Imus

One of the things I’m planning to do today is to keep an eye (and ear) on local and national news and talk shows, to see what they’re saying about what’s going on here. I caught some of Don Imus’ radio show on my way to and from watching Jon Corzine vote. If you listen to Imus much, you probably like that he always manages to land top-notch guests from the political and journalism worlds and generally gets them to say interesting things. The show can also be a frustrating listen because Imus is so moody. I never can tell how much of it is tongue in cheek, and I guess his crankiness is part of the appeal, too. Anyway, you probably know how the show goes. Imus has his favorites, Democrat and Republican, while his two on-air cohorts, Charles McCord and Bernie McGuirk, are a lot more likely to favor the GOP. Corzine and Forrester have both been on the show, and Imus says he’s backing Corzine. As McCord read through the news at 6:30, the trio began discussing the race, with Imus saying New Jersey is the only one of the two governors’ contests today that matters– since it’s the only one in which he’s taken sides. “I need to put up a win here,” he said. Then McCord said that polls show the race “is almost within the margin of error” and that “a whopping 73 percent”of N.J. voters are aware of Joanne Corzine’s harsh assessment of her ex-husband and his motives. That prompted McGuirk to call Corzine a name and to bring up the Carla Katz story. Then Imus, who shifts his allegiances on a dime (sometimes for humorous effect) said, “I need a win, but it really is an assault on my integrity here.” A discussion of whether Corzine had cheated on his wife ensued, with McCord and McGuirk assuring the I-man that he had. “Well where’s Forrester?” Imus asked. “What’s Forrester done– anything bad?” “Certainly not like this,” McCord said. “His wife isn’t out there saying anything (bad), and she’s out there campaigning with him,” McGuirk offered. “But you need the win.” Imus then seemed to reconsider: “I don’t think I need it that bad.”

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