As a teacher, I know that I’m not supposed to have favorites. But I have to be honest and tell you that my favorite student is Don Imus.
He’s the sometimes grumpy, always funny host of the Imus in the Morning program, heard locally on WABC Radio and seen nationally on the Fox Business Network. He also does great work with the Imus Ranch, a working cattle ranch for kids with cancer, located in Ribera, New Mexico.
With all the grading I had to do this week, who would have thought that my biggest task would be correcting the I-Man. But that’s the position I’m in thanks to Imus saying something that, put nicely, was incorrect.
[Related: Educating Connell McShane]
On Thursday morning’s show, Imus and my college buddy Connell McShane were poking fun at reporters for the softball questions they were tossing at President Obama during a news conference on Wednesday. (Yes, the president did actually hold a news conference). During the discussion, Imus suggested that one reporter in particular (I didn’t catch who) should have been present because, and I’m paraphrasing, “he’s a pit bull.” The insinuation, of course, was that he would have gone after the president. Bad joke, Don.
Lesson for Imus: Pit bulls are loving and loyal dogs. If you don’t believe me, you have an open invitation to visit our home any time to meet Kermit, who we adopted two years ago from the Greenwich Animal Control. Or, might I suggest that you take calls from your listeners, who can tell you the truth about the breed.
When people tell me they’re afraid of pit bulls, or dogs for that matter, I tell them that I’m more worried about people. Last time I checked, pit bulls were far better behaved than humans.
And by the way, Imus, given the president’s acknowledgement that he used to eat dog meat, I think it’s the pit bull that should be afraid of the president.