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Steve Gilliard, 1964-2007

It is with tremendous sadness that we must convey the news that Steve Gilliard, editor and publisher of The News Blog, passed away June 2, 2007. He was 42.

To those who have come to trust The News Blog and its insightful, brash and unapologetic editorial tone, we have Steve to thank from the bottom of our hearts. Steve helped lead many discussions that mattered to all of us, and he tackled subjects and interest categories where others feared to tread.

Please keep Steve's friends and family in your thoughts and prayers.

Steve meant so much to us.

We will miss him terribly.

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Watson: "Imus"

Before the strange cowboy fixation set in

Thanks to Watson for this thought on Imus.

Imus has indicated that he will make programming changes in the aftermath of his sexist and racist comments about the Rutgers women basketball players.

Assuming that he is not taken off the air, I suggest that he voluntarily refrain from using blacks as the subject matter of his humor.

His on-air staff is all white, as are virtually all of his guests, so his black jokes don't have the 'all in the family' context appropriate for ethnic humor.

Health and income statistics indicate that blacks have not recovered from being legally confined to the bottom of our society, so these jokes have the ugly and cowardly aspect of kicking someone who is down.

Mr. Imus prides himself on being an 'equal opportunity bigot', so given the numerous other ethnic groups for him to lampoon, the black material should scarcely be missed.

- posted by Watson

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