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From Todd Boyd, ESPN’s Page 2:

Now
that disgraced radio talk-show host Don Imus has been booted, can we
finally get down to some “real talk” about the multiple issues embedded
in this racial theater? There is a lot to sort through here, but after
a week of debate centered around “nappy-headed hos,” half-assed
apologies, cries of censorship, and a curmudgeonly shock jock’s lame
attempt at being funny, many pundits have moved beyond the core issue
and now are talking about the perceived double standard they feel
exists between what Imus said and what often comes from the mouths of
rappers.

Yet Imus and hip-hop really don’t have much in common. Imus was host
of a radio show that focused on the real news of the day, while hip-hop
is a fictionalized form of cultural expression. Imus is real, featuring
real guests and humor based on real topics. However loudly hip-hop
might claim to be real, it is not real; it is a form of representation.
This is why so few rappers use the names on their birth
certificates when performing.


Andrew Sullivan, Time blogger and man of nuance:

If
you’re a Republican in Tennessee and you are in a tough race, what do
you do? Hey, your party isn’t a political organization; it’s God’s Own Party:

A Christian prayer group is hoping to provide Republican
gubernatorial nominee Jim Bryson with some divine assistance during his
campaign. The “Bryson Prayer Force” is inviting Christians to join its
current 80 members in praying regularly for Bryson, his family and
campaign staff. An e-mail sent out by the group included some suggested
prayers. Weekly prayers are to be sent to those who have signed up to
be part of the group.

“Pray for an open heaven over Jim and his team in each Tennessee
county they visit, that the gates of each county would open to him and
his team, and that the Lord’s divine favor will be granted to him
everywhere he goes,” reads one example. Blair Morgan, an attorney and
vice treasurer of the Davidson County Republican party, is serving as
state coordinator of Bryson Prayer Force.

Another part of the message:


It seems some in the legacy media are entering into that next phase
of narrative manipulation—a redefining of terms in order to 1) provide
revisionary cover for its ideological fellow travelers, and 2) to
fabricate and then facilitate a bandwagon effect. For instance, The New York Times this morning editorializes on the Lamont victory this way: