MSNBC NIXES IMUS

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NEW YORK – MSNBC said Wednesday it will drop its simulcast of the “Imus in the Morning” radio program, responding to growing outrage over the radio host’s racial slur against the Rutgers women’s basketball team.

In a statement, NBC News announced “this decision comes as a result of an ongoing review process, which initially included the announcement of a suspension. It also takes into account many conversations with our own employees. What matters to us most is that the men and women of NBC Universal have confidence in the values we have set for this company. This is the only decision that makes that possible.”

For those of you who question the morality of MSNBC’s decision to kill Imus’s program, read the following.

From Michael Wilbon’s Washington Post Column that killed Imus’s comeback:

“In 1997, during a “60 Minutes” profile, Mike Wallace confronted Imus and a former producer who quoted Imus as saying he’d hired a staffer to “do nigger jokes.” When I mentioned that earlier this week on ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption, Imus responded on his show that it simply did not happen — though I see it in a 2000 issue of the Columbia Journalism Review and had a producer access it through a transcript (also the audio version) on National Public Radio.

Wallace: “You’ve told Tom Anderson, the producer, in your car coming home that Bernard McGuirk is there to do nigger jokes.'”

Imus: “Well, I’ve . . . I never use that word.”

Wallace: “Tom?”

Tom Anderson: “I’m right here.”

Imus: “Did I use that word?

Anderson: “I recall you using that word.”

Imus: “Oh, okay, well then I used that word, but I mean . . . of course that was an off-the-record conversation . . .”

Wallace: “The hell it was.”

So, you’ll excuse me if I dismiss Imus’s apology as bogus. He’s apologized in the past, told veteran black journalist Clarence Page on the air he would “promise to cease all simian references to black . . . black athletes.” That was before Imus went back to the ape references, probably within a week.”

132 thoughts on “MSNBC NIXES IMUS

  1. Peggy

    Are you all out of your mind?? If 9 women can MAKE or break some ones career then I hope the ball doesn’t drop in your field very soon… These women??? and I guess I am using the word lightly now, can’t take some joking around??? Imus said that remark (if you listen to it correctly) like he wouldn’t want to go up against any of them cause they were so big compare to the other girls they were playing.
    I guess freedom of speech only counts if you are Black, Asian, any thing but WHITE…The minorities bring this crap on their selfs and then blame us so called Awful whites..cause we upset them… Get a life…..

  2. janemae

    THis man losing his job is ridiculous….There are so many more important issues in this country. Black people need to give it a break….they have been whining for a hundred years and still won’t people to feel sorry for them for things that happened long before any of us were born and there is nothing any of us could do. If CBS drops him also I hope people change their minds about who they listen to..

  3. Jim

    Sad – While his comments were stupid his firing was outraheous. He is a comedian. I lost alot of respect for Barak Obama today and will reconsider my support from a Senator who has allied himself with hatemongers like Sharpton and Jackson

  4. Tim

    This has been blown way out of proportion. Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson did way too much and got away with it and before a much bigger audience (prime time) and with children present.

    This has to be the biggest farce in the history of jounalism.

    Look at what the man has done with his charitiable organizations and ranch.

  5. dubson

    I agree with peggy,,I mean the rutgers women saying their scarred for life?? please..
    If IMUS can’t say anything deemed racist as his statments may have been ,Than no one ,,NO ONE should be able to say thing like that.SO pull all the Rap Artists junk and ever single person who say’s somethiong off color like Al Sharton( the Fool) should be instantly thrown to the curb !

  6. Joe Greenwood

    So Don Imus screws up trying to be funny, and ever hate mongering black wants him fired. Baloney. And I’m supprised that no one has brought up that Imus was fired from a radio station in Stockton, CA in the ’60s for announcing that the station was having an Eldridge Cleaver “look alike” contest.

  7. JES

    The words of Don Imus in his recent radio show were inexcusable. “Comedy” show or not, his on-air comments were more than just inappropriate. What is more disturbing is the lack of the Media giant (which owns his radio network and others, including MTV and BET) to control the garbage aired in rap videos, by prominent black artists refering to black (and white) women as bitches and whores. Why no comments or outrage from the public about these daily displays over the airwaves?

  8. carter patterson

    If Mr.Imus has said something derogatory about jewish people or homesexuals he would have been fired that day. American society is racist and middle age white men still run the country, and yes, I believe that all of the rappers who use the same language sometimes worse should be taken outside and slapped. so where do we go from here?

  9. renee

    Peggy: I think if you put into perspective the fact that the women ( your comments are so racist in themselves, I almost cannot comment myself) are the daughters, and sisters. So if someone called your daughter, never mind an athlete, a “straw haired skank”, you would be ok with that? You should just “get over it”? His comments were offensive and hurtful and he has a history of this thing, calling Gwen Ifill, the “cleaning lady” at the Whitehouse. Again we should just get over it. He has a responsibility. He has a national platform and the ear of millions on a daily basis. With that comes responsibility!!!! Don’t worry, he will still be on the radio airwaves and you can join in with him, since you like his “jokes”.

  10. JOhn

    The one who should get the boot is Al Sharton. He is the real racist. He only out for his own good. He could care less about these women . They do not even watch IMUS. It was a joke. We have bigger problems in the world than this issue. It is all about power & money.

  11. Kim Daniell

    I cannot believe that MSNBC would not support IMUS. What in the hell is wrong with this picture! Don’t they realize that these people such as Sharton are teaching people how to hate and cause these problems?

    Barka Obama made a grave mistake today supporting this situation and he will regret it. So now what? Have we lost freedom of speech? I’m sick of this racial crap!

    Shaton needs to get a real job! and quit depending on black organizations to write him a paycheck….

  12. stan j

    I DON’T KNOW WHY IN THE WORLD IMUS WOULD GO ON THE AL SHAPEN SHOW AND APOLOGIZE TO A KNOW RACIST. DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY MEN THIS GUY HAS ACCUSED OF BEING RACIST AFTER THE TAWNY BRAWLY ACCUSATION.
    THEN JESSE JACKOSON ANOTHER RACIST IS CALLING FOR IMUS TO LOSE HIS JOB THIS COMING FROM A MAN WHO CALLED NEW YORK HYINMEE TOWN.
    THE THE BLACK PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD WANT TO STOP RACISTS COMMENT THEY SHOULD FIRST STOP MAKING THEM ABOUT THERE OWN RACE.

  13. Carol

    Since Don Imus is meeting with the Rutgers basketball team next Tuesday, why don’t the networks and sponsors wait & see how that goes before suspending him?

  14. stan j

    Tawana Brawley Controversy
    See also: Tawana Brawley Case
    In the Tawana Brawley case, a 15-year-old black girl was found smeared with feces, lying in a garbage bag, her clothing torn and burned and with various slurs and epithets written on her body in charcoal. Brawley claimed that she had been assaulted and raped by six white men, some of them police officers, in the town of Wappingers Falls, New York.

    Alton H. Maddox, C. Vernon Mason joined Sharpton in support of Brawley. A grand jury was convened; after seven months of examining police and medical records, the jury determined that Brawley lied about being assaulted by the police. Sharpton, Maddox and Mason were later successfully sued for statements made in connection with the case, and ordered to pay $345,000 in damages. All three falsely accused the case prosecutor, Steven Pagones, as being among those who abducted and raped Brawley.[6]The jury found Sharpton liable for making seven defamatory statements about Pagones, Maddox for two and Mason for one.

  15. stan j

    Crown Heights Riot
    The Crown Heights Riot occurred after a car accident involving the motorcade for the Lubavitcher Rebbe killing a young boy Gavin Cato. A riot was sparked after a private Hasidic ambulance came to the scene and, on the orders of a police officer, removed the Hasidic driver from the scene. Gavin Cato and his cousin Angela were picked up soon after by a city ambulance. Caribbean-American and African-American residents of the neighborhood then rioted for four consecutive days fueled by rumors (in part driven by Sharpton), [8], [9], that the private ambulance had refused to treat Cato. [10]

    Al Sharpton became the de-facto representative for the Cato family. During the funeral he referred to “diamond merchants” considered a code word for Hasidic Jews [11] [12], for shedding “the blood of innocent babies” leading marchers shouting “No Justice No Peace”. Sharpton did not start the riots but his rhetoric was seen as inflammatory and unhelpful in easing the tension between the black and Jewish communities. A visiting rabbinical student from Australia by the name of Yankel Rosenbaum, 29 years old, was killed during the rioting by a mob shouting “Kill the Jew”. [13]

  16. stan j

    JESSE JACKSON COMMENTS BELOW

    Racist Remarks about Jews
    Jackson has been criticized for some of the remarks he has made about Jews and Jewish issues: that Nixon was less attentive to poverty in the U.S. because “four out of five [of Nixon’s top advisors] are German Jews and their priorities are on Europe and Asia”; that he was “sick and tired of hearing about the Holocaust”; that there are “very few Jewish reporters that have the capacity to be objective about Arab affairs”; [7] In addition Rev. Jackson had referred to Jews as “Hymies” and to New York City as “Hymietown” in January 1984 during a conversation with Washington Post reporter, Milton Coleman. [8].

  17. Because of his bigotry, Imus was starting to cost MSNBC money in the form of sponsers. They made a business decision to get rid of him.

    The government didn’t censor that wrinkled racist. He’s free to continue saying all the hateful things he wants. He just won’t be saying them on MSNBC’s dime.

