Great comment by “hit and run” at this HotAir Headlines post regarding David Letterman’s tasteless, sexist jokes about Governor Sarah Palin and her 14 year-old daughter Willow.
You know, I feel sorry for Don Imus. It’s like he was used for a specific, time-limited, politically-driven purpose — and has no more value as a lesson in how ill-chosen, sexually-charged and hateful words directed at young women are intolerable in our society.
He was used this way by people like, oh, I don’t know, say, Barack Obama:
There’s also another kind of violence though that we’re gonna have to think about. It’s not necessarily physical violence but that the violence that we perpetrate on each other in other ways. Last week, the big news, obviously, had to do with Imus and the verbal violence that was directed at young women who were role models for all of us, role models for my daughter. I spend, along with my wife, a lot of time making sure that my two young daughters, who are gorgeous and tall and I hope will get basketball scholarships, that they feel good about who they are and that they understand they can do whatever they can dream might be possible. And for them to be degraded, or to see someone who looks like them degraded, that’s a form of violence – it may be quiet, it may not surface to the same level of the tragedy we read about today and we mourn, but it is violence nonethesame.
The verbal violence of Imus degrading the Rutgers women was enough for Obama to call for Imus’s resignation.
Oh, and yeah, Obama certainly does NOT consider Bristol to be a “role model for [his] daughters” because she decided to accept her “punishment” and carry, deliver and now raise precious little Tripp.
hit and run on June 13, 2009 at 11:00 PM
I wait with baited breath for the Left to use the same standard as their messiah and call what David Letterman said about Sarah Palin and her daughter Willow “verbal violence”, as well as call for his resignation.
Via a commentor at Ace of Spades:
Derbyshire actually making sense for once:
[Me] I repeat: Obama’s toast. He may yet get the Democratic nomination, but tens of millions of Americans who are neither (a) black nor (b) guilty white liberals are simply appalled that Obama would revere a guy like Jeremiah Wright for 20 years, whatever the particularities of which services he did and didn’t attend. It defies belief that Obama knew this man for all that time, intimately enough to have him supervise at the Obama wedding and the children’s baptisms, yet did not know that Wright is a white-hating, America-hating crank. Who on earth believes this?
The MSM can’t smother this, not in the age of the web, though they are trying mightily. (The Sunday New York Times “Week in Review” Section had nothing about Wright; neither did the main news section.) Americans are a fair-minded people, who find double standards obnoxious. A guy who says “nappy-headed ho’s” in an irreverent radio show is dragged round the city walls behind a chariot to the delighted howls of a mob of self-righteous “anti-racists”; yet a man who uses the authority of the cloth to damn our country and curse white people, is praised as a “biblical scholar” by a candidate for the presidency? I don’t think so. This won’t stand. The man is toast.
Posted by: TMF at March 17, 2008 01:34 PM
A friend sent me this blog post about boycotting the sponsors of The View in order to get Rosie O’Donnell fired: Boycott of “The View’s” Sponsors
Here was my response to him:
Personally, I think Conservatism should be against boycotts and should be in favor of simply turning the channel. We are starting a very dangerous trend if this is to become the norm, where anyone can be put off the air if enough pressure is put on sponsors and such. I think the best way to tell ABC that people do not like Rosie is that they lose viewership. Apparently, The View has enough people watching, so they don’t take Rosie off the air. We cannot have the free market turn into mob rule. Things should succeed or fail on their own, not because some mob threatened the sponsors of a show.
Imagine if this was a show that you liked and you found out that a bunch of fascist liberals forced it off the air based on putting pressure on the sponsors and making it into a big media ordeal. Simply because they did not agree with what the person was saying.
Remember what the liberals tried to do with The Path to 9/11. Do we want to start a trend in which shows such as that can be stopped from airing based on a bunch of liberals using mob rule to pressure sponsors to not air a show? Recall that ABC specifically did not allow sponsors for that mini-series, because they did not deem it appropriate for the sensitive subject matter. But imagine if they had. Liberals would have pressured those sponsors, they would have withdrawn support and then The Path to 9/11 would have been pulled. Is this what we want the future to be? Remember that liberals control the media and liberals also are MUCH more organized than Conservatives. Mostly, because they have nothing better to do. But if you want more of an idea of the fascist goals of the American Left, read this: MEDIA MATTERS: AN AGENDA TO SHAPE AMERICA
I don’t like the path this country is taking if we are simply going to start forcing things off the air this way. As I said, people should succeed or fail on their own. And people succeed when they have listeners or viewers and they fail when people stop tuning into their shows. That is how it should be. This boycotting stuff is borderline fascism.
