I think it is equally sad, Bumblebee, when other people use the bully pulpit to silence speech they don't agree with.
So now any radio host that says something offensive is to be fired? That's going to have a chilling effect on free discussion of ideas.
Ultimately the 1st amendment doesn't apply to a private enterprise like a radio station or radio show....CBS is entirely in their right to cancel his show, but I just hate to see it because of the precedent it sets.
I agree what he said was ignorant, but lets vote with our radio dials instead of bringing in Jesse and Al to protest and force sponsors to drop their support. Let Imus's rating go into the toilet and then we can say the market has spoken and your product has been rejected.
I don't like Howard Stern...I think he is a smut broker....so guess what? I don't listen, and even if I did I am not offended, because being offended is a choice I make for myself..nobody else controls me or forces me to feel this way or that. You also don't see me protesting Stern and trying to get his show kicked off the air.
I don't agree with Imus at all, but the bigger issue for me now is that the censorship crowd won and certain kinds of speech are now off limits. If its this kind of speech today, then tomorrow what kind of speech is it going to be?