Well, outside of a righteous party for my birthday last night (more about that in my memoirs....some of you have faint hearts! lol), this has been the worst week of my life.
This whole Imus thing.....and reaction to it....has made me wonder if I had fallen asleep and I had enterred Htrae, the Bizzarro World of the Superman comics.
"Us hate logic. Us hate freedom."
Anyway, this thing still has legs, and the effects of this will be around for a long time. And if you love....or used to love....freedom, it does not bode well.
Let's start with the current state of the I-Dude. He is nothing but defiant.
He is optimistic—perhaps overly so, given the commercial pressures that
brought him down—about the future. In an e-mail to NEWSWEEK, Imus said, "I could
go to work tomorrow. Bigger deal. More money. TV simulcast ...
But in that same Newsweek piece, was the REAL story....one in which, if you take it to its logical conclusion, may be real threat to what we have been calling free speech for years.
In fact, unknown to Imus, one of his most loyal listeners in Washington,
D.C., was watching, and taping, the show every day for just that reason: to make
a record of everything Imus said. But 26-year-old Ryan Chiachiere wasn't a fan,
and he wasn't tuning in to be entertained. Chiachiere is one of a handful of
young activists who spend their days wading through hours of radio and cable
shows for Media Matters for America, a liberal group whose sole purpose is
rooting out and "correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media."
Wired on coffee, Chiachiere was watching a recording of Imus's show when he
noticed the "hos" remark.
It was a big hit at the group's morning meeting. The Rutgers players
weren't well-fed journalists or posturing politicians, public figures who could
fend for themselves. They were just a hardworking team of young women who had
done nothing to draw his ire but play college basketball while being black.
"They weren't involved in any barroom brawls. They weren't part of this
conversation and they didn't ask for this," says Jeff Greenfield, now of CBS, a
political analyst and longtime Imus guest who says he appreciated the "weird"
mix of high and low. "It was a crude slur, and it was also cruel. That's what
tipped this whole thing over."
The group posted a video clip of the exchange on its Web site and put
it up on YouTube. It sent e-mails to journalists and civil-rights and women's
The word, and the outrage, spread quickly.
What is happening is that a groups of people, right and left, are not listening or watching programs. The are monitoring. Looking for any smoking gun they can use to prove that the monitoree is the latest version of The Great Satan. And this blog is not totally guilt-free, we too have giddly posted some of the winger's greatest hits on these pages ourselves.
But one thing this blog has never or will never call for is for anyone to be shut up. Freedom of speech to me is still sacred, even protecting screeds like Imus two weeks ago. You make an Imus dissapear by ignoring him. That would mean low ratings. That would mean he is gone. It has worked like that since Marconi. It has worked like that until last week.
But here is a thought. What if the chance discovery of that NHH rant by the Media Matters monitor created a firestorm that played right into the hands of the opposition? What if leftie Media Matters was actually....unwittingly....doing the work of the righties??
Remember last week when we posted a slew of videos showing Imus taking aim at deplorable conditions many of our returning GI's were facing at VA hospitals, including Walter Reed (http://polybi.blogspot.com/2007/04/i-mans-problemsis-there-another-reason.html)? Now you know how much this admistration hates to be embarrased. And the lengths it would go to get payback (see US attorneys, Patriot Act, etcetera, etcetera......).
Now it would take a federal act for Drudgie to reference.......God, help him....PRAVDA...to make a point. But he did, and what a point!
Now as you read, please consider the source....it IS after all PRAVDA....however....
(and I wonder how many people WILL read THAT line...)
According to European reports of the events surrounding Don Imus that have
gripped the United States this past week, it was during an interview with
another American media personality, Tim Russert, who is the host of a television
programme frequently used by US War Leaders, wherein while decrying the state of
care being given to American War wounded stated, "So those bastards want to keep
these boys [in reference to US Soldiers] secret? Let's see how they like it if I
start talking about their [in reference to US War Leaders] secrets, starting
Unable to attack such a powerful media figure as Don Imus, directly, the US
War Leaders, and as we have seen many times before, resorted to a massive media
attack against him using as the reason a racial slur against a US woman's
basketball team, but which has been pointed out by other media outlets was not
by any means a rare occurrence for the legendary radio icon to make.
But, to the US War Leaders, Don Imus represented the most serious
threat, to date, of the growing assault against them by America's media
personalities threatening to expose the truths behind the events of September
11, 2001 and the Iraq/Afghanistan Wars; and to such an extent that another
American media personality, Rosie O'Donnell, has expressed concern that US
Military Leaders could actually imprison Mr. Imus.
Now Pravda's Propaganda Praddling aside, consider the fact the Neos used a studip misstep on Bill Clinton's part to try to unseat him. These people are as macheavellian as they come, so could it not be possible that the right wing engineered the firestorm that removed Imus off the air?
But beyond that, this has opened up a can of large worms. As I said people on right and left are looking for various smoking guns. Those are sent to the proper pressure groups to see if they can get certain people off the air (many of those crowing over Imus' departure have now set thier sights on Clear Channel/CNN/ABC right-wing bloviator Glenn Beck, while the right has set thier aim on Rosie and Air America.
The end result is.......and as a former radio man, I know this as fact....since general managers and program directors hate "mess," they will avoid it by dumping talk radio altogether. So, if in the next few years, the AM dial is more filled with oldies, Sinatra, and harmess psycho-babble, you heard it first here.
Meanwhile, this is bringing out the worst in America.
Jesse Jackson gets bomb threats over Imus caseLovely.
