Al Roker on Imus and his suspension

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(By Al Roker)

I cannot tell you how many people have asked me about my thoughts on Don Imus. As a student of broadcasting, I know Don Imus was one of the original “shock jocks.” I listened to him growing up in New York City in the late ’60s and early ’70s.

He is a radio icon.

That said, it is time for him to go.

I, for one, am really tired of the diatribes, the “humor” at others’ expense, the cruelty that passes for “funny”. Don Imus isn’t the only one doing this, but today he’s the one in the hot seat.

What he said was vile and disgusting. It denigrated an entire team and by extension, a community and its pride in a group that had excelled.

This controversy started and grew during the week. At first under the radar, we even had Don’s wife, Deidre, on the program, talking about “green” cleaning. I thought she was so good I wanted to talk to her about a television program for my production company.

Don and his wife have done a lot of good things—raising money for charity, including a ranch for children suffering from cancer and blood disorders.

Yet, Don Imus needs to be fired for what he said. And while we’re at it, his producer, Bernard McGuirk, needs to be canned as well. McGuirk is just as guilty, often egging Imus on.

The “I’m a good person who said a bad thing” apology doesn’t cut it. At least he didn’t try to weasel out of this by hiding behind alcohol or drug abuse. Still, he said it and a two-week suspension doesn’t cut it. It is, at best, a slap on the wrist. A vacation. Nothing.

The general manager of Cartoon Network resigned after a publicity stunt went wrong and caused a panic in Boston. He did the right thing. Don Imus should do the right thing and resign. Not talk about taking a two-week suspension with dignity. I don’t think Don Imus gets it.

After watching and listening to him this morning during an interview with Matt Lauer (video), Don Imus doesn’t get it. Maybe it’s being stuck in a studio for 35 years or being stuck in the 1980s. Either way, it’s obvious that he needs to move on. Citing “context within a comedy show” is not an excuse.

He has to take his punishment and start over. Guess what? He’ll get re-hired and we’ll go on like nothing happened. CBS Radio and NBC News needs to remove Don Imus from the airwaves. That is what needs to happen. Otherwise, it just looks like profits and ratings rule over decency and justice.

 

Brotha Al said what I was incapable of saying and without the profanity. My hat is off to him.

40 thoughts on “Al Roker on Imus and his suspension

  1. Typcial of a Safe Negro. Al Roker though as a Safe Negro saying what he said is a point to consider. Still I am not impressed with “Mr. I’m neutral on most sh..’ cause I don’t want to mess up my place with Master.” Who cares what Al Roker thinks. He ain’t exactly crusading his point. Typical safe assimilated behavior. He is so caught up in chasing that American Dream. Please!

    Why did you put up this man’s picture on your site? You must have wanted to give me a heart-attack. Damn, James!

    The other Al at least takes risks to sacrifice his comfort with Whites. Al Roker?…Don’t fall for it. You can’t trust Al Roker eventhough he seems harmless. You know every now and then a Safe Negro has to display he is down. Please, oh, please. After all that cooning back in the nineties on television I have never allowed myself to consider Al Roker trustworthy in relaying opinions on Black Integrity since he obviously had none ‘shining and grinning.

  2. SB: I tried to post a link to Al’s comments earlier this morning in the other thread about Imus. Unfortunately, my post was not being accepted on your site and another brother’s site. Someone said that sometimes WordPress don’t allow users to post links in comments. I don’t know….

    Well, I’m glad that you saw this statement from Roker and posted it. I think that it is significant that AR spoke out against Imus, especially since they get paid from the same network.

  3. Bishop Jakes also released a statement against Imus, calling for his immediate termination. I’ve taken the liberty to post it below. I know this is not my blog, so I hope that’s okay.

    Bishop Jakes wrote:

    “Jesus taught that ‘What goes into a man’s mouth does not make him ‘unclean,’ but what comes out of his mouth, that is what makes him ‘unclean.'” (Matthew 15:11 NIV) The fact remains that Imus’ unprovoked racial slurs – which sadly appear to be part of a personal pattern over the years- clearly reveal a deeper malignancy of the heart. But it is the lack of immediate and meaningful response by his employer that reveals a deeper cancer in America.

