Don Imus will be suspended for two weeks, and the Rutgers team has agreed to meet with him.
I'm a bit surprised by the "Hold the front page - shock jock says something shocking!" reaction, but clearly Imus' comments were outrageous, deplorable and unacceptable coming from a white guy. In his apology appearance with Al Sharpton (who is now an arbiter of racial etiquette after building his career as a race-baiter?), Imus did point out that rappers use similar language and win Academy Awards; Sharpton responded that he deplored that as well (search on "Sharpton" for a monumental a**-kicking of hip-hoppers here), but who knew? If Sharpton wants to organize a boycott Imus, let him organize a boycott of a few record labels, too - as if.
OlbyWatch has a classic of an Olbermann double standard on criticizing one's own network (briefly, Olby explains that Bill O'Reilly ought to whack Fox to show he's a man even though Olbermann won't go after a fellow MSNBCer); the NY Times points out that Imus has a lot of support from the media and book promoters who love his platform.
And a last thought for the Libby-obsessed - Imus was mentioned during the Libby trial because he tortured Andrea Mitchell over her changing story about whether she knew about Valerie Plame's CIA affiliation prior to the Bob Novak column.
However! When he comes back, Imus will be on a short leash. So, does this mean he will never vex another NBC Newser with questions about their role in the Plame debacle? That is great news for Tim Russert and David Gregory.
It is pretty clear at this point that neither NBC News nor anyone else will report on the David Gregory mystery - did he or did he not receive a Plame leak from Ari Fleischer while in Africa? If he did not, that contradicts prosecution witness Ari Fleischer; if he did, that contradicts prosecution witness Tim Russert.
So, will a newly chastened and compliant Don Imus let this topic go? Or in a mad bid for relevance and in an attempt to re-establish some street cred, will he pop the question when Gregory makes a guest appearance?
I'm betting on El Foldo.