Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Personal Asides: You Mean Weve Got to Listen To Sharpton on the Imus Thing? The Self-Same Sharpton? Side by Side with Jesse the Pout?
Sharpton & The Pout.
My personal belief is that the scurrilous comment by Don Imus is more than a verbal slip. It has to be more than that. Suppose he had used the n-word. That would be a slip. To use a convoluted descriptive terming the Rutgers womens basketball team as nappy-headed hos sounds suspiciously like something far beyond a slip or even grotesque distortion. In 1977 WNBC fired Imus for cocaine and vodka habits and missing a hundred days of work in one year. He battled alcoholism while in New York and in 1987 found treatment, announcing in 2006 that he has remained sober for 18 years. While Imus is known for his outrageous humor, the statement he has made is not just outrageous, it is sappy and so belligerent as to defy any logical explanation. I think hes a guy who is telling us he needs help.
Beyond Imus unintelligible foray, the fact that Al Sharpton and Reverend Jesse Jackson are taking umbrage is outside the pale. When Sharpton appeared on the NBC Today show yesterday, the host Matt Lauer mildly said that Sharpton was a person of controversy in the past. Controversy? In 1987 Sharpton devised nothing less than a hoax on the public involving Tawana Brawley charging that the 15-year-old African American girl had been abducted, raped and smeared with dung by a group of white men. The crime never happened. Sharpton invited the white man he accused of suing him. He sued and won a $345,000 defamation verdict against Sharpton. In 2004 Sharpton was asked by Tim Russert whether he would apologize. His answer: To apologize for believing and standing with a womanI think all of us need to take womens claims more seriously. No apology for standing up for civil rights. What fetid garbage.
Why the media allowed Sharpton to take umbrage with all the baggage he has is remarkable. They dont recognize that Reverend Jesse Jackson, known here as The Pout for his bullying monopolization of the media, rushed to picket NBC here because the two are in a demagogic race to appear to speak for all African Americans. The media must understand that they are playing a fools game by patronizing these two demagogues in an effort to get even with Imus. Imus may well have his own recurrence of chemical problems; Sharpton and Jackson are in exploitation of hate for the long haul. Jacksons own anti-Semitic tirade on New York city by calling it hymie-town is ignored. The question is: are black demagogues receiving affirmative action forgiveness from the white guilt-ridden media?
The real censure must be placed where it belongs on Imus on Sharpton and on Jackson. When will the news media stop patronizing these fakers?