April 10, 2007

Put a fork in it, this story's done

ThreeSources has been eerily silent on l'Affaire Imus.

Everybody else did a good job with "apologize to whom? Rev Al Sharpton?" First and best on that was Perry at Eidelblog.

ALa at Blonde Sagacity wonders just how many of the "shocked and saddened" members of the Rutgers women's basketball team really were big Imus fans. She doesn't defend Imus but wonders why the rappers who are listened to don't get such disapprobation..

But the most enlightening post is at Extreme Mortman. ThreeSources's best friend inside the beltway explains to this flyover denizen just what the deal is.

Imus’ influence over politics and media has always seemed overly disproportionate to the actual number of listeners he has. Which is why when, say, Al Sharpton goes on “The Today Show,” as he did this morning, and urges presidential candidates to stay away from the show (John McCain, Joe Biden anyone?), it could have a blip of an impact on the primary process.

To be fair, I miss the whole talk-radio thing. But I've never grasped the who or the why of Mr. Imus. It appears he has the right listeners, if not the most.
A bold-faced journalist who’s been on Imus’ show countless times once told me that the biggest benefit he gets from the appearance is speaking fees. Interest groups and associations and others hear his punditry on the Imus show then flock to book him for events — at higher and higher rates.

I won't line up with the aggrieved crowd, but it seems that he has got to be a little smarter than that with his long experience with live radio.

Posted by John Kranz at April 10, 2007 7:46 PM

Y'know,...I wouldn't be so pissed about the whole incident if the people leading the charge to kick Imus off the air had been the president of Rutgers, or Rutgers' coach, Vivian Stringer.

Instead, it was the usual, race-baiting assholes, like Al "Tawana Brawley" Sharpton and Jesse "Hymietown" Jackson leading the charge.


Posted by: TrekMedic251 at April 10, 2007 8:48 PM

I'm amused by the fact that, as in the "macaca" incident, "nappy headed ho's" is apparently a vicious slur, yet media and punitry have no problem repeating it. (perhaps only in scare quotes)

Though those same journalists, pundits and bloggers fear saying that "other" word.

Posted by: AlexC at April 10, 2007 10:03 PM

As an impressionable youth my mama always told me, "Sticks and stones may break your bones, but names can get you fired if you're a white male."

Mama always has been a genius.

Posted by: johngalt at April 12, 2007 10:32 AM | What do you think? [3]