This must have been what forced CBS’s hand in firing Imus:
Before the CBS announcement, Imus appeared on WFAN radio Thursday. He lashed out at MSNBC, at the black activists who were his antagonists and at a prominent black Democrat, Harold Ford Jr., who ran for Senate last year with his endorsement.
“I mean, Harold Ford Jr. has been disgraceful for his lack of support,” Imus said on WFAN. “Because I endured death threats to support him in Tennessee.”
In a statement Wednesday – before Imus lost his job – Ford had called Imus “a good friend and a decent man.” But he also said Imus’s remarks were “reprehensible.”
After all this, after his apologies, after arranging to meet with the Rutgers’ team … Imus still plays the victim card? The decent thing to do would have been to say, “Yeah, I screwed up, and I deserve everything I’ve been getting.” Instead, whiny defensiveness. Amazing. He really doesn’t get it.
Speaking of denial and rationalization, here’s our good friend, “reasonable” conservative David Brooks:
“You know, most of us who are pundits are dweebs at some level. And he was the cool bad boy in the back of room,” Brooks said. “And so, if you’re mostly doing serious punditry, you’d like to think you can horse around with a guy like Imus.”
Brooks, who’s also a regular analyst for NPR’s All Things Considered, says he doesn’t believe Imus is a bigot.
“He deserved to feel some public humiliation. But he didn’t deserve to have his career ended,” Brooks said. “You know, when you’re dealing with humor, you’re not dealing with literal words. You’re dealing with people who are putting on a costume.”
Vapidity and shallowness of the punditry — check. Maintaining that “he’s not a bigot”, in spite of mountainous evidence to the contrary — check. Mind-warping rationalization: “Well, he doesn’t really mean what he says” — check.
That’s what passes for “reasonable”, I guess.
Update: shiltone correctly points out that it was sponsors like Staples and P&G (owners of Gillette) that forced CBS’s hand. Reward good behavior: Buy pens and razors from the locals.