Poor Don Imus on MSNBC this morning was offended by the behavior of the eulogists at Coretta Scott King's funeral. Apparently, they were "politicizing" the event by mentioning that the struggles to which Coretta Scott King devoted her life - for social justice, civil rights, and against unjust war - are as urgent in George Bush's America as they ever were in the civil rights era. Imus suggested that at a funeral people should "act like Jesus", which apparently equates to not complaining about Americans being wire-tapped by their own government or duplicitously led into an illegal war by a mendacious President.
Imus is uniquely qualified to talk about proper decorum at funerals, seeing as he provided the commentary for MSNBC's coverage of Yasir Arafat's funeral in November 2004, and graced the occasion with Jesus-like comments such as:
1. “The scene is disorderly, but seems fairly peaceful. It hasn’t turned into the complete chaotic mess that we were hoping for…”
2. Arafat was a “rodent-looking weasel”.
3. “Yasser Arafat’s fat wife didn’t make it to Ramallah for the funeral. And if she had, she’d never have made it out alive anyway.”
And the piece de resistance of his commentary:
DON IMUS: They're (the Palestinians) eating dirt and that fat pig wife of his is living in Paris.
COLLEAGUE: They’re all brainwashed, though. That’s what it is. And they're stupid, to begin with, but they’re brainwashed now. Stinking animals. They ought to drop the bomb right there, kill ‘em all right now…
IMUS: Well, the problem is we have (reporter) Andrea (Mitchell) there; we don't want anything to happen to her.
COLLEAGUE: Oh, she's got to get out. Andrea, get out and then drop the bomb and kill everybody… Look at this. Animals. Animals!
Very classy. Perhaps Don Imus knows of some hidden gospel in which Jesus declines to lay his hands on lepers because they're just a bunch of scabby "rodent-looking weasels", or restores to life both Jairus' daughter AND "his fat pig of a wife". The only other alternative is that Imus is talking out of his ass, again.