I know the whole Don Imus issue has rended this blog in twain, so I’ll tread lightly as to not create too much tension.  Glenn just pointed me to a great editorial in today’s Daily News.  Going along with the comments of the National Association of Black Journalists yesterday, columnist Filip Bondy is calling for the firing of Don Imus.  He echoed a few of the points I made:

What he said was terrible not only because of its content, which was despicable in its own right. It was even worse because of its target, a group of 19- to 21-year-old, largely African-American women from a nearby state university who had just accomplished something wonderful and unexpected by reaching the Final Four. What do you tell these women now, who did absolutely nothing to deserve such shameful scorn, to face such horrendous racist remarks?

He also brought up some good examples of similar situations in the past:

He should be axed for one of the most despicable comments ever uttered on the air. If Limbaugh can be dumped by ESPN for an ill-informed opinion about Donovan McNabb, if Rosenberg can be dropped by WFAN for his vile comments about Kylie Minogue’s battle with breast cancer, then Imus deserves the same treatment, despite his status.

I know that my fellow blogger Pete is a Don Imus fan, but I find it impossible to defend the things he said.  But he went too far.  He said something awful and truly unfunny.

You can talk about Imus just being Imus, about how he’s doing a shtick and should never be taken seriously. But even if you grant him the Charles Barkley exception, even if you want to say, “That’s just Imus,” you just can’t with this one. That’s how bad it was. Rutgers officials called his comments “unconscionable,” and that is exactly the right word for them.

I may feel the issue stronger than many people because I’m a peer and a classmate and a fan, and I’ve developed a pretty strong connection to this team over the course of the season, especially in the tournaments.  But his apology was half-assed and forced.  He attacked a great group of people out of sheer ignorance, and should be punished properly for it.

Here’s the deal, or what the deal ought to be: You don’t get to say these things, even if you finally decide to change your mind and apologize, nearly 24 hours later. You just don’t call young college women “nappy-headed hos.”

If you do, you should lose your microphone, whether or not you are the bread and butter and honey and cash cow of the local sports station.

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