I'm really sorry - I was the last person to hear about this. Forty-five minutes ago, I was sitting on the couch without a clue, watching I Love The New Millennium with one of my best friends. Since VH1 shows seven-minute segments with ten-minute commercial breaks, we started flipping stations in order to pass the time. When we flipped it to CNN, I thought that I was watching an April 2007 flashback.
I will keep this short and sweet:
1) If you listen to a tape of the incident - and when I say "a tape," I mean "a tape that lasts longer than 10 seconds" - Imus was trying to point out that Pacman was being targeted by the police because he was black. In other words, it was the police's prejudicial attitudes towards African-Americans.
2) Do the comments look damning when you first look at them? Sure they do, and that's why everyone in the media is wetting their pants over it. But listen to the tape again, and consider the history of the program since December 3rd.
3) They have a 45-second delay. None of them want to lose their jobs and ruin their reputation. If this was really such a big deal, why did nobody press the dump button? Why did nobody on the staff pipe up?
That is all.