Wednesday, April 11, 2007

What Will MSNBC Do Now?

Well, Imus is gone from MSNBC. His show was discontinued by the cable news network for making racist comments about the Rutgers women's basketball team.

Here is the thing. I tried to watch this radio show once and it was really strange. There were these sort of ugly guys setting around with headphones on trying to be funny and hip but coming off as really snarky and juvenile. Then they would go to a long break and they would sit around for a few minutes and say nothing.

Then there was Imus who looks sort of like King Tut with a lot of hair and a cowboy hat mumbling and interviewing political leaders and pundits who seemed to fawn over him like he was a kingmaker. He insulted them with even handed zeal, he seemed to hate everyone.

Now think about this for a minute, I was watching a radio show, how weird is that?

It wasn't very good. It wasn't very funny and it will not be missed. Now if I was driving in my car for a while then it might be OK, but a radio show on TV? Yuk.

The other thing is that this was the best MSNBC could do for three hours from 6:00-9:00 a.m. Are you surprised that Fox is the top rated cable news show?

I wonder what Howard Stern is doing from 6-9:00?

Jim M

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think MSNBC may re-visit their decision when they discover Imus has entered therapy. Check out the details on my blog - "Necessary Therapy".

9:21:00 PM  
Blogger Daniel DiRito said...

Frankly, we are fast becoming the epitome of a Jerry Springer society. It seems to have become more important to have an audience and notoriety when confronting conflict than it is to attain resolve and mutual respect. That model seems to serve the needs of the exploited and those who seek to exploit; reinforcing all that relegates objectivity to the outhouse while making the frailty and imperfection of the human condition a spectacle that harkens back to the Coliseum.

This situation isn’t and shouldn’t be about whether liberals or conservatives, this race or that race, hip hop or honky-tonk, one group or another, are more offensive and therefore more responsible for all that is wrong with America. I am not capable of judging the whole of Don Imus nor am I capable of crafting a recipe to fix all of America…and neither are the countless pundits and partisans who have sought to frame it so.

I’m not a religious person…but I often find kinship with the imagery surrounding the portrayal of one called Jesus and his teachings of understanding and forgiveness. For all the banter I hear about the Bible and Christian values, it certainly seems to me that we are fast abandoning what many view as the sacred “tablets” in favor of the sacrosanct tabloids. If I’m right, all I can say is heaven help us.

Read more about the dynamics that lead a situation to become larger than the sum of its parts…here:

11:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well, the upside to this is that Imus won't be all that hard to replace. I won't miss the country music acts and bo dietl interviews. and howard stern got 500 million to appear on siruis for 5 years. so i'd say he's doing wuite well

3:07:00 PM  
Blogger Jim Martin said...

Imus will end up on his feet. That's for sure. There will always be an audience for his act.
He'll probably end up on one of those satellite radio thingys, just like Stern.
Thanks for reading and commenting.

10:22:00 PM  

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