At some point in the next few days, Don Imus may be fired from his nationally syndicated radio show and television simulcast. He will become that radio guy who got fired for saying something racist. But that won’t be the real reason. Yes, his comments were deplorable, and, especially for a broadcaster of his experience, truly odd. He says it was a misfired joke, and he has apologized, several times, and seems genuinely sorry for letting such a joke cross his lips. But that’s not enough – the Left, true to form, wants him publicly and professionally destroyed.
- Is your group organizing a petition or letter drive to have Rosie kicked off the View? Let me know on TomDeLay.com so we can direct activists to what you’re doing.
- Send a letter directly to Barbara Walters -- make sure it's not a form letter, those get tossed. Even if it's a post card, your handwriting makes a world of difference.
Ms. Barbara Walters
c/o ABC News The View
320 West 66th Street
New York, NY 10023
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The message of the ongoing Imus scandal is simple: verbal offenses against anyone other than conservatives or Christians or Jews, will be treated as crimes, and Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are the judge and jury. Remember Trent Lott's ill-fated tribute to Sen. Strom Thurmond or Rush Limbaugh's criticism of Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb? This is the political strategy of the Left—unite to destroy.
What Imus said was unacceptable. His employer was right to suspend him, and he was right to apologize to the Rutgers basketball team. But why is it that these consequences are only ever revisited when the Left and their cohorts in the media take umbrage? Let me explain.
I have received a great deal of criticism from Leftist bloggers for a passage in my book that reads “You see, I have learned something about liberals. They are much like communists. They believe they have to destroy you in order to win.” As I outline in my book, the Left is effective by using the bullying tactics inherited from their comrades. Intimidation and force are their only means because they refuse to accept public debate or the free market's ability to simply turn the dial.
And let's not forget about the Dynamic Duo calling for Imus' resignation. They have their own past offenses, like the anti-Semitic slur used by the Rev. Jesse Jackson, when he referred to New York City as “Hymietown” in a conversation with reporters. His apology? Asking that we charge his head, not his heart. And the most eloquent Rev. Al Sharpton, who was convicted (read: FOUND GUILTY) of libel when he very publicly accused a white assistant district attorney of raping a young black girl, which never happened. They don't apologize…they run for president of the United States.
And for the contextual icing on the cake, where are the repercussions for Rosie O'Donnell's hateful, idiotic accusations that President Bush was behind the 9/11 attacks? And her ignorant parody of the Chinese language? Or her comparison of conservative Christians to Islamo-fascist terrorists? Why has ABC not suspended her from The View? Why has she not been frog-marched up to some radio show to apologize to 9/11 victims/Chinese-American activists/evangelical Christians?
What the Left is doing is not a fluke – it's a concerted strategy. And it works. So if you can't beat ‘em, join ‘em. That's why I am calling on conservatives to use the available media (radio talk shows, blogs, letters to the editor) to protest and demand that Rosie O'Donnell be kicked off The View. Where are the demonstrations in front of ABC? Where are the boycott threats for The View's advertisers, or its parent company, Disney? Who is holding Barbara Walters accountable for Rosie's offenses? We can fight like the Left, too. If Don Imus falls to the pleas of political correctness, we're taking Rosie O'Donnell down with him.
And that, my fellow conservatives, is how the Left wins. Now it's our turn. Charge it to our heads, not our hearts.