While not quite the magnitude of Roe v. Wade
or Brown v. Board of Education
, Sharpton v. Imus
was quite the headline until run out of the news by a bitter Cho. Op-ed writers and bloggers galore have put forth many an opinion yet I haven't heard one questioning Sharpton's tendency to elevate lower tier issues over the name of Jesus Christ.
Don Imus was the king of the interview. He more than anyone was able to get celebrity types to be themselves, and lighthearted to boot. I suspect he'll reemerge soon unless retirement gets to comfortable. The autism community had no greater friend than Imus. Unfortunately many of them aren't aware of Imus' contribution here. Nearly all of his media peers tow the company line when it comes to autism while Imus continually hammered home the association autism often has to thimerosal (a form of mercury) load on the young body.
Imus often made fun of Rev. Jerry Falwell on his show and I can't recall Sharpton speaking out against his "faith" being ridiculed. Sharpton's attack on Imus for an ill-placed joke speaks of ulterior motives, whatever they may be. We all can come to our own conclusions about those.
Sharpton's misappropriation of priorities undercuts what little credibility he had pre-Imus. Sharpton, Jackson, et.al. threw Imus under the back of the bus and then Imus' bosses threw the Imus out with the bath water.