Al Roker enters the Imus fray

In moving this afternoon to drop you-know-who from the MSNBC lineup, NBC said there had been "many conversations with our own employees." That might have included the long-time "Today" show weatherman, who called for the firing of Imus and his producer, Bernard McGuirk, on the show's blog, allDAY. "I, for one, am really tired of the diatribes, the 'humor' at others' expense, the cruelty that passes for 'funny,'" Roker writes. "Don Imus isn't the only one doing this, but today he's the one in the hot seat. What he said was vile and disgusting. It denigrated an entire team and by extension, a community and its pride in a group that had excelled." Well, at least he notes that "Don Imus isn't the only one doing this..." As usual on a story like this, you can cut the hypocrisy with a knife (has anyone checked out the hurtful stuff you can find on radio, TV or the Web any hour of the day?). But who needs context and reflection when we have Imus on a stick. No word from Imus on Roker's comments, but he wasn't thrilled with Brian Williams and the NBC report on the hoo-ha. Bet you that Imus is praying for a really big story, any story, to get the jackels off his back. More from Christina Hernandez at CJR Daily.

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