I agree that it is time for Imus and other potential Imuses to be forced to contend with the damaging statements that make on a daily basis. These statements or catcalls, more like it, have nothing to do with freedom of speech. They are the equivalent of drive-by shootings--intended to do damage, but quickly and without recourse for the victim. Radio listeners are a block of media audience that has paid attention to these kinds of assassins because they provide an outlet for smoldering resentments throughout the country, resentments based on ignorance and in many cases illiteracy. The authority to say anything about anybody gives them a chance to vent their frustrations...and generally it's all about bringing successful people down.
Imus is a perfect example of the small town bully yelling insults from the sidelines as the world moves on unaware of this wannabe cowboy and his red-neck pals taking potshots. He knows how really insignificant he is, and that's why he is so intimidated by people who succeed in whatever field, be it athletics, politics, journalism, or any area of life that requires intelligence and hard work.
The fact that well-known figures appear on his show is not because they admire him, it is to use him as a way of getting publicity, of being in the spotlight--and appearing like an all-round guy's guy. Imus is really a pathetic figure, more to be pitied, than sanctioned. But he needs to go, nevertheless, because his remarks are unacceptable to a society that prides itself on the values of self-respect and civil behavior.
Richmond, Rhode Island
Apr 11 2007 - 3:05pm