  18. floridaman

    MSNBC cut it’s own throat. The only reason to watch that network was Imus. Let’s see if they bring on a black talk show host and do the same if he/she makes a remark about someone other than black americans. They should have just told him he can’s say insensitive things like that and tell idiot racist like Sharpton to shut up and crawl back into his hole. He doesn’t represent the black community.

  19. stan j

    AND THESE 2 CLOWNS WANT DON IMUS FIRED.
    LOOK UP THE WORD RACISTS IN THE DICTIONARY AND 2 NAMES STAND OUT.

    JESSE JACKSON AND AL SHAPTON

  20. Cat

    I do not condone what Imus has said, but it really is a double standard with the African Americans…they can use these racial slurrs in their comedy routines and in there “so-call” music video’s and get away with it. Imus, Micheal Richards, and contless others get crucified.

  21. dsl

    I think this is a great opportunity to have a larger discussion about the use of derogatory language by rappers and other personalities (e.g. Talk Radio hosts). It high time that people who contribute to the coarseness and debasement of human beings account for their behaivor. We are all guilty of allowing this to happen in our great nation. Doesn’t matter if you don’t participate in it…turning a blind eye is just as bad. We need to take this moment and air some dirty laudry and clean house of this scourge!

  22. pistolpete

    I really think people will change their views of Imus when they discover he has just entered therapy. Check out the details on my blog – “Necessary Therapy”.

  23. rikyrah

    He only got pulled because of the sponsors. If none of them had dropped away…he’d still be on the air. This was a BUSINESS decision by MSNBC…nothing about ‘doing right’ had anything to do with it.

  24. dave

    If your white freedom of speech does not apply. There is B.E.T. tv, why can’t I find W.E.T. tv. That would terrible. SOMEBODY SHOULD TELL THE WHITE MAN SORRY!

  25. Irish

    I think it’s time for everyone to step back and take a DEEP breathe for a minute. Before we hang Imus out to dry, and I am not condoning what he said, let’s look at some related facts and incidents. Does anyone remember the Tiwana Brawley (spelling may be off) case in NY years ago. She was allegedly raped and brutilized by a group of whites. The good old Rev Al had a field day with this. Calling for JUSTICE for the young girl. Well, after getting headlines and camera time for weeks it all turned out to be a hoax. Just recently, the Duke players. Now found innocent of ALL charges. Where are the black activists now? Are they lined up to appoligize to these kids whose lives have been all but destroyed over the past year by a vindictive DA bending to the will of black activists – NO they aren’t. The point of all this is the Rev Al should have NO credibility with the media but he does. The Rev Jackson is no better. everyone forgets and forgives his indisretions. Without being a racist, it appears blacks can call themsleves anything and everything, but when the same expression is used by a white it’s a racist remark and everyone is out to hang them. It’s time for the Politically Correct world the back off. Right or wrong, Imus is still a shock jock and that is the reasdon he has been on radio for so long. What he said last week was mild in comparison to what others have said. If Rosie can get away with it on the VIEW everyday, why can’t Imus be allowed this one? Sorry, white male. How silly of me! Hang in there “I” man!

  26. Peggy, 9 women did not make or break Don Imus, his big fat racist/sexist mouth did (not the first time, either). He puts sponsor’s money where his mouth is and they didn’t like the words coming out of HIS mouth, so pulled THEIR money, hence MSNBC pulling his show. Something I still hope CBS will do.

    And yes, there are far too many big mouth morons on BOTH sides of the issue, but maybe now they’ll see that you DO need to think about what you say BEFORE you say it. If comments like his would not (and should not) be tolerated in a workplace environment, why don’t folks see that his radio show IS a workplace environment and treat it the same. Some of you are acting like just because there are many others that behave as improperly as Imus did, he shouldn’t be held accountable for his actions…of course he should! And the others should be, too.

  27. Chuck

    Something I’ve heard nobody comment on is that Imus has rap music on his iPod and routinely and affectionately calls his wife “The Green Ho” (she’s a health advocate who’s developed a line of green cleaning products). He has an obvious affection for black musicians and music, and lots of black guests on the show. He had Congressman Harold Ford on once a week before the last election trying to get him elecdted to the Senate. He lamented the recent death of Bishop G.E. Patterson on the show, probably the only one in the major media to do so, and had Mrs. Patterson on the show to discuss Patterson’s life and work. There was clearly no malicious intent in his remarks, which were only about the tough appearance of Rutgers players compared to Tennessee’s team. Given that history, for MSNBC to fire him over words most kids hear on their iPods every day, and then have Sharpton and Jackson on to comment this evening is the height of cowardice, and I won’t be watching MSNBC again, not even Countdown. And this has nothing to do, really, with the Rutgers players, who acquited themselves well–much better than MSNBC–in their recent press conference, especially Essence Carson.

  28. Jorge A.

    I totally disagree with Imus and the comments he made. But I also find it hypocritical of Mr. Sharpton, Mr. Jackson and even Mr. Obama to join this bandwagon of hate. Have they forgotten that to err is human and to forgive divine? Where is their Christian belief. And if not, how come they don’t persecute with the same intensity rappers of their own race who constantly depict women as hoes and sexual objects, the more vulgar and disrespectful the more profitable it seems? I heard Mr. Sharpton trying to blame the record companies that record thier albnums. The same applies to the dreaded word “NIGGER”. Anyone other than a black person says it and it is offensive and all hell breaks loose, yet they use it amongst themselves routinely. “Nigger Please! Had the nappy haired hoes comment been made by a comedian at the Apollo, he would have been applauded and laughed with. Yet it should be as offensive no matter who said it. This is DOUBLE Standard, plain and simple and should not be allowed no matter who’s behind it. When I see Mr. Sharpton, or Mr. Jackson or Mr Obama go out on a limb and criticize members of their own community who disrespect their women with the same vigor as they do Imus, then I will take them seriously, until then, their oppinion is hypocritical and driven by a private agenda that does not benefit anyone but themselves and their future plans.

  29. KATHY

    DON IMUS HAS MORE CLASS IN HIS COWBOY HAT THEN JESSE JACKSON AND AL SHAPTON. IT’S REALLY A SHAME THAT THE COWARDS AT MSNBC FIRED IMUS. I WOULD NO LONGER TURN MSNBC ON MY T.V. IT’S REALLY SAD TODAY THAT YOU DON’T HAVE FREEDOM OF SPEECH ANYMORE. YES, WHAT HE SAID WAS WRONG. THE BIGGEST MISTAKE WAS GOING ON THE RACIST RAIDO SHOW WITH SHAPTON. HE DID NOT NEED TO TALK TO THAT LOW LIFE. IMUS FOR ALL THE GOOD YOU DO FOR CHILDREN IT TOOK A CLOW TO KNOCK YOU OFF, BUT YOU DID NOT LOSE MSNBC DID.

    KATHY

  30. Bill F

    Tawana Brawley Controversy
    See also: Tawana Brawley Case.Just glad stan j brought this up,shows you not everyone .not sleeping

  31. ken

    I AM GOING TO BE FAIR! I THINK FIRING IMUS IS WAY TOO EXTREME. WHAT HE SAID MAY HAVE BEEN INAPPROPRIATE, BUT IT IS NOT THE FIRST TIME NOR IS IT THE 100TH TIME I HAVE HEARD THIS PHRASE! SINCE HE IS FIRED THEN ALL FORM OF RACIAL COMMENTS SHOULD CEASE! IF BLACK PEOPLE DIDNT USE THIS PHRASE OR ANY INTERRACIAL COMMENT, THEN THE RESPONSE FROM THE BLACK COMMUNITY WOULD HAVE BEEN GREATER AND FAR MORE IRREPAIRABLE! FOR EXAMPLE YOU WILL NOT HEAR ANY BLACK PERSON MAKE A COMMENTABOUT LYNCHING A BLACK MAN. NOW IF IMUS WOULD HAVE MADE A COMMENT LIKE THAT, HE WOULD NEED A MASS OF HEAVILY ARMED POLICE AND MILITARY SURROUNDING HIM! BECAUSE TO MAKE A REMARK ABOUT LYNCHING A BLACK MAN IS HORRIFICLY HORRID! BOTTOM LINE BLACK PEOPLE NEED TO STOP IT! IF WE (YES I AM BLACK!!!) TAKE A STANCE AND CUT THE CRAP AND STAND UP FOR OURSELVES WITHIN OUR OWN. THEN WE CAN REPRESENT OUR RIGHTS AND BE HEARD AND RESPECTED AND GET A FAVORABLE AMOUNT OF SUPPORT WITH LIL HASSLE! I HAVE MAD UP MY MIND TO NEVER CALL ANY INDIVIDUAL A RACIAL SLURS E V E R !!! SIMPLY BECAUSE ITS NOT RIGHT!!!

  32. So…that means he’s not going to Rutgers to meet with those sistas and apologize. His show is off the air and that was the purpose of the whole visit; to save his damned job.

    Trent Lott – the SEQUEL, starring Don Imus.

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy (cough, cough, belch);-)

  33. Nappy Headed Denise

    Sharpton and Jackson didn’t get Imus fired.

    Imus played himself. He forgot that advertising revenue trumps “privilege” any day of the week.

    Now, he can say and think anyway he wants on his own time. But when you allow YOUR mouth to start messin’ up OTHA PEOPLE’S MONEY, it’s time to go.

  34. Nappy Headed Denise

    p.s.

