Thursday, April 12, 2007

Methinks they doth protest too much

It's a shame that the uproar over Don Imus has taken the feel-good factor away from the Rutgers women's basketball team, but as the team takes the publicity tour (today they're on with Oprah) this is beginning to take on elements resembling Geico's famous caveman offended by the ad slogan "so simple even a caveman can do it."

Not to defend Imus' making fun of the young women with (to say the least) an unpleasant choice of words, but without the shocked outrage and national campaign to have the man fired, a vast majority of people would have no idea he said it and the Rutgers story would still be about a group of athletes coming together and nearly winning a national championship.

And as much as I hate the morning-zoo format launched by hordes of bad imitators of Imus, I fear this is step one in a campaign to have the heavy hand of government (FCC) smack down free speech again. Watch how this plays out.

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