Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
(A confession: I always liked the show better when it was banter between the cast. In fact, in a worst-case scenario of no guests showing up, I think the show would be awesome if Imus and company simply flipped through the newspaper for four hours and mocked the headlines.)
But it’s true that high-profile guests provide credibility to the show. And the “intellectual” guests are, presumably, the draw for the the highly-educated, wealthy clientele that Imus attracts.
So who would be on the show? Let’s say, for the sake of example, that no young, up-and-coming journalist or politician would want to be a guest. Let’s also say that every human on Earth who hasn’t supported him would never go on.
Here is a list, presumably, of people who have either supported the show through the controversy, or who have said that they would return. If I’m leaving anyone off, please say so in the comments.
ONCE AND FUTURE GUESTS
Politicians (and other Washington people)
-Sean Hannity (I don’t think that Hannity’s been on the show before, at least not in recent memory. But not only was he an Imus supporter, he and the I-Man now share a flagship station)
-Tim Russert (Yes, I know. I know he’s the Judas of the 21st century, I know Big Russ should be ashamed of him, and my opinion of Imus would plummet if Russert came on. Plus, Charles walking out of the room when he appeared was amazing. That might have been the only poignant bitchslap I've ever seen. At any rate, Russert did say he would go on the show if Imus returned. So I’m counting him, but only for technical purposes.)
-Charles Barkley (said back in May that Imus deserved a suspension, not a firing; criticized Sharpton and Jackson)
-Terry Bradshaw (of Dime Store Jesus fame)
-Sid Rosenberg (though they’d practically have to go on a ten-minute tape-delay)
-Bo Dietl (I know Bo’s main occupation is not entertainment, it’s beating the crap out of thugs. But let’s be honest with ourselves, Bo is pretty entertaining)
-Larry the Cable Guy
-Pretty much anyone in Nashville who likes selling albums
Now, this roster could be wrong. Some of these people, particularly the entertainers, come on infrequently. Some of these people may never come back.
But this is a very impressive list.
Friday, October 26, 2007
(WHAT?!?! The Archbishop of New York made a reference to TAKING A DUMP? Are we SURE Bernard didn't write this?)
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Politicians in Connecticut are insane. No, really.
I don't know how the Nutmeg State survived the events described in this New York Times article, dated June 18, 1992. I'll let the opening paragraph speak for itself.
"On cue: three, two, one . . . Welcome once again everybody to "Weicker in the Morning," where wacky, caustic morning deejay Gov. Lowell P. Weicker Jr. interviews New York radio jock Don Imus, who is pretending to be Governor of Connecticut for a day..."
My favorite line: "Mr. Imus...chafed that he didn't have "real power" because he couldn't execute any death-row inmates, or even taunt them on the telephone about the fall television lineup that they won't be able to see."
If you want to read more about "Imus, Rex, Gubernator per diem," click here.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
During his talk, he mentioned all of the struggles that the black community has faced over time:
“We’ve overcome so much,” Burns said, specifically naming bombings,
riots, assassinations, Don Imus and Katrina.
Now, as a naive college student, I feel a little presumptuous about lecturing about public safety to a fire chief, particularly the fire chief of the 9th-largest city in the nation. But here goes.
1. Which of the following is the least destructive to a community, both physically and socially?
D. Don Imus
At first I was going to say, "Well, obviously D." But then I thought, wait. I had initially assumed that the fire chief was referring to Hurricane Katrina, which destroyed a city and claimed many lives. But he didn't specify. He could be talking about any woman named Katrina. He could be talking about the 80s band Katrina and the Waves.
So, OK, Chief, I agree that Don Imus is probably more dangerous than most women named Katrina. Definitely more dangerous than the people who wrote "Walking on Sunshine." I'll spot you on that one.
But riots? Bombings? Assassinations? This part I don't understand. Because come on, riots, bombings, and assassinations are much more lethal than a crazy old guy on MSNBC, right? I mean, Don Imus has done some harmful things in his life. But his weapons are usually words. And words rarely inflict the physical damage that riots and bombings and assassinations wreak, the kind of damage that leaves people and communities "scarred for life."
Sunday, October 21, 2007
The only disconcerting thing is that, in a complete meta moment, the Daily News actually did a separate article about Kerrey's position regarding the Imus show. So it's an article in the Daily News...that's about another article in the Daily News. Huh?
At any rate, it's good to see articles like these.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
"'It was inappropriate,'" Carlin says of the remarks about the Rutgers women's basketball team that cost Imus his radio and TV gigs. "But it was a disproportionate reaction for a moment in a 30-year career. It's what this country does - reacts with imperfect solutions.
"I'd told him I want to be one of the first guests."
Friday, October 19, 2007
So what does this mean for NBC News?
Full disclosure: Brian Williams was one of my favorite Imus guests. From the moment he took over Brokaw's seat to around April 10, 2007, I thought Williams was one of the standard-bearers of television journalism. (Of course, I thought the same about Tim Russert, which goes to show you.) Williams is, truth be told, absolutely hysterical. He even cameoed briefly on last year's SNL premiere, and outdid the actual cast. I actually believe that if SNL ditched the skits and had Brian Williams perform an hour and a half of stand-up, it would probably be the funniest show they've had in years.