    “TO THE LEFT, TO THE LEFT… EVERYTHING YOU OWN IN THE BOX TO THE LEFT…DON’T YOU EVER GET TO THINKIN’…

    YOU’RE IRREPLACEABLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE…”

  35. dblhelix

    I guess it’s just a coincidence that so many posters with different user names showed up to comment on that Sharton/Shaton/Shapton guy.

  36. rikyrah

    I guess it’s just a coincidence that so many posters with different user names showed up to comment on that Sharton/Shaton/Shapton guy.

    Yeah, dblhelix.

    A coincidence….and if you believe that, I’ve got a bridge to sell you.

  37. LMAO @ Denise:
    Instead of picking on the ladies of Rutgers, Imus should have started something with Treach back in the day…YEEAAH RIGHT!

    “Hey, you could smoke a spliff with a cliff
    But there’s still no mountain hiiiigh enough,
    or wide enough to touch
    The naughty nappy nasty ni__a the nasty trashy hoe happy pappy
    That’s Happy to be Nappy” – Treach

    Naughty By Nature, Uptown Anthem

  38. rikyrah

    p.s.

    “TO THE LEFT, TO THE LEFT… EVERYTHING YOU OWN IN THE BOX TO THE LEFT…DON’T YOU EVER GET TO THINKIN’…

    YOU’RE IRREPLACEABLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE…”

    BWA HA HA HA HA HA HA

    Finally a good use for that irritating song.

  39. Cliff

    To Stan J:I’m so surprised to think that an assumed to be white male thinks that Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson have in their hearts to gather a lynch mob to attack white racists. These men are the non-violent activists in the world. White people still believe that Al Sharpton supported a girl who supposedly lied about white men who raped her. Whether she lied or not, measure the ratio of white men who raped black women in America (for a four-hundred year period) to black men who raped white women, and I’m sure will find in those numbers alone, no justification to attack Al Sharpton. How dare you call him ignorant when your people can not defeat him in any argument or debate. Regardless of own self-ignorace as displayed on BET, and within our comedy the comments made by the “raggedy white trash” will force us to look inward. We will have to be respect ourselves and our women, by getting our ass whipped by “white trash” who make comments like this on television. As far as Jessie Jackson’s remarks you have know creditible accusation of accusing him of of being a racist when he has not tried to attack Jewish people, nor has he encouraged others to do so.

  40. Jorge A. You are so full of it. Since when did this become about Sharpton, Jackson, Obama or even rap music? You and people of your ilk are apologist for Don Imus and apparently think it is okay for him to use racist and sexist slurs. Let’s get back on track.

    Imus brought this upon himself – just like comments Jackson and Sharpton made in the past. Sharpton and Jackson had repercussions. Now it is time for Imus to face his repercussions. The lights cannot stay on at the party forever. Lights out.

    People are responsible for their own words – including both you and I. We face consequences for our actions. If you don’t believe that, then you are dealing with some other underlying issues that you should probably seek to address.

    People can be redeemed. People can be forgiven. But sometimes punishment must be administered based on principle.

    And Nappy Headed Denise, that was a good one.

  41. Jorge A. You are so full of it. Since when did this become about Sharpton, Jackson, Obama or even rap music? You and people of your ilk are apologists for Don Imus and apparently think it is okay for him to use racist and sexist slurs. Let’s get back on track.

    Imus brought this upon himself – just like comments Jackson and Sharpton made in the past. Sharpton and Jackson had repercussions. Now it is time for Imus to face his repercussions. The lights cannot stay on at the party forever. Lights out.

    People are responsible for their own words – including both you and I. We face consequences for our actions if we get too carried away. If you don’t believe that, then you are dealing with some other underlying issues that you should probably seek to address.

    People can be redeemed. People can be forgiven. But sometimes punishment must be administered based on principle.

    And Nappy Headed Denise, that was a good one.

    http://terrencesays.blogspot.com/2007/04/imus-snoop-dogg-made-me-do-it.html

  42. Cliff

    To Rick: Maybe we will have to stop using the N-word to describe ourselves as a term of endearment, but that is our business. We have a lot of work with ourselves as a result of being the victim of the worst human treatment the world has ever known. We can work on ourselves with the help of God and each other. No other race has chosen to step in to help arise our level of intelligence. Therefore we have internal work for Black people, as leaders of the world, and as the Fathers and Mothers of civilization. Let us get down to business, and we will accomplish the job.

  43. “MAYBE WE HAVE TO STOP USING THE N-WORD????” WELL I WOULD THINK SOOOOO, WE DO NEED TO STOP USING IT. WHAT I DO IN MY HOME IS MY BUSINESS, BUT WHEN I PUT “MY” OR “OUR” (BLACK PEOPLE) BUSINESS IN THE STREET THEN IT IS MADE PUBLIC. IF WE STOP AND CONSIDER OUR WAYS AND TAKE RESPONSIBLITY AND STAND UP FOR WHAT IS RIGHT IN OUR OWN LIVES AND COMMUNITY THEN WE CAN START TO HEAL. OH AND ANOTHER THING RESPECTFULLY SPEAKING DAMN THE “BEING THE VICTIM OF THE WORST HUMAN TREATMENT THE WORLD HAS EVER KNOWN” PLEASE MAN, PLEASE STOP IT! I AM A DARKSKINNED BLACK MAN 35 YRS OLD IN A MAJOR CITY, THERE IS NO MISTAKE THAT I AM BLACK! BLIND PEOPLE CAN LOOK AT ME AND KNOW I AM BLACK! I REMEMBER HEARING A SERMON BY BISHOP G.E. PATTERSON, AND THE TITLE WAS, “TO EMBRACE THE FUTURE, YOU MUST LET GO OF THE PAST.” I SAID “LET GO OF THE PAST” I DIDNT SAY FORGET IT. IF WE KEEP HOLDING ONTO THE PAST WE WILL NEVER GO FORWARD. I COULD HAVE SOLD DRUGS IT WAS ALL IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD, IT WAS BLACK PEOPLE THAT WANTED ME TO SELL. NOT HTE WHITE BUYERS, I CHOSE NOT TO. IT WAS MY CHOICE TO GO TO COLLEGE,NOT THE WHITE PEOPLE. HONESTLY IT WAS BLACK PEOPLE THAT TOLD ME I WOULD NEVER GO. I SAT MYSELF DOWN AND SAID, “KENNEY NOW YOU KNOW WITH YOUR MOUTH AND THE INABILITY TO TOLERATE BEING BULLIED YOU WILL NEED A COLLEGE DEGREE OR BE FIRED EVERY OTHER WEEK.” MY POINT IS WHATEVER WE DO INDIVIDUALLY OR AS A GROUP IT IS ALL OUR OWN CHOICE! EVEN IF “NO OTHER RACE CHOOSE’S HELP ARISE OUR LEVEL OF INTELLIGENCE, WHY DO OTHER RACES NEED TO HELP US? ARE WE SO FAR GONE THAT WE CAN’T HELP OURSELVES? I WORK WITH THE POLICE IN 3 DIFFERENT COMMUNITIES, AND ITS BLACK MEN KILLING BLACK MEN, NOT THE WHITE MAN SHOOTING BLACK MEN OVER DRUGS AND TURF. AND PLEASE DON’T RESPOND WITH WHITE COPS AND BLACK MALE VICTIMS, CHECK WITH OTHER FAMILY AND FRIENDS IN DIFFERENT STATES AND THE INFO YOU GET BACK MY BROTHER WILL SHOCK YOU! I AM NOT PICKING ON YOU I AM JUST RESPONDING TO YOUR BLOG. TRUST ME WHEN I SAY, GOD WAS NOT JOKING, HE DID NOT MAKE A MISTAKE, AND HE WAS NOT TRYING TO PROVE A POINT WHEN HE MADE ME BLACK, HE KNEW WHAT THE WORLD WOULD BE LIKE WHEN MY SOUL ARRIVED ON EARTH 35 YRS AGO WRAPPED IN BROWN HUMAN NECROBIOSIS SKIN. HE KNEW I WOULD BE ABLE TO HANDLE IT! I LOVE MY SKIN, LORD KNOWS I DO. IF ANYTHING GOD WAS SHOWING OFF, HAHA. AND I MEAN KNOW DISRESPECT TO PEOPLE OF OTHER RACES, I JUST KNOW GOD IS AWESOME AND FAR BEYOND PERFECT AND HE COULD NOT MAKE A MISTAKE ON HIS WORST DAY…..BECAUSE HIS DAYS ARE ALWAYS GREAT!

  44. Stacy

    #11 I find it interesting that you are outraged and use the “what if this was your daughter” well, the rappers have been calling all our daughters this and worse for years..yet not a word about them losing their contracts. I suppose you will be outraged at Snopp Dog’s comment on the Imus matter, or did you happen to miss him saying “I don’t call them sports girls hos” I am referring to the “hos in the hood who want to steal money from black men’ I guess those “hos in the hood” don’t have parents @@

    I detest double standards. When I see the black community asking this of their own media people, I might see some value in their so-called outrage. I only watched MSNBC in the morning. Now I will never watch it.

  45. Charlie

    I’m cancelling my subscription to MSNBC as soon as I leave the computer. The is BS. If this is the biggest [problem in race relations in the US then there isn’t a problem.

  46. Helmut

    Ken
    This question might have been answered already but I can’t find it! Maybe you can tell me where the “racist” part comes in! Imus(who i don’t care for) called the girl’s “nappy headed hos”. Obama says his daughters have to put up with stuff like that all the time. Is it the “ho” part or the “nappy headed part”? Is making a comment about someones hair “racist”? If someone called me a “bald headed” gigolo, would that be racist? I didn’t think that knowing and speaking about peoples physical attributes was racist…how about sexist? The “ho” part is what would have made me mad!!! I’ll just say I’m confused!!

