Friday, April 13, 2007

Some lowdown on the hoedown ...

Just thought I'd jump on the MSM's bandwagon and weigh in on the brouhaha in America's radioland over the firing and public humiliation of shock jock Don Imus.

No decent human being could possibly defend what he said. But what gets my goat is that he was essentially fired for doing his job well ... and for which he and other shock jocks are paid very well to do. After all, the terminology he used is straight from the lexicon of mainstream pop culture, which is shaped in no small part by the "music" heard on public radio airwaves.

So, I agree wholeheartedly with columnist and blogger Michelle Malkin on the utter hypocrisy of the public outcry and outrage, which appears to be inspired more by self-righteousness and self-interest than an altruistic sense of human decency. This excerpt basically sums up my take on it:

One dumb radio/television shock jock's insult is a drop in the ocean of barbaric filth and anti-female hatred on the radio.

Imus gets a two-week suspension. What kind of relief do we get from this deadening, coarsening, dehumanizing barrage from young, black rappers and their music industry enablers who have helped turn America into Tourette's Nation?

Read the full article here. Warning: she quotes rap "lyrics" so the language is coarse and filthy.

Thankfully, they're off-set in bold type so you can skim through or past them. (I didn't need to read them all to get the point!) But it's good she put them out there. I imagine she was hoping to get a point across to Mammon's minions. Unfortunately, as the end of her article illustrates, it seems they are hopelessly obtuse.

All I can say is it makes me glad I do Ukrainian radio in Canada! We have a long-established broadcasting tradition of dignity and decorum. Given how the mainstream generally jeers at our traditions, though, it's very tempting to gloat over the circumstances that forced its current (if disingenuous) mea culpa.

But being it's the Easter season, I'll stay on high ground and resist that temptation. Besides, all that's happened, really, is that the industry has merely sacrificed one of its own on Mammon's altar.

Hat tip to Cyber Cossack... which gives an excellent perspective on this sorry "hoedown."

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