    Press statements and public appearances are mere bandages when someone’s daughter is called a whore for fun. True healing will come only when individuals honestly address the root of their remarks, rather than making excuses for them, and only when employers and advertisers in our society respond immediately and decisively. Hall of Fame baseball player Cal Ripken immediately canceled his forthcoming appearance on Imus’ show; others should do the same.”Imus is a broadcast industry professional, who I hold to a higher standard. Imus’ employers are broadcast conglomerates that I also hold to a higher standard.

    And the advertisers that spend millions on Imus’ show should also be held to a higher standard. Allison Gollust, senior vice president for news communications at NBC, has stated: “We take this matter very seriously.” If so, Imus and Bernard McGuirk should be unemployed today and the excuses should stop, so that the healing can begin.

    “On behalf of decent moral people of all backgrounds, and specifically for women of color, we heard the so-called joke. But now the entire media, advertisers and industry executives should deliver the punch line.”

    The Imus issue is NOT just a black issue. It is NOT just a sexist issue. It is NOT just a moral issue. It is all of those, and the expectation should be there that people who truly care about these issues will rise up and let their voices be heard.

  4. Cliff

    Credit is due to black professionals in media like Al Roker to stand up with backbone against harsh attack agaist black peole. Credit is also due to Bishop Jakes for his spiritual guidence through this wave of racism and sexism.

  5. renee

    SB: Thanks for posting that letter. Al Roker is a classy guy and he can say it all without one swear word! I respect the man and his opinion and he is not playing it safe. I disagree with Andrea on this one. He could sit on The Today Show and not say a word but he is speaking out and does not need to go to Imus’ level to do it.

  6. Kae

    It is about time someone like Al Roker, who might have something to loose, speak up! Now where is Oprah!

    I would like to THINK that “those people” aren’t as racist as they sometimes reveal in public, but it just let’s me KNOW that deep down inside they really are!

  7. theravagebeast

    Until Al Roker, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and others start boycotting radio stations that play music with “hoe”, “bitch”, and “dancing on the pole”, then they have no business talking about Don Imus.

    Imus is a shock jock, and he made a really bad joke. Whether he is fired or not is up to his sponsors and the company that owns the rights to his show. But this double-standard of “we can disrespect our women but no one else can” has to stop.

    We need to clean up our house before we start trying to clean up the house of others. As Imus said on Sharpton’s radio show, “I didn’t come up with the term”.

    And can the media please stop portraying those two media pimps Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson as the voice of the black community!

  8. The fallout is starting. We need to keep it up:
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070411/ap_on_re_us/imus_protests;_ylt=AuWGnP0ML7i.iAPvFN7gEGXMWM0F

    The more people pull back advertising, the more Imus’ employees take a hit in their pocket books. Ratings don’t mean squat if it doesn’t translate into advertising dollars.

    This reminds me of back in our parents and grandparents’ days – if you called them “Nigger” but you wanted their business and their money, you either took back and refrained from using “Nigger” in public or you went bankrupt.

    Ask the Montgomery Bus Transit Authority. They had no clue that kicking Rosa Parks off a bus in 1995, because she wouldn’t give up her seat to a white man, would cause them to economically go under, because Black people stayed off the busses and boycotted for over a year.

    We need to go back to boycotting shit. If you don’t like me because of my skin color, my heritage, my race – then you don’t like my money, either, because I will not be spending it in your establishment, and I will not patronize your business,.

    I don’t know about many of you, but when I walk into Saks or Lord and Taylor, and the cashiers want to follow me around, they follow me right out of the store. And African-American clerks are just as bad, but maybe, that’s because they know they are the last hired and the first fired.

    I’m usually not dressed as a thug or ghetto fabulous, either, when I walk into these stores. I work hard for my cheddar, and deserve to be treated with respect. I don’t get that, I leave.

    And that’s what Imus’ sponsors are doing. He’s also not helping himself to continue ranting about how many tiimes he’s apologized and won’t do it anymore. That he’s not saying anything else until he meets with the Rutgers players.

    I hope they demand to speak first; let his cracker ass know how much his comments hurt them, before he gets to explain anything

  9. Black "Man on the Street"

    I am an African American male who, before this morning, was an ardent fan of the “Imus in the Morning” television program on MSNBC. Funny enough in fact, my usual routine was to flip back and forth between Imus and “The Today Show” while readying myself for work. I have just a few points to offer about the brewing controversy over Don Imus’ use of the phrase “nappy-headed hos” to describe the Rutgers women’s basketball team, and some of the comments I have read here in response to Mr. Roker’s courageous stance.