  47. Donald

    ummm…… does everyone know how many charities Don Imus sponsors and helps with? i think America is going to quickly forget about all the help he has done with cancer victims and siblings of SIDS victims, a fundraising telethon for the Christa House, a home for the dying poor. and he managed to raise MILLIONS of dollars for all these charities through his show, and now his show is cancelled???? real smart move, Let Sharpton explain to these sick kids why the funds are less and less. So after all his life achievments, hes going to be remembered by his last comment.
    So what do you think would happen if one of these other radio or tv personalities said this? Nothing,
    Real lame MSNBC. Dumb move.
    Hey Sharpton, can you get a real job? Youre just an annoyance to America.

  48. Tom

    All of the people who know that the treatment of Imus is worse racism than the comments he made need to “BOYCOTT” the companies that cowardly pulled their sponsorship from his show. They made a lot of money by advertising on his show and should be punished for their lack of moral dignity, gutless wonders that they are. So no more CBS, P&G, GM, Staples etc. for me. And the former NAACP (a racist org) leader that started this shameful crap is the one that needs to be FIRED – TODAY!

  49. Bob

    What has happened to this country and freedom of speech.Why is it that a black comedian can say anything they want and no one is after them to be fired.This land of freedom has become way too intolerant of of everything.People need to wake up.

  50. Kathy

    I am a female and avid fan of Imus. His show is edgy, funny & informative. Did he go over the line? Yes. MSNBC is completely brow beaten by sponsors and has no “B”s to stand up for an entertainer who has put their network on the map. Yes he screwed up and a suspension was probably appropriate. A cancellation is ridiculous and completely irrational. He beats up on all groups equally. Has anyone listened to what he says to Chris Carlin and what he says about his own wife!! Lighten up and recognize the comments as stupid and move on. Avid listeners and viewers know he is not really a racist. Can you say that about Al Sharpton or Rev Jackson?? I doubt it.

  51. missus jones

    Folks, you better grow a set of brass ones because not everyone will cowtow to the nazified version of “free speech” that the likes of Michelle Milkin (who is an IDIOT) and many others are trying to sell. Imus is rude, no doubt, always has been, that is his schtick. This is what made him the rude and famous mofo he is today, his crass attitude. He trashes everybody. No quarter is given even to his on-air staff. He appears to be a despicable person. That’s his DEAL. If you can’t handle it, go put yourself in a nice little isolated room somewhere under a lightbulb and write angry letters to the government. This is life, people. It’s not nice and sweet out there in the real world. Don’t like rude radio shows? I got an idea. TUNE THEM OUT. But don’t apply a rule to one man and say it isn’t appropriate for all others in your employ to not have to meet the same standards.

  52. Diana Davidson

    The problem that most black people have is their ministers. For generations these black demi-Gods have stood in their pulpits screaming that black people are perceived not to be as intelligent, perceived not to be as attractive, and perceived to be a subhuman culture. When three, four, five, six, etc., year old children hear these things repeatedly it says with them. The seeds of self doubt have been planted, not by white people, but by their own preachers. These demi-Gods continue reinforcing this from their pulpits throughout the lives of black people. Keep in mind that if racism goes away, so do the big platforms that people like Sharpton and Jackson use to make their fortunes. Black ministers want to keep black people down so that they can live off of them like the parasites that they are.

  53. All of you with your whining about Imus are probably the first ones who were calling for something to be done to his ass.

    Now that MSNBC has done what you wanted, you can’t handle the fact that your racist guy is off the air, TV wise.

    I’m like the Rude Pundit; I don’t give a crap about Don Imus. Yeah, I”m fully aware of his charity work because he bragged about it on the air all the DAMNED TIME.

    His good deeds are overshadowed by this. And continuing to talk crap after his mea culpa didn’t help any. He would not have apologized except the sponsors started calling.

    There’s a lot of blame to go around. From Al and Jesse, who want to give Black rappers a pass on singing about “bitches and hos” in their songs and not saying crap about it – while allowing C. Delores Tucker to be ridiculed for actually trying to call them out on this.

    Then you have to include all of those who enabled Imus; turned the other cheek, looked the other way, when you KNEW his comments were going beyond decency and comedy. And stop with the “Black Comedians do it, too” comments. That’s no justification, either.

    Richard Pryor went to Africa and came back, determined not to use “Nigger” in his routines anymore. Eddie Murphy uses rarely, and Chris Rock uses it to make the distinction between hard-working, decent, upstanding African-Americans and the low percentage of low expectation having SOB’s that are included in our race. And what do whites do?

    You take that low percentage and blow it up to gigantic proportions and promote that that low percentage as being the norm for all African-Americans. Own up to your own idiosyncracies here, or drink your glass of STHU.

    Imus is but the symptom. I’m not resting it at Don Imus. Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter and Glenn Beck have all gotten a free ride with racist, homophobic, xenophobic comments, and I’m rather pissed at Jesse and Al for ignoring the whole lot of them who provided cover for Don Imus, when asked by Keith Olbermann about it. They don’t speak for this African-American because they want to cry racism when it’s profitable and go silent on the bad actors in our own community. That’s a gotdamned double standard, and I won’t tolerate it from either of them. Jesse’s flip-flopping on the CBC partnering with Fox Noise after coming strong against it, sealed the deal for me that he’s nothing more than a corporate race hustler. When was the last time you saw Jesse or Al in a pulpit, preaching?

    There are more of us who are more than qualified for speak for African Americans – the media needs to know Skeptical Brotha, Field Negro, The Political Junkie, Rikyrah, Renee, Jack and Jill, and others who bring different perspectives and demonstrate we are no longer a monolithic race.

    More than enough blame to go around; those who are enabled to be racists, and the ones who enable them.

  54. JJ

    Once again, the powerful media has shown that there is a double standard in evaluating on-air commentary. The laughable irony about all of this is that we have the biggest racist of all time, the self appointed “Reverand” Al Sharpton, somehow deciding that he is the arbitrator of this issue. It’s amazing that “Reverand Al” could stir up such false, slanderous, and racist comments in the Tawana Brawley case, not just over the airways, but in sworn statements, and then everyone simply lets this die a quiet death. Jesse Jackson, another self appointed “Reverand”, can make degrading comments about Jews, and guess what, he’s still around. Anyone of a dozen rappers can say things ten times worse than Imus did in their lyrics, day in and day out, and no one cares. It’s real simple, if you don’t like what you are hearing on the radio, TURN IT OFF, that’s why they call it freedom of speech.

  55. I hate that the rappers use nasty, foul terms to refer to African American women, just like most people have pointed out. But to compare Imus to rappers is absolutely ridiculous. Imus is a journalist that has had the opportunity to interview national politicians, national community leaders, major celebrities, and other high profile journalists. He had a show on a major news station. When you have that platform, you have to be more responsible.

  56. BTW, have you noticed when Jesse and Al rattle off the names of those political officials, journalists and celebrities that have given him legitimacy, they don’t mention the Whore?

    That damned double standard again. His ass should have been the first one they named.

  57. floridaman

    cliff, you’re not a victim of anything. Get over it, move on and stop using things that happened long before you were even a sparkle in someones eye as an excuse for your life. ‘That’s our business’. Once again, it’s ok if we do it but not someone who we think shouldn’t say it. I guess you get to pick and choose who is right and who is not. Grow up and stop listening to people like Sharpton who misrepresent the black community.

  58. Dale Weiss

    I am So very sorry that Imus will not be on anymore, I enjoyed him for many years and feel that he should know that more people feel that way. Jessie Jackson is no one to speak for he is a racist. I really can’t believe how a network can fire such a good and kind man. I believe alot of this is pollitical. Imus is a Republican and lets you know it. Sharpton and his pals and even the sponsors might be donators tothe democratic party.You will be missed Imus..

  59. Rita

    I believe we need to re think what is important in our news. This is another means of diverting our collective attention off the fact that we are in a hoax war, to a selective witch hunt over words. Language is an ever evolving phenomena, as we can easily see if rap song words are looked at for what they are….words…reflecting our society. I am sick and tired of how one person has to be the white scapegoat when blacks use this language among themselves regularly. Imus used language that is relevant to our societal climate, rap being the proof. Because he is white, he has to be the pathetic example? Why do whites continually have to bow down to kiss ass when blacks can use whatever they like in their music to trash “whitey” Lets take a good look at this and see it for what it is. The major player corporations have to make him an example just to keep their profit margins stable. I feel broken hearted for Imus, he is a great talent, and it is our loss. We are truly eroding Free Speech with this type of outcome. It sickens me.

  60. Denise

    The MSNBC press release stated that the decision to pull the Imus simulcast was also based on internal conversations with station managers and staff.

    Now with the likely exception of the mailroom and front desk security, there ain’t a whole lotta black folks working in these organizations to begin with.

    So where is the staff pressure coming from??

  61. Jim

    Comment uncalled for? Absolutely. This is an issue of free speech and a double standard. The problem lies within IMUS and people with a darker skin tone that feel they are a victim. We are created equal so to make an issue out of a person colored white that made the comment is irresponsible upon those that are complaining about the white person. What about the person he was conversing with that called them “ho’s? That was okay because he is a person of color? Wrong. It is derrogatory no matter what color the skin tone. We should rather think of the words uttered and not the color of the skin surrounding the voice. WE WILL NEVER RECOGNIZE EQUAL AMONGST ALL THE GREAT PEOPLE UNTIL WE THINK EQUAL!

