A quick thought on the whole Imus fiasco (these are my own thoughts, and don't necessarily represents the thoughts of cliffschecter.com and all herein. Thank you for your patronage).
Imus is basically a jackass. I know folks who listen to him and find him funny, but I never have. What he said is deplorable, and not necessarily any different than other things he has said over the years. He deserves all the condemnation he is receiving. And yes, he does look like the illegitimate 50 year old love child of Keith Richards and Kathy Bates after 6 months in rehab.
On the other hand, it bothers me when left-leaning folks call for him to be taken off the air. Imus is free to say what he wants, and other people are free to listen to it. If you find him offensive, organize a boycott. Go after his sponsors, use the capitalist system we have. If you cut down on his advertisers, he will disappear.
But banishing someone because you don't like what they say is an infringement of the First Amendment. We say some harsh things here at Cliffschecter.com. We will continue to do so, especially regarding the putrid piece of vomitous manflesh named Karl Rove.
It is likely that some will find our tone offensive. But that doesn't mean they have the right to stop us from saying what we believe.
Our capitalist democracy is an amazing achievement. It is a brilliant amalgam of ideas, leading to one of the freest societies man has ever known. We need to be careful of extinguishing even the slightest bit of those freedoms, even with the best intentions.
I look forward to hearing comments on why I am wrong