The Last Word on Imus

April 15, 2007 § Leave a comment

I had more or less grown wearly of the tiresome Don Imus affair, but this morning’s column by the always insightful and entertaining Mark Steyn was worth a look. As usual, Steyn did not diappoint. A couple of tidbits.

On media coverage of “scnadals” generally:

It’s a good rule of thumb in American scandals that, no matter how big an idiot someone is, the outrage over him will always be more idiotic

With respect to the double standard that allows rappers and hip hoppers to get away with saying far more vile things aabout black women than Imus uttered:

Apparently, when two hip-hoppers are up on stage doing their “Who was that ho I saw you with last night?”/”That was no ho, that was my bitch” shtick, they’re just keepin’ it real. When a white guy does it, he’s just keepin’ it real unlikely he’ll find gainful employment again. Unless, of course, the networks are now proposing to apply the Imus standard to all performers, in which case the Grammy Awards will last 10 minutes (Best Liner Notes on a Polka Album and Best Tony Bennett Celebrity Duets CD of the Last Two Month

Finally, with respect to the involvement of the “Reverends” Jackson and Sharpton:

Needless to say, Moonves fired Imus after first meeting with the Rev. Jesse Jackson and the Rev. Al Sharpton. I have a dream that my children will one day live in a nation where a white guy can be fired for racist remarks without his employers having to prostrate themselves before clapped out professional grievance mongers and shakedown artists. But dream on. Two men who slandered the Duke lacrosse players not just as racists but as rapists (by the way, has the Rev. Jackson come through on his promise to pay for the “victim” to go to college?) are the go-to guys when it comes to judging rhetorical excess in respect of varsity sports teams. Surely even a network president isn’t such a craven squish he can go through a meeting like that with a straight face?

You can read the whole thing here.

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