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04/16/2007 11:31 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

"I'm Shocked to Find that Gambling is Going on Here!"

It is difficult for me to ever understand the inner workings of the rich and powerful Corporations.

When the owners of Columbia Pictures wanted to re-instate an executive found guilty of check forgery and embezzlement, I was more then a little confused and upset. For a bonus, these guys also wanted to blow away the Companies President who was not pleased with the re-instatement. The "owner" was not overjoyed by my taking issue with him, and I was of course ultimately "punished."

As far as the termination of Imus is concerned, my friends have said "just get over it Norman, it's done."

I am prepared to do that, but of course not completely.

Someone mentioned on MSNBC this morning part of a GREAT movie quote from Casablanca. It is:

Rick: How can you close me up? On what grounds?
Captain Renault: I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!

I will annoy my friends while I say a few things that are annoying me about those bastions if integrity, The General Electric Company, The Walt Disney Company, Viacom/CBS, and News Corp.

The four vaunted networks that you guys own have chosen not to notice that there is a horrible war going on out there being run by those who have lied and misled our country into the war. There is more of course, but I will stop there.

These Broadcast Networks could serve the public in so many ways by only reporting "truth in context" concerning this war, but they don't.

Two companies can feign outrage about the Imus program and cancel it, but to have ignored both the context and the content of this show for all these years would be a joke if the issues were not so serious,

How CBS and NBC can possibly take "the moral high ground" on the Imus issue confounds me as well. Did they need the "Reverends" to point out that "...gambling is going on here?"

I know I ask a lot when I suggest that these companies take responsibility for what they have not done (report the real stuff about the war), as well as notice "...that there is gambling going on here in a plethora of the network and content organizations that they own."

Telling the people at Showtime, Paramount, Universal, MTV etc to "straighten out" is still another matter altogether. Will they be responsible for the content of these program creators? Perhaps, but I doubt it.

If someone in a Universal movie, or a Showtime special says "nappy headed hoes" what will NBC News, and CBS say about that?

Firing Imus, easy, taking responsibility for broad spectrum content that you "publish" is hard.

Norman Horowitz
Getting Over It Slowly