Did Don Imus finally go too far?

040807imus.jpgUnimpressed by his on-air apology or corporate promises of a tighter leash, angry critics of nationally syndicated radio host Don Imus called Saturday for his dismissal over his racially charged comments about the mostly black Rutgers women’s basketball team.

“I accept his apology, just as I want his bosses to accept his resignation,” said the Rev. Al Sharpton. He promised to picket Imus’ New York radio home, WFAN-AM, unless the veteran of nearly 40 years of anything-goes broadcasting is gone within a week.

Sharpton was not alone in his anger over Imus’ description of the Rutgers’ women as “nappy headed hos” during a Wednesday morning segment of his show, which airs for millions of listeners on more than 70 stations and the MSNBC television network.

On Friday, after Imus delivered an on-air apology, both WFAN and MSNBC condemned his remarks. WFAN issued a statement promising to “monitor the program’s content” but Imus, a member of the National Broadcasters Hall of Fame, was not publicly disciplined.

The National Association of Black Journalists, the editor-in-chief of Essence magazine and a New York sports columnist joined the chorus against Imus.

“What he has said has deeply hurt too many people — black and white, male and female,” said NABJ President Bryan Monroe. “His so-called apology comes two days after the fact, and it is too little, too late.”

Angela Burt Murray, of Essence magazine, called on Imus’ bosses to take a harder stance over his “unacceptable” remarks. “It needs to be made clear that this type of behavior is offensive and will not be tolerated without severe consequences,” Murray said.

Columnist Filip Bondy of the Daily News, in a column headlined “Imus spews hate, should be fired,” said the radio star “should be axed for one of the most despicable comments ever uttered on the air.”

The Rutgers team, which includes eight black women, lost the NCAA women’s championship game Tuesday, and Imus was discussing the game with producer Bernard McGuirk.

“That’s some rough girls from Rutgers,” Imus said. “Man, they got tattoos …”

“Some hardcore hos,” said McGuirk.

“That’s some nappy headed hos there, I’m going to tell you that,” Imus said.

Karen Mateo, a spokeswoman for WFAN’s parent company CBS Radio, said Saturday there was no additional comment on the Imus situation.

Imus’ success has often been a a result of his on-air barbs.

“That Imus is in trouble for being politically incorrect is certainly not new,” said Tom Taylor, editor of the trade publication Inside Radio. “He’s lived his life in and out of trouble … This is something CBS will be watching very carefully.”

Recent controversies involving Imus focused on a member of his morning team, Sid Rosenberg, who was fired two years ago after a particularly vile crack about cancer-stricken singer Kylie Minogue. Before that, a racially tinged comment by Rosenberg about Venus and Serena Williams stirred another controversy.

The NABJ cited two other incidents in which Imus himself insulted two black journalists. Imus has called PBS’ Gwen Ifill a “cleaning lady” and described William Rhoden of The New York Times as “a quota hire,” the group said.

Sharpton said he was writing to the Federal Communications Commission about Imus’ remarks.

“This is not some unemployed comic like Michael Richards,” Sharpton said, referring to the “Seinfeld” actor who used the N-word and referred to lynching in a rant last year. “This is an established figure, allowed to use the airwaves for sexist and racist remarks.”

38 Responses to "Did Don Imus finally go too far?"

  1. Sandy Price  April 9, 2007 at 7:28 am

    I hope all the Imus critics listened to him this morning on MSNBC. He explained that what he said about the Rutger’s women’s team was a horrible thing and he is trying to apologize to each and every member of the Basketball team.

    He telephoned Al Sharpton and will be on his radio program this afternoon which can be picked up streaming on

    Al Sharpton radio show l:00 P.M. Eastern time.

    Imus apologized sincerely and I hope everyone will listen to the show.

  2. Michael Allen  April 9, 2007 at 3:53 pm

    Imus pushes the envelope and this is simply what he does best. Those of us who abhor racism and have a good sense of humor – we all know he didn’t mean anything malicious by this. It’s not for children — it’s an adult show that dares to poke fun at EVERYBODY & EVERYTHING. Last time I checked that was OK under the 1st amendment. People need to get over themselves. It’s the 21st century gang! Blacks marry whites, whites marry blacks, and no one CARES anymore !! I’ll say it again, pick up a Chris Rock DVD, laugh at yourself, and let Don Imus say whatever the heck he wants to say. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.

