An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings

April 11, 2007

Double Standards

Filed under: 1st Amendment — olbroad @ 8:26

I haven’t said anything about the whole Don Imus flack. I thought it was absurd that a grown man, nationally known, says something so juvenile and ugly. However, I knew the whole incident was going to be beat with a stick on an hourly basis. I was right.

I listened to him a few times, tried to watch him on the idjit box way back when. I couldn’t take it. I found him droning….kind of like a gnat. The few times I listened/watched, nothing said kept my attention. So, I quit trying. I guess there must be quite a few people who find him interesting, he has some well known guests on from time to time. I just don’t understand why.


The hypocrisy of the whole thing is still amazing me. Jesse Jackson? Al Sharpton? When did they become the speech police? I find many things Jackson says offensive. Why hasn’t he been ‘fired’? Where are his apologies? Where is Sharpton’s for the riot he started in New York? Imus at least has apologized publicly and is going to be talking to the young ladies he offended.

And come to think of it, when is Rosie O’Donnell going to apologize for being a raving lunatic on national television? Where is the outrage about her comments offending every Christian? Why haven’t people been calling for her being fired like they are Imus?

Can we say HYPOCRITE?

We have freedom of speech guaranteed in the 1st Amendment. There are a few limits, like not being able to get away with shouting fire in a crowded theater. Rosie is shouting fire, yet not much outrage, except on the right.

Michael McGee, Sr. is known for offensive language on his radio show, yet locally, no outcry for firing him. Why is that?

What Imus said was offensive to me. Should he be fired? Truthfully, I don’t think so. Does he deserve his suspension? Absolutely.



  1. Now, what he said was wrong. He shouldn’t have said it. However, the Rutgers’ women have said they are “scarred for life.” From the ignorant comments of a damn fool? I thought both the Women’s Movement and the Civil Rights Movement had come farther than to let something some idiot says affect our whole view of ourselves. Remember, “sticks and stones.” By letting his stupid words affect them, he wins.

    Comment by rosettaresearch — April 11, 2007 @ 8:58

  2. I generally agree with your assessment of Imus’s show (boring, irritating, etc.). I also agree that both Jackson and Sharpton have themselves said things that are idiotic and/or offensive.

    Having said that, I don’t know that one needs to be equally offended by everything to have a valid point. Yes, many of the people who are most up in arms about Imus didn’t feel the same way about O’Donnell, but by the same token, many who were most vocal about O’Donnell have been more muted in their discussion of Imus (e.g., Bill O’Reilly, who actively campaigned to get O’Donnell fired, but hasn’t taken the same stand on Imus). And, there *was* a great deal of public talk about getting O’Donnell fired.

    I don’t think that’s a fair basis for criticism. People will be more or less offended/hurt by different things. Putting aside the qualitative differences between Imus’s remarks and O’Donnell’s (I think one can draw a distinction between voicing an opinion that’s offensive to some and using language that’s meant to be hurtful and demeaning in and of itself), I don’t think it should surprise or concern us that different people react with more hostility to one set of remarks than the other.

    In short, I don’t think pointing out that someone has a) said inappropriate things in the past, or b) not showed equal outrage at remarks considered offensive by some, necessarily negates the validity of their argument.


    Comment by Ted — April 11, 2007 @ 9:16

  3. Well said! These are intelligent women who are allowing a few male types rule their own well being. Just is so wrong. We’re (female) a tough breed, as we’ve proved for millenia. 🙂

    Comment by olbroad — April 11, 2007 @ 9:18

  4. Ted, I do see it that Rosie’s words intentionally inflicted damage on an entire population, but since it was just the Christians, that’s ok? Do I want her fired? No, she’s digging her own grave every time she opens her mouth. I choose not to watch The View. Just as I choose not to listen to Imus.

    I think we should all behave like grownups, in both cases. We’re going to be offended at some point or other in our lives. Do we make sure every one who offends us pay a bigger price than the offense warrants?

    Comment by olbroad — April 11, 2007 @ 9:24

  5. Kate,

    That is why I sympathize with Tom DeLay’s call for the Right to take down Rosie O’Donut (who has more chins than a Chinese phone book).

    Our side has to start using the Left’s tactics against them in all arenas. That’s why I am so hacked off over the girlie man Republicans (and that includes Bush, who’s become a wimp like his old man) not fighting back against the Party of Treason now running Congress.

    Comment by Peter — April 14, 2007 @ 12:54

  6. I see more reason to can Rosie than I did for Imus. She’s done some serious damage on a daily basis! However, we still have a 1st Amendment, even though it’s being watered down by the PC crowd. Should she be fired? I would have canned her a long time ago. Actually, I would have had her committed, for a very long time. The woman is nuttier than a squirrel’s nest.

    An ugly can of worms has been opened with Imus’ firing though. Unless people stand up for Imus, then odds are, they aren’t going to be able to stand up for anyone else the left targets.

    Comment by olbroad — April 15, 2007 @ 8:25

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