The news that Don Imus was fired by CBS is no more surprising than the upcoming announcement that Alberto Gonzales will no longer be Attorney General. It's just a matter of time. By now we all "get" the news cycles. We can see very clearly where these things are headed. It just seems like there's a certain inevitability to the way that things cascade in our media-crazed world.
As the Imus controversy has unfolded over the last several days, I have found myself going back and forth on what is right and what is wrong.
Yet, Rap and Hip-Hop stars often use language and images on their videos that are far more graphic. And who appointed Al Sharpton the judge of Imus' fate? And who advised Imus to bother going on his show?
And on the other side, the Rutgers women's basketball team deserves better than having to endure this.
Meanwhile, Chris Rock does what he does. And Bill Maher's "Real Time" is a lot like Imus' show - heavy duty political figures in a more relaxed environment, coupled with lots of graphic language and imagery. The difference, of course, is that it's on HBO.
So, the debate will rage on. And passionate people on both sides of this issue - fans of Imus who feel he got hosed and those who are outraged by his words - will continue to make their case on talk shows, news networks, and in bars all over the U.S.