Why was Imus Allow to Remain on the Air for so long? Wonkette Speaks

Do the right thing.

4 Words.

So simple.

But not necessarily because it requires you to think of the impact that your words AND OR your silence has on others.

Do the Right Thing Brings me to Wonkette and how she along w/ the many other White people appeared on Imus despite what he said, because he helped her shine.


As the invites kept coming, I found myself succumbing to the clubhouse mentality that Imus both inspires and cultivates. Sure, I cringed at his and his crew’s race-baiting (the Ray Nagin impersonations, the Obama jokes) and at the casual locker-room misogyny (Hillary Clinton’s a “bitch,” CNN news anchor Paula Zahn is a “wrinkled old prune”), but I told myself that going on the show meant something beyond inflating my precious ego. I wasn’t alone. As Frank Rich noted a few years ago, “It’s the only show … that I’ve been on where you can actually talk in an informed way ? not in sound bites.” Yeah, what he said!

1. For the record, a reasonable person would infer that “casual locker room” placed infront of misogyny was intended to soften the crudeness of the term misogyny.

But It doesn’t. It merely demonstrates what she thinks is acceptable language from a man that helps HER get cake.

I’m embarrassed to admit that it took Imus’ saying something so devastatingly crass to make me realize that there just was no reason beyond ego to play along. I did the show almost solely to earn my media-elite merit badge. The sad truth is that unless you have a book to promote, there’s often no other reason any writer or columnist has to do the show.

Girl. Don’t be embarrased have some integrity.

And ask yourself.

What OTHER clubs am I a member of whose entrace price requires a jar of vaseline and extended periods where I suspend my integrity?

And here is where the gettin’ gets good.

It’s depressingly easy to find female journalists who will tolerate or ignore bigotry if it means getting into the boys’ club someday. (If only I were the only one.)

This astute observation brings me to another questions.

At the end of the day do the Wonkettes of the world feel more kinship w/ the nappy headed ho’s or the boys clubs of the world?

Based on her article and previous appearances. Her choice was clear.

Perhaps the future will tell us something different The Wonkettes will Do the Right Thing.

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Blog fam.

I am clearly on a tear w/ this topic.

You know what it is.

Here @ MM, we talk about these topics all the time.

But now the rest of the world is yapping, so we have oodles of
good source material. NICE!

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Why was Imus allowed to stay on the air for so long? White People’s Complacency w/ bigotry. Part I.

I thihk that its dope that Post Imus (p.i) there is more dialogue ABOUT how harmful g-rap is and a very small, yet significant conversation on about the WHITE PEOPLE who appeared to benefit on his show.

White Privilage Analysis.

De.lic.ious.

So far, only two white people have written about the benfits of rockin’ with Imus.

1. Ann Marie Cox aka Wonkette.

2. Sam Tanenhaus
Sam basically says that he was able to look the other way when it came to Imus’s bigotry because Imus helped him shine.

Cool. At least he aknowledging it.

For a period lasting many months I was one of Mr. Imus?s collaborators, or enablers ? in fact one of the more conspicuous ones. In October 1997, when I was a freelance writer, a friend phoned with the news that Mr. Imus had begun talking up my book, ?Whittaker Chambers: A Biography.? He did not succeed in making it a best seller, as he did in some other cases, but his efforts resulted, by my estimation, in an additional 10,000 sales, plenty for a densely footnoted biography with a $35 price tag.

More gratifying still were the letters and phone calls from readers, not the presumed yahoos we?ve been hearing about in recent days, but civil and courteous people from all walks of life ? students, retirees, history buffs and, in some instances, professional authors ? who also were part of Mr. Imus?s following.

Which brings me to the contributory negligence.

You see. In life. We all give up a little bit of our integrity for something.

Its the way the game is played.

Below, Sam disloses how he gave up some of his for some Imus Shine.

By now, I was tuning in regularly. It had become part of my routine: waking up each morning to WFAN and the frisson of hearing my name broadcast on the radio. Of course, I was hearing other things, too, and they were disturbing at times: slurs against black athletes, an ?impersonation? of Clarence Thomas that didn?t sound like him at all (unlike the impersonations of white figures), but instead drew on the stalest of the ?here come de judge? grotesqueries of a previous era; the almost continual soundtrack of leering sexual comments.

Today, in the harsh light of Mr. Imus?s disgrace, it is hard to explain why none of this bothered me very much. But the truth is I tuned it out. One reason, I think, is that my position seemed paradoxical. I was pleased to have been admitted into Mr. Imus?s club ? alongside famous columnists and TV pundits and celebrated authors.

My only question for Sam and other white men is, WHAT ELSE ARE YOU TUNING OUT IN ORDER TO BE A “MEMBER OF THE CLUB?”

in?teg?ri?ty [in-teg-ri-tee] Pronunciation KeyShow IPA Pronunciation

?noun

1. adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty.
2. the state of being whole, entire, or undiminished: to preserve the integrity of the empire.
3. a sound, unimpaired, or perfect condition: the integrity of a ship’s hull.

[Origin: 1400?50; late ME integrite <>integrit?s. See integer, -ity]

1. rectitude, probity, virtue. See honor.
1. dishonesty.


Talk about being contributorily negligent.

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Im posting today yall, then imma cut back. Gotta go down the rabbit hole. Its that time of year. I will respond to your comments tho.

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