April 15, 2007
BY DAVE NEWBART Staff
The Rev. Jesse Jackson has been hit with a series of bomb threats since
leading a charge to get shock jock Don Imus fired.
Jackson said he fielded a call Saturday morning urging him to "watch
his back" and warning him to stay away from Rainbow/PUSH headquarters on the
Friday, a Jackson staffer took a call from someone who claimed to have
planted a bomb at the headquarters at 50th and Drexel. The building was
evacuated about 12:30 p.m., and police swept the building with bomb-sniffing
dogs. Nothing was found.
Jackson said he has received 10 to 12 threats starting Wednesday or
Thursday. The calls have gone to his office, his home and his cell phone.
Although he hasn't fielded most of the calls, he said he believes there are
different people behind them.
A police spokeswoman said an investigation is ongoing.
In New York, meanwhile, WCBSTV.com reported the Rev. Al Sharpton has
also received death threats after criticizing Imus.
In the meantime, the effects of this on freedom of speech has already inserted a chill:
On Rosie's blog, part of her daily poem:
from now on i will not raise my voice
about this criminal administration
i am sick of screaming IMPEACH
The bad guys are winning.
And the targets are not radio and TV people. Your iPod is about to turn into Melba Toast.
Too many to reprint....but you'll get the idea.
Music lyrics take spotlight following Imus controversy: http://www.wistv.com/Global/story.asp?S=6368690&nav=menu36_3
Imus Aftermath; Ministers Blame Rap Music: http://www.ktvu.com/news/12068765/detail.html
Imus firing sparks assault on rap: http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/arts/story.html?id=cdc3dd04-524b-4f48-b9de-3464c789c0b2victoriatimescolonist/news/arts/story.html?id=cdc3dd04-524b-4f48-b9de-3464c789c0b2
You can see where this is going. Do you?
Finally, there are some people who are seeing for what it really is...at least in part. Kudos to the Sun-Times Monroe Anderson for saying that Imsu can do more good on air than off.....and hinting that Imus could find a home on Sirius Satellite Radio....right along side his Dr. Moriarty, Howard Stern.
Stern and Imus......together again. You have to be in radio to know what pervers pleasure that mixture would be like. The car wreck of the century.
Plus, and I am adding this, they gave How-wierd two channels. Just about all of Stern's Non-Stern programming has flopped, and now Howard 102 is hust running reruns of the show.
Imus 102, anyone?
And there is KCAA-AM/Loma Linda, CA, the station that, starting tommorrow, will be the only one in the country serving Imus reruns from thier makeshift studios in a local mall. Seems Dennis Baxter, GM and station voice, also is a city councilman in a district that is quite anti-Imus. Not to mention the fact that the decision came, not from Baxter or anyone local, but from KCAA's owners in Texas. (http://www.sbsun.com/news/ci_5671613)
And as this reaches amazing levels of insanity, a friend speaks up for the I-Man: Kinky Friedman, singer, former Texas gubernatorial candidate, and fellow iconoclast, in the New York Post:
I MET Imus on the gangplank of Noah's Ark. He was then and remains today a
truth-seeking missile with the best bull-meter in the business.
Far from being a bully, he was a spiritual chop-buster never afraid to
go after the big guys with nothing but the slingshot of ragged integrity. I
watched him over the years as he struggled with his demons and conquered them.
This was not surprising to me.
Imus came from the Great Southwest, where the men are men and the emus
are nervous. And he did it all with something that seems, indeed, to be a rather
scarce commodity these days. A sense of humor.
There's no excusing Imus' recent ridiculous remark, but there's
something not kosher in America when one guy gets a Grammy and one gets fired
for the same line.
The Matt Lauers and Al Rokers of this world live by the cue-card and
die by the cue-card; Imus is a rare bird, indeed - he works without a net. When
you work without a net as long as Imus has, sometimes you make mistakes.
Wavy Gravy says he salutes mistakes. They're what makes us human, he
claims. And humanity beyond doubt, is what appears to be missing from this
equation. If we've lost the ability to laugh at ourselves, to laugh at each
other, to laugh together, then the PC world has succeeded in diminishing us all.
Political correctness, a term first used by Joseph Stalin, has
trivialized, sanitized and homogenized America, transforming us into a nation of
chain establishments and chain people.
Take heart, Imus. You're merely
joining a long and legendary laundry list of individuals who were summarily
sacrificed in the name of society's sanctimonious soul: Socrates, Jesus,
Galileo, Joan of Arc, Mozart and Mark Twain, who was decried as a racist until
the day he died for using the N-word rather prolifically in "Huckleberry Finn."
Speaking of which, there will always be plenty of Al Sharptons and
Jesse Jacksons around. There will be plenty of cowardly executives, plenty of
fair-weather friends, and plenty of Jehovah's Bystanders, people who believe in
God but just don't want to get involved. In this crowd, it could be argued that
we need a Don Imus just to wake us up once in a while.
There probably isn't a single one of Imus' vocal critics who come
anywhere close to matching his record of philanthropy or good acts on this
Judge a man by the size of his enemies, my father used to say. A man
who, year after year, has raised countless millions of dollars and has fought
hand-to-hand to combat against childhood cancer, autism, and SIDS - well, you've
got a rodeo clown who not only rescues the cowboy, but saves the children as
I believe New York will miss its crazy cowboy and America will miss the
voice of a free-thinking independent-minded, rugged individualist. I believe
MSNBC will lose many viewers and CBS radio many listeners.
Too bad for them. That's what happens when you get rid of the only guy
you've got who knows how to ride, shoot straight and tell the truth.
To quote Kurt Vonnegut, "so it goes."