Let me begin by saying this is not a defense of Don Imus. But to paraphrase the quote by Captain Louie Renault in Casablanca,"I'm shocked, shocked to hear something outrageous and shocking from a 'shock' jock!"
Mr. Imus along with his mouthy peer group - Howard Stern, Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Bill O'Reilly to name a few, make their living by insult. The reason why this particular incident has legs is because he is white and the girls he insulted are black. I would guess if the comment had been made by a black rapper we'd have never heard..
It interests me that the same two "men of the cloth" always lead the charge of self-righteous indignation. In this case particularly Al Sharpton.
This reverend is not all pureness and light. It seems to me his involvement in the Tawana Brawley case is far more egregious than Mr. Imus' recent gaffe. Remember? It was back in 1987 when black teenager Tawana Brawley claimed that six white law enforcement officers, including then assistant district attorney Steven Pagones, had abducted and raped her, scrawled racial insults on her body and smeared her with feces.
Miss Brawley refused to speak with authorities or the media. The Reverend Sharpton and two other advisers were soon making disparaging claims comparing then state Attorney General Robert Abrams, a Jew, to Adolf Hitler. All three linked then Gov. Mario Cuomo to organized crime and the Ku Klux Klan.
It turned into a media circus. Not unlike what we're witnessing today. In the end the whole sordid story was determined to be a hoax. I hope no one takes this remark as racist because it is not intended as such, but it seems to me Sharpton's indignation toward Mr. Imus is like the pot calling the kettle black.
One thing that puzzles me about Mr. Imus. Why does a man who devotes much of his time and talent and money maintaining a ranch for the enjoyment of kids with cancer have to be such a cancer himself when exercising his right to free speech?
Should he lose his job? I don't think so. Thats why there are switches to change channels or turn off that which you find offensive. Should Reverend Sharpton get a pass when he uses the derogatory term "diamond merchants" when referring to Jews because he wasn't being broadcast? It's rather like the age old question - if a tree falls in the forest and no one is there does it make a noise? Does not being broadcast make a remark any less offensive?
I think not.