Friday, April 13, 2007


Passover was nice in Chicago. The weather is still closer to February than April, but I hope that in the next week or so it changes.

On the "Imus" flap. I hold the following people responsible: Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and Paul Waldman of Media Matters, a left-wing crybaby media "watchdog" group.

Yes you immature children from Media Matters, you are AS responsible if not more so for the hype and tempest over something that should have been handled privately. You blast a fax to all of the pressure groups which made this thing blow up.

I feel that all responsible news organizations should ban Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton from their shows. They are divisive and irresponsible.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you think Imus did anything wrong?

April 13, 2007 1:40 PM  
Blogger haKiruv said...

I went up to Chicago for a couple days for Pesach and it was very cold. But, I learned a lot of neat stuff.

April 14, 2007 6:37 PM  
Blogger frumhouse said...

I agree with your take on Sharpton and Jackson. I don't think Imus should have been fired. Fined, public apology, meeting with the team - yes. What he said was ignorant and apparently he has made similarly ignorant statements about Jews, for which he was never taken to task.

April 14, 2007 7:36 PM  
Blogger Shmuel said...

What if Imus were to make a comment about "hook-nosed Shylocks"? That would be a rough equivalent. Like "nappy-headed hos," it says something both about our physical appearance and our moral character. Would you still let him off so lightly?

If such statements about blacks or Jews were coming from someone who has had little or no exposure to either, we might excuse it as merely ignorant.

That is obviously not the case with Imus.

April 15, 2007 8:11 PM  
Blogger JMNOR55 said...

that is true about Imus's comments. However, I think as does a lot of non-urban America, that the black victim game is getting old and tiresome. At some point this has to stop. If it doesn't, we won't get anywhere and our enemies in the Middle East will exploit our weaknesses, which they are doing already.

How come the same media didn't apologize to the Duke Lacrosse players who were wrongly accused of rape? Fortunately they had the means to defend themselves.

April 16, 2007 7:53 AM  
Anonymous ben said...

You don't think Imus should have been fired? I am not arguing one way or the other. Still, can you honestly cliam you would not have been calling for his termination had he made such comments about Jews on a nationaly syndicated radio show? I think not.

Then, there is this idea of "banning" Sharpton and Jackson. Sure, they are insincere opportunists, but ban them from the airwaves. Listen to yourself! Who do you sound like? A little hypocritical, is it not?

I would just like to add that the idea that this is something that should have been taken up in private is absurd. The comments were made in the public sphere for public consumption and were rightly dealt with on that level.

April 17, 2007 10:37 AM  
Blogger JMNOR55 said...

Yes Ben it does sound hypocritical of me to ban Sharpton or Jackson from the airwaves. However, my point is that they feed on these types of situations and news organizations need to be more responsible and know when not to use them.

All politicians, celebrities, etc. thrive on adulation. The more that they're in the news, the better. If there's no need for Sharpton, Jackson, etc. then they cease to be famous.

April 18, 2007 8:32 AM  

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