Call me crazy but there is something about the fireing of Don Imus that I don't trust. Perhaps ABC Radio has decided to clean up it's act, but I doubt it. Since when have they had any sort of conscience. The answer, never!
Imus was a racist and antisemite. For that there is no excuese, except perhaps being born in America, where many in his audience probably agree with him. He should have been gone a long time ago. Perhaps it is the timeing I don't trust. I am willing to bet there is more to the story.
I am also squeamish about the seeming arbitrariness of it all. There are plenty of radio hosts that foist misogynistic, racist, antisemitic crap on the listening audience. Rush Limbaugh comes to mind immediately with his "feminazies" and his "halfrican" comments. Not to mention his crude parody of Michael Fox last year.
In the Minneapolis market we have KQRS. The Morning Show's Tom Barnard is routinely racist in the material he chooses to air. If you ever wanted to study negative stereotypes. All all you have to do is listen to his drive time schtick.
Much of drive time and right wing radio reduces the level of public discourse to picking on minorities, women, the poor, and Democrats. When did a drive time DJ call a white executive to sucker with some prank? Where is CBS Radio's corporate decisiveness and morality on all that?
Don Imus dished it out to all sides of the political spectrum, not just the Democrats. Perhaps that is why he was expendable?