posted on Apr, 12 2007 @ 05:12 PM
This is frightening, quite honestly. Not about Imus, he's an idiot. He said something offensive and stupid, and he deserved every bit of derision
that he received.
But this is a dangerous precedent: if you say something offensive, then you could be taken off the air waves. Where does it stop, and who decides who
gets taken off?
Sure, no one is going to line up to defend Imus. Least of all me. But what happens when it is someone you agree with. Last night, Kieth Olbermann
had a list of other people he thinks should be fired. The list included Limbaugh, Mike Savage, and Glenn Beck. I don't necessarily agree with
everything that those people say (Mike Savage in particular goes out of his way to be inflammatory and vitriolic), but they aren't spewing racially
motivated vitriol, and it is frightening that one person can make themselves the arbiter of who stays and who goes.
Today it may be someone we all disagree with, but tomorrow it may be someone that 50% of the people disagree with. Or someone whom 20% of the country
disagrees with? Or someone one person, the decision-maker, disagrees with?
It is a frightening day in America.
Quis custodiet custodes ipsos?
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