Regarding the Imus mess, I have to agree that what Imus said was bigoted and stupid. Many years ago, I was an Imus listener, but I stopped listening when I got tired of stupid comments that weren't even so bad. The worst offender was usually the guy who kicked off this mess, his producer Bernard McGuirk.
I don't know if Imus deserved to be fired--a costly suspension might have sent a sufficient message--but I'm not too upset, either. He was stupid. What bothers me is that the effort against him was led by Al "Tawana Brawley" Sharpton and Jesse "Hymietown" Jackson. These are men who have done terribly offensive things, to say the least. So their screaming about Imus really doesn't sit well. The members of the college team he was talking about? Sure, they're entitled to yell. But Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson? Give me a break. As soon as Jesse Jackson pays a real price for his anti-Semitic characterization of New York, then we can talk about apologies not being enough. And don't even get me started on that phony Sharpton.
On another topic, tonight's news here in New York had a story about a German drill instructor encouraging a soldier to shoot better by imagining he was aiming at black men in the Bronx. Again, stupid, but this really is making a mountain out of a molehill.
First of all, it's Germany. Yes, I'm biased. All one generally has to do to get me going about Germany is give me the slightest little reason. I managed to upset a good friend a few months back, because I was so bent out of shape over what sounded to me like his too favorable comments about Germany. We kissed and made up, but you get the idea. So I was all ears when I heard that there was some horrid story about racism from Germany. And then this is the story?
Please! If everything American drill sergeants said was put on tape, I doubt we'd all be thrilled with every word. So some German drill sergeant said to pretend they were aiming at black guys. Yes, it's racist and a horrible thing to say, but it's not like the German government announced that it was a new official training program! The guy is an embarrassment to the German army (and there's something that takes some doing--embarrassing the German army!), but that should call for his lieutenant tearing him a new one. I don't think it's worth pissing off tons of people by making it a major news story! The media really need to get a grip!