April 09, 2007
Don Imus and Al Sharpton: Perfect Together
So, radio shock artist Don Imus has been suspended for two weeks for racist remarks he and his staff made about the Rutgers womens basketball team.
He's made remarks just like this over a period of thirty years or more on New York and national radio airwaves. This isn't exactly news to anyone who has come upon his show.
I've had no respect for this guy since an incident he had back in 1999 or 2000. He was up in Scranton, PA to do a live morning broadcast for the local radio affiliate. As he checked into the hotel, strict orders were given for them not to put any callers through to Imus' room, since he'd have to wake up at 4am or whatever.
Well, a call was made to the hotel--from his wife, Deirdre Imus. The hotel operator wouldn't put her through, as per the instructions. Mrs. Imus allegedly got very nasty to the operator, and called, again and again--and of course was not put through.
Well, the next day, Imus got up, spoke to this Deirdre Imus, and then went on the national airwaves. He then proceeded to rip the hell out of the hotel and the hotel operator, the $9 an hour (or whatever) person who was "stupid" enough to have obeyed the instructions that Imus and his staff gave her.
I can forgive a lot of things, I cannot forgive someone rich and powerful abusing that power against someone who they know has no power to fight back.
After the recent incident, Imus went on Al Sharpton's show to apologize. I'm sure the apology was sincere.
Since we speak of racist incidents, big Al Sharpton has yet to apologize for the racist incidents he himself has been a major actor in, including the infamous
Tawana Brawley hoax.
Imus and Sharpton: perfect together.