Saturday, April 14, 2007

Don Imus, free speech hero?

That's the worry with firing him raw, sabi ni Henry Abbott:

I haven't bothered to scan the reaction elsewhere, but I'm sure there is no shortage of support for Imus at this point. I am, in fact, all in favor of free speech and dissenting opinion. I don't have a strong feeling about whether or not Don Imus should have been fired. But I'm more convinced than ever that a healthier reaction, for our nation's ability to inch forward with a little racial healing, would have been for Imus to emerge from this looking like a doofus, not an icon of free speech.

That's why I agreed with MLQ3 na hindi dapat tanggalin si Isagani Cruz sa column writing nya for his insensitive remarks towards gay people. What Cruz wrote in his column was bigoted and wrong (and MLQ3 was right to criticize him for it), but to have him lose his job over this would have been an overreaction on PDI's part.

1 comment:

mschumey07 said...

I must agree. One can be censured but definitely not fired. One must never be deprived of one's livelihood.

But I must point out that one should be sensitive about certain issues. I have been branded as a communist because of my views on certain issues. I guess that's the price we have to pay for airing our concerns.