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Friday, April 13, 2007
Salvato Defends Imus, Attacks Rutgers Players
Topic: CNSNews.com

In an April 13 CNSNews.com column, Frank Salvato declared that Don Imus is a victim of "Progressive-Left and the one-world Socialists among us" because they have "have used bullying tactics to infringe upon the guaranteed right of free speech under the First Amendment" and are "attempting to establish a shadow rule of law based on the Marxist-Leninist Communist-Socialist principles of political correctness." Salvato called Imus' remark about the Rutgers women's basketball team "a completely unimportant statement made by a shock jock that could have been rectified with the turn of a radio dial."

Salvato then goes on to attack the Rutgers players because they might own music by rap artists who say offensive things:

If I could divine one truth from this "scandal" it would be to find out what CDs are in the personal music collections of each of the members of the Rutgers women's basketball team. Something tells me that in each, there are CDs from rap music artists that offer words and sentiments that eclipse the so-called offensive words of Don Imus. In the existence of these CDs within their collections lays the ultimate hypocrisy of political correctness. 

Well, no, it doesn't. Salvato misses the point of the outrage over Imus: He applied a derogatory term to a group of women who not only were not engaging in negative behavior but who played for a national championship in their sport. They did nothing to warrant being called "nappy-headed hos," yet Salvato is implying they deserve it because they might listen to offfensive rap lyrics, even though their musical tastes are irrelevant to the issue.

Much more relevant -- and illuminating -- is the fact that Salvato won't criticize Imus. But that's a problem other conservatives have as well.


Posted by Terry K. at 9:37 AM EDT

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