Hmm, I wondered if that joke was too tasteless for public consumption, and ran it by a friend first; maybe I should have consulted someone with more delicate sensibilities. (Should I buy civility offsets now?)
You’re totally right about the Imus flap, Philip; it’s way overblown. (That’s what I was getting at here.) It’s silly for Obama to get dragged into it, though in fairness it sounds like he was prodded by reporters. I think the award for the most over-the-top reaction goes to this New York Daily News editorial:
[S]uch talk has no place in this world and should not and must not be tolerated without stern rebuke under any circumstance.
No place in the world under any circumstances? Those editorial writers must be a blast a parties. (John McWhorter’s take on the Daily News op-ed page is a lot closer to the mark.)
UPDATE: Drudge says MSNBC is permanently dropping Imus. I don’t have a problem with that; it probably should have been done long before this kerfuffle.