Here is what I had to say on the subject:
My feelings fall into two categories on this issue. First of all, the idea that Imus was FIRED is really pretty wrong even though that’s what everyone is calling it. What really happened wasn’t that MSNBC and CBS fired him on moral grounds, because what he said was WRONG, what happened was their advertisers, who didn’t want to be associated with that comment and alienate millions of customers (also not a MORAL choice), pulled their advertising. Without advertising, the show can’t support itself. So really, what happened was the show got pulled for lack of funding. That is not a moral stance, that is a financial decision. And I wish that point was being noted a little bit more in the media.
Secondly, it is incredibly hypocritical of the African American community to be so upset about this comment, yet still accept, condone, and produce rap music and hip hop that uses the same, and FAR WORSE language than what Imus used. If you want people to stop using that language, you have to lead by example. Just because my family is Jewish, it doesn’t mean I’m going to walk around calling myself and my friends k*kes. It doesn’t make it ok for me to do that, just because it’s about my own people. Do unto others…
What Imus said, even in jest, was wrong, but there are still things being left out in the media about this topic that are far more important that the fact that he said three disgusting words.
My two cents.