Friday, April 13, 2007

1. I'm glad that finally Imus is being held accountable for his vile mouth, though i think it should have happened a long time ago.

I first heard of Imus in early 2004 following a crash of an airplane in the Persian Gulf that killed a number of Iranians. Imus covered the news in his show and remarked: "When I hear stories like that, I think who cares". His only regret, he said, was that they weren't Saudi Arabians!

Later that same year on November 12, 2004 Imus outdid himself, this time in regard to the Palestinians:

DON IMUS, host: They're [Palestinians] eating dirt and that fat pig wife [Suha Arafat] of his is living in Paris.

ROSENBERG: They're all brainwashed, though. That's what it is. And they're stupid to begin with, but they're brainwashed now. Stinking animals. They ought to drop the bomb right there, kill 'em all right now.

BERNARD MCGUIRK, producer: You can just imagine standing there.

ROSENBERG: Oh, the stench.

IMUS: Well, the problem is that we have Andrea [Mitchell, NBC News chief foreign affairs correspondent] there. We don't want anything to happen to her.

ROSENBERG: Oh, she's got to get out. Just warn Andrea, get out, and then drop the bomb, kill everybody.

MCGUIRK: It's like the worst Woodstock.

ROSENBERG: Look at this. Look at these animals. Animals


Imagine if this vile language and murderous venom was spewed about any other, non-Arab and/or non-Muslim group, would Imus have continued on air for three more years? Substitute any other ethnic or religious group in the above conversation and imagine what would have ensued.

I'm sure Imus will soon find a home elsewhere within the cesspool of hate-radio, where he will have even more room for "entertaining" his audience with racist and sexist commentary.

2. While few were bothered by Imus and company's calls for the mass murder of Palestinians, a whole lot of people seem to have been irked by Norman Finkelstein's consistent calls for the fair treatemet of Palestinians.

Finkelstein, the son of holocaust survivors, is an articulate, smart, and handsome (not that that is relevant)scholar who has bravely taken on the number one taboo in U.S. discourses: Israel.

Universities are one of the few remaining spaces in the U.S. where one can attempt to carry out truly independent research and broach topics that are forbidden anywhere else. And now, a few thugs are trying to even take this away.

To read the whole story of how Professor Finkesltein's tenure has been denied as a result of external pressures, please go here. You can also read the Chronicle of Higher Education's piece on the issue.

Professor Finkelstei received favorable votes on two levels of faculty reviews before the Dean over-rode their decisions on inappropriate and purely political grounds.

But all is not yet lost, and if we put enough pressure on the University and demand that the accepted standards of tenure be applied fairly, Professor Finkelstein can put this whole thing behind him and continue with his important, and much needed, scholarship and activism.

3. Stay tuned for an upcoming post comparing prevailing practices of torture: the Mr. Bean Method vs. Drill Holes in Their Feet.