  62. Donald Key

    Maybe Stern will hire him, or O & A, Im absolutely sure that South Park will do a parody on this whole situation. I cant wait.

  63. Rick

    respone to Denise’s question re: post 68

    Brother Bob Hoover, columnist for the NY Times, in a 4/12 article titled “Paying the Price” reported:

    “But some of the most telling and persuasive criticism came from an unlikely source — internally at the network that televised Mr. Imus’s program. Women, especially, were angry and upset. Powerful statements were made during in-house meetings by women at NBC and MSNBC — about how black women are devalued in this country, how they are demeaned by white men and black men.

    White and black women spoke emotionally about the way black women are frequently trashed in the popular culture, especially in music, and about the way news outlets give far more attention to stories about white women in trouble.” – NY Times

    Personally, I wish I saw more leaders doing this. Leaders with the credentials and moral courage to bring folks of different backgrounds together and to faciliate a constructive dialogue about race & gender relations in the United States. This conversation would take place both on a national level and on local levels. Bold individuals who are willing to say,”Look, a lot of damage has been done to race relations this past week: let’s explore the pain, let’s explore how to move forward. Let’s talk.” I don’t see many people doing this. The above example cited in the NY Times is the only case of such dialogue that I have come across.

    If I’m missing something, someone please let me know where it’s at. I’d go to the meeting. I’d bring my white friends and black friends. I’d bring everyone who would want to come along and begin the healing process…

  64. Judy

    What about the good ?

    I have been watching Imus since 9-11. All the tirades I hear are making me ill. As far as McJerk he should of been gone long ago. He bases his comments on everything from black keaders and fat people. A clear sign of insecurity and malice.
    Well what about all the good Imus has done, I have heard no mention of that at all. Did he specify his charity activity to just be for the whites ? NO !! Has anyone sat down and figured out how much good this man has done ? NO !! Are we all without sin and can we justly point at him ? NO!!
    Yet we lay the burden of years of prejudice on his shoulders. No what he said was wrong….but ladies, you have the last laugh. You will all undoubtedly move past this and lead rich rewarding lives for all your hard work. Have you stopped to think how many charities and lives other then yourselves will be in ruin because of Imus’s firing ? NO!!
    I say go back to the suspension otherwise all that are prejudiced about woman, white ,black, hispanics, gays,Jews, fat people and a host of others should also be taken off the airways….the least of them not be Sharpton or Jackson. They are just as prejudiced as anyone else.
    This man made a horrible mistake….does the good he has done for all these years mean nothing ? NO!!!!!!

  65. NICHOLE L.

    4/12/07

    Personally I don’t care for the man, but this is so ridiculous! I thought this was a country for freedom of speech and religion but yet the government and politicians are taking it from us, the people, a little at a time until we will have none just because they’re worried about the opinions of voters and whether or not they get elected. We are the melting pot so stop pushing your personal problems you have about race and religion on the rest of us. We all have problems! The slave era is OVER and UNDERSTAND that we are never going to be Muslims. It wasn’t very nice what he said and no he probably shouldn’t have said it but he’s a shock jock and that’s his job and opinion regardless. There are plenty of people of all races here in the U.S. who are very prominent people with high powered jobs and do very well. There are just as many caucasians that can fit the stereotypes of blacks and vice versa, but that’s just what they are, stereotypes. I don’t believe in the mexicans and cubans crossing our borders illegally and being allowed to stay here without going through the right channels though. I think they should have to go through the same system that we do and follow the same rules and regulations as us already U.S CITIZENS. If they can’t follow the rules then they should stay in their own country. Why is it that it’s ok for people to call white people honkeys; hillbillies; and rednecks but you don’t dare call any other race a name? You don’t see the white people getting all bent out of shape, brush it off and get OVER it. Come on people, we are not in elementary school anymore but yet you adults in these powerful positions are the worse of all. Quit kissing ass and do what YOU think and feel is the right thing instead of trying to please everyone else. Besides, why do these women care so much about what HE said or thinks? They know what they are and aren’t and shouldn’t care what a shock jock has to say about them. WHO CARES! Maybe suspend the guy for a day. After all, that’s what high schools would do and if you want to act like children then get treated like one. Last but not least, NOBODY IS MAKING YOU LISTEN TO HIM! I don’t listen but it’s hard to not know what’s going on when it’s in the news. Worry about the important things going on, LIKE THE WAR, does everyone remember that there is STILL one going on??

  66. Matt Ballentine

    I don”t like Imus, but let us not kid ourselves: He said nothing that wasn’t being said by Tenn fans and players a dozen times on game night. The fact that it was publicly uttered by a White male ,and not some in-bred hillbilly dyke, is all that matters.
    Al Sharpton ( da nappy-headed Pimp) represents only, ne’er do well, rent skipping, tax evading, publicity seeking losers. Imus is not Walter Cronkite and Sharpton is not Nelson Mandela.
    When all is said and done, Imus will have any other media job he wants and Sharpton will still be chasing news vans from crime scene to crime scene.

  67. Carol

    Why is it that blacks can call others blacks names, but whites can’t? Also, shouldn’t Donald Trump have repercussions to calling Rosie fat – that was a slur and abusive – wicked double standard.

  68. nova

    Thought we were in America! Freedom of speech! The reason this guy had his show pulled is MONEY! Hes been doing this “SHOCK JOCK” thing for years I dont listen to him but plenty of people CHOOSE to. If you pull the plug on him for having access to the airwaves* how about the RAPPERS who humilate and abuse black women without a thought from the people who PAY them? Whats going on here: Get with it America. Whats good for one is good for all. Thats the idea. If you squash this guy…then lets see the airwave nazis go after everyone!

  69. Jennifer

    IMUS does NOT deserve all the ragging you are all giving him. He put his foot in his mouth!! BIG DEAL! We all have done it!!!

    I think I am going to start picketing and call upon WHITE LEADERS to start the firing of the BLACK DJ’s here in NYC for calling us Hispanics SPICS and white people CRACKERS!!!

    To me it’s the same thing thing.

    IMUS DOES NOT DESERVE TO BE FIRED!!!!!!!!!!

    I am very disappointed in MSNBC.They are using IMUS as a scapegoat……… If Blacks want RESPECT for their women……they should be picketing in front of ALL the RADIO STATIONS…….RECORDING STUDIOS and RAPPERS HOMES that CALL their own women HO’s and Bitches…..etc. Start THERE and prevent evereyone else from using that kind of language.It starts with ourselves right??????

    If the naacp wanted to do something meaningful, then they should start attacking the rap ‘music’ industry for setting the civil rights movement back 50 years. Why don’t they focus on getting kids out of gangs, educating blacks how to empower themselves and keep out of prison, and not allowing rap to set such a negative lifestyle. The former head of the Lakewood naacp was so busy calling the police there racists; meanwhile his son was running around like a criminal. These morons just have no focus and don’t know how to distinguish their priorities.

    As for al Sharpton – the only reason he makes the news is because his followers are too stupid to think for themselves. He was responsible for raising about $500,000 for tawana brawley, the teenage mongrel who falsely accused white police of assaulting her and smearing poop on her, when in reality she did it to herself. Then he organised riots that resulted in the deaths of several innocent people. He’s nothing but a filthy, hate-mongering racist who will wind up in the darkest bowls of Hell when he finally drops dead.

    Then there’s jesse “The Fornicator” jackson who stole over $1 million from the naacp to pay off being revealed for what he is by his b astard child. And he also called NYC “Hymietown” back in the day. Another hypocrite.

    It would be nice if these clowns actually did something to help blacks instead of looking for air time and keeping their faces in the news. How much money do either sharpton and jackson contribute to black communities – probably nothing.

    Calling the basketball team ‘ho’s’ is offensive. Imus is a dope and I don’t like him. But there’s alot of racial epithets thrown at whites, asians, hispanics, etc., on most ‘urban’ radio morning zoos and in rap music, and these buffoons don’t blink an eye. A bunch of lowlife hypocrites is what they are.

  70. Denise

    thanks, Rick.

    That was the point I was getting at. I can’t imagine that the three self-described black employees at NBC ::😉 :: alone wield enough power to pressure the company into action.

    What’s apparent to me is that Rev. Sharpton got the ball rolling and other NON-BLACKS used the momentum to force him for good.

    So again, as history has shown time and time again, black folk got pushed, AND WE PUSHED BACK, and then everyone else stepped forward.

  71. ashley

    I don’t know if anyone watches the Tv or not but Al Sahrpton and Jesse Jackson have asked rappers countless times over and over again to censor some of the stuff they say in there lyrics. That includes saying the words niggers, calling women bitches,hoes etc… They have asked women to stop dancing in the videos when they are degrading them. For everyone who is mad at MSNBC you should be mad at the sponsors who dropped them bc of Imus comments. Why don’t you rant and rage to them. Stop buying there products. At the end of the day it was a buisness decision for MSNBC and Imus was costing them money.

  72. Reese

    IMUS was dead wrong, but it is time that everyone looks at the double standards that exists in both the black and white community. There are racists and bigots in BOTH communities. Each community should address this in their own house first. I for one am tired of the double standards.