    First, I am put off by the media instinctively going to Reverend Jackson and Reverend Sharpton for the pulse of black America. While I respect much of what both have done over the years to turn the spotlight on issues of race and civil rights issues in general, the Black community is not a monolith. These men don’t speak for all of “us.” No one does. It is absurd (and offensive) that whenever someone utters a racially insensitive statement about black people, the knee jerk reaction of TV program directors and producers alike is to immediately cut to Jackson or Sharpton for comment. (Why? Did I miss a meeting or something?) Were, say, offensive comments about Asian people or Jewish people (recall the Mel Gibson comment) to get similar mainstream traction to the Imus comment, imagine how silly it would be for the mass media to keep cutting to shots of the SAME TWO Asian or Jewish guys to “speak” for their respective races/groups. And beyond absurdity, there is the “kill the messenger” syndrome that naturally follows when we leave it up to Jackson and Sharpton to speak for black America. We must never make the messenger larger than the message. It obscures the real issue by leaving open Reverend Jackson and Reverend Sharpton to ridicule and criticism for their own past statements and actions. (With Jackson, people talk about his 1984 reference to Jews as “Hymies” and to New York City as “Hymietown”; with Sharpton, people talk about the racially charged incident in 1987 where he defended Tawana Brawley, a 15 year old black teenage girl who accused a number of white police officers of raping her. That incident was later revealed to have probably been a hoax.) Here’s a thought. Why not talk to more black people to get varying perspectives? (Al Roker, for one, has shown himself willing and capable of expressing a point of view. And he’s as American as apple pie!)

    Second, as a number of posters have stated, there certainly is freedom of speech/expression in America. Don Imus is free to speak his mind, just as the market place is free to express itself. If he survives this, because of the core demographic makeup of the “Imus in the Morning” television program, I am assuming (and I could be wrong) that his audience will largely stick by him – resoundingly “speaking” or “expressing” their support for Imus and his message through sustained ratings. But this is not an issue of freedom of speech. Having a nationally syndicated television and radio program, broadcast over federally funded airwaves, is not a constitutional right. It is a privilege. And it is for this very reason that the snide comments directing Mr. Roker to simply “turn the channel” or “not listen” to Imus instead of calling for him to step aside are misplaced. (I note that when Howard Stern was finally fed up with the FCC censoring what he could broadcast over public airwaves, he went to satellite radio; were Imus to have done the same and made this comment, I’d condemn his statement BUT defend his right to remain on the air.)

    Third, regarding the comment made by Don Imus himself this morning (and others here in response to Mr. Roker) to the effect that African American popular culture tacitly condones racist images and terms in rap music et al., the comment doesn’t appear to be motivated to change the negative aspects of African American popular culture. Instead, it seems designed to provide cover for bigotry in mainstream media. Sure, blacks are as guilty or more guilty than others in creating, propagating and consuming wholesale racism aimed at blacks. But that is not an excuse under which Imus or anyone else can hide. Lets be crystal clear on this point. Wrong is wrong. It is as wrong if an African American media personality refers to a black woman as a “nappy-headed ho” as it is for Imus to have used this term to describe the Rutgers women. Similarly, other racist images and terms should be railed against and purged from the public airwaves. But I offer an analogy that I think will make my point here: pointing out racist images and terms in African American popular culture as a cover for Imus’ offense is no different than pointing to everyone else who is whizzing by and defying the speed limit when a cop pulls you over for speeding. It doesn’t undercut the substantive point, which is that YOU committed an offense for which YOU should be punished.