  3. gene  April 9, 2007 at 9:46 pm

    If the guy is helping (kids) with serious medical issues leave him alone. I don’t give a flying f**k what color your skin is and those dam stupid Nigers need to keep their mouths shut. Black or white who cares, sick is sick and helping those who really need it (especially childreen black or white) is all that counts, of course unless you are color sensitive.

  4. Thomas Fredrich II  April 10, 2007 at 12:53 am

    People in America (U.S.A) need to realize that television shows like Imus,Stern, and other news casters who joke about politics and life around the world don’t really care who they talk about. The fact is that America is built on class and racism. What one white man says to a black man as a racist comment equals the same as a black man saying something racist to a white man. It doesn’t matter whether television shows make fun or racy comments about blacks, whites, rednecks, asians, arabs, etc…, people need to understand that it happens and it doesn’t mean we need to blow a fit, hmmmm…(Al Sharpton!). I’m not saying I hate the man or that I hate any race of people. I believe that we are all one being, just with different beliefs. Basically, I’m saying that people who feel that Imus should be thrown off the air are being irrational and thoughtless. Before you call someone racist or “gone-to-far”, think about the last time you were racist or even hurtful towards another of a different race!

  5. S. Johnson  April 10, 2007 at 6:11 am

    Surprise, surprise. Here comes the calvery, protecting Imus in his time of need. Talking heads discussing how much the Black rappers are like Imus, how Al Sharpton has said things in the past, how unfair it is that Black people have their way because of the racist past that was afforded them by whites……ad nauseum.

    People, it all boils down to this: Imus made a comment that wasn’t only a affront to those women on the basketball team; he made a comment that just about any Black person over the age of 30 would recognize–after all, most of the whites in this country used (and some are STILL using) those very same terms to describe Black people, and before the Civil Rights came of age, they got away with it, and didn’t really give a damn about that person nor his/her race, but, that was then–nowdays, Imus’s comment took the Black population back to those troubled and problematical times….and they deserve to be angry about it. For some of you on this board, you could NEVER understand having to live day to day with those comments, racist actions leveled at you; having to pertty much fight your way thru the attitudes and the looks you got from whites, the doors closing in your face, and still there were the comments–as racist as ever– (which by the way, Imus proved is still prevelent in this country TODAY), and why those who defend Imus’s right to say such vile and hateful things don’t understand just how much those words cause major anger in the Black community. But, you wouldn’t care about that–it’s only insulting to a race that you don’t respect anyway, so what’s the harm? To Mr. Thompson, who wrote the article, I would say that racisim DOESN’T know color, and it DOES cross the color line in either direction; there, you are perfectly correct…. but, I don’t hear any Black radio personalities (few that there are) giving diatribes on how whites should be shot on sight, which is about the level of Imus’s comment to the Black community. He went over the line here.
    Forgiveness is only for those who deserve it; and Imus deserves to be fired for his actions.

  6. W. McMahon  April 10, 2007 at 1:10 pm

    Don Imus should not appear on MSNBC again. I always watch this channel, and Imus did a great diservice to this network.

  7. Flexo  April 10, 2007 at 3:53 pm

    I suppose I shouldn’t be shocked and appalled, but I am. Why is it that no one is talking about how offensive his comments are towards all women, not just black women? I’m sorry, but why is it that no one blinks an eye when women are called whores? Whether it is Imus, Stern or rap artists… it doesn’t matter. It is patently offensive to all women to use the term “ho” as a general term for a female.

    Why is it that no one ever calls the sexuality of an entire male team into question? Yes, of course — it is not actually offensive to say that a male has sex (the term “pimp” is a badge of pride)… but what if their sexual prowess were called into question? How come that never happens? Well, because all the men would be all up in arms over that.

    Nope, it’s just women who are told to “lighten up” when they are called sluts or whores.

  8. Sandy Price  April 11, 2007 at 5:26 pm

    Let the network figure out that Imus has carried the time period when he is on that channel over and above other programs. He has promoted so many of the other MSNBC shows just to keep their ratings up. Don Imus is too good for MSNBC. He is the only honest commentator found on that station.

    This action was a movement from Fox News to down grade MSNBC in general and Imus in particular.

    I remember when Mort Sahl did not buy the Warren Report on the death of President Kennedy and the powers that be in D.C. tore him apart and Sahl lost his ability to be on television but saved his integrity. We are so politically correct in America and so frustrated at what our government is doing to all of us that the downfall of Imus has become the great diversion.

