It was just announced that MSNBC is suspending the Imus in the Morning show for the next couple of weeks, and I'm pretty pissed. One of the only reasons I wake up as early as I do is to listen to my favorite cantankerous old man rant about the news and speak with some of the best political journalists around.
Sure, what he said was horrible and absolutely indefensible. Public figures are public figures who open themselves up to ridicule, while NCAA athletes are practically kids who just happen to be on television. But Imus is an equal opportunity offender and I don't recall the Sharptons and the Jacksons of the world getting upset when he called Rush Limbaugh a "fat pill popper."
I'm sure I'd be more offended if Imus wasn't such a big part of my daily routine.