In need of a laugh, I sought out Mark Steyn’s column this morning. Instead of a laugh I find Steyn’s dream in the Imus Affair:
Needless to say, [CBS President Les] Moonves fired Imus after first meeting with the Rev. Jesse Jackson and the Rev. Al Sharpton. I have a dream that my children will one day live in a nation where a white guy can be fired for racist remarks without his employers having to prostrate themselves before clapped-out professional grievance mongers and shakedown artists. But dream on. Two men who slandered the Duke lacrosse players not just as racists but as rapists (by the way, has the Rev. Jackson come through on his promise to pay for the “victim” to go to college?) are the go-to guys when it comes to judging rhetorical excess in respect to varsity sports teams. Surely even a network president isn’t such a craven squish he can go through a meeting like that with a straight face?
Mark’s unfunny conclusion brought me up short:
As a female correspondent to the Powerline Web site commented: “Here are these tough women on top of the world, and they are so fragile that a remark knocks them down. Hey, why wouldn’t they have said ‘F— you? Who the heck is this fool Imus? We are queens of national basketball, and there is no stopping us now. We can be and do anything we choose to be or do.