    This brings me to my fourth and final point, which explains why I think that the I-man should either voluntarily leave his post, or be forcibly removed. I started watching the “Imus in the Morning” program regularly last year, mostly for the political personalities that go on daily to sell books. From my admittedly limited perspective, it has been a mixed bag on issues of race. For example, while Don Imus (and Chris Matthews, also of MSNBC) was one of the few mainstream faces to attribute a racial component to the Hurricane Katrina fiasco, Imus and his crew think nothing of routinely referring to, say, black athletes as animals. While Imus campaigned for Harold Ford to be the first black Senator from the south since reconstruction, I flinch every time he has one of his regular “comics” parody Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who is Harvard educated and speaks the “Kings’ English” without a hint of an accent, as a heavily-accented buffoon. However, one incident in particular happened a while back which really turned me off to the Imus show (although I’m ashamed to say that I didn’t turn him off completely until this recent incident). During this particular sketch, Imus had his producer, Bernie Kerik, go to Harlem, New York to get a “Man on the Street” perspective on the war in Iraq. Bernie approached an African American man, late twenties, who had just gotten off of the subway and asked him what his take was on the war and the impending Iraqi elections. The man responded with insight and eloquence, even when pressed with follow-up questions from Bernie. From the studio, Imus let Bernie know that he was not pleased and that this was not the point of the sketch, to which Bernie then approached a tragically intoxicated black man who looked to be homeless and in his late sixties, and asked him the same questions. When the man gave his answers – the ones which were coherent, Imus and his cohorts erupted in laughter and applause. They had succeeded in making a black man in Harlem appear foolish.

    I suppose that my detractors will say that “Imus in the Morning” is a comedy program and that it is intended to make everyone look like fools, including Don Imus. And I guess that’s true to a certain extent. But here’s my beef with Imus and race. Whenever he makes a joke at the expense of a person of color, it always has to deal with the target’s race – like saying that Serena Williams should pose for National Geographic Magazine and calling both Williams sisters “apes”; like constantly referring to Arabs as “rag heads”; like referring to Senator Barack Obama as “that colored fellow”; like calling PBS journalist Gwen Ifill, who famously moderated a vice presidential debate in 2004, a “cleaning lady.” And because it deals with the target’s race, and race is shared by millions of innocent bystanders, by extension these comments are almost universally hurtful. In other words, calling a black athlete an animal because he or she is black is tantamount to calling ALL black athletes animals; calling the Attorney General a gardener because he is Hispanic is tantamount to calling ALL Hispanics gardeners or other sorts of menial workers. It reeks of racial superiority and it has no place on the public airwaves.

    I’ll end with this. In 2000, on the air, Don Imus promised Clearance Page, a black journalist who works at the Chicago Tribune and often serves as a media pundit, that he would stop with the racially offensive statements. (Ironically, that was the last time that Imus had Mr. Page on his show!) Imus clearly broke his promise time and time again. For the foregoing reasons, I think its obvious that a two week paid “suspension”, to be served after he has finished fund-raising for his ranch and promoting his wife’s new book, is less than insufficient. It is insulting.

    Thank you, Mr. Roker, for having the courage to stand up against this garbage. Now, in the mornings, I’ll be exclusively watching you and the gang over at “The Today Show.”

  10. It means not as much to me about anything occuring. Just like with the recent recoil to the Shaquanda Cotton issue, I see we only REACT. This is still the same ‘ole until the Talented Tenth, us, start to do this everyday with need of an visual incident of infamy. Although the reactions this time seems to muster the usually quiet members of the Black Race that go unscathed to level scrutiny by our own, I find it CONVENIENT to find their publicist to send out a memo where they don’t to everyday issues of discrimination that occur without them (the Al Rokers or his wife) utilizing their status, title, and courage to usher conviction to fight. We always have to wait until White People mess up to have a reason to say “I told you so”. It is old and powerless socialized behaviors that we mistake that we are doing something.

    We have to want to show advocacy on the daily 365 24/7 with vigilance, action plans, and options for other races to meet us upon.

    This time as I see with Al Roker he is CONVENIENTLY following the lead already led by the other Al. Also it is the lead taken by fellow Whites who are sick of Imus (probably bad blood or just sick of their own slipping because it costs them the inconvenience of having to answer and be more on guard). I know these people, his own, are pissed with him because it is best to keep us HAPPY rather than clueing in that we are tools and better neutered. These comments were made days ago and he, Al and others, should have said something then and times ago. I am not impressed.

    We are so easily tranquilized by the mystique or intoxication of celebrity. We are always wanting celebrities to be leglislators. Al Roker has been in a place of a somewhat seemingly visual power of at least having face-time that when other incidents have occurred with Blacks and Whites, he could have spoken up. He has a constituency through the Today Show whereas he could have pulled the weight. He did not engage as a member of the Talented Tenth, as by design in reference of what Dr. Dubois expected of us Educated Blacks. Dr. Dubois and Carter G. was not expecting us to only but react to issues. Frederick Douglass would not be impressed with our recent attempts to start to mobilize because we still fail to realize we keep wanting the easy way out of having to want White People to amend without us equally having to alter and inconvenience our status quo lifestyles.