  73. EDWARD GARZA

    I agree with all actions taken against him, but why not do the same to Tom Joyner who uses racial slurs towards white people. He once used the term “CRACKER MOTEL” referring a white owned hotel. He also has black comedians who use racially charged text and one even said he likes the idea of killing and hurting white people. Where is the backlash about these comments. Then there is the racially motivated comment from Rev. Jackson calling a jewish community “HYMIE TOWN”. Tavis Smally once said after that one that “WHITE AMERICA NEEDS TO GET OVER IT. IT IS OLD HISTORY.” Well Tavis, either get over it or deal with racisim at ALL levels. Rev. Sharpton, you always say you will fight facisim at all levels. You have not lived up to that yet. If you did, you would adress those issues listed above. This all creeps up to the term “Hypocrisy”!!!!!

  74. Donald Key

    uhhhhhhh Ed, have you NEVER realized Sharpton only gets involved AFTER something happens. Hes not proactive, he just reacts to something thats already happened.

  75. Reese

    Right on the money Edward Garza #82. It is called DOUBLE STANDARD. One person can do what they want and the other can’t!!!

  76. Sorrow

    To Sharpton and Jackson – CLEAN UP YOUR OWN BACKYARD BEFORE YOU START WORKING ON MINE! Get rid of all the rappers and the negative influences in and among the black community.

  77. shannon

    To all you supporter’s of Don Imus

    YOUR MOTHER’S ARE LICE RIDDEN WHORES!!!!

    just joking

    i’m sorry
    do you forgive me

  78. ashley

    To comment 60: Where in the hell did you get that information from??? Maybe you need to go to an black church and then come back and repost another comment.

  79. stan j

    to cliff
    I have every right to attack shapton and jesse jackson.
    get your facts striaight before you open you mouth!
    I am sick and tired of black america bring up what was done well over 400 years ago.
    and yes these two guys play the race card every chance they get.
    did they once aplogize for the brawley case, no.
    did they apolgize for attacking the duke player!!!.
    if al sharpton and jesse jackson could lynch white people they would.
    they pretty much do that everytime they protest wheather they have the facts or not.
    and once the facts come out and they are wrong do they apologize not a chance.
    here is a quote from jesse jackson
    “Rev. Jackson had referred to Jews as “Hymies” and to New York City as “Hymietown” in January 1984 during a conversation with Washington Post reporter, Milton Coleman”
    that looks like to me like he attacked the jews.
    and he should not be refered to as rev jesse jackson because no servant of god is a racsist.

  80. stan j

    cilff

    of course sharpton believed the girl why else would he go on the attack. do you know one of the cop who she accused killed himself, dont you think al sharpton should be charged with muder! after all he told the girl to do it.
    and sharpton will not show up to a program in which he knows he will be attacked verbally
    sharpton is nothing more then a loud mouth rasists who trys to back you down with his big fat racists mouth.
    and you say sharpton never lost a debate if that were true he would be the president of the united states heaven help us.

  81. Rick

    oh come on Denise, you know they got more than 3 black non-mail room employees!!!! LOL

    (or at least I hope they do!!!)

  82. stan j

    cliff

    jesse jackson is a racists and the information is credible.
    JESSE JACKSON COMMENTS BELOW

    Racist Remarks about Jews
    Jackson has been criticized for some of the remarks he has made about Jews and Jewish issues: that Nixon was less attentive to poverty in the U.S. because “four out of five [of Nixon’s top advisors] are German Jews and their priorities are on Europe and Asia”; that he was “sick and tired of hearing about the Holocaust”; that there are “very few Jewish reporters that have the capacity to be objective about Arab affairs”; [7] In addition Rev. Jackson had referred to Jews as “Hymies” and to New York City as “Hymietown” in January 1984 during a conversation with Washington Post reporter, Milton Coleman. [8].

    these are facts so jj is tired about hear about the holocaust which happen over 60 years ago yet he reminds america daily about slavery which was well over 400 years ago

  83. I have to agree that the firing of Imus is totally wrong. Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and their followers have created a double standard. I think that a little over a year ago, these two “activists” if you will were so busy marching in Raliegh, NC for the heads of the boys on the Lacrosse team, created nothing but outrage in the community. Now, there was no evidence to charge these boys and they are “SCARRED FOR LIFE.” Instead of causing mass chaos and rushing to judgemant, they should be down in North Carolina apologizing for falsely accusing these boys. But now they are busy trying to ruin another life and career. It is not fair, we have the right to free speech and we are to be protected by that right, but I guess you are only protected if you keep your mouth shut. Since this is about the language of rap and hip hop music, then we need to boycott that music and get it pulled from the shelves. This music has been a very bad influence on our youth in this country and I feel that it has led to the degredation of society. So why not our own march or crusade to remove this crap from our society? Because, the rappers will complain that it is freedom of speech, We can say it, but you cannot.

  84. Peter

    If this wasn’t so serious an issue it would be laughable. To think a remark said in jest could cause such a storm would be laughable if not for the damage the reaction to it is causing.
    Left unchallenged it would have been overlooked by most and soon forgotten by the rest. Big Al and self-righteous Jesse started a firestorm that can only serve to further divide the races. Many of the hypocrites that are attacking Imus publicly are silently against his firing or removal from the air.
    MSNBC has made a mistake and I for one will no longer tune in to such a cowardly station.
    I find it interesting that a remark directed at a small group can cause such a stir. Imus made a comment that has impact (unjustly) here in the USA while the comments of Rosie and some others have impact worldwide and are used as propaganda against the USA. It makes no sense.

  85. TO BE HONEST AND FAIR LETS SMOOTH OUT EVERYTHING, WHAT IMUS SAID, IS NOT UNSPOKEN OF. IRREGARDLESS WHAT RACE SAYS IT. IF ONE WHITE MAN SHOT ME IN MY LEFT FOOT, AND A BLACK MAN WERE TO SHOOT ME IN MY RIGHT FOOT. WHICH FOOT WOULD HURT THE MOST??? WHICH FOOT WOULD BLEED THE MOST???? ANSWER THEY WOULD BOTH HURT! WHICH MAN WOULD GET THERE ASS’ BEAT THE WORST??? ANSWER BOTH OF THEM!!! BLACK PEOPLE NEED TO STOP WITH THE “WELL IF BLACKS SAY IT ITS OK, NOT ANYONE OF ANY OTHER RACE.” AM I CORRECT???? THAT IS SHEER ASS IGNORANCE. IF PEOPLE TOOK THE TIME TO LEARN AND OBSERVE WHAT IS GOING ON IN THE WORLD. THEY WOULD SEE LIFE A LIL EASIER. THE RACIAL SLURS ONCE USED YRS AGO HAS CHANGED APPLICATIONS. I HEARD WHITE MEN USE THE “N” WORD TOWARDS ONE ANOTHER. I DEFINITELY HEAR HISPANIC USE IT TOWARDS EACH OTHER AS WELL AS TOWARDS BLACKS. IF AL SHARPTON AND JESSE JACKSON REALLY CARE ABOUT RACIAL SLURS THEN THEY NEED TO DO TWO THINGS. THE FIRST THEY NEED TO DO IS START POLICING THE BLACKS NATIONWIDE, GO ON TV AND THE RADIO AND DENOUNCE THESE RAPPERS AND COMEDIANS. ITS FUNNY HOW A BLACK OR HISPANIC CAN MAKE RACIAL JOKES ANDS ITS OK, BUT IF A WHITE MAKE RACIAL JOKES THEN HE IS WRONG, EITHER EVERYBODY IS WRONG OR EVERYBODY IS RIGHT. NOW THE SECOND THING THEY NEED TO DO IS MAKE A SERIOUS EFFORT AND HEAL THE LAND OF RACISM, NOW UNDERSTAND I DONT BELIEVE RACISM WILL BE ERADICATED BUT I DO FEEL THEY(SHARPTON AND JACKSON); ESPECIALLY AS MINISTERS OF THE CLOTH. NEED TO PREACH, TEACH LOVE. IN MY OWN PERSONAL OPINION THE ONLY POSITIVE THING THAT CAN COME OUT OF THE FIRING OF IMUS IS THAT BLACKS (YEAH MY PEOPLE) WILL TAKE NOTE AND REALIZE THAT NOW IS THE TIME TO STOP SELF IGNORANCE. NO MORE INTERRACIAL DISRESPECT OF ONE ANOTHER. AMEN.

  86. Denise

    to cliff re # 9, “jesse jackson is a racists and the information is credible. JESSE JACKSON COMMENTS BELOW…”

    He WAS held accountable for his statement and suffered the consequences. He was forced to drop out of the race.

    What’s your issue?

  87. stan j

    denise, my issues with these 2 racists is that they get away with murder! they do and say anything they like and are not held accountable.
    when will america hold them accountable to there own actions!

  88. stan j

    yes jesse jackson was forced to drop out of that race, but there are many more comments thats he makes where he is not accountable

  89. Denise

    And Don Imus has enjoyed a very long and lucrative career as a bullying @sshole because he hasn’t been held accountable until now.

  90. shannon

    No matter what is said here

    I think we all can agree that racism is something that will not go away. And the bottom line is that, under attack, each race will defend it’s own. It doesn’t make it right for either side. It just makes it a reality. Are there white people who are still racist? Clearly there are, just read some of the messages left here.
    Are there black people who are racist? you bet, but racism among blacks usually rears it’s ugly head when confronted by people such as Imus and Richards.

    I don’t know why I am constanly amazed at the anger
    (myself included) when it comes to racial topics. I lash out and then I feel stupid for joining in the hypocracy.
    Some say that there is a double standard for whites and blacks and what can be said. I ask…when was the last time you heard a rap using the words whitey or cracker,
    the double standard is that you feel you should be able to use the words we use towards ourselves, as awful as they may be. If you look at commercials that talk about tanning and shampoos geard for white people. should I be able to say that’s a double standard, is that racist? When there are kid’s movies that don’t include any other race in them, is that racist or a double standard? Where’s the apology for these things that are right-in-the-face exclusions for people of color
    IF we are to agree on anything, let’s agree that NEITHER race is perfect and then start from there.

