Bryan Fischer Award Nominee: Don Imus

Bryan Fischer Award Nominee: Don Imus March 8, 2012

Andrew Sullivan likes to refer to stories like this as coming “from the annals of chutzpah.” And boy, does this qualify as chutzpah. Don Imus — Don Freaking Imus — is calling Rush Limbaugh an insincere pig for his attack on Sandra Fluke:

“It was a vile personal attack on this woman and it was sustained,” Imus noted on Monday. “It was Wednesday and then come back and double down on Thursday and then come back and double down on Friday. And then, issue a lame apology on your website.”

“So were it me and I ran a radio station or whatever, I would make him go down there and apologize to her face to face. He owns a Gulfstream IV (jet). Get on it, go to Washington, take her to lunch and say, ‘Look, I’m sorry I said this stuff and I’ll never do it again. Period.’ Now, he’s an insincere pig. Pill-popping pinhead.”

He’s right, of course, but holy crap. Talk about the wrong person making that claim. I think the pot just called the kettle a slut.

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  • Tualha

    Or, in this case, from the anus of chutzpah.

  • Who Knows?

    I think you’re being a little hard on Imus. I don’t think Imus made any attempt to justify his comments or the idea behind them.

    Rush on the other hand, said I think she’s a slut but I shouldn’t have come right out and said so.

  • Chiroptera

    …take her to lunch….

    Actually, maybe he shouldn’t. Just get her a gift card to Red Lobster or something.

  • I don’t have much of a problem with Imus’ criticism. It’s not exactly hypocritical, since: a) as he said, Rush made a SUSTAINED attack, not just a few insulting remarks on one show; b) Rush was engaged in deliberate character assassination, to serve an agenda, not just blithering tactlessly; and c) Imus got properly punished for his insulting words, so he has every right to be angry if Rush doesn’t.

    The take-away message here is not that Don Imus has “chutzpah;” it’s that Rush’s behavior is so low that even Don Imus can justly look down on him.

  • And no, Rush should most definitely NOT take her to lunch. Would you eat anything that disgusting drug-addled asshole bought you? Would you even have an appetite, if he was in sight of you at the time?

    He should giver a sizable check instead, with an explicit written apology, not just for calling her names, but for lying about the policy he was criticizing.

  • Jeremy Shaffer

    In regards to Rush taking Fluke out to lunch as an apology: bad idea. Rush might expect reciprocation from Fluke and demand it be recorded.

  • d cwilson

    I never cared for Imus. I always thought he was too mush-mouthed for radio and I haven’t listened to him for years. But, I’m willing to give him the benefit of doubt here. He made a single remark and it cost him a job. Maybe he learned his lesson there.

  • fastlane

    I think the pot just called the kettle a slut.

    I see what you did there.

    ..and I approve.

  • ‘Tis Himself, OM

    Raging Bee #4

    The take-away message here is not that Don Imus has “chutzpah;” it’s that Rush’s behavior is so low that even Don Imus can justly look down on him.

    Wins the thread.

  • I agree with Raging Bee re Imus, and my opinion of him actually improved when I read his remarks. Bad as he can be, he’s not Limbaugh, and he’s entitled to point out the difference.

  • edmundog

    And let’s not forget that when Imus apologized, he actually apologized for what he said, not how he said it, didn’t qualify, and seemed to mean it.

  • coryat

    Maybe she could post videos online of herself having dinner?

  • @coryat: I’m sorry. The thread has already been won. Your entry came in after the deadline.

  • shoutindarkness

    Ed, you really do have a problem with the false equivalence fallacy.

  • I won another tube, YAAAY! Gotta collect ’em all…

  • mucklededun

    From the latin…

    imus, ima, imum (adj)

    1. the lowest, deepest, last

    2. [as subst. n] the bottom, depth, lowest part

    3.[figuratively of time or rank] the last

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