This guy should have been fired immediately after he uttered those inflammatory, racist words. His downfall, though, is playing out in slow motion, and will occur, if it does at all, only as the final event in a chain that started with his unacceptable comments that at sort of bounced around here and there enough to get regular folks agitated, which motivated slumbering, happy-to-pay-for-hate-talk-unless-there-is-consumer-backlash corporate sponsors to shake off their lethargy for a few minutes and pull their ads , which finally got the attention of Imus' employers, who finally took action. Sort of.
His show was suspended for two weeks, but Imus, as if this writing, still has a job.
It took a full week for MSNBC to pull the plug.
Newsweek's staff regularly appears on the show, and the mag's editor says it doesn't want to "rush to judgment," on the matter. Says editor Jon Meacham, "At the same time, he's on serious probation here. It's a very big deal. We take this seriously."
This is all just too little, really late.