    Imus is good for his commercial supporters but they must be politically correct so let them be the losers when pulling away from the I-Man.

    I wonder if Keith Olbermann has the balls to stand up for Don Imus I have had company for several days and have not watched the television and if the ignorant talk show hosts of MSNBC don’t stand up for Imus, they will be the losers; they are not leading the other networks except when Imus in the Morning is on.

    I was not particularly interested in the statement he made and thought he said “happy headed hos” I’ve never heard the term nappy headed before in my life. Leave it to Sharpton and Jackson to blow this up and then allow Fox news to add the final insults. We all have our reasons to watch or not watch Imus and my reasons are for his interviews with the politicians and authors. Now Sharpton has asked that all Democrats running for election stay away from Don Imus. That’s called America’s new freedom of speech.

    It’s bad enough to see the corruption in our government and now we see corruption in our television and radio managers. I can only hope Don Imus is not watching what his station is doing to his name. Everyone is too eager to strike at someone when they are down and out. Imus still has his fans and I can only hope another station will offer him his continuing work for the sick kids in America. The American public never fails to disquiet me.

  9. David Zukerman  April 12, 2007 at 12:02 pm

    Shouldn’t the University of Tennessee women’s basketball team also be outraged? They defeated Rutgers’ women Scarlet Knights (as Imus would say, “You can’t make this up.”) and who is getting all the media attention, including an appearance on Oprah.? Not the Lady Vols.

    Perhaps UT Coach Pat Summit should call for an investigation whether Bernard McGuirk is an agent of Karl Rove. Mission? Destroy Imus for his
    stand against the war in Iraq. Who, after all. initiated the on-air comments
    that, past Imusisms having failed, are now the basis to can I-man? McGuirk.

    Ho’s By You

    If you don’t know
    I’m telling you so
    McGuirk ain’t no bro
    He’s really a foe
    doing his work
    like a hack and a jerk
    Rove and Dick Cheny
    I tell you this plainly
    they’v stooped real low
    getting Imus to say “ho”
    Once Imus has went
    They won’t spare the rent
    to continue their jive
    to keep the right-wing alive
    It wasn’t a quirk
    That they used McGuirk
    We gotta act fast
    Or we’ll be in the past
    We did not even belch
    When Imus trashed the wife of Jack Welch
    once GE honcho
    who don’t like to eat crow
    Just go with the flow
    If you be white, no-no to “ho”

  10. John Hanks  April 13, 2007 at 3:36 pm

    If you study Imus, Limbaugh, etc. you can learn lower middle class as a second language.

  11. Word of God Militia Legatus 1TTA1  May 10, 2008 at 3:40 pm

      Everybody wants me to be "politically incorrect", eh? You know, I just thought of the most politically incorrect thing an individual can say: Sleepy-Eyed Ho-bama, ho, ho!

  12. Carl Nemo  April 8, 2007 at 1:34 am

    I’ve rarely listened to AM radio nor any radio medium in modern times other than shortwave stations for curiosity sake. I’m just too busy to waste time listening to the radio…! I have listened to Imus and his downhome “cowboy style” deportment that would be captivating to the “Billy-Bob NASCAR” crowd for sure. I’ve witnessed his appearances on the Larry King show to watch these two guys have a schmooze-fest because they both have late-life similarities concerning younger wives and late life family-breeding-experiences! I’m not impressed with Imus, Mr. Radio, as I’m not with King, Mr. TV (CNN) I tune in on occasion to witness what these characters do in order to pander to the pedestrian class mentality. It’s amazing how the unwashed masses waste their time getting intellectually synched to these elitist-programmed media personalities. Rest assured many Americans get their latest thoughts implanted from listening to Imus, Larry, Stern, Rush, Hannity, and a host these cunning media “running-dogs” ad nauseam ad infinitum. The upside is most of the people that listen to them don’t vote because they are all talk and no-show action…! :)) So in summation these media characters are nothing but “chewing gum” for idle psyches and for the most part quite harmless and impotent when it comes to influencing public thought. :)

  13. Mike Trimble  April 8, 2007 at 7:35 pm

    What do you do that is so important? I got a good picture of what kind of boring life you live already! I bet your wife has a girlfriend! Anybody who dosen’t like Imus in some way has something to hide, in my opinion. I don’t always agree with him or his views, but at least he calls a spade a spade! That is what people like this ding bat are afraid of!!

