Friday, April 13, 2007

Good riddance, Don Imus

Welcome to my first post on The Word on Words. My hope is that you'll be entertained and enlightened -- and perhaps incensed -- by my take on the world of communications...

Well, I can't say that I was ever a big fan of shock jock Don Imus. Hard to be when you never listen(ed) to his radio show or watch(ed) his TV show. After he made a fool of himself on the air with his remarks regarding the Rutgers University women's basketball team, CBS and MSNBC did the right thing by pulling the plug on this bozo.

It's one thing to express your constitutionally protected opinions. It's quite another to trash an entire group of innocent women in one fell swoop.

As a journalist, I'm all for upholding the First Amendment right to free speech. But speech isn't so free when it comes at the expense of insulting a group of people who did nothing to deserve such a mini-tirade.

Mr. Shock Jock shouldn't be shocked that CBS and MSNBC yanked him from the airwaves. In the end, Imus choked on his own vile words. Let this be a lesson to other talking heads on radio and TV: Measure your words carefully, or you may lose your electronic soapbox.

Until next time...

John

2 comments:

Smr said...

Well said. I couldn't agree more!

Anonymous said...

I've never been a fan of "shock jock" radio either, and I'm glad to see one of them called on their disgusting antics. Anything that nudges our society toward some civility is certainly welcome.