You know something is up when a story is covered in the New York Times:
on the front page, editorial page, 7 letters to the editor, front page of the Arts section, business section, and sports section.
Why has this story struck such a cord? Because Imus is such a colorful [not the nicest colors] figure? Because his words were so over the top? Because it concerned sports and women? Because of the incongruousness of Al Sharpton becoming the moral arbiter [I doubt that... he keeps getting a free pass]?