  14. ecmiles70  April 22, 2007 at 6:59 am

    Injustice has prevailed once again

    The firing of Don Imus brings back frustrating and distressing memories that hit all too close to home.

    My father was radio personality Bob Arthur, of KABC’s morning talk radio program, “The Ken and Bob Company.” It aired from 1969 to 1990 in Los Angeles, and was never below 3rd place in the Nielsen ratings for 17 years. His awards consist of a star on the “Hollywood Walk of Fame,” numerous California Gold Medals, three Golden Mics, and congressional appreciation for a lifetime of achievement, to name a few.

    He was one of the most respected and dignified news anchormen in the industry. He worked with Cronkite, interviewed John Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and most famously, Lyndon Johnson, who clasped his large Texas hand over my dad’s microphone to muffle it after being asked a difficult question about the war in Viet Nam. Johnson then grinned at my father and muttered:

    “If you think I’m gonna answer that, you’re out of your f**king mind!”

    At that time he was dubbed the most “unbiased” newscaster by the Associated Press and the Los Angeles Times, truly living up to the phrase; “fair and balanced”.

    It all came to an abrupt end in August of 1990. He was called into the office of KABC’s president and general manager and was told he had one of two choices . . . retire or be fired. When asked why, his boss hinted that he was getting too old.

    My dad chose to go out with dignity. He retired on September 14, 1990, at the age of 69 (just 3 years older than Imus is now).

    I realize the circumstances surrounding Don Imus are dramatically different. While my father was fired due to his age, Don was removed due to his mouth. However, there are similarities. They were both pioneers, both on very popular programs, and both fired unjustly.

    My first question is, why wasn’t Don Imus given the opportunity to go out gracefully after such a remarkable career? Why didn’t CBS and NBC offer Don Imus a chance to resign? I think we know why . . .

    If sponsors such as GM, American Express, Sprint, and the like had not pulled their advertising dollars out of the equation, Don Imus would still be on the air. It’s as simple as that.

    Sure, the president and CEO of each of the networks, and others may claim it’s because of Al Roker’s article, or other employee outrage, but they’re not fooling anyone.

    I realize that Al Roker thinks he’s “something else” but the truth of the matter is, he is under contract with NBC, nothing more (despite his self-proclaimed belief that he is “America’s most loved weatherman”). To even suggest that he has “all mighty power and influence” over the networks is silly at best.

    There is only one thing that drives the networks, and that is ratings, which equals sponsors, which equals dollars. It was that way throughout my father’s career, and it will be that way until the sun explodes. Take away the dollars, and the “show” is worthless.

    The sad fact is, if the sponsors of the “Today” show suddenly pulled their advertising, Al Roker and the gang would be out on their ears before they could say “stormy weather.”

    Now, lets talk about the first amendment. I’ve heard it claimed recently that as long as your words are not hurtful, nor racial, then and only then, does freedom of speech apply.

    That’s not accurate. I believe a little clarification is in order. May I present, “The Bill of Rights” regarding free speech:

    ”Every freeman has an undoubted right to lay what sentiments he pleases before the public; to forbid this, is to destroy the freedom of the press: but if he publishes what is improper, mischievous, or illegal, he must take the consequences of his own temerity.”

    Notice, it does not say that you can not utter illegal or improper statements (if it did, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson would be in a heap of trouble). It merely states to be prepared for the consequences. Imus can say whatever he wants, but he has to pay the piper for his own impudence. The question is, should the consequences have been so severe? To those who say “yes,” I ask the following questions:

    “Was what Don Imus said illegal?”

    No. However distasteful, it was not illegal. If it were, the FCC would have filed charges. Therefore, on this count he should not have been fired.

    “Was it improper?”

    I believe it was, but many weren’t even fazed by it, so where do we draw the line? With that said, this isn’t sufficient grounds for his termination. The majority of Americans overwhelmingly feel that Imus was wrongfully terminated.

    “Was it mischievous?”

    Most certainly, but that is what he was, a mischievous character for nearly 40 years. He was hired to be outrageous, pushing the envelope at every given opportunity, and it is clear that this time he pushed a little too far. However, I believe his words did not have the spitefulness that is alleged.
    Yes, it was tacky, salty, and unacceptable, but it wasn’t meant to be vicious. There is a big difference.

    Don Imus probably has an excellent case for wrongful termination, but I’m sure that will all be settled with a very large sum, and out of court. I wonder if NBC and CBS can feel the ice cracking beneath their feet?

