The media monolith, pitchforks hoisted, has conducted a swift public trial, meant to make an example of Imus, and serve as a warning to all others who fail to march in lockstep, shouting ‘Jawohl!’ In solidarity with the offended women, members of the chattering class have been tripping over one another, to show-off their suppurating stigmata.
A regular on MSNBC, Mortimer Zuckerman of U.S. News & World Report, said today that what Imus did —refer to the predominantly black Rutgers women’s basketball team as “nappy-headed hos”,” is the same as what Michael Nifong did. Both cannot expect an apology to absolve them.
You’ve lost it morally when you compare rude, nasty words to the use of state power in order to intentionally frame innocents with a crime they did not commit; to concealing facts, and to, all together, denying the falsely accused due process, and in the process forcing them to bankrupt their families so as to mount a defense against the illicit assault.
Yes, a prosecutor who’s supposed to uphold the rights of all parties, using the full force of the state to threaten the liberty and property of individual citizens —that’s exactly like, to quote the “Mob Gives Imus the Ol’ Heave-Ho, “An old git uttering an ugly utterance.”
Talk about comparing like with like. Indeed, “the latest media-fanned contagion“; the “lynch mob led by the Reverends Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton“–it’s all very ominous. It doesn’t bode well for the future and fate of individualism and freedom in this country.