OK, most of the folks I know think Don Imus should be fired for what he said. But here's some reasons a suspension and humiliation is probably enough for now.
The climate of edgy material on TV and radio is very harsh and edgy in pursuit of a laugh. "Hip-hop" music says things that are as bad or worse all the time. People knock Christians, shy people, virgins and overweight people at will. If you put up with constant F-bombs on pay cable, which offend me, how do you turn around and fire someone on radio for saying something stupid and hurtful? I'm shocked by stuff on cable TV but no one's muzzling FX.
Imus is an icon, a symbol of another era of radio. There's a place for crankiness in the media (see "House") as long as it isn't hateful (this incident notwithstanding).
Imus is a jerk at times but I don't think he's a racist. He has apologized and he has raised a lot of money for charity and sick kids.
Imus has said that if it were white people stranded by Katrina, the government would have helped them sooner.
I'm equally offended by the world-wrecking daily rants of Rush Limbaugh, who has helped prop up the worst president in 100 years.
And the biggest, selfish reason: If WFAN replaces Imus, it will be with a show so bad that it will make Mike and the Mad Dog look like McNeil-Lehrer.
As for the African-American who commented here, I agree: The Madison Ave.-Hollywood overemphasis on images of thin, blonde, white Barbie beauty is a terrible thing for youngsters, of all races and shapes. But let's take heart: high-definition TV makes the overly thin and pale look pretty unhealthy.