"Freedom of speech" has to do with governmental suppression, not with some philosophical "freedom" that allows all comers the right to spew anything they want.
Just try to do a liberal show on Fox, if you think there really is "freedom of speech".
Imus found out that advertising dollars rule. Just how naive was he, anyway?
It seems that if someone gets away with something once, twice, dozens of times, that there is an expectation that said person has the *right* to get away with whatever-it-is. Serial killers just go on. Thieves just go on. Drug dealers just go on. Racist hatemongers just go on.
Until caught -- or caught out. There is no inalienable right to call women whores. None. There is no inalienable right to pick on the color of skin someone has, to pick on where he or his parents were born, to pick on his size, or his limp, or his reluctance to punch another guy out.
Bullies do that kind of thing. Some people are really well-paid bullies, too. This one has just been cut off at the funds, where it hurts, and where it counted. Aw.
And to the anonymous ***k who commented -- oh yes I can.