Thank you Robert, as eloquent as ever.
His words were as you said "off the cuff". sometimes "off the cuff" remarks are not very well thought out.
Who among us has not said things which as we said them, we wish the words would be "collected back", to our mouths.
His show has been on the air for at least 30 years.
He is an "East coast icon", however "West coast people" had to be looking at the "simulcast" on Msnbc, to see/hear the broadcast., it came on here at 6.a.m
A very "stupid" thing to say,--- however--- he has benefited mankind with his ENORMOUS contributions to , mostly Childrens charities, has made HUGE sums of money for the sponsors of his shows,(as well as himself), they "now pull the plug.
His main accusers seem to be "the usual gang", I.E. Sharpton and Jackson, how hypocritical these people are. One can not forget Sharptons attempt to destroy others, in the false accusations, and "Made up" rape of one Tawana Brawley, Jacksons reference of New York as "Hymie Town", yet they are given a "free ride".
The remarks of Imus were rascist, and stupid, however I do believe he wishes" he could collect them back in to his mouth.
Most of us sometimes make stupid remarks, we do not have "a live microphone, and audience listening., one can say that such a person in that position should be aware of what they are saying, again , we are human beings, and are prone to human frailties, one of those frailties is that SOMETIMES, we say stupid things, not all of us have a national audience present when we "emit idiocy".
Black people are NOT immune from making rascist remarks, we ALL as a part of this human race are capable of making "Rascist remarks", Most of us try Not to, because it is not right.
I believe that "knowingly" supporting "race hate", as in the case of "Brawley", (as Sharpton did for his own self aggrandisement, and furthering his political career), is unconscionable.
I believe that references such as "Hymietown" tell us what the Revd. Jackson really thinks., yet they continue to be immune from critisism, the National media seems to be "scared stiff", as to holding them accountable for "THEIR idiotic statements.
They "continue to feed at the "public trough", they enrich themselves by convincing others that "Their lot in life", has nothing to do with what they do for themselves, but has EVERY THING to do with what others are doing to them.
In so doing they continue to enrich themselves at the expense of those very same people.
The statements Imus made offended , and one can understand why.,
I do believe this has been "blown out of proportion".
This subject has been discussed on the "local media", the past couple of days, some of the conversation has referred to the "Rap"---"So called, music industry"---
Why is it O'K for these "so called musicians" to profit on mostly denigrating Women, this denigration is more blatant and VILE than one could imagine, Women are constantly referred to as "Bitches" and "Hos", VERY UGLY words, yet this language is becoming "used to" as being the "norm"., the "N" word is in "every line", a VERY UGLY word, because it is very offensive to so many., and is NOT necessary to use., if people stopped using it, in a couple of generations it would disapear.,---what is wrong with using "The English language.
I have used this forum to state my belief that how we use language is important, and have been critisised, that is why in school we have "English" classes, why use "slang deliberately", why mispronounce deliberately??
On this subject I disagree with Thomas Canty, language can sometimes be mis-used, it is NOT O'K to use language to do harm or hurt, language can not be legislated as to it's use, we are free to speak, language IS communication, it changes all the time., but we are responsible as to how we use it.
It is NOT NECESSARY to OFFEND.
One can be offended by many things on "the air", (Nothing offends me,)because I have developed a "very thick skin" to combat said "unecessary statements)," , but if it did I would not "run to the nearest protection agency, to get the "said offender, Fired".
On the subject of "bad taste, broadcasting," we KNOW that 3000 plus "innocents" died when "Whacko Fascist Moslems" flew planes in to "Skyscrapers" and comitted MURDER ., When T.V. person O.Donnell says that was perpetrated by the U.S. Govt., A.B.C. and the rest of the media , is silent.
When T.V. person O'Donnell says Iran is a friendly nation and WE are "the Villain", A.B.C. and the rest of the media is silent.
When T.V. person O'Donnell says the man "Who sawed off" Daniel Pearls head is an innocent man, "WHAT THE HELL",(good English terminology), (I could have said "WHAT ON EARTH", but the former is more appropriate for her), IS SAID "BiT-c-H Ho--"O'Donnell doing spouting viscious propaganda EVERY DAY on the air, and Imus is "out of work".