Simple Answers To Simple Questions

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

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.

Entry Filed under: Media,Racism,Wankers


  • 1. PoliShifter  |  April 10th, 2007 at 1:33 am

    If anything this just gave a boost to Imus’s core audience. It’s an unfortunate fact of life but reality is there are people in this country who would love a race war.

    While I doubt Imus wants that or would go that far, he certainly helps stoke the fire.

  • 2. Eli  |  April 10th, 2007 at 10:04 am

    There’s a conversation I’ve had with a couple of people, that a big part of the appeal of the shock jocks (and Republicans) is that they make their listeners think it’s okay, or even *admirable*, to be racist, sexist, homophobic assholes.

    And, of course, anyone who tries to say otherwise is just a nerdy Poindextee buzzkill.

  • 3. Spear and Magic  |  April 10th, 2007 at 12:05 pm

    Plus, you know, they were always “just joking”. That’s why you’re a nerdy Poindexter buzzkill if you say otherwise; it is because you do not have a sense of humor. It’s what Al Franken has referred to as “kidding on the square”. When you do that–when your attempt at humor could only be successful if someone sincerely accepts the premise that you’re jokingly inviting them to accept–then you have to take responsibility for the joke, I think.

  • 4. Eli  |  April 10th, 2007 at 12:48 pm

    The “just kidding” excuse has always been really lame, and is even more so when there are slurs involved. Saying “jigaboos” or “nappy-headed ho’s” does not magically become okay just because you’re kidding. I think you’re talking about the broader world of hate radio, where the modus operandi is something like, “All liberals should be tortured and shot! Hey, what’s wrong with you people, can’t you take a joke? Jeez, you liberals are so thin-skinned.”

    Perhaps we should point out that the people who posted those Bush-as-Hitler campaign ads to MoveOn were “just kidding” as well. Or Ward Churchill calling the WTC victims Eichmanns, or any of the other horrible, Worst-Thing-Evers that any liberal anywhere has ever said.

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