Archive for April 10th, 2007

Ah, Nostalgia.

Hey, remember twenty years ago when Al Campanis and Jimmy The Greek were both fired, like, instantly for making racist comments? Granted, neither of them brought in as much money as Imus, but it still feels like we’ve gone backwards.

Or maybe racism is okay as long as you’re not Greek?

4 comments April 10th, 2007 at 09:16pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Racism

More Foot-Eating

Imus just seems determined to make it worse, doesn’t he? I’ll give him props for appearing on Al Sharpton’s show when he knew he was going to take a beating, but he sure didn’t acquit himself well.

From Crooks and Liars:

Don’t talk about me doing used car commercials. I’ll bet you I’ve slept in a house with more black children who were not related to me than you have. Do not get into my face about this – why don’t you show up here in person.

Um. That’s a pretty contorted and arbitrary metric there, with not a little overtone of Michael Jackson creepiness.

From NY Daily News:

Visibly frustrated that Sharpton would not back off his demand that he resign for his racist remarks, Imus put his foot in his mouth several times in his futile fight for forgiveness.

“I can’t get anyplace with you people,” he said at one point.

“What do you mean by you people,” Sharpton barked back.

“You people”? Jebus.

Imus also touted his involvement with the Imus Ranch in New Mexico, where at least a tenth of the kids with cancer and blood disorders are black. “I’m not a white man who doesn’t know any African-Americans,” he said.

But when Imus tried to make that same point with Sharpton, he was immediately shot down.

“This is not about whether you’re a good man,” he said. “What you said was racist.”

Then Sharpton asked his daughter Dominique to come over and – while she glared at Imus – he said, “She’s not a nappy-headed ho. She’s my daughter.”

Damn, I wish there was video…

“At the time I said it, I didn’t think it was racial,” Imus said. “I wasn’t even thinking racial. I was thinking ‘West Side Story.’ … One team is tough. One team is not so tough.”

WHAT??? I should say something insightful or snarky about this, but I am dumbstruck.

Sharpton told Imus that not firing him would send a bad precedent and that he should not be allowed to “walk away from this unscathed.”

“Unscathed?” Imus said. “Are you crazy? How am I unscathed by this? Don’t you think I’m humiliated?”

The longer the interview lasted, the testier it became, prompting Imus at one point to object, “I didn’t come here to get slapped around.”

There was no small talk between the two men during the commercial breaks. While Sharpton walked away to get some air, Imus sat and could be heard muttering “b——t” under his breath.

I can see that went well. What exactly was Imus expecting? Did he really think Al Sharpton was going to say, ” I see how sincere your apology is and I realize that you’re a good man who made a terrible mistake,” and give him a great big hug? ‘Cuz it kinda sounds that way.

If, God forbid, I said something horrible that offended the entire black community, and then went on the air to apologize to one of the leaders of that community, I might hope for forgiveness and absolution, but I sure as hell wouldn’t expect it, much less feel entitled to it. Perhaps Imus is completely unused to dealing with people who aren’t suckups?

4 comments April 10th, 2007 at 11:23am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Racism,Wankers

More Oakland Architectural Photoblogging

More buildings! Hooray!

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Those cylindrical dorms again.

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The underside of a walkway between buildings, I think.

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A completely different walkway between buildings.

4 comments April 10th, 2007 at 07:34am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Pittsburgh

Simple Answers To Simple Questions

In this edition, I help out Chris Bowers:


NBC News President Steve Capus released this statement late Monday: “Beginning Monday, April 16, MSNBC will suspend simulcasting the syndicated `Imus in the Morning’ radio program for two weeks. This comes after careful consideration in the days since his racist, abhorrent comments were made. Don Imus has expressed profound regret and embarrassment and has made a commitment to listen to all of those who have raised legitimate expressions of outrage. In addition, his dedication — in his words — to change the discourse on his program moving forward, has confirmed for us that this action is appropriate. Our future relationship with Imus is contingent on his ability to live up to his word.”

So he’s not axed, but a measure has been taken. A progressive probably would have just been axed. When it does return, I wonder how long it will be before he makes the remark that gets him fired.


That was an easy one.

4 comments April 10th, 2007 at 12:13am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Racism,Wankers

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