That said, I don't think this is the right time.
When I read the news I asked myself, "Is this really any different than him joking around with Imus or Jon Stewart?"
Yes. It's different.
For starters, when Brian went on Imus or goes on Leno or Stewart, he is playing Brian Williams. A funnier, snarkier Williams, sure, but it's the same guy.
But when Williams goes on SNL, he will likely play different characters. Saturday Night Live consists of different sketches - he could theoretically be anybody. He could be a construction worker. He could be a caveman. He could be a male gigolo. Anything. Can you picture Williams being a Roxbury Guy, or hanging out with Wayne and Garth, or cheering with the Spartan Cheerleaders?
High-profile people have hosted before this. Rudy Giuliani did the show when he was mayor. Al Gore and John McCain have also hosted. But to my knowledge, the only journalist who has ever been on was Jimmy Breslin, back in 1986.
Plus, consider the fact that SNL is not very family-friendly. What if Williams swears? What if he tells a dick joke? That won't go over well with the nice old ladies who make up his audience. Also, you know that if Williams even slightly makes fun of conservatives or liberals, he's going to be hounded as being biased.
While Williams has an excellent shot at making a memorable episode, this is not the time to try it. Think about the hits to NBC News's image in 2007. There was Imus, of course. Then there was the Virginia Tech incident, when NBC decided that putting their logo on the ramblings of a mass murderer was safer than putting it on the I-Man's picture. Then there was the attempt to buy a Paris Hilton interview for $1 million. The list goes on.
After all that, someone decided that it was OK for the face of NBC News, the Heir to Brokaw, to be silly on live television.
So much for "the standards of our reporters," the excuse they used to fire Imus.
I haven't watched Williams since April, but the SNL geek in me compels me to see this. So I'll keep you posted. Who knows, maybe Williams will have his own NHH moment...
Thursday, October 18, 2007
I found a video of Newsweek writer Howard Fineman at some sort of Q&A dinner deal. He talks about Imus. If you have eaten anything in the past 24 hours, do not watch this video. If you suffer from bulimia, then maybe you can see it.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
According to (wait for it...) Neil Best, Imus and the gang will be hosting their premiere show at the Beacon Theatre in Manhattan. The Beacon has a very rich history and has hosted countless musical acts.
1) Are they going to have a live audience?
2) If so, are they out of their MINDS?
3)Could this possibly be one of the most memorable concert experiences ever?
If so, this blog will keep you posted on tickets information, logistics, and so forth.
Something tells me that, for all its history, this will be the busiest that the Beacon has ever been at 6 AM on a weekday...
Saturday, October 13, 2007
If I owe "Imus in the Morning" anything, it would be their introducing me to the music of the Band. Pre-Imus, if you had asked me about their work, the only song I would have named was "you know, that one song, the one that goes, 'Take a loan off Fannie, take a loan for free?' Or something." (For all I knew, it was a song about scamming a mortgage payment off of Fannie Mae.)
I don't remember what song it was that got me hooked. It could have been the aforementioned "The Weight," or it could have been "Long Black Veil" or "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down." I do know that I bought their music soon afterwards, and that they are now one of my favorite bands of all time.So in honor of this not-so-auspicious occasion, here are the lyrics to "Ophelia," one of my favorite songs by the Band. (Incidentally, the person in the painting is Ophelia, Hamlet's potential sweetheart, from the Shakespeare play. I don't think the Band was writing about her, but hey, it's a beautiful painting.)
Boards on the window, mail by the door
Why would anybody leave so quickly for?
Ophelia, where have you gone?
The old neighborhood just ain't the same
Nobody knows just what became of Ophelia
Tell me, what went wrong?
Was it something that somebody said?
Mama, I know we broke the rules
Was somebody up against the law?
Honey, you know I'd die for you
Ashes of laughter
The ghost is clear
Why do the best things always disappear, like Ophelia?
Please, darken my door
Was it something that somebody said?
Honey, you know we broke the rules
Was somebody up against the law?
Honey, you know I'd die for you
They got your number, scared and running
But I'm still waiting for the second coming of Ophelia
Come back home
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Random questions for the day:
-At first, I was really disappointed in reading an anti-Imus article quoting some extremely ignorant professors. But then I realized, dude. The professors they quoted were from the American Studies and (Heaven forbid) the anthro/sociology departments, where, traditionally, the political views range from "Chavez" to "Stalin." Seriously, Newsday, why can't you interview professors from the economics or engineering departments?
-If I disagree with the National Organization for Women, does that make me...a man?
-Am I the only one who sees the hilarious irony in free speech being suppressed...by journalists?
- What in the world is going on in Wednesday's show summary of Curtis and Kuby? One explanation is that the show summaries are sponsored by Nissan, so perhaps this is just poorly translated from Japanese:
The big story on the show today was the fact that Fred Thomson participated in his first debate yesterday. Fred Thomas started off slow but by the end of the debate he made his presence felt. Both Ron and Curtis agreed that even though Fred Thomas’s performance was not spectacular, he performed well enough and did not make any mistakes.
