There are a number of lasting lessons to take away from the Don Imus controversy. A critical one being that the vast majority of our nation has sadly, but predictably, fallen hostage to political correctness, the ever growing power of a left-leaning media, and corporations that fear some special interest groups much more than others.
To be sure, what Imus and his producer, Bernard McGurk, said, was reprehensible. No matter the context, those words should not be broadcast…by anyone.
Of course, that “anyone” now falls under the increasingly irrational rules of political correctness. As uselessly pointed out over the last number of days by black and white commentators seeking to expose the corruptness of political correctness, if you are a black Hip-Hop “artist” or a “Gangsta” rapper, you are allowed by the liberal media, the elements of corporate America getting rich off of you, and many in your community, to disgustingly denigrate young black women by word and image.
But, if you are a white, senior citizen, national radio host and repeat a repugnant phrase sung hundreds of times by young African-Americans, then you are systematically targeted and ostracized by a complacent media eager to appease serial bigots such as Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.
Make no mistake, I am not coming to the defense of Imus or his show. Back when I was the press secretary for Bob Dole, I had a number of conversations with Bernard McGurk. During that time, he was most anxious to use me to get Dole on the program and went out of his way to say, “Doug. In the future, if you ever have your own project you’d like to promote, just give me a call and I’ll get you on. You have my word.”
Naturally, before my new novel came out this January, I phoned Bernard several times to no avail, faxed him background on the project, and spoke with his assistant to make sure he got my messages. Clearly, since I was no longer Dole’s press secretary, and therefore of no further use to him, McGurk just ignored me.
That said, I still think it’s cowardly, hypocritical, and ultimately, quite dangerous, for CBS, MSNBC, and the sponsors, to cave into professional hate mongers who selectively scream “racism” as a cheap tool to further their own selfish agendas.
This one sad incident serves as a glaring example that nothing is weakening the foundation of our nation as quickly or as permanently as is this out of control political correctness. The first tenet of political correctness being that only certain “truths” can be discussed. Violate that dictum and the liberal defenders of that code will seek to destroy you.