referred to Hillary as “Satan.”

    Now, after making a comment that was little different than much of the rest of the crap he’s spewed for years… the media gang up on Imus and he disappears from the airwaves.

    Just sayin’…

    Comment by V the K — April 16, 2007 @ 7:27 am - April 16, 2007

  10. #59 – I hear you, VdaK. Imus is lucky he didn’t end up in Fort Marcie Park like the last guy that crossed the Clintons.

    Just sayin’, you know.

    Regards,
    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — April 16, 2007 @ 9:34 am - April 16, 2007

  11. Interesting how the media and left blogs are trying to portray Imus as and independent or even right winger. Let’s list those on Imus’s show shall we. Gregory, Russert, Obama, Matthews ( the Jew hater), Barnicle, Feinman, Mitchell, C. Page, Brian Williams, Dan Rather, Sen Dodd, Sen Biden, Sheiffer, Alter, Begala, Carvelle, Evan Thomas, Meacham Greenfield, Gibson, Harold Ford, (to be continued)
    Heard Keith Olbermann on last week. He said everyone around NBC, MSNetwork of Bgots and Creeps, knew Imus was a racist and extremely rude just around the office. He said if you polled 500 workers there, 496 would have wanted Imus to go because of his treatment of others. Question, all these “journalists” with a cancer in their midst and they were powerless? How many “SPECIAL COMMENTS” did Olbermann have addressing Imus? How many times was Imus his WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD? These morons at NBC and MSNetwork of Bigots and Creeps are the ones we ask to “speak truth to power”?

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — April 16, 2007 @ 11:51 am - April 16, 2007

  12. Other leftists regularly appearing on Imus…Kerry, Gore, Ms Kerry, Frank Rich NYT, Ana Marie Cox CNN, Howard Kurtz CNN,

    “For us Washington dweebs,” admitted Time’s Ana Marie Cox on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” media review, “it’s kind of fun to be with the bad boy in the back of the room throwing spitballs … The thing I feel bad about is, I was aware of it and was still on the show.”

    “I enjoyed going on the show,” said Washington Post media writer and CNN host Howard Kurtz, moderating a “Reliable Sources” show labeled a “special edition” on the Imus controversy.

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — April 16, 2007 @ 12:37 pm - April 16, 2007

  13. Finally found a listing of Imus guests for the leftists. If you count back 100 guests from April 9th. I count at least 71% are leftists. And my 100 guests includes singers and others not really obviously political. So case closed. Imus was a raving leftist. And those liberals who appeared on his show were enables who looked the other way. Shame Shame.

    http://mediamatters.org/items/200704110005
    And if these leftists can’t smell a racist like Imus on their own MSNetwork for Bigots and Creeps what credibility do they have anyway?
    I mean they are always after others who don’t perform well to resign, when the hell are some of them going to resign?

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — April 16, 2007 @ 1:10 pm - April 16, 2007

  14. This has probably been said but these type of comments are not new for Imus. He hits low across all spectrums. Had his target not been innocent non-public figure college women, Imus would still be on the air. Did he deserve to be fired – probably, he did cross the line.

    Comment by Ralph — April 18, 2007 @ 3:00 am - April 18, 2007

  15. Even if Shrillary had swallowed her venom and gone on Imus while he was on the air, it probably still would not have helped her sinking poll numbers.

    Regards,
    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — April 18, 2007 @ 3:42 pm - April 18, 2007

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