Don Imus has been taken off the air by CBS Radio. This business move was precipitated by strong pressure from groups like RainbowPUSH and people like Rev Al Sharpton.
Many folks have been talking about Don Imus’ duche-baggery over the past few days and I think that it is long over due that he is off the air. As a society we no long accept such speech as the kind that was common place on his show.
That being said, what was said should not have been such news. Should Don Imus loss his show over such a comment? Yes. Should he lose his show for calling the execs at CBS “money grubbin’ Jews?” Yes. Should he lose his show for his constant sexism and clear intolerance? Yes. Should all of this be on the front page of the New York Times and lead the nightly news? Absolutely not.
Now that he is totally off the public airwaves, as was requested by Rev Sharpton today at a rally (read: press conference), hopefully we will be able to move past this ridiculous story to the real news of the day.
As of April 11th 414 Iraqi Security Forces and Civilians and 47 US troops died in Iraq in the month of April. Real Wages continue to fall making it harder for Americans to buy things like milk and bread. There are still three Israeli Solders in captivity.
So when we sit around and wonder why we can’t figure out how to feed the hungry on our streets or why 8.3 million children in the richest country in the world don’t have healthcare coverage we only need to flip on the news to see why. We are talking about Don Imus, Anna Nichole’s baby-daddy and the non-story of the Duke Lacrosse acquittal.
A few weeks back I spoke about the relative meaninglessness of blogging. I mentioned that if media doesn’t cover a story, then bloggers should cover the story. We are supposed to be rag-tag and mean. We don’t need to check our sources as vigorously as the Times or the Post or the Journal. But as we all feed into this frenzy —take Imus for example— we only are dissecting the weak news coverage as apposed to forcing the media to cover the more important stories.
The responsibility of the people is to question authority. It has become common place for the RainbowPUSH to jump when someone says something about black people and for the ADL to overreact when someone says something that could be anti-Semitic.
But where are the responsible people to question the authority of the questioners? And why can’t the media take some sort of responsibility and bring our heads out of the gutter? From New York Post to the New York Times, Imus, Babby-Daddy, and Duke made headlines.
These headlines make us stupid. These headlines degrade the democratic ideals of free press. These headlines are lishon hara.