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DECENCY: "Some people without brains do an awful lot of talking."

scarecrowMovie quote from: The Wizard of Oz (1939) - Scarecrow (Ray Bolger)

So much for the Don Imus radio show.  Big brave CBS just fired him for his short-sighted remarks about the women on the Rutgers basketball team.  Live by the sword, die by the sword.  However, I'm not sure who is the more offensive - Don Imus, who has a history of derogatory commentary, or the CBS executives who thought he was great until everybody else didn't.  Just once I'd like to see an executive defend media decency rather than ignoring the man behind the curtain until the jig is up.  Here's some slightly edited quotes from The Wizard of Oz that will be useful if Don's story ever makes the silver screen.

Dorothy: "Don, I've got a feeling you're not broadcasting in Kansas anymore."

The Munchkin Mayor: "Let the news be spread.  The wicked jock at last is dead!"

Dorothy: "Lions and tigers and ho's, oh my!" 

Scarecrow: "You could while away the hours, conferring with the flowers, consulting with the rain.  There's no CBS surprisin', no need apologizin', if you only had a brain."

Cowardly Imus: "I do believe in spooks.  I do believe in spooks.  I do, I do, I do!"

Wizard of Oz: "Do not arouse the wrath of the great and powerful Reverend of Al."

Wizard of Oz: "Why Don, anybody can have a brain.  That's a very mediocre commodity.  Where I come from, we have universities where people go to become great thinkers.  When they come out, they think deep thoughts with no more of a brain than you have.  But they have one thing you haven't got: common decency."

Wizard of Oz: "You my little media executive, are a victim of disorganized thinking.  You are under the unfortunate impression that just because you run away from any responsibility for this vile commentary, that you lack courage.  You're confusing courage with any form of spine at all."

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