I was going to write something about Don Imus, but I see that Sean Collins has already said everything I would have wanted to say and, as per usual, he's said it better than I could have. Like Sean, I've listened to Imus a lot over the years and, like Sean, my father is a huge fan. Anyone who's actually listened to the show should know that (a) Imus isn't a racist, (b) the show's style of humor is offensive - but it's a comedy show and it's irreverence and lack of good taste is part of the point, and (c) there's nothing else quite like it in terms of combining this kind of humor with political commentary and discussion (he has great guests and gets them to say genuinely interesting things instead of the normal talk show b.s. - The Daily Show and The Colbert Report seem like they're playing it safe by comparison).
It's depressing to see all these media pundits and professional moralizers lining up on TV like a bunch of po-faced school marms to decry Imus.
But it's more depressing that this has turned into such a big story. Is this another case of Onion News turning into real news? I mean, "Comedian Tells Offensive Ethnic Joke" seems like a pretty unimportant story compared to some actual newsworthy current events. Sean points out that this is probably a chance for all the media folks Imus has offended to get back at him. I think this is probably true and I'd add that there's nothing that the tyrannical gnomes in media world love to do more than turn on one of their own. Mel Gibson's tirade eventually blew over, partly, I think, because Gibson was a Hollywood person. Don Imus, on the other hand, was one of the most successful people in the New York media world and this was a chance for a bunch of his "colleagues" to act on their resentment.
This is why I want to move to a farm in Vermont and start making goat cheese for a living.