© 2007 J. Matt Barber
Imus, recently unemployed pioneer of the high-dollar “shock-jock”
industry, is a truly gifted man. He
has the rare but unenviable ability to really
tick people off at both ends of the political spectrum and everywhere
in between. To the chagrin
of the leftist anti-war “you baby killer” crowd, he’s been a
staunch defender of our wounded troops at Walter Reed.
Yet he’s made a habit of regularly bashing social
conservatives and President Bush, having even gone so far as to
suggest that government mismanagement of Hurricane Katrina occurred
because Bush is a closet racist.
on the face of the earth knows by now that Imus was recently fired by
MSNBC and CBS for calling members of the
comments were racist, sexist, reprehensible and extremely unfair to
those extraordinary young women who are mostly just kids.
Their fathers and brothers are no doubt itching to take the
“I-Man” out behind the woodshed for a not-so-tender lesson in
“how to properly respect the fairer sex.”
instead, Imus sheepishly allowed himself to be dragged behind the
woodshed for a verbal thrashing by self-proclaimed “civil rights
champion” Al Sharpton. Imus
went on Sharpton’s radio program shortly after the story erupted in
an apparent attempt to salvage his career.
Sharpton, who many argue is himself a fire-breathing
anti-white, anti-Semitic racist, sang lead tenor in the colossal
chorus demanding Imus’ ouster. But
based on Sharpton’s own racial gaffe quotient and by his own
standard, shouldn’t he be standing in the unemployment line right
next to Imus? You have to
ask, where in the deepest pits of purgatory does Sharpton get off
asserting any moral
authority on this issue whatsoever?
just one of the many examples which highlight Sharpton’s harmonious
and penetrating racial wisdom: While
giving a speech at New Jersey’s Kean College in 1994, Sharpton
walked headlong into his own Imus-ism when he judiciously and
eloquently opined, “White folks was in
caves while we was building empires ... We taught philosophy and
astrology and mathematics before Socrates and them Greek homos ever
got around to it.”
there was no uproar … No outrage … No clamor for Sharpton’s head
on a silver platter. And
apart from a very few low-key media reports, we heard nothing but
of this liberal double standard are plentiful,
but hypocrisy and intellectual dishonesty are character traits so
deeply embedded in leftist DNA that we no longer even take notice.
And of course the mainstream media, which is charged with
pointing out such hypocrisy, happens to be cut from the same
ideological cloth, so don’t expect any help from them.
for Imus’ comments, the fundamental question is this: Are we really that
surprised that Don Imus would belt out such verbal rot in a
society that celebrates and emulates the racist and misogynistic
hip-hop, “gangsta-rap” culture?
Central to the hip-hop/rap lexicon is an apparent need to
systematically demean women by branding them “b*tches” and
“hos,” sometimes even suggesting that it’s somehow macho to slap
them around a bit. Additionally,
it’s common for young black men in the culture to refer to
themselves and one another as “pimps” and the “n-word.”
none of this provides justification for Imus’ disgusting comments,
the mixed message it sends might at least explain to a certain degree
why he mistakenly felt it was appropriate to say what he said.
for Sharpton, in the interest of full disclosure we should point out
that “Reverend Al,” who rarely deserves credit for much of
anything, has at least gingerly criticized the seedier side of the
hip-hop/rap culture in the past.
why hasn’t he called for the firing of rappers Jay-Z, Ludacris and
Djay for essentially parroting the “I-Man’s” racist and sexist
comments? Why hasn’t
Sharpton and his merry band of lefties demanded that the white rap
industry executives who get filthy rich off this swill also get the
axe? Sharpton went after
Imus like a Pit Bull on a Pekingese, stopping just short of demanding
he be hung upside down and peeled alive.
So what gives? Why
the double standard?
answer. Now that Imus has
been cut, the left smells blood in the water and the feeding
frenzy’s afoot. The Imus
affair is just the opening salvo.
It’s already being parlayed into a larger scheme to muzzle
Christian conservative policy organizations, the Fox News Channel,
conservative talk radio and anyone else who would dare to publicly
espouse a conservative viewpoint.
In the wake of the Imus debacle, David
Brock, president of the highly influential and extremely liberal Media
Matters “watchdog” group, didn’t even try to conceal the left’s
strategy. He nonchalantly
spread the First Amendment out on his kitchen floor so puppy could
potty, threatening, “More and more Americans are coming to
understand the damage done by major news organizations providing a
platform for bigoted commentary and other conservative misinformation.
… This decision sends a
clear message to other networks, journalists and media personalities
that bigotry and hate speech have no place on
Whoa… feel that chill?
Try this one on for size.
While writing in The New
York Times, homosexual actor and “gay” activist Harvey
Fierstein was encouraged by the Don Imus gag order saying that it
signaled the “eventual eradication” of all “expressions of
intolerance.” So if you
happen to believe that homosexual conduct is both immoral and
high-risk behavior, as the Bible and medical science establishes, then
consider yourself targeted for “eradication.”
But who defines the terms, and what
criterion is applied? Who
decides who enjoys freedom of speech and who suffers
what exactly is, “bigoted
commentary,” “expressions of intolerance,” “hate speech,”
and “conservative misinformation,” you might ask?
Well, it’s anything those jackbooted thought police on the left say it is, don’t ya know. And those of us found in violation of this dogmatic PC speech code – as I am right now – run the risk of public blacklisting and indefinite unemployment. After we’re sentenced by this McCarthyist tribunal, we can evidently look forward to being shackled, dragged off to a “progressive” re-education “rehab” camp and furiously flogged with a rolled up copy of The New York Times until we’re properly whipped into ideological submission.
I don’t know. … I
think I’ll go ahead and risk it just the same.
Matt Barber is one of the “like-minded men” with Concerned Women for America and serves as CWA’s Policy Director for Cultural Issues.