okay, so don imus can/should go get himself effed, sure, but i’ve known this for years. see, i have a long listening relationship with his flagship station, WFAN in nyc. around 1988, i turned to ‘the Fan’ as an insomniac and baseball fan – the station lulled me into something near comfort, made a Mets fan of me, and genuinely informed my love of talk, talk, talk, and listening during important, uncomfortable years. thus i’ve withstood imus for years, and long-awaited his being outed as acerbic (not incisive), absurd (not creative), and hateful.
“fuck ’em,”says me, but cosloy said it better over at cantstopthebleeding:
I’ve had the misfortune of listening to a ton of WFAN and WEEI programing whilst traveling between Boston and New York the past 3 days, and if I hear one more “what about hip-hop?” or “what about hymietown?” comment, I’m probably gonna shoot the radio. Apples and oranges doesn’t even begin to cover it. If you’re dopey enough to make Imus a martyr for free speech, please knock yourself out. And by that, I mean really, grab a ball-peen hammer and go to work on your own cranium, ’cause you’ve not got much else to save. While inconsiderate, offensive speech is just as worthy of protection as any other, there’s nothing “free” about a radio announcer who is being paid tens of millions of dollars by two major corporations for his ability to shift products for other major corporations. Once Imus had outlived his usefulness to those parties, they chose to part ways with stunning swiftness. As they often do for persons far less notorious.