Down in the comments here, jkd makes what I think is the definitive explanation of why people continue to genuflect before Imus’s slimy altar:
The thing about Fineman is that “back in the day” he wouldn’t have been allowed to joke around with someone like Imus… because he’d be one of the ones Imus was slagging off. Oh wait – he already is.
Once again, high school all over. The nerds suck up to the cool kids even as they’re mocked behind their backs – or to their face.