  91. Ebony

    I am always amazed when people tell other people to get over something. You can’t “get over” something when you live it everyday. The statements this man made were the kind slavemasters made to women whose skin color was of the same as these women, as they were raping and demeaning them, and you want them to “get over” it. I really could care less what kind of charity that man gives to. He doesn’t like women, he really doesn’t like black women, oh forget that he doesn’t like black people. This isn’t the first time he has referred to black people with a way that was not so nice. He said he hired a man just to do “ni***r jokes. Mike Wallace didn’t think he was so funny when he called him out on it. He apologized but he went right back to making ape references when he talked about black athlethes. So please people do some research, this man has a history of making these kinds of comments saying he is sorry and going right back to doing the same thing. MSNBC decided to let him go before he could do anymore damage to them and he got fired but I am sure he has enough money to set up shop somewhere else to spew his hate for all people who are not like him. So I guess he just will have to “get over it” this time….

  92. We Will “get over Imus’ comments” when:

    This country gets over electing another wanna-be cowboy who lied this country into a war, jacked up the economy, screwed up the environment and made damned sure that there will always be a line between the haves and the have-nots.

    He was elected, ahem, selected twice by this country because he promoted himself as being God-fearing.

    As Ebony said, telling us to “get over it” demonstrates the lack and unwillingness to understand the plight of African Americans in this country. And, guess what? Tony Blair’s getting into this same crap over in the UK.:

    http://politics.guardian.co.uk/homeaffairs/story/0,,2054958,00.html

    We’d be more than happy to “get over it”, only members of your ilk keep opening their mouths and reminding us of racism and bigotry.

  93. SB: I don’t know if you’re happy or glad to be getting this many hits and posts on this subject. I really wonder where this blog is linked at to get so many posts on this subject. (thinging out loud)

    To Matt, poster 75: Calling Al Sharpton a “nappy head pimp” is completely out of line. And you wonder why in the hell we should be fed up.

    And as a sister pointed out in a previous post, Sharpton has repeatedly called for the Hip Hop community to produce more responsible music. I haven’t heard about it. I actually saw him on the news myself, calling for radio stations to stop playing songs by artists that denograte women. So for all those who want to bash Sharpton about rap music, talk what you know.

    For all the white posters that can’t seem to understand why white people can’t say things that other “oppressed” races can say: White folks broke the rules and played unfair when they decided to steal land, enslave an entire race of people, and capitalize on all that free land and labor. Yeah, it happened over a hundred years ago. But they (white people) are still benefitting from all that free land and freelabor. Plus, the past is the past. It should not be ignored. It did happen. Just because it’s in the past doesn’t make it apart of my imagination.

    I’m sorry that you can’t call me a nigger in public. Poor you… Is that what you want? Is that what this fuss is about? When you fuss about their being a double standard, are you really just mad because you want to be able to freely use racist terms?

    I’m so ticked by the comments that refer to Sharpton and Jackson as racist. Jackson makes a comment in 1984, which was 23 years ago, and he is being compared to Imus, who lets the floodgates open anytime he pleased. What kind of sense is that?

    I’ve read the T. Brawley files. Yes, T. Brawley’s case was really something. But why in the hell does Sharpton has to take the fall for Brawley?

    The biggest thing that gets on my nerves is that white media feels that Jackson and Sharpton are the only voices of the black community. I don’t blame those two men for that. I blame the media for airing the Sharpton press conferences. The media loves who can give them ratings. .

  94. One more thing… I’m not worried about you posters that think that Imus’ comments were just a slip of the tongue. You’re probably the same folks that were all over the internet defending Michael Richards. Remember, many of you didn’t think his little joke was racist either.

  95. Patrice

    Ken,

    Is your CAPS LOCK broken? It is considered shouting on the internet to use all caps. BTW, it is very hard to read and so most people just skip right over what you have to say.

    SB,

    I see you have some new friends.🙂 I haven’t been around for a while and I come back to find the site flooded with trolls.

  96. Rick

    Question for the “new friend(s)” amongst us. Answer this…

    If your brother did something undeniably wrong to me (say injured me in some way) – again we ALL agree his action is wrong – and I decide to roll up to your brother and start beating him up to settle the score, would you allow me to do that right in front of you? No. you would not.

    Wrong or not, You are not going to let someone outside the family do it. Guess what, I got mad love for you but you ain’t part of the family. And if you step to my brother, then you and I are going to have a lil problem. Yes he may be wrong. But, you tell me what he did wrong, and then let me handle the situation.

    Apply this situation to my sista — who is innocent and didn’t do *ISH to you — and now you attack her? Well now you really have a problem.

    And the fact that you don’t see this makes you a hyprocrite, as well as a bigot.

  97. Denise

    “… And keep talkin’ that mess, that’s fine. Could you walk and talk at the same time?… To the left, to the left… mmmmmmmmmmmm…. to the left, to the left….”

    :: snicker ::: >:-)

  98. Patrice

    Oh, they’re really gonna have a cow now that Imus has been fired from CBS also. I think I’ll join the hook… to the left, to the left.

  99. Cliff

    This issue has opened up a floodgate of debate. I thank God for “Skeptical Brotha” for giving us a forum to debate issues. I would like to also thank God for allowing “Imus” to make those remarks, because words can change lifestyles and bring forth a high level of intelligence coming particularly from the black people who comment on this site. I got to show some love to SB for launching a site like this. Much Love and respect to all my Brother and Sisters who comment on this site. Those remarks motivated me to come here. Angie and Ebony you sound like some powerful sisters, who present powerful arguments. To Rick and The Political Junkie, you all very intriguing points.

    To StanJ: As I said before I don’t give a damn whether T. Brawley lied or not, your people have unleashed a wave of atrocities against us that are immeasurable to small occurrences such as the “O.J. Verdict”, “T. Brawley case”, etc. Jews have lost 6 million in the holocaust, what about 600 million we lost during the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, the death toll of murder and rape after which? White racists a violent, they don’t just say harsh words, they kill. For the most part black people. As “Angie” said you still capitalize on the theft of the land and our free labor. Therefore history is relevant. Jessie Jackson maybe made some inflammatory statements about Jewish people. Has he tried to physically attack any Jewish or white person ever? I think you think of Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson as racist, because they stands us for the rights of black people. A racist in this country will maybe I don’t know drag a black man down the street, shoot up a school of Jewish children. Get in your mind what the definition of a “racist” is in this country.

  100. Shook 1

    I would like to make a few comments if I may. The ignorance is running bliss among many of you. First of all there is no room for sexist/racist comments for anyone to spew on the television airwaves. Like one person mentioned, If Mr. Imus had made a comment about Homosexuals or Jews, he would be fired as well. All the comparisons to rappers is quite interesting. African Americans only make up about 12% of the population. I’m sure that is quite a surprise to many of you. African Americans feel that the music coming from our community is shameful as well. There is only a small percentage of the community that really purchase the bad lyrics. The blame goes to the record labels that pimp our musicians. Overnight our music went from being positive and uplifting to the junk we listen to on the radio. Even early Rap music was positive and uplifting. But, Sex and violence sells and our musicians have been used by the record labels to sell it. There have been countless positive creative artists that have been turned away by the labels because the labes told them “Hey kid, thats not whats hot.” This has muted the creative genius within us. White listeners are by far and away the largest consumer of the shameless music. Suburbia is where the the vast majority of the daollars are generated. Mothers within the African American communities all over the country have to turn the radio off because of the garbage they are afraid to let there children here. Music is one of the most powerful things on earth and the music the labels are pushing is effecting our community in a very scary and negative way. Imus must go and the negative rap the labels are pimping must leave the air waves. Entertainment(Sports, comedy, music acting, etc.) is really the only industry that African Americans have a fair playing field to display our talents. It’s there for the world to see, so many within our communities gravitate to that field because it can be quite prosperous. We have shown and proved that we can accomplish anything any other racial or ethnic group can. Our talents are boundless. Our creativity is awesome. But the music is destroying our community and it must be balanced with more creative and positive messages. If we could only change te lyric on the tongue you would see great changes within our community. I’m not sure if the “powers that be” would like that. I just want to stress that African Americans are simply being pimped to make wealthy companies wealthier. We are caught in a vicious cycle.
    I’m not at all surprised that many of you are calling Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and the NAACP racist. Whenever someone speaks out in favor of African Americans, whites like to point the finger and call them racist. It’s been going on forever (MLK, Ali, etc.) Can someon give me a valid reason as to how the NAACP is racist? Please. I also have a problem with the media always sticking a microphone in Sharpton or Snoop Doggs face. No one named them the speaker for African Americans. Many of their points are correct, but they can’t cover the multitude of thoughts of the millions of African Americans in this country. We African Americans have problems within our community that we must fix. We can do that if we stopped falling for the old “divide and conquer” game. The first thing we must do is get the drugs out of our community and change the lyrics on our toungue. By the way the drugs come from outside of our community. Crack has destroyed too many lives. Instead of pointing the finger, take this opportunity to fight for decency, whether it is Imus, SOME Rappers, or politicians. Negativity must go.