    We can point fingers all day at Whites. That doesn’t absolve us and it rather flimsy. We however pat ourselves on the back as if we are doing something. I rather not lie to you or me or even sit silent and allow you or me to continue to bullshit ourselves on false bravados.

    I understand people being afraid to not want to put themselves out there and find themselves standing alone. I know I have to many times but what I find is that we are giving Al more credit where credit is not due. So as well with the Shaquanda Cotton issue. It is a problem where any child could and is “Shaquanda” vulnerable with more issues of being powerless juxtiposed between thinking they are entitled as first class citizens when really the current predecessors of ruling power in our racial demographic refused to let members of our race know squarely nothing changed since Jim Crow was legal on paper 40-something years ago.

    I remember when the Michael Richards issue occurred and Robin Roberts received fallout from viewers because she did not respond to Diane Sawyers invitation to talk about race. It was impromptu and really respected Diane for being courageous to say to Robin, “What do you say?” Well, Robin just clammed kind-of. You could tell she was caught off-guard but what was more visual was that Robin pussyfooted when Diane did something most White People don’t do in putting their people in the hot zone with that type of vulnerability. Later a few days, Robin addressed her faux-paus and I respected her even more because I knew she was scared but I ended up respecting her for coming clean that she was caught off guard. I know…we know…we don’t expect them to open up invitation to try to understand what it is but when they do, and we take the easy way out, we are just as coupable. We are malicious cowards, selfish to retain our ranks in their zone. And that is what I see with a lot of Educated Blacks. Don’t fall it just because they are speaking up now. It happened days ago.

    We will wear the usual suspects out expecting them to be on duty to always pull the weight while others of us sit back comfy in the Amen-Corner in the cut. That is why so many people abandon crusading for us. We abuse their dedication of viligance and risk as if it is their job and they are gifting us with representation of the race. That is also why we have leadership claiming absolute power to sign checks in our name. Snap out of it!

    Last fall I was having back to back phone calls with Rutgers Kappas about issues of discrimination at their school. Rather I didn’t want to pander to the issue they wanted to use as their platform for a program griping about discrimination and being victims of the administration because I told them that they are so in the dark and left alone to fight without skills and first of all, they didn’t have the knowledge to even know what is really the issues. Whereas the students wanted me to come speak about discrimination I told the students that maybe they should consider why they are so disconnected as a Black Student Body, why they see themselves as victims, and why they are alone not knowing how to fight discrimination. They students told me no one had ever made them think of thinking of things that way. They wanted someone to come accuse the school, get them hyped, crown them the victims, and leave them with false senses of security. I told that that they are too addicted to be used and I wasn’t going to do it. I told them they should have really read my website because I had been through the same crap with students at other schools that only know how to whine but not really want to deal with what got them in that situation which is part our, the Talented Tenths, fault in abandoning them decades ago. It seems to be too much however for kids to take because I am talking about their families, their parents, their communities, their organizations, their so-called leaders….etc.

    I told those Kappas that they should consider that one, they are being discriminated upon at the school because the assailents know they, the students, and us (as a people) are unorganized and are too selfish to risk their comfort and safety to galvanize, construct, and create. I told those students that one they should question why their parents were not involved in steering and mentoring how to organize and also why was not their parents in coalition with dealing with the administration with the issues. The kids were speechless. I told them that alumni who went to the school should be held responsible and so should Black Alumni especially. As Kappas, they could and should unite with other Kappas to create a network to show students how to organize since they were Kappas and had a standing consensus (or was that false, I questioned).

    Well…like always…my opinion was overwhelming. They just wanted me to only indict Whites or rather the administration for allowing or having a blind’s eye to racism and having a hand in it. I told the students that the reason racism has power is because the victimizers are entitled and we give them power by not offsetting theirs with consist visual strength of progressive sustainabilities. I did get a “Thank you” from the guys I was interacting with but it was still too much for them to take on because they were already too caught up on the tract so many of us are caught on on believing that they have to believe in this American Dream and White People HAVE TO act right. They didn’t want to put in the work required and have to deal with the facts I told them their lives had to completely change with paradigm shifts if they really wanted justice.