    I believe, most of all, what is being overlooked by those who choose their careers in broadcasting and public speaking, is living up to the responsibility of being on the air.

    From the moment you’re signaled that the world is listening to the instant the microphone is turned off, there is colossal accountability.

    Does that mean you can’t make mistakes? Nobody’s perfect. People will make mistakes, they will say things “off the cuff,” so to speak.

    However, to whom much is given, much is expected.

    It is my personal opinion that Don Imus (although unbelievably contentious over all these years) has lived up to the responsibilities of the airwaves more than anyone involved in this matter.

    Not only has he kept the first amendment kicking and screaming while so many “double-standard snakes” have tried to strike it dead, he has lived up to his liability by paying for his recent audacity, first with his livelihood, and then with a heartfelt apology to the members of Rutgers basketball team, which they formally accepted, I might add.

    What of Al Sharpton? Has he lived up to the responsibility for what he has said in the past? For the damage he has done? What about Jesse Jackson? If anything, they are the ones who have ill-used free speech, for they try to silence and censor what they do not approve.

    That leads me to Rosie O’Donnell. Has she taken her accountability seriously? She has blamed 9/11 on the government, with no proof of her accusations (other than trying to make us believe she has an engineering degree, as she explains how the buildings could not have collapsed without explosives). She has also blatantly insulted Asians with her despicable on air mimicking of their language. Why is she still allowed a platform?

    Because she’s a woman? Because she’s gay? Can you say, “Can’t touch this!”

    Also, I had to laugh when I heard people say Don Imus really wasn’t sorry, and the real reason he apologized was he was trying to save his job.

    Ah . . . he doesn’t need a job, folks. This is not some broke DJ, only on the air for three weeks.

    He has a 30 million dollar beach front home in Connecticut, a penthouse apartment with a 1,400 square foot balcony overlooking Central Park West, and a 4000 acre cattle ranch in New Mexico. Does that sound broke to you?

    The man has enough money to probably buy “Radio One” (the company that gives Al Sharpton his platform to spew sly and crafty racist points) and wouldn’t that be a chuckle! How I’d love to be a fly on the wall that day.

    Don Imus could care less about a “job.” What he cares about is that his career doesn’t end this way and he doesn’t go down as a bigot.

    Don Imus is anything but a bigot. A bigot would never have apologized for those words. A racist would have tried to justify what he said with further division, promoting more separation and more racism.

    Wait a minute . . . I just described Al Sharpton again.

    Perhaps above all, the following statements by Al Sharpton infuriated me the most. When asked about Imus’ philanthropist achievements, Sharpton said that was a separate issue, not to have any influence on the matter.

    It should not have any influence? Is it me, or is this an outright attempt to manipulate?

    He was then asked:

    “What do you think is really in Don Imus’ heart?”

    Al replied:

    “I don’t think it matters.”

    It doesn’t matter? Well, isn’t that convenient. Are these guys making this up as they go along, or what? What do you mean it doesn’t matter? Of course it matters! It matters to the very core of this issue!

    Tell me Reverend Sharpton, how do you separate a man’s character? Talk is cheap (he ought to know) and a man’s moral fiber is measured more by what he does than by what he says. (Of course, Sharpton and Jackson would have us believe otherwise, since they talk a lot about civil rights, but do little to defend them).

    Perhaps this article dated April 13, 2007 by black columnist Jason Whitlock says it best;

    “It’s time for Jesse and Al to step down. They’ve had 25 years to lead us. Other than their accountants, I’d be hard pressed to find someone who has benefited from their administration.”

    This same columnist voiced his opinion on national television that both Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson were “terrorists” that went around lighting human fires to line their own pockets.

    What they have achieved is questionable, especially in the black community, but what is clear is that they have profited by the demise of others. These men make a living off destroying other people and their careers. They dim the lights around them so they alone can shine. They are truly beings of darkness.

    History will show that they have achieved little more than division, discontent, anger, and yes . . . racism. They have concentrated on dividing this country, and the Imus affair is just the latest example of how they have driven a deeper wedge, leaving a legacy of contempt for generations to come.

    This world is a far lesser place due to their bigotry, and they should be the ones removed from public speaking . . . permanently! As a matter of fact, being the son of a well respected radio broadcaster, I have the right, and hereby call for both Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson to be banned from the airwaves, effective immediately.

