Ana Marie Cox provides a brutally honest reflection on her brief time as an “Imus” regular.
“I found myself succumbing to the clubhouse mentality that Imus both inspires and cultivates. Sure, I cringed at his and his crew’s race baiting (the Ray Nagin impersonations, the Obama jokes) and at the casual locker-room misogyny (Hillary Clinton’s a “bitch,” CNN news anchor Paula Zahn is a “wrinkled old prune”), but I told myself that going on the show meant something beyond inflating my precious ego…I’m embarrassed to admit that it took ‘Imus’ saying something so devastatingly crass to make me realize that there just was no reason beyond ego to play along.”
“[I]ts true appeal for them lies in the seal of approval Imus bestows.”
“And I’m not so vain that I think I brought something unique to the airwaves. In fact, I assume that one reason he had me on was the tantalizing prospect that I might say something scandalous or racy. That, and he and his cronies seemed to enjoy having the occasional guest they could leer at.”
Read it all here.