Last Wednesday, Dana Perino appeared on Imus in the Morning on the Fox Business Network to promote her new book And the Good News Is…: Lessons and Advice from the Bright Side.
If Perino thought being on Fox meant she was safe from being attacked, she was in for a major disappointment.
While the interview itself seemed like it went alrigh at first, the next day, Imus embarked on an angry rant against Perino, slamming her and complaining that she would only share “rehearsed talking points” from her book.
He said on his Thursday morning show:
Don’t ask to be on this program and then come in here and be a jerk as Dana Perino was yesterday. God! Man, who needs that? I mean, there’s somebody who’s just, what, are you kidding me? God, that was irritating. I’m happy, if people ask me and they ask the show to be on to promote their book, I’m happy to do it, but then don’t come in here with an attitude. And then not want to have a conversation. Oh my God. You couldn’t have a conversation with her. She got her little talking points.
If you think that’s bad, Imus was just getting started:
First of all, she was the press secretary, that was a mercy move. They had 37 press secretaries and they found her, I mean, I mean, what? Described Dwight Yoakam as your “opening act.” Another no-talent loser. Honest to God. Are you kidding me? She sucks and her book sucks. Oh, my God, that irritated me… I’m happy to help. Really, nobody’s more supportive than me. But don’t come in here and cop an attitude.
Other Fox News personalities like Greta Van Susteren have rushed to Perino’s aid. In a blog post on Monday, Van Susteren defended Perino and called Imus “bitter.”
“Let me be the first to respond to this: Don Imus is bitter and mean spirited (maybe trying to get attention as his show ends May 29?),” she wrote on her blog. “I have no idea what provoked this — but it sure is nasty and unwarranted. It is not exactly the kind of legacy one wants to have as one leaves a show. Is this how he wants everyone to remember him? And Dana, as a true professional, should just ignore it.”
Van Susteren is referring to the fact that Imus claimed on Monday that his radio show will no longer be televised on Fox Business Network after May 29.
If this is true, it looks like Imus is trying to go out with a bang.
What do you think about this? Does Imus have a point about Perino, or is he really just bitter? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.