How offensive I found Don Imus' remarks about the Rutgers women's basketball team is irrelevant. And whether I think he "should" or "should not" be fired for his comments are irrelevant. What is important here is that the beauty of the free market is playing out exactly how it should: The people are having a say.
The decision of MSNBC to discontinue Imus' show on their network has nothing to do with free speech. The protection of free speech in the U.S. Constitution pertains to the government. No one has a right to a TV show or a newspaper column. MSNBC's decision is a business decision. Several advertisers have pulled their support of Imus' show after his remarks set off crazy Al Sharpton and angry Jesse Jackson and sent them on a campaign to rid the world of Don Imus. And I can understand why those advertisers pulled their campaigns. No business wants to be swept up in a storm of hate politics; their money can be spent elsewhere.
And all of this comes from the people. Sharpton has said he wants the big-brother FCC to step in and make new rules about blah blah blah. There's no need: The free market has taken care of it.
The unfortunate thing in all of this is that hatemongers like Sharpton and Jackson have gotten their way. There is just no good left in these men; they are spew lies and hate and simply set out to promote themselves, even if it means deceiving people (see their nonsense regarding the Duke lacrosse case). But, in this particular case, I personally think they happen to fall on the right side of things: Imus simply went too far, more in calling these women "hos" than "nappy-headed." There's just no need for that crap.