Thursday, April 12, 2007

Don Imus Fired From CBS Radio/MSNBC Cable

I have never heard anything good about radio talk show host Don Imus, but I have found myself listening to him on MSNBC television from time to time when I am up that early in the morning. Imus is an acquired taste and it is hard to find anyone who has a neutral attitude about his radio program. Tonight, MSNBC announced that they are canceling the Don Imus early morning simulcast of the “Imus in the Morning” radio program and that is both good and bad news for regular people like me. When I was growing up in the 1970’s I was a radio announcer that had dreams of someday making it to the big time market of New York City. Even in the 1970’s, Don Imus was a known commodity to eager young people like me that had dreams of making it big in the radio business.

It troubles my heart that a long time successful talent like Don Imus could have a decades long career wiped out because of some stupid commits made by him on the radio that were no more than a sentence long. Yes, what he said was disgusting and wrong, but ask yourself were his comments of a few days ago any worse that he has spouted out of his mouth many times over the years? I think not. What has happened to Don Imus is that he got stuck in the old days of radio when anything could be said by a shock jock on the radio. Back then, even if people were hurt by obscene comments, a radio announcer like Imus was protected by his employer because negative news many times lead to bigger ratings and higher revenue for the radio station. Those days are long gone and in that respect it is Don Imus that has not been able to change with the times and that inability to change will eventually cost him his job on CBS radio as well.

The negative part of this Don Imus scandal is that a few minority leaders were able to grab the national news media spotlight and cast a wide net across someone like Don Imus that no human being could survive. Yes, Imus screwed up big time, but did his mistake justify his dismissal from MSNBC? Probably not and that it is part of this story that should concern everyone. There are people in this world that desire to build public careers by tearing down other people that have achieved a certain level of success. These types of actions have taken place over the years in the civil rights movement and in my opinion they do a disservice to most minorities that definitely know the difference between right and wrong.

When all the dust settles and Don Imus finally retires with his wife and young child in New Mexico, all the uproar of the past few days will fade and someone new will be destroyed in the same way as Don Imus. I believe the biggest problem in the world today is that people do not think for themselves, so they line up either with extremist on the far right or far left that have agendas that have nothing to do with the person they are attacking. If all Americans were using their brains, to keep up with current events, instead of reading tabloid magazines and listening to celebrities like Rosie and Oprah. They would be able to figure out for themselves what the truth is and not be forced to depend on the likes of Jesse Jackson and Rush Limbaugh to guide them through their daily lives.

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