Ana Marie Cox’s “Courageous” Denunciation Of Don Imus Now That He’s Of No Use To Her

Ana Marie Cox is best known for faux lesbian shots and talking about anal sex. But, now she’s gleefully slamming a shiv into the back of someone who helped her career because he said something controversial. Why? So she can pretend that it’s some sort of moral stand as opposed to cold calculation about what would be most helpful for her career,

“Every time I’ve been on Don Imus’ show, he has reminded listeners that he “discovered” me. It’s not exactly hyperbole. He first invited me on when I was just a foulmouthed blogger who ran the gossipy political site Wonkette. As I recall, my first on-air conversation with him was about the Bush twins, or, as I called them, “Jenna and Not-Jenna.” Last fall I became a regular guest and took up slightly more serious topics (on my last appearance we talked about Senator John McCain’s Baghdad trip and Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani’s lack of social graces), but the subjects hardly mattered. I had been invited inside the circle, and to be perfectly honest, I was thrilled to be there.

As the invites kept coming, I found myself succumbing to the clubhouse mentality that Imus both inspires and cultivates. Sure, I cringed at his and his crew’s race-baiting (the Ray Nagin impersonations, the Obama jokes) and at the casual locker-room misogyny (Hillary Clinton’s a “b*tch,” CNN news anchor Paula Zahn is a “wrinkled old prune”), but I told myself that going on the show meant something beyond inflating my precious ego. I wasn’t alone. As Frank Rich noted a few years ago, “It’s the only show … that I’ve been on where you can actually talk in an informed way — not in sound bites.” Yeah, what he said!

…My giving up the show, I acknowledge, is too little and too late. I doubt that I’ll be missed. It’s depressingly easy to find female journalists who will tolerate or ignore bigotry if it means getting into the boys’ club someday. (If only I were the only one.) And I’m not so vain that I think I brought something unique to the airwaves. In fact, I assume that one reason he had me on was the tantalizing prospect that I might say something scandalous or racy. That, and he and his cronies seemed to enjoy having the occasional guest they could leer at.”

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In other words, Cox always thought Imus was a bigot and didn’t care because it was good publicity, but now that it would be more helpful to cut him off at the knees, she’s going to publicly declare that she’s not going on his show anymore.

Clap…clap…clap! How inspirational and brave! And you’ve got to love the brassy headline of the column at Time, “An Imus Guest Says No More,” as if this were based on some sort of courageous decision made because she was offended by Imus’s comments.

PS: Cox, Obama, and everyone who appeared on that show knew exactly what it was all about and it’s a little late for them to hypocritically trash the guy now that there’s a mob howling for his scalp over comments that weren’t really all that different from the sort of things he says all time.

PS #2: Hillary is one-upping Cox by actually going to Rutgers.

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