It's true Don Imus has been making condescending un-funny race jokes for years. He gets no sympathy from me. But it's also true that the rap industry is totally culpable in making it fashionable to characterize women as "bitches" and "hos" and to act and speak like a thug. To deny that is to ignore reality. One only need tune in Hot 97 first thing in the morning or watch MTV for 15 minutes to realize how pervasive and widespread the destructive nature of gangsta rap has become, and not just to our youth.
As for political correctness being "noxious", consider it sensitivity training for the masses, Darla. PC is what has civilized a great many people well versed in traditional etiquette (including truckloads of your fellow Republicans) from calling you a faggot to your face in board rooms or kicking your ass in the parking lot, deny all you like. Those who say they'd rather know someone's "honest" feelings about their sex lives or race (such as the apologists who defended General Pace's recent comments about "immoral" gays) are in fact far better off dealing with associates who stick to the task at hand and keep their personal morality-identity views to themselves. PC can become a jail cell when applied too stringently, like anything else. And PC is certainly not a criteria for good art. But if PC is what protects me from enduring racist or homophobic slurs in my daily life or forces someone to THINK before they act or speak, fine by me.