In the latest twist to the Don Imus Controversy, NBC News has dropped the Don Imus Show from the lineup at it's MSNBC affiliate. The consequences of Mr. Imus' insensitive comments and the public reaction to those remarks continue to reverberate around the U.S.. Some say there will be a chilling reaction to this affair among the most popular and most controversial public commentators. Does this mean ludicrous figures such as Bill O'Reilly, Howard Stern, and Rush Limbaugh are now going to tone down their harsh rhetoric? Will Ann Coulter be further chastised? Or will the people across the U.S. who actually paid attention to this scandal simply forget about it and get back to talking about the next American Idol winner?
It seems to this author that people were willing to forgive and forget Trent Lott's statements in support of racial segregation.
"When Strom Thurmond ran for president (on a platform that supported racial segregation), we voted for him. We’re proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn’t have had all these problems over the years, either"
The stained Senator from Mississippi was re-elected after making those comments at Strom Thurmond's birthday party. Senator Lott continues to enjoy strong support from President Bush and most other Republican politicians.
Mr Lott and Mr. Imus have a long history of trash talking, not unlike professional athletes paid millions of dollars a year. People in the United States secretly like knowing the public figures they value the most still hold the racist values they claim to have forsaken.
Repeat offenders asking for forgiveness crowd the airwaves. Are we really to believe Mr. Gibson, Ms Coulter, Mr. Richards, Mr. Limbaugh, and now Mr. Imus when they tell us this has never happened before and will never happen again? They sound too much like the crack addict in the hands of the local police, the CIA and Pentagon torturers in prisons around the world, or the GOP Congressman luring teenage aides into sexual situations.
How can we forgive a repeat offender?
The most astounding act of forgiveness in recent days was demonstrated by The Old Order Amish after a neighbor shot their children at school. In the days soon after they plainly announced that they would not hold the family of the perpetrator to account. They even their condolences to the wife of the man that went on the shooting rampage. In these times where victims relatives immediately calling for the death penalty this act was a gentle reminder that some people actually do practice what they preach.
Now if someone else would recognize how foolish it is to keep an Attorney General that lies to Congress and works only like a puppet on a string.