  101. stan j

    FOR CLIFF
    So what your saying is an eye for an eye.
    And small occurrences you say.
    where should I begin lets start with pac-man jones or oj or the la riots or the crown heights riots we can do this all day long.
    When MLK was the last great spokensmen for the black community now your stuck with 2 assholes that start nothing but trouble. and use the race card like chewing gum.
    MLK is rolling in his graves with these to racists ruining everything he tried to create.

  102. I really wonder if MLK was living today, would he be respected? Would whites think he’s a racist? Would blacks call him irrellevant and camera hungry? Hmmm…. Something to think about…

  103. shannon

    For Stan:

    I think that MLK is rolling in his grave because in 2007 we still have white men callling black women
    nappy headed hoes and white men defending that action

  104. OBVIOUSLY PATRICE YOU REALLY DIDN’T HAVE MUCH TO SAY, YOU TELL ME THAT CAPS MEANS SHOUTING YET YOU USED IT IN “CAP LOCKS” AND “BTW”, AND YOU SAY THAT WHAT I WROTE WAS HARD TO READ, HMMMMMMMM APPARENTLY YOU WERE ABLE TO READ WHAT I WROTE SINCE YOU TOOK THE TIME TO COMMENT. YOU REALLY SHOWED YOU INTELLIGENCE.

  105. Cliff

    To stanj: The reason why I defend them. If Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson were saying let’s kill the white people, I probably would not follow them. If they were two Brothers who kiss the ass powerful white people, I definitely wouldn’t follow them. Thus they provide balance, they not radical, nor are they ass-kissers. The concept of an eye for an eye for atrocities which were committed on us is not my decision or the decision of any black leader. That decision is with God. Therefore if your people are truly reprehensive about our condition as a result of slavery, then you will help try to repair our condition. By the way that was cold what the commissioner of the NFL did to “Pacman” Jones. When you punish us, you punish to the extreme…..is slavery really over?

    Shock 1 that was a good point.

  106. stan j

    Listen slavery if over. get over it already.
    Stop living in the past and move on.
    why do black people or any race think that its ok to insult your own race then when another race insult your race than they are wrong.
    when i hear a black person call another black person the N- WORD its ok., in there eyes.
    but when a white person or another race other then black says it they are a racists!
    you can’t have it both ways. in order to stop the name calling you must first stop it among yoursevles. then and only then will other races stop it and give you the respect everyone deseves.
    Hey did you hear about the hate crime you know when that black guy attached and beat up than 101 year old woman if that isnt racism i dont know what is, cause i know one thing if she were black that guy wouldn’t have done a damn thing.

  107. stan j

    oh and cliff america is and has been repairing the condition.
    when you go take a goverment test or a city test for a job how many points do they give you cause your black?
    put it this way they give you half the points need to score high yet for some reason certain people still score very low, i guess thats our fault
    i guess we should just give the jobs away dependiong on race.

  108. Shook 1

    Stan J. You are the classic example of an idiot. Half the things you say are made up in your warped mind. Half the points, thats a blatantly incorrect statement. Some folks will never get it and you happen to be one of them. Let me ask a question. What do you think is the reason for the state of the African American community? What is the cause?

  109. Shook 1

    Angie great point. MLK was called a racist and agitator. Ali was called a racist and agitator. These folks are saying the same thing about Jesse Jackson. The cycle continues. Noone has yet to give a solid example of Jesse Jackson being a racist. Please someone back up your words with someting, instead of simply talking out of the side of your neck.

  110. Shook 1

    Its amazing how 12% of the population. a population that went through 12 generations of slavery. A population that would be murrdered if caught reading the bible. A population whose women have been rapped by drunk white me for 12 generations (Which is why the race of a person legally was determined by the race of the mother, Convenient law to excuse white men from taking responsibility for their own flesh and blood), A race that was terrorized during the Jim Crow years, A race that fought and died for the simple want of freedom, is still in the caucasians head. Yet the 12% is known and admired throughout the world for our talents and creativity. African Americans are not even .05% of the world yet everyone knows who we are.

  111. Rick

    Stan wrote:
    “when you go take a goverment test or a city test for a job how many points do they give you cause your black?”

    It’s “you’re”, Stan, not “your”.

    (SHEESH…If you are going to write that you are more qualifed for jobs than blacks, the very least you can do is spell “you’re” *ISH correctly) 🙂

  112. Rick

    Stan wrote:
    “when you go take a goverment test or a city test for a job how many points do they give you cause your black?”

    Been doing a little researh on your EEOC question on jobs in the Government sector, Stan. I found that blacks don’t get as many points as the girlfriends to white head honchos. Hope this helps! toodles, Rick

    —————————————————————————
    TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT
    Wolfowitz Memo, Dictating Raises
    Given to Friend, Now Haunts Him
    By GREG HITT, Wall Street Journal
    April 14, 2007

    WASHINGTON — The disclosure yesterday of a 2005 memo from World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz — dictating the terms of his girlfriend’s promotions and raises while on the bank’s payroll — is giving new ammunition to Mr. Wolfowitz’s critics and threatening to weaken him if he stays on at the bank. That outcome may suit those who oppose him on controversial issues ranging from an expansion of the bank’s presence in Iraq to its recent withholding of loans from governments who don’t do enough to cure corruption.

    It could strengthen the role of the bank’s 24-member board of directors, especially those representing European governments and the poor countries that borrow from the bank, on a host of issues.
    —————————————————————————

  113. stan j.

    shook1 everthing that i stated about sharpton and jesse jackson are facts so if anyone is the idiot its yourself.
    your a racists.
    right now america is in slavery created by people such as yourself.
    thats the problem slavery ended over 400 years ago and people such as yourself just can’t or won’t move on, cause it gives you an outlet to bitch and complain.
    i can’t get this because of the white man i can’t get this cause the goverment hates the black man.
    stop your bitching and complaining and earn it.

  114. stan j.

    Listen slavery if over. get over it already.
    Stop living in the past and move on.
    why do black people or any race think that its ok to insult your own race then when another race insult your race than they are wrong.
    when i hear a black person call another black person the N- WORD its ok., in there eyes.
    but when a white person or another race other then black says it they are a racists!
    you can’t have it both ways. in order to stop the name calling you must first stop it among yoursevles. then and only then will other races stop it and give you the respect everyone deseves.
    Hey did you hear about the hate crime you know when that black guy attached and beat up than 101 year old woman if that isnt racism i dont know what is, cause i know one thing if she were black that guy wouldn’t have done a damn thing

  115. Shook 1

    Stan. As usual you don’t know what you are talking about. Slavery did not end over 400 years ago. It ended a little over 160 years ago. My great grandmother was a slave. ALSO, you have not given me one comment on how Jesse Jackson is a racist. Now you are telling me that I’m a racist. Instead of just talking come up with something to make your point valid. You have no substance kid. No tell me……how am I a racist?

  116. Shook1
    Please read on boy.

    JESSE JACKSON COMMENTS BELOW

    Racist Remarks about Jews
    Jackson has been criticized for some of the remarks he has made about Jews and Jewish issues: that Nixon was less attentive to poverty in the U.S. because “four out of five [of Nixon’s top advisors] are German Jews and their priorities are on Europe and Asia”; that he was “sick and tired of hearing about the Holocaust”; that there are “very few Jewish reporters that have the capacity to be objective about Arab affairs”; [7] In addition Rev. Jackson had referred to Jews as “Hymies” and to New York City as “Hymietown” in January 1984 during a conversation with Washington Post reporter, Milton Coleman. [8].

    I guess this doesn’t make me a racists right.

  117. firefall

    @Stan
    “Shook1
    Please read on boy”.

    Tha fact that you addressed Shook1 as boy is enough evidence to prove that you are a racist to me and other posters on this site.

    As for you bringing up Jesse Jackson’s comments against Jews, everyone and their mother has been hounding Jesse Jackson for his “hymietown remark for the past 23 years. why should he continualy apologize for his remarks about those remarks when no one chastizes Reagon for defending states rights in Mississippi 16 years after threee civil rights activist were lynched there for helping black people register to vote, or when Rudy Giuliani went to a police rally where Mayor David Dinkins was called a washroom attendant. Are you eqully fixated on their bigotry are you are attacking Al & Jesse?

  118. I am attacking both of them for leading the charge against Imus.
    Lets be very clear about one thing, Imus remarks were outrageous this much is very clear and inexcuseable.
    That being said should be be fired no i don’t think so.
    he was hired as a shock jock.
    the reason i am attcking these 2 racists because they are leading the charge against imus firing yet they are no better then him.
    they only and i mean only people he should apologize to are the women for which he insulted.

  119. firefall

    Stan:

    I have a lot of respect for the Revs Al & Jesse because they address the racial inequities still exist in this country, and they have done plenty to help empower African-Americans since the days of the Civil Rights movement. Both of them have encouraged young people to be responsible (stay in school. vote, stay away from drugs) long before the right wing coined the phrase personal responsibility.

    It is disrespecftul the way media demonizes Al & Jesse. They are in the right to confront Don Imus. He has been saying stupid racist remarks for a long time and his luck ran out.
    The fact that the same industry that judge the two Revs harshly, is the same one which allowed don imus, howard stern and other shock jocks to spew their bigoted hatred on the air is very telling about how disconnected the media is from my community.

  120. The problem here is that companies have realized that bad publicity, law suits and all, are just a cost of doing business. And while at first it may have seemed like a bad move to set Imus up for a soft landing back into the radio biz the cost of this Public Relations debacle is all recoupable because eventually this story will fade away and advertisers will be ready for a fresh new boost of controversy to drive up interest. Sad but true

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