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.
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.)