-—Until his idiotic flameout, Don Imus was the nearest thing the liberals ever had to a success story in talk radio. He worshipped John Kerry. He fawned over Maureen Dowd. He cursed the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. After Saddam was executed, Imus joked with a local plagiarist about how Dick Cheney would handle himself on the gallows.-—
No tears here. No free speech rights were violated. No great truth was silenced.
True, it was one of the sillier PC witch hunts ever foisted on the American public and firing him was a great overreaction.
However, as Imus once said about politicians, “They ask us what we want. We just want them to go away.” Well, Imus, it’s time to just go away.
No. Not yet. But last night you could already sense the guns were being laid for other radio talkshow hosts. This is the first shot in a very long war.
Steven A. Smith has been all over ESPN commenting on this. He is giving kudos to CBS Radio & MSNBC for "setting the example". Fortunately I think Steven-A is wrong. MSNBC was clearly weighing the economics of the situation before firing Imus. It wasn't until several major sponsors jumped ship that they made the decision.
Prediction: Michael Savage is next on the hit parade.