A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
by Catherine Fenton
Since Don Imus’ self-inflicted destruction first began, television punditry, filled with mostly white males, has staged a pathetic struggle to deal with it. In the flush of their inability to address racial matters, the call went out; book African Americans. And so, black men were booked and we have been treated to black and white men, for the most part, hashing out this "racial" incident.
I'm a little worried about the Republicans. I am. My job is to mock and scoff and taunt; these days it's almost too easy. I was taught you don't kick people when they're down, which probably qualifies me as a weenie or a wuss in their book. Hence the famous retractable 8 penny serrated hobnails in the toes of Karl Rove's boots. But lately to imply they're a tad disorganized is like musing Don Imus might not be first choice to play Santa at the 2007 CBS Christmas Party. Not only isn't this your father's Republican Party, but also it's not even George Bush's father's Republican Party any more. You could go so far as to say that this Republican Party is mighty disconnected from the Republic and it sure ain't no party.
by Dave Zirin
In an absolutely mind bending turn of events, Don Imus is now a man without a job. A week after calling the Rutgers women's basketball team "nappy headed hos," the man once hailed by Time Magazine as one of the most influential people in the country, is officially off the air. The final ax fell as CBS announced that they could no longer withstand the heat from both inside and outside their company. As CBS President and Chief Executive Officer Leslie Moonves said, "There has been much discussion of the effect language like this has on our young people, particularly young women of color trying to make their way in this society."
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A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Marjorie Cohn
The Bush administration is shocked, shocked, that the firing of a few U.S. attorneys has caused such a stir in Washington. After all, the Oval Office says, the President can choose whomever he wants to prosecute federal cases. But the Supreme Court declared in Berger v. United States that a prosecutor's job is to see that justice is done, not to politicize justice. The mass ouster of the top prosecutors had more to do with keeping a grip on power - by manipulating voting rights - than with doing justice. And like the Watergate scandal, the evidence points to a cover-up.
MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON
This is Bush doing what Bush does best ... getting his way. Sending our troops off to die for 15 more months for a war that is his war, his lie. If the US wants to stop the carnage ... clean out the White House first. Today, in the news, more deaths in the so-called US Green Zone in Iraq.
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT
Washington, DC - Mitt Romney is in St. Louis today hunting for campaign cash, but Show Me State voters are wondering whether he plans to show his face at the National Rifle Association's 136th Annual Meetings & Exhibits while he's in town.
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT
The Bush Administration's strategy of appeasement with North Korea seems to have backfired. The U.S. released $25 million in frozen assets in hopes of getting North Korea to stop making radioactive material for nuclear bombs, but there has yet to be any response in advance of an agreed upon deadline.