Don Imus and Megan Kanka In A Soundbite Nation

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  1. Dan Filler = Al Roker says:

    Except Al Roker (in an interview available online) made this very same argument and both you and he are wrong. One need only look to the news coverage on NBC (the Today Show, for instance) — notice how NBC is reaping all the ratings from this event — to see black talking heads mention the segregation in the media, the lack of black hosts on NBC, etc. The structural racism argument is being made by those who think public airwaves should not be used to disseminate racist speech and that’s most of the black talking heads who have appeared on NBC in the wake of this incident, including Al Sharpton. One might note, however, that NBC profits from all this activity, and thus theorize that it’s really just the left’s version of the infotainment one sees on Fox.

  2. AYY says:

    “Societal racism?” “Structural racism?” Let’s see. Well, there were the cartoons about Condi and Janice Rogers Brown. There were the snide comments about Clarence Thomas. There was the Duke gang of 88. There were the Michigan BAMN people. I could go on. Is that the racism you mean?

  3. Legally A Pain says:

    Dan Filler Does Not Equal Al Roker.

    To start, the most obvious evidence of that statement is that Dan Filler is not a balding black man; however, and ironically, such visual descriptives are of little use here in the blogsphere, unlike life in the unfortunate real world. Nor does Dan Filler have past experience in weather forecasting (and if his March Madness picks are any indication of forecasting ability, a future in that arena looks bleak as well). The point is that Mr. Filler, a law professor with extensive experience as a public defender, and Mr. Roker, a broadcasting professional who is a life-long member of a minority community, are coming from entirely different places, and have experienced racism in different ways. It would be unfair to say that either is wrong.

  4. Intellectually An Idiot says:

    If you thought I was unaware that Dan Filler and Al Roker are different people, then it casts doubt on the quality of your analysis.

  5. Legally A Pain says:

    Ouch! No, friend, I was mostly just poking at the virtual ribs of Mr. Filler for a bit of fun. However, I do think that your characterizing him and Mr. Roker as “wrong,” when they are merely asserting their opinions – which, in my eyes are very qualified opinions on the matter of a deeply-seeded racism that our society neglects to address – might be interpreted as overly harsh. That said, it is the beauty of this blog that you should have your chance to assert your thoughts as well.