    The students learned like most of us including me had learned to think that way (you know) our people always think as victim who can only find identity and redemption as the perpetual victim playing out waiting for White People to mess up and hoping they would act right and give us more concessions. These kids, bright and some even more structurally academic than me, were lacking that bit of social and emotional intelligence needed to know who they were, who their people were, what they did to each other, and that we owed each other more than worrying about bygones.

    When I think of Al Roker speaking up, it is nothing to me. I even may think he may have been seething for awhile about Imus, as a disrespectful racist colleague, but never could catch Imus doing that thing that would be inexcusable that was needed to have to have the higher-ups at the media stations pushed up against the wall. I know how we are. We need that visual evidence. We don’t trust to build a platform or action plan on “just because”. We need concrete drama. It is that pathology that we have ritualized as the only way to find reason to fight. We need that quotient of catching White People mess up so one-dimensionally and so opague like what Imus or Michael Richards did when I know (and you know) they talk this way in private with others. We will dumb down our supposed principals and common-sense to reduced expectations of needing to catch White People red-handed when to me, racism is deeper and I see it everyday without White People having to get caught. I’ve seen more and more these past few years that we allow racism to continue to the degrees of how it has continued to grow in hypocrisy as a bold-face lie of denial of most Americans, Black and White, about the degrees of roles in how we co-habit to remain enablers to the co-dependency to continually play out our both sicken roles of not wanting to get our hands dirty to clean this shit up.

    I co-sign with Political Junkie and Denise on a lot of their opinions and vast knowledge passed down to them by obviously responsible Blacks who exemplify what Dr. Dubois expected of us.

  11. Paul H!

    No, I do not condone Don Imus’s remarks; he deserves every bit of the heat he’s getting right now. But Al Roker and others calling for Imus to be fired are wrong; firing him would be too easy of a way out. Let his sponsors abandon him in droves and let the marketplace decide whether or not his show should continue. That and his public embarrassment should be punishment enough. =PSH

  12. R. Jmaes

    Ken Chenaullt – CEO of American Express Should Lose His Job!!!!!

    Enough is enough- Where is the accountability on the part of “our” alleged leaders….not that he is claiming a position of leadership in our typical myopic view- but he is very much a Captain of Industy.

    This man has stood on many backs to be in the position that he is. Does he not have a mother, sister, wife….children. All I might add could be ignorantly and maliscously refered to as “Nappy Headed Hoes”- Repugnant – the man is not a Man.

    Many sacrifies- Blood and Lives have been lost for Mr. Ken to sit in the position that he occupies- Ken you can”t make a statement- And continue to support Imus???? Shame on you- You are a disgrace. As an African-American man and as CEO of American Express- GM CAN DUMP Imus, STAPLES CAN DUMP Imus, Proctor and Gamble CAN Dump Imus-

    AMERICAN EXPRESS SUPPORTS IMUS?????

    Imagine someone villfying women of any other ethnicity – in that context- Simple (intelligence) – Brutal and Racist.

    Ken Chenault is no better than the rappers. HOLD AMERICAN EXPRESS ACCOUNTABLE!

    Yes DAMMIT – You Have A Responsibility- You by far did it alone…… Where is your sense of history and self respect…. Let alone respect for your women??????

  13. Lo

    As I have said time and time again.

    The television should be thrown out of the window, while what Al said was very eloquent, lets be honest.

    That’s called damage control.

    NBC can’t send a white guy out and say, “What happened was outrageous,” so they sent out Al, so that everyone will keep watching NBC. I’m a little insulted actually. Does that trick still work in 2007, maybe I’m not sure…

    It takes the onus off of the corporate office and puts it back on Don…and I’m sorry I don’t think it was all Don’s fault. They told him he could act that way. They created him. They egged him on. They wanted him to be as outrageous as possible and then he did what he was told and well, now they act surprised.

    “I can’t believe he did such a thing.” corporate.

    I call BS on that. They had no problem until they realized it could lose them money.

    I think it was corporate culture that let that happen and you know they can fire Don, but another Don will just pop up in his place.

