Despite Imus being a member of the left-leaning mainstream media, did he deserve to be fired? More importantly, what business does Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson have in leading a charge to have Imus fired for racial remarks when they are the top two race-baiters alive on planet earth?
The truth about Sharpton and Jackson’s histories of exploiting racial tensions is well known, yet they continually get a pass from those in the media.
Meredith Vieira on the Today show did bring up Jesse Jackson’s past use of the anti-semitic slur “hymie,” but it was in the form of an apology to him for mentioning it. “… Reverend Jackson, I apologize, but some of your critics reminded me of 1984, and I remember it as well. You were running for president, and you referred to New York City as as ‘Hymietown’.”
Al Sharpton’s past exploitation of race in the Tawana Brawley case, and the Crown Heights riot which resulted in the murder of Yankel Rosenbaum, and in the Freddy’s Fashion Mart protest that fueled violence resulting in several deaths, is well known to those in the media. For some reason, though, those in the media don’t deem it important enough to alert viewers to that history when interviewing Sharpton on the subject of race.
Al Sharpton inserted himself into the Imus controversy in a big way, interviewing him on his radio show and refusing to accept an apology from Imus. Sharpton called early on for Imus to be fired. Yet few, if any, reporters interviewing Sharpton about the Imus comments brought up Sharpton’s past.
La Shawn Barber writes often on race and offers this emphathetic statement:
I’m embarrassed by the way some blacks have reacted to Imus’s remarks and thoroughly disgusted by their white enablers. As a multiracial society, America is rife with double standards. There’s one standard of acceptable behavior for whites, and another, much lower standard of acceptable behavior for blacks (of all socioeconomic classes). It’s shameful. Everybody knows it, but few will publicly admit it.
Captain Ed notes that Democrats just shot themselves in the foot:
Don Imus started a brushfire of criticism for the latest in a series of racially insensitive remarks last week, ultimateky costing him his broadcasting platforms at CBS and NBC. Much of the demand for his termination came from the efforts of Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, two former Democratic presidential candidates (2004 and 1988, respectively), who fired up demands for boycotts against Imus’ sponsors. Their success may present a problem for their party, however, as Democrats routinely used Imus to access independent white male voters who comprised a large part of his audience:
That’s because, over the years, Democrats such as Ford came to count on Imus for the kind of sympathetic treatment that Republicans got from Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity. Equally important, Imus gave Democrats a pipeline to a crucial voting bloc that was perennially hard for them to reach: politically independent white men.
Who appeared with Imus over the last few years? Men like Ford, John Kerry, and Barack Obama. Chris Dodd recently appeared to announce his candidacy for the presidential race. Kerry made a few appearances during his presidential bid in 2004, and undoubtedly the Democrats planned to have their eventual nominee do the same next year. Without Imus, the options for talk radio run to whatever’s left of Air America — and Al Franken doesn’t work there any more.
Next, one Malik Shabazz, leader of the “New Black Panther Party,” refuses to apologize for lynching the innocent Duke lacrosse players–and then proceeds to call me a “political prostitute” and mouthpiece for whites. Like I haven’t heard that a half-million times before. (The Left’s whore fixation continues. See also: The vile bile we have to put up with.)
He could have at least rapped it. Or said something about my hair. Maybe borrow a page from Wonkette next time and toss in a gratuitous ping-pong ball joke.
Yup, I’ve heard it all before. Comes with the territory when you’re an uppity brown woman who strays from the liberal plantation, you know.
Hot Air has the video of Michelle with talk-show host Opio Sokoni:
He admits that hip-hop has a problem, then blames it on George Washington.
Painfully easy exit question: Surber says it’s time for MM to have her own show. Is he right?
She’s back again hosting The Factor tonight. I think so.
Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson will always exploit race as long as no one calls them out. It’s on the Democrats and the media to do so. Democrats need to acknowledge the damage Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson have done to race relations. And they need to apologize for their empowering of Sharpton and Jackson to profit from the issue of race for so many years?
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