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April 11, 2007

Not Liable To Help It


While feeding from the same trough, why would anyone in big media really stop to weigh either the Imus incident, or its perfunctory treatment?

Yesterday’s leading visuals in the NYT sum up how the scales of MSM “justice” operate.  For the Rutgers women’s basketball team, they get the one-time shot in the victim role, glaring over the racial injury.  (Not like that does much for the personal damage, or an incredible season irreversibly marred, but what the hell.  Maybe Don can help them get a book contract.)

For Imus, on the other hand, all he has to do is sit back, watch his mouth and feign contrition under the banner of Al Sharpton, and a few others, for a day or so, and then its back to being the rain-making, industry-swaddled disaster he is.

It’s curious, by the way, how serious the political blogosphere is taking the story while today’s Times article, with the photo above, and the “news piece” yesterday (Radio Host Is Suspended Over Racial Remarks) with a clownish photo of Imus and Sharpton going through the motions, both ran in the Business section.

… Oh yeah, and the “news piece,”  Rutgers Women Send Imus an Angry Message,  linked to above, ran in Sports.

(image: Spencer Platt/Getty Images.  April 10, 2007. caption: Don Imus in the Rev. Al Sharpton’s radio studio on Monday.)

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