Brent Bozell

If you thought the radio airwaves would suddenly turn nicer in the wake of the Don Imus firing, think again. The shameless shock jocks Opie and Anthony have succeeded in ramming through whatever wall of post-Imus politeness was constructed with a grotesque routine on XM Satellite Radio that played on -- for laughs -- the idea of raping the secretary of state.

On a satellite-only segment promoted on the Opie and Anthony Website as "uncut, uncensored and totally filthy," this duo laughed as a character named "Homeless Charlie" described how he would like to "(F-word) that (B-word)." The hosts giggled and said, "I just imagine the horror in Condoleezza Rice's face ... as she realizes what's going on ... as you were just holding her down and (F-word) her." They continued to laugh as "Charlie" sickly imagined punching Rice in the face and raping Laura Bush "to death." Opie and Anthony then suggested he add Queen Elizabeth to his list of victims.

Ask yourself this very simple question: How does the Imus "ho" comment match on the horror scale with this rape-and-murder gag?

But that's not how the radio industry sees things, apparently. In response to public outrage, XM suspended Opie and Anthony for a measly 30 days for misusing their "creative freedom." CBS Radio, which fired Imus, continued the shock-jock show uninterrupted, arguing the "uncut" rape segment didn't air on the 24 FM stations that carry the comparatively "clean" show.

The Don Imus team of lawyers will have a field day with the inconsistency in their lawsuit for wrongful termination. But this isn't the only contradiction. CBS Radio was just pressured by Asian advocacy groups to fire the shock jocks "JV and Elvis" after they made a prank call to unsuspecting employees of a Chinese restaurant and berated them with ethnic slurs, with a man in a robotic voice telling an Asian he probably couldn't drive and also telling a woman he would like to "come to your restaurant" to see her naked, especially her "hot, Asian, spicy" rear end.

The jock also attempted to order "flied lice" and repeatedly cursed at several employees. How could they be so stupid, to play this (and, believe it or not, replay this) after seeing how CBS Radio responded to pressure on Imus?


Brent Bozell

Founder and President of the Media Research Center, Brent Bozell runs the largest media watchdog organization in America.
 
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