Thursday, November 14, 2013

#792: Deirdre Imus

Deirdre Coleman Imus is founder and president of the Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center, which is part of Hackensack University Medical Center. She is also a cofounder and codirector of the Imus Cattle Ranch for Kids with Cancer, and the author of two Greening Your Cleaning and The Imus Ranch: Cooking for Kids and Cowboys. She is also on the Board of Directors of the National Autism Association. No one doubts that her intentions are the best. The results of her efforts, however, are unfortunately mixed. The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center conducts research into possible links between various cancers and environmental hazards, but does so often under rather misguided assumptions. Which is a pity, since her efforts could really have been used as a force for good.

Deirdre Imus is, for instance, an anti-vaccinationist, and has contributed on that issue over at the wretched pile of woo that is Huffington Post as well as to the, shall we say, dubious magazine “The Autism File” (editorial board: Mary Holland, Andrew Wakefield, and Anju Usman). And no one brings in the stupid quite like Deirdre Imus’s contributions to these venues. Her contributions are summed up by Orac as “the driving force ramping up the antivaccinationist mercury militia proclivities of aging shock jock Don Imus and whose ignorance and stupidity when it comes to vaccines threaten to rend the fabric of the space-time continuum.” She has bought hardcore into the mercury scare, displaying exasperating stupidity and ignorance in the process, as in this one (yes, it is all there, including the conspiracy theories and the toxin gambit). Apparently she doesn’t quite see that “follow the evidence” is a decent rule for inquiry when the evidence may go against the position she has already decided that she wants to believe. Such shortcomings don’t prevent her from being cited as an expert by Jenny McCarthy’s Generation Rescue, but I suppose that is to be expected.

Diagnosis: Good intentions are just not enough. When coupled with the wild-eyed crackpottery and conspiracy theories of someone like Deirdre Imus, the results are predictably catastrophic. It’s sad, really, but she is decidedly a force of evil at the moment.


  1. Back in the early 70s, I was a big fan of Don Imus, the radio personality who, was, unfortunately, a drug addict and alchololic and in later years got fired from one radio station for incredibly racist comments. Don and Deirdre's camp for kids with cancer seems to be a good charity, especially since they treat the kids as nothing special and give them the opportunity to do whatever they want and can do. Pity is not what those kids need.

    But you're right: Good intentions are just not enough.

  2. if it wasn't for don imus there would be no deirde COLEMAN running about the radio/tv talk show circuits, or (sadly) appearing at least twice weekly on imus' radio show. she is one veggies latte' or whatever it is she eats, from being institutionalized for her obsession against every food, drink & medicine that doesn't fall within her parameters. how ironic that would be when they need to "vaccinate," her with a sedative.

  3. This is hilarious. This broad actually sold herself to Imus as an "actress" and a "model" (two professions diametrically opposed) when she married him in the early 1990s. She was 29, unemployed, and living with another guy when she started banging Imus on the side. The guy finally found out and threw her out of their apartment, where as an unemployed part time gym trainer, she must have been sponging off of him for years. She also told Imus' biographer Kathleen Tracey she "earned a living as an actress and a model" before she met Imus, when in fact, she had never had a paying acting job of any kind. It was only after he married her did she get one or two walk on bits in straight-to-video films. Then Imus raised a stack of dough and hands this unemployed casting couch bimbo all of it to build a charity ranch -- tens of millions which she squandered on the big home and left them begging every year for donations from mom and pop America to support their lavish lifestyle and host a few cancer kids each summer. Meanwhile, she's weaseled her way onto his show for 20 years and has no talent what-so-ever, can't deliver a line or crack a joke to save her life, and has clearly never "acted" in any sketches, bits, roles, voice work, or anything at all even remotely resembling performing. A liar ... a loser ... and a skank, who needed ghost writers to pen books about how to clean your house -- like she ever cleaned out anything but the green out of her husband's wallet! What a mess!

  4. I dunno if she's become more irritating or I have less tolerance now, but lately I've been turning off the radio entirely when Deirdre starts talking.

    We get it. Abortion is babies, vaccines cause autism, and food is evil. You have made your retarded positions abundantly clear. We do not need to hear them every single goddamned morning, especially in that screeching "passionate" tone of yours.

    Don Imus must be praying for death so he can finally find peace from Deirdre's endless shrill.

    Every day is Groundhog Day with Deirdre Imus. "Didn't you just shriek about the same thing yesterday? And the day before that? And the day before that? And the day before that?"

    Listening to Deirdre Imus is like listening to a broken record of a chalkboard being scratched.