Friday, April 13, 2007

Imus Have Missed That...

The land of the free, and the home of the brave!

I always thought that meant free to do as one chooses within reason.

Last I checked freedom of speech was part of that g-d given right that we strive so hard to bring to the rest of the world.

Radio talk shows personify the freedom of speech that is such an integral part of our society. If the media is not allowed to report as they see fit, who will keep the government in check? After all it is the public that ultimately decides who stays, and who goes in the arena of politics, and the media is the tool that keeps the public informed.

To incite violence, is wrong yes, but to voice an opinion? What’s wrong with that?

Who is the one that is to decide where freedom of speech begins, and where it ends? For that matter, who is the one to decide where any freedom begins and ends?


At 1:45 PM, Blogger nuch a chosid said...

who is the one to decide??

The honorable Reverends Jackson and Sharpton!!!

the noise and trouble they make wasnt worth it to deal with....they had a arranged a boycut of many powerful advertisers, so it was easier to scrap the show

wake up!! this is the true America

At 12:11 AM, Blogger Shtreimel said...

Freedom of speech is honored by the government, if I remember correctly. The same right goes to Sharpton and the other 'hitz kep' to start a protest.

I'm sure you would agree that certain insults should not be tolerated. If you want to make the distinction between a tasteless attempt at humour, shoin. If you wan't to argue that what he said shouldn't be punishable beyond an apology, zol zein, but don't dismiss racism as acceptable.

At 1:53 PM, Blogger Chaim Chusid said...

N A C,

Very true!


True racism should probably not be tolerated, but who is the one to make that distinction?

I remain,

At 11:59 PM, Blogger Shtreimel said...

"who is the one to make that distinction?"

The one's who are in the position to make it!

At 8:43 PM, Blogger Shpitzle Shtrimpkind said...

Nice to see you finally speak up!

I myself am very confused about the definition of freedom in America. One day the same bird that chirped "freedom of speech" is yelling "racism, sexism or ageism" while the other is rotating between "freedom of speech" and "terrorism, abortionism or gayism".

Whatever it may be, America is one hell of an unpredictable country. One can go about and be offensive (as is Imus, according to what it seems) for a long career, and with a statement that isn't so much more upsetting than his typical tune, be destroyed.

It's seems like a double standard to me. "I shall offend thyself, but thou will be killed if thou offends ME."

At 11:33 AM, Blogger It's All Good Now said...

Seems to me that in America, one is free to take away the freedoms of others. I personally don't see what Imus did so terrible? And what others haven't done/said more extremely than he!

At 10:38 PM, Blogger JK from KJ said...

To me, there’s no confusion and no conflicting behavior here.

Assuming that Imus has simply botched a joke, which BTW would only be his last one, he had every right to do that. Sharpton had his right to stir up an outcry, even if it were purely for fame. Patrons certainly had every right to pull their ads, be it for PR reasons - after all that’s why the ads had been there in the first place. And NBC had every right to fire its host, as long as the contract permits it.

The way I see it, each of those melodrama performers acted within their legal capacity. A good idea is to take it easy. Today it’s Imus, yesterday it was Bob Grand and Dan Rather, and who knows who's next? It’s all part of a game.

At 5:50 PM, Blogger Shpitzle Shtrimpkind said...

Ey, JK from the KJ.

You can understand everything, from the said racial ramblings, pulling ads, sudden firing, headlines, outcry, the whole shebang. But you can't understand our outry on the outcry?

It's all part of the game, sir.

At 12:35 PM, Blogger Chaim Chusid said...

Hi Guys,

I actually agree with JK.

All were within their rights!

Think about it,

I remain,


At 8:06 PM, Blogger Goldwasser Story said...

how did he go if the tickets are so expensive it's like buying a tank of oil!!!!!


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