Wednesday, December 19, 2007

A Question

Here's something that puzzled me as I listened to Monday's Jim Nantz interview. I'd love to hear your thoughts, because for some reason I just don't understand this.

Ever since the show came back, the I-Man has been adamant on the fact that he should have been fired from CBS, no questions asked. The guests will fawn over him, tell him that they missed him. And he shuts them up and tells them that he got what he deserved.

Now, I understand that part of this is refusal to make excuses for last April's events. And that's fine.

But here's what I don't get. If CBS should have fired him, no questions asked...then why did he intentionally make Les Moonves $20 million poorer?

11 comments:

Al said...

he DID get what he deserved!...a better radio station to work from. And a TV deal, working for a TV Network where the bosses actually like him. It's almost as if, subconsciously, Imus wanted out of CBS and MSNBC...
Because of Martin Garbus, it really worked out great for Imus, no?

Business is business...and contracts are contracts...Moonvez breeched the contract that CBS had with Imus. Case goes to court, CBS probably loses even more money to Imus.

Anyway, Imus raggin' on Lou was pretty funny today...

Al said...

Imus(circa 1970?) with Stuart, at The Man's Hat Shop

Mike said...

Great point about the paradox, something I was a little puzzled about as well. My opinion is that he knows that we he did was horrible and fire-able, but CBS' decision came down to saving its revenue stream from losing even more advertisers. I-Man beat himself up over the hurt he caused the Rutgers girls, but he of course saw CBS as a bunch of, in the words of the old Skim Plus ads, "milk pussies."

laree said...

Al,

Have you heard of a writer named Marten Griego, he wrote "Leaving the House of Tears" He was just visting my sister, and gave her a signed copy of his book. His sister Vi, was my sister's best friend. Vi died a few years ago, she was the sweetest person. I am asking because he was on a book signing tour with Nora Roberts, I think my Mom said, and the link she sent me to his book, goes back to Alburquerque. I never met him but when I looked him up online. I noticed he had met the First Lady of New Mexico, Mrs Richardson. I just wondered because you are from this area if you had heard of him?

laree said...

Al,

Everyone is making fun of Arlo Guthrie, son of legend Woody Guthrie. I remember a song Arlo performed "Gypsy Davy" Take off, Take off, those buckskin gloves made of spanish leather...anyway, Arlo sure is looking old. If I were Stuart, I would ask them both to send him a studio photo, one where they are wearing one of his cowboy hats...I mean it is time to update his webpage.

Al said...

Laree,
Not familiar with Marten Griego. Then again he could be a neighbor of mine...out here, EVERYONE just seems to blend in together.

Lot of writers and artists around these parts...

And, YES, Arlo Guthrie DOES looks like he's put on a few years!
I don't think Stuart is interested in updating the web site...he's just into hats...

Funny thing about Imus, when he's in town...The I-Man just wanders around in his truck, goes to the Man's Hat Shop, Wild Oats and other places like he's just any other New Mexico Cowboy...

laree said...

Al,

Here is Arlo lookin alot like his photo for Stuart maybe Imus needs to give him a new head shot...it would be funny if he gave him the one of Hillary Clinton he has been using the last couple of days the one Drudge put up "Not Flatering" at all Bernie made a joke put a hat on her and it looks like that old photo, they were using of Imus last April SMILE.

Lots of Arlo on youtube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_7C0QGkiVo

laree said...

Al,

I can remember when this tune was in rotation on the radio...I can't remember which year.

http://www.arlo.net/resources/lyrics/gypsy-davy.shtml

This is Arlo's version Black Jack Gypsy Davey.

channelXRFR said...

CBS Breached For Convenience, Breachers Pay!!

Everything worked out, just like it was suppose to.

Phyllis said...

CollegeGirl,

We have lots of attorneys in our family (sorry), and Imus certainly has excellent representation. CBS had no cause for termination and Imus' attorneys 'took care of business', to borrow a term from Elvis.

That makes sense to me I guess, but what I can't understand is why Imus is beating up on himself so -- I don't think he should have ever been terminated, and obviously CBS had no case. -- I don't understand why he didn't just sincerely apologize (which he did), explain that his show is among other things a very funny "comedy" show, that he never meant to hurt anyone, and that is his story and he's sticking with it.

Why such self flagellation? No jokes please -- really, I think there is something else going on with Imus. After pondering it now for a couple of weeks, I've formed a theory. That I have no facts or don't personally know anyone in the Imus family doesn't stand in my way of postulating my view.

I am a wife and have observed my husband over many years. And, I think Imus is a husband in trouble with his wife, bigtime. I understand all about the PR people, the affiliate-gathering, the building of good will and such, But I swear, I look at Imus and I see a husband who has had his clock cleaned (so to speak) by the wife. He appears more subdued, cautious, overly-nice -- just like a husband who is really really trying to make things right after screwing up.

Watching Imus closely for so many years, I see a disconnect between the way I think he would have relished taking Moonves to the vault to pick up the millions, and the way he tells everyone that he got what he deserved. Maybe it is good, old-fashioned irony and Imus came out on top, so he is getting what he deserves -- a better deal. When you figure it out, CollegeGirl, will you fire a missive my way?

Hope your shoppping is all done. Holiday Cheer to All (is that PC enough -- teehee).

CollegeGirl said...

Wow...I have a lot of smart posters.

It's definitely a strange paradox. I do agree that, station-wise, he's in a better place now. Yes, I do have some sentimental attachment to the "moldy basement," as Laura Ingraham put it. But WABC is a much better station on so many levels.

Also: hott hats. I LOLed at that photo.

And I TOTALLY did not consider the "angry wife" option. Good thinking there - some of you are excellent psychoanalysts. :-) I remember when all of this went down in April, and he was going on about how his wife was furious with him. I just figured that, hey, many wives would be angry in this situation. (As you can see, I've never been married.)

And, thankfully, my holiday shopping is (almost) done. Just one more present to buy...just one more...