    This year alone I think we had pretty much everything ethnic ground and sexual orientation slurred on some form of entertainment. And let us not even go into the false values that corporate media spreads. You know the materialism, you have to look this way to be happy, all of it. It’s pretty much bs.

    To me it’s very clear. To me its time we all go back to the old days when people read books or killed people for sport, the book thing is probably better the killing maybe entertaining if done in the right way….

    Lo

  14. Lo

    “Many sacrifies- Blood and Lives have been lost for Mr. Ken to sit in the position that he occupies- Ken you can”t make a statement- And continue to support Imus???? Shame on you- You are a disgrace. As an African-American man and as CEO of American Express- GM CAN DUMP Imus, STAPLES CAN DUMP Imus, Proctor and Gamble CAN Dump Imus- ” R Jmaes

    Just because he black doesn’t mean he’s going to care one way or the other. He’s rich. He’s corporate. He doesn’t have to say anything against Imus, because it’s “obvious” he’s not prejudice against black people, since he is black. You think if Ken were to buy an ad in Ebony or Essence they’d say, “Well you know you didn’t boot Imus…” I’m laughing typing that, heck no, they would take the money. People who make, making money their life blood don’t care about you, even if they look like you. Ask the white people up in the hills of the Appalachians if George Bush gives damn about them.

    The GM and Staples dumping Imus is not out of some moral obligation it’s to say, “Hey black people we still want your money.”

    And GM and Proctor and Gamble make alot of money off of black people so there yah go…it’s nothing personal. In corporate American nothing is ever personal. Ken is happy to step over you and corporate America will continue to step on anyone that can help them make money.

    Lo

  15. dm

    Come on now, I have seen the pics of those ladies from Rutgers and you brothas know you would not step to any of them for a date.

    By the way, ask any of them what kind of music are they listening to on their IPODs and if what they hear offends them.

  16. yogo

    I agree Terrence. Al has been on The Patio for quite some time and he must be really offended to come out against Imus like this.

  17. Mullah Cimoc

    mullah cimoc say amerika right now this moment being destroy.

    No. 1, him barak obama him working for the hilary clinton woman. divert the money from the real competitor with fake campaign. him test water on issues for clinton woman, see what safe for her.

    No. 2, real mr. imus story of get the fired him. this been planning long time. imus him just convenient target, could have been anyone, if white and the male. this real purpose to terrorize media persons for lose job if tangle with this woman hilary clinton and the most important for signal true end of white male controlling usa. now this white man him target of new devil/satanic coalition made of lesbian, africa man, mexico man, and the white woman hate the man. This call the impose discipline.

    this all part god plan yes. thising for purify white society to cleanse of the bad. so bad time for tattoo having people when cleansing time come. them get it very very first. like big neon sign on head say: i scum, please cleanse me.

  18. mary gilbert

    I have not turned MSNBC on since BIG AL made his comments. As if his opinion matters, YOU ARE A WEATHER MAN, AL…NOT THE MORAL POLICE.

    Gad zooks, MSNBC is going to go down the toilet. Everyone I know has banned it on principal. And none of us were Imus fans.

  19. Main Entry: hyp·o·crite
    Pronunciation: ‘hi-p&-“krit
    Function: noun
    Etymology: Middle English ypocrite, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin hypocrita, from Greek hypokritEs actor, hypocrite, from hypokrinesthai
    1 : a person who puts on a false appearance of virtue or religion
    2 : a person who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings

    I suppose Al is going to stand his ground and request he be fired for his tasteless comments making fun of those with Epilepsy on air.

    “I, for one, am really tired of the diatribes, the “humor” at others’ expense, the cruelty that passes for “funny”. ”

    Those of us who suffer from Epilepsy fail to see the humor in something that can impact our quality of life each day, and also has the potential to take our lives as it has many, many people each year.

    Having that said, Al is nothing short of a hypocrite. I’m sure he will somehow try and play the victim – I’m sure it wouldn’t shock the rest of us who don’t pull race, sex, or disability cards for pity.

  20. Curtis X

    Al Roker should step down for his comments about epileptics. The way he attacked Imus, he should be very willing to give up his job due to his own terrible comments. If not, he is nothing more then a hypocrite and should be fired himself!!!

  21. Michael

    One unfunny clown commenting on another unfunny clown…I’m wondering why is even matters…both are idiots.

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