Bill Hahn says that the firing of Imus is nothing like the blacklist.
It is, exactly, like the blacklist. Mr. Imus commited no crime. He didn't, even, do an overtly racist act, unless you consider a crude sense of humor as evidence of anything other than standard shock-jock-shlock, most of which I find offensive. When it comes to putting down women, Imus has nothing on Howard Stern. But Bill Hahn says that the blacklist was nothing like that.
Let me lay a little history on you. The decade from 1946 to 1956 was marked by fear of commies. Entertainers, who espoused progressive causes, were labeled traitors and enemies of the people by those groups who disagreed with their positions. These groups brought pressure on theatrical and motion picture producers who, in response, fired the accused artists. Mr. Hahn, the only difference between then and now is that you identify with the blacklisted artists and you do not identify with Don Imus. (Not identifying with Don Imus may be the only point on which we agree)