Monday, June 23, 2008

Was Imus so wrong?

I love controversy, especially when the media and all the civil rights groups work themselves into a frenzy over some dumb remarks made by people they spend way too much worrying about what they say and do.

The Sporting Life news reports:

"More than a year after being fired for making racially insensitive comments about the Rutgers women's basketball team, on Monday Imus caused an uproar for comments he made regarding Dallas Cowboys cornerback Adam Jones during his 'Imus in the Morning' radio show.

During a segment about why Jones dropped his well-known nickname 'Pacman', anchor Warner Wolf told Imus that Jones had "been arrested six times since being drafted by Tennessee in 2005".

Imus asked, "What color is he?" and Wolf responded by saying that "he's African-American."

"Well, there you go," Imus replied. "Now we know."

Ok now, the police have interviewed Pacman Jones in regards to at least ten separate incidents in the past three years and in five of those cases, he was arrested. Normal people who mind their own business and don't get into trouble normally don't get interviewed by the police ten times nor do they get arrested five times. This is not the first time, nor the last time this kind of thing has happened in pro sports. This doesn't mean black athletes are more likely to get into trouble and break the law, but stats would show a trend. .

Imus's opinion based on what his own view of things and in America, we don't lynch a guy for his opinion, at least not yet. Imus has a right to his opinion even if we all think he's one fry short of a happy meal. Now if Imus's sponsors don't like him, fine--they can end sponsorship of his show, but the media frenzy about to be unleashed on Imus is simply bullshit.

As if there's not enough shit going on in the world that could use more coverage...

In fact, one serious issue lacking coverage comes to mind and that's how the Dubai Ports deal, which millions of Americans had protested and fought against, was approved secretly and behind our backs this weekend and without a single solitary peep from the drive-by media.

That's because they're obviously too preoccupied with the more important issues--like whether or not Imus is racist.

Oy vey.

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