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Don Imus' Potty Mouth

Both the Pioneer Press and The Observer (U.K) included pieces on the firing of shock jock Don Imus after his "nappy headed hos" comment. The Observer provided much better context to what happened. They mentioned that Imus was equally offensive/racist/ethnocentric against all groups but by directing that ignorance towards some innocent college girls was the last straw. The Observer's lead, although showing the opinion of the author, was funny and very effective: "Don Imus is so unpleasant that he is one of the few people in New York who is
licensed to carry a handgun for his own protection." Pioneer Press ended their story with a crack from Imus which I didn't find amusing--hasn't he said enough already? The Observer ended with a quote from Rudy Giuliani saying that Imus made a big mistake--much better ending.
The U.S is so big on free speech, but look at what that can lead to. By allowing ignorant shock jocks to stay on the air making their racist comments for the sake of ratings, it is as if we're stuck in the past--people need to educate themselves and stop buying into what some 60-yr.-old bitter white man spews out on the radio.


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