Via Newsday: Pols must decide if show is worth risk
Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford), who said he has been on the program at least three times, said he would evaluate Imus' on-air behavior before deciding whether he will continue his guest appearances.
Apparently this incident of blatant racism is not enough to sway King. But since he's already been on the show three times, surely he knows this is not an isolated incident. Imus is known for his bigotry. Thanks to Slate, a hi-lite reel: The Wit and Wisdom of Don Imus
"Boner-nosed … beanie-wearing Jewboy." (Description of Howard Kurtz of the Washington Post, a frequent guest.)
"Knuckle-dragging moron." (Description of basketball player Patrick Ewing.)
I'm not sure why any rational politician would ever go on this show. But King's got his reasons:
"To be honest, it is a media opportunity to go over the head of Newsday and the New York Times and to speak directly to people," said King.
Ahh, ok. I knew Peter King wore a tin-foil hat and believes that real media are always out to get him. What I didn't realize, though, is that his alternative is to go on a show that preaches intolerance and hate.
Dave Mejias said it best: Peter King "practices the politics of hate and fear." Going on a show like Imus' is right up his alley.