Imus may, in fact, have been undone by the "little people" who worked in the newsoffices, the folks he verbally abused and ridiculed - or ignored. This week it was their turn to say they no longer wished to be associated with the "bigot". Nothing exceeds like arrogance and Imus had grown increasingly full of himself, irritable and nasty.
When the sponsors started droppin' out, it was time to cut bait. The corpies at NBC are saying the NBC news "family" expressed outrage in sufficient numbers to drive their decision to fire one of the most powerful broadcasting figures ever. IMHO, he would have done well to have fired Bernard McGuirk years ago - particularly, in response to the Gwen Ifill -"cleaning lady" dust-up.
Just a couple of weeks ago, CNN revamped their American Morning format, scrapping Soledad O'Brien and the other O'Brien (male), and adding former CBS back-up anchor John Roberts, all due to the regular trouncing of their morning programming by Imus in the Morning. MSNBC has just kissed off their highest-rated and most lucrative program. That bare-bones radio simulcast was the flagship among all their slick, fine-tuned formats.
So - what are MY options for AM news on the telly? I'll be surveying the vast blandland for a new breakfast hour companion. Today? No way. Goodbye, Good Morning, America. C-Span offers headlines and discussion. I can record "Red Eye" on Fox and play it when we get up. Is that all there is?
Reverend Al's victory won't be complete, though, 'til Imus is off the radio. He plans to picket CBS radio studios. Maybe Imus will write the final chapter in a return to his old "shock-jock" form on satellite radio.
And, for the record - Rash Limbo used the word " 'ho's" to refer to the women involved in the Duke rape case. And - is there anyone on the airwaves who is more obscenely bigoted and offensive than Michael Wiener AKA "Savage"?!