So Imus is gearing up to sue WCBS for the balance of his $40 million contract, his primary defense being, "Hey, you knew I was a scorpion when you picked me up." As coverage of the trial ramps up, we can expect a whole new round of hand wringing over who can say what about whom and just what is this thing you Earth people call comedy, anyway?
You know what? I don't fucking care.
You want to know why? Check out this Digby piece* about the fate of Ashleigh Banfield. Since the liberal blogosphere didn't really blossom until the Iraq War was foisted upon us, some of you may only remember Banfield as the good looking MSNBC reporter with the glasses. One of the worst things you can be in American corporate culture today is an attractive woman who's actually good at her job, at least if that job is anything other some type of modeling; you actually have get over the "burden" of your own physical attractiveness in order to be taken seriously. Banfield was at Ground Zero when the towers came down, and nearly suffocated in the debris cloud while on air. She rescued a police officer who had nearly succumbed, hauling him to relative safety. While in Afghanistan and Pakistan she used her Canadian citizenship to gain access to areas and individuals hostile to Americans. All of this earned her the dubious honor of being called a "mind slut" who looks like she used to "do porno" by the illustrious Michael Savage and his ilk.
The trouble started with a speech she gave shortly after she returned from Afghanistan and Pakistan in which she criticized American war coverage for being too sanitized and jingoistic, urging her colleagues to show more than the "puff of smoke" made when a mortar landed. The speech ended her career. She was demoted and fired shortly thereafter. Now she works for Court TV, and if she plays her cards right whe might get a gig on a Hollywood gossip show next year.
Seeing as we live in a society where a well-respected, gutsy journalist can lose her job for taking the radical position that war kills people, I'm going to have a tough time working up any interest in some dessicated millionaire zombie who lost his job for calling some teenaged girls whores.
Who are we allowed to make fun of? Really, I don't fucking care.
*I found the Digby piece via Dr Bopper THP, guest posting for the ailing Steve Gilliard over at The News Blog. Since Gilliard went into the hospital, he's had a virtual legion of incredibly talented people filling in for him - I can't think of any greater testimony to Gilliard's abilities than the number of gifted people taking turns keeping his seat warm until he gets back. Go check them out, right now. And Steve, get well soon. I can't face the prospect of a Giuliani presdential candidacy without knowing you'll be there to play whack-a-mole with any bullshit talking point that pops out of his mouth.