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Today is Jackie Robinson Day [MLB.com]
This Week in Baseball had a nice special on Robinson today.
A lot of players planned to wear the retired number 42 today in honor of Robinson; some whole teams, even. A lot of games were postponed for rain, though; maybe they'll still do it tomorrow.Baseball 0 comment(s) Add a comment...
Highly Paid Speech != Free Speech: The Almighty Market has spoken & Tim Russert's best friend has lost his cushy gig
I never watched or listened to "Imus in the Morning" for more than a few minutes. Occasionally I would come across the video simulcast of him at MSNBC.
I am pretty thoroughly not his audience -- whenever I tried watching, I could never understand what such a boring, nothing show was doing on a major cable news network. (It was more boring than regular cable news would have been, if you can imagine - long musical gaps with no talking, then a couple of muttered exchanges between the host and a sidekick, then another long music break. This is such interesting radio that MSNBC wants to show the video of it too? Does not compute.)
But he definitely had some kind of audience, because a whole lot of journalists like Tim Russert and Jon Meacham and politicians like John McCain and Joe Lieberman have made a real habit of showing up to hang out with the I-Man and promote their books and projects. That gives him a pretty rarefied standing, and it creates an implicit blessing that all these bigshots are conferring on Imus.
Now he finally got too loud and picked on someone who was very much not his own size in a way that people couldn't just turn a blind eye to any more, and so now it's goodbye. Couldn't happen to a nicer guy.
It's not like this was an isolated incident; Imus has been an asshole to everyone who isn't just like him for many, many years now. It's his whole shtick. From a 1995 column(!) that Digby dug up:
Clearly the bleeding off of sponsors had a whole lot to do with it; good for the sponsors.
Then again, one should give them only as much credit as they're due: It's not that they never supported Imus' dedicated assholery. It's that he finally became blatant and noxious and noticed enough that they decided it wasn't profitable to be associated with it.
The MSNBC and CBS statements about it all were incredibly weak; much better would have been:
And for everyone crying "censorship!", get a clue --
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