Boycott The View the right way: by not watching it.
Steve Gilbert at the Conservative blog Sweetness and Light highlights in great detail the fascist agenda of the Democrats in the whole Don Imus situation. The hidden agenda in all of this is to shut down Conservative speech. In other words, the American Left is finally showing their true fascist colors.
They gave us a sneak peek when they threatened to revoke ABC’s broadcast license over “The Path to 9/11” mini-series which aired last year. They also give us sneak peeks periodically every time they shout down or throw things at Conservative speakers or rush the stage to shut down Conservative speeches held across the country. The most infamous example is when Leftists at Columbia University rushed the stage when the Minutemen were giving a speech about illegal immigration and shut down the speech. They also are giving us a sneak peek in their efforts to shut down debate about apocalyptic “man caused Global Warming”. Any scientific facts that are presented which counter their theory, they discard and disregard. Any scientist who presents facts and data which counter their theory, they threaten with taking away their funding or they smear them by saying they are paid by oil companies or call them the equivalent of Holocaust deniers. And let us not forget the push for the Democrats to bring back the “Fairness Doctrine”, which they are doing specifically to shut down popular and successful Conservative talk radio. (Thanks to Cory in the comments for the reminder)
And now, taking advantage of the mountain the Reverends Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton have made out of the molehill of the comments by Don Imus, the Democratic National Committee’s Media Arm is working to censor Conservative voices. This, ladies and gentlemen, is fascism. And it is coming from the Democrat Party. Also, of note, is that David Brock is connected to Hillary Clinton. This is just one more example of what would happen if we allow Democrats to take power in the White House. We will officially become a fascist state.
You will notice that the only people Media Matters calls out for censorship are personalities who are Conservatives. Apparently the racist, sexist, bigoted humor of such Left-wing outlets as Air America, Bill Maher and ABC’s The View are just fine and dandy.
This is not about censorship of racist, sexist and/or bigoted things said on the public airwaves. This is about shutting down thoughts and ideas of those opposed to Liberalism, Socialiasm and Communism. In other words, shutting down Conservatives. Liberals cannot defend their positions with logic and facts, so they have to use fascist tactics to win the debate.
We are heading towards dangerous, Orwellian times ahead if people do not wake up and fight the Left’s plans.
Via Steve Gilbert at Sweetness and Light: DNC’s Media Matters Wants Censorship of Airwaves
Have no fear fellow citizens, Media Matters For America is going to protect you from hearing “hate speech” on your radio.
As many here know, Media Matters is run by the professional propaganda hack David Brock.
Mr. Brock jumps on any chance to try to control free speech in this country. And the “nappy-headed” Imus incident is proving to be no exception.
From Media Matters:
It’s not just Imus
Thu, Apr 12, 2007 6:55pm EST
On April 11, NBC News announced that it was dropping MSNBC’s simulcast of Imus in the Morning in the wake of the controversy that erupted over host Don Imus’ reference to the Rutgers University women’s basketball team as “nappy-headed hos.” The following day, CBS president and CEO Leslie Moonves announced that CBS — which owns both the radio station that broadcast Imus’ program and Westwood One, which syndicated the program — has fired Imus and would cease broadcasting his radio show.
But as Media Matters for America has extensively documented, bigotry and hate speech targeting, among other characteristics, race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and ethnicity continue to permeate the airwaves through personalities such as Glenn Beck, Neal Boortz, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly, Michael Savage, Michael Smerconish, and John Gibson…
[ . . . ]
And by “a higher standard” and “the fundamentals of journalism” Mr. Brock means barring the expression of any opinion that differs from his own — or more precisely, from the Democrat National Committee’s doctrine.
For while most people around here know that Media Matters is largely bankrolled by the self-confessed Nazi helper, convicted insider trader and fugitive from justice George Soros, it is also backed and run by top Democrats.
Go read the whole thing. It should anger you and make you sick to your stomach to know just how fascist is the Left in this country and their true evil plans they have in the works for America.
I encourage everyone to go read (and, if you are so inclined, comment on and leave kudos for) the blog of Beverly aka Whitney Blogston, a Black woman who puts the Don Imus manufactured “controversy” in proper perspective. Kudos to you, Beverly.
Here is her blog post: Imus is ousted, but rappers are allowed to stay? WHATEVER! (Updated)