Apparently Fred Thompson was so boring in the GOP debates that people can't even remember his name.
And I REALLY don't know what to make of the next excerpt:
There is an ordinance in Westchester county that is purposing that adults will have to wear helmets when they ride bicycles just like their children have to. Ron was very surprised that Curtis was in favor of the ordinance. Curtis, who has experienced lots of head trauma, believes that helmets are important & would certainly help prevent injuries.
Good to know...
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
In December of 1980, the world was stunned when John Lennon was killed in New York. Lennon - the ex-Beatle, symbol of the 1960s generation, and peace icon - was murdered in cold blood outside of his apartment.
Sunday, October 7, 2007
Friday, October 5, 2007
Don Imus has not secured any TV deal for his pending high-profile media return, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned. Roger Ailes recently had a friendly lunch with FOXNEWS contributor Bo Dietl and Don Imus. The lunch was arranged by Dietl as a way for Imus to get Ailes’ input and advice on simulcasting his new radio show, a top source explains. No decisions were made and no offer has been extended to Imus – there is no deal. Imus is nowhere on FOX BUSINESS NETWORK's schedule which is launching on October 15th. As erroneously reported by the NY TIMES today, the informal talks never touched on FOXNEWS. Developing...
Man. The only thing that's great about this article is the mental image of Bo Dietl and Imus trying to passive-aggressively barter with Ailes. ("You know, Roger, you should really change that morning show of yours...man...if only I could think of someone to replace Fox and Friends...someone talented and sure to garner ratings at the onset...surely there HAS to be someone... ")
But the rest of the article? In the words of Joe Benigno, this news update ruined my Christmas.
Thanks for getting my hopes up, New York Times. Remember, these were also the same people who also spoiled the Harry Potter ending.
1) The Imus return date, rumor number #23,336, is predicted to be around December 1. Why then, I don't know. But the REALLY exciting part, especially for you non-New Yorkers, is that
2) there will ALSO be a television simulcast! "Among those networks considered possibilities...are Fox News, YES (the Yankees’ cable channel) and SportsNet New York (which broadcasts the Mets.)" Excellent!
If you live outside the New York area, I believe that you can still get YES or SportsNet New York via a satellite cable service, like DirecTV.
Obviously Fox News would be the best option, as they have the widest audience. But I think it would be hilarious/ironic if they were on YES, because YES is the television home of none other than two of Imus' supporters and ex-coworkers: Mike and the Mad Dog.
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Remember Miss Cleo? The fortuneteller in those infomercials in the late 90s? The one with the copious jewelry, Caribbean clothing, and comically exaggerated Jamaican accent?
Well, according to an article from the Broward-Palm Beach New Times, Miss Cleo has "left the tarot cards and psychic-speak behind in favor of straight-to-the-gut protest poetry." She's just released a spoken-word CD, Convicted.
The author writes, "The subject matter is modern, encompassing the Don Imus scandal and the NYPD shooting of Sean Bell, but the cadences and palpable fearlessness are more reminiscent of the Last Poets than of today's slam-to-entertain, HBO-type poetry. There's no music, just 44 minutes of Miss Cleo a cappella."
Now, Imus fans. I know we were all depending heavily on Miss Cleo's media support, and I know that this is a devastating blow to our cause. But we must soldier on. Somehow, we must find the strength within ourselves to deal with this horrific loss. And we will. Sometimes, life deals us a bad Tarot hand.
Incidentally, Miss Cleo reveals in the article that she is a "Haitian high priestess" and practices voodoo. Hopefully she doesn't have a little doll with a cowboy hat.
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Imus Fans: Your Wait Is Almost Over!
Citadel Broadcasting is close to finalizing a contract with Don Imus that would bring the controversial radio host back to the airwaves, a person familiar with the discussions said Tuesday.
It was not immediately clear on what station or stations Imus would be heard, but Citadel owns WABC in New York, making its morning slot a logical destination.
Currently that spot is occupied by Ron Kuby and Curtis Sliwa.
Citadel and its CEO, Farid Suleman, have been rumored to be interested in Imus for months, and WABC long has been considered a logical platform for him to launch a comeback.
He would bring along his long-time newsman, Charles McCord, who last appeared on WFAN Aug. 31. Less clear is what role, if any, a more controversial member of Imus' old crew, Bernard McGuirk, would play. One possibility is a non-speaking role as a producer/writer.
Imus was fired by CBS Radio and removed from WFAN April 12, eight days after making comments directed at the Rutgers women's basketball team that many regarded as sexist and/or racist. His show also had been simulcast on MSNBC.
And if that isn't awesome enough...
There is a "highly placed rumor" on a different site that Bernie is LIKELY (as in probably, but not 100% verified) coming back! (Thanks to Al for the tip.) And you know something? I'm completely fine with McGuirk initially assuming a "non-speaking role." I'm overjoyed with the idea of him getting his job back and the team being together again.
We're almost there! We're almost there!