    Al Sharpton has the gall to call for standards on the radio, when he consistently breaches the most fundamental standard of all . . . literacy!

    In the interview with Don Imus, Al Sharpton said:

    “Now, let me axe you this,”

    Then, he said it again with:

    “Why would you feel that we are out of order to axe that you step aside?”

    Axe? AXE??? What in the world is this man doing on the radio? The word is ASK, not AXE! If he can’t pronounce a simple word like “ask” then what gives him the right to be in front of a microphone in the first place?

    By the way, that sounds like a threat to me. Sharpton says he wants to axe him, does that mean he wants to chop Imus up into little pieces? If we can’t get him for assault, then perhaps we can prosecute him for slaughtering the English language!

    Furthermore, I demand that the church rebuke his doctrine. He is no reverend. He is no Christian! Sharpton’s a jackal who hides behind the cloth, and passes judgment while he himself is shrouded in unscrupulous behavior. He should be stripped of his title, and forever condemned as one of the greatest heretics of our time!

    I submit Don Imus not only has light years on Al’s lexis (and no, I don’t mean the sedan) but that he has done more for people, be them black, white, yellow, brown, child or adult, than either Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson, could ever hope to do.

    As for Don Imus, I believe this country, and this world, is a better place because he has lived, and I am thankful for all he’s done.

    You can silence Imus (in my opinion illegally) and with it my right to hear one of the most informative radio programs ever produced, but you can’t change his impact.

    It’s impossible to ignore the good this man has done, and you can’t say to me:

    “Well, sure he’s raised millions of dollars for charity, but that doesn’t mean he’s a good person.”

    HUH?

    Do I flush away all this man has done because of three words not even of his own design? I’m sorry, but that’s asking me to be blind to the truth, and I refuse to do so.

    I’m proud to say that no matter what, Sharpton and Jackson can’t take away all the informative education, perspective, and charity I have learned by listening to the “Imus in the Morning” program all these years.

    If some shallow minded, bigoted “Preachers” wish to place all I take with me, into the blurb of an asinine, and ill-mannered joke (uttered on live radio of all things) then so be it.

    Personally, I would like to thank Don and Deirdre Imus for their charity and hard work, along with Charles McCord, Bernard McGuirk, Lou Rufino, and all those that made up one of the funniest, talented, informative, diverse, and meaningful programs I have ever had the pleasure of listening to.

    I will miss your program almost as much as I miss my father’s.

    From the son of another great broadcaster . . . I thank you with all my heart.

    Sincerely,

    James (“Arthur”) Prince.

  15. Ethan  April 8, 2007 at 6:45 am

    So what? When is everyone going to realize that humor and sarcasm belongs to all of us? Why is it that some groups are given cart blanche to say and do whatever the feel, yet others are condemned for making the slightest of off-the-cuff remarks?

    Freedom of speech protects all speech, even speech we don’t agree with. The best way to treat bigots and fools is to ignore their rhetoric. Imus was obviously looking for a few cheap laughs and some ratings. So don’t give him either. That’s the best way in a free society to rebuke the idiots and racists.

    We might not like what he said, but he does have the right to say it. All speech is protected under the Bill of Rights. I wish those on the thin-skinned left would see that.

  16. Fest;us  April 8, 2007 at 7:31 am

    What Don said regarding the Rutgers womens basketball team is inexcusable. Comedy/satire on a live radio show is always potentially dangerous, particularly when you have talent like Don and his crew, who try to walk the line without crossing over. Again, it’s inexcusable, but I certainly would not advocate terminating the contract of the most talented radio show host I have ever heard, and one which we will likely never hear the likes of again.

  17. SnowCrash7  April 8, 2007 at 1:35 pm

    I agree with you Ethan. Too often the perpetually offended want to legislate based on subjective opinion. If it offends anyone it MUST be made illegal!! What nonsense. Seems to me that’s called fascism. Its perfectly fine for black comics to denigrate whites all day long, but don’t let the opposite happen. Has anyone SEEN the Rutgers female basketball team? Has anyone considered that what Imus said, while insensitive, just might be the truth??

  18. Mike Trimble  April 8, 2007 at 7:47 pm

    AMEN to that brother! I wish Don would chalange Al Sharpten to a UFC fight. I’ll take Imus all day long. Seriously though, get over it and move on. I was watching the day Imus said these things and I thought nothing of it. I think making fun of Mayor C. Ray Neagan is more racist than this. I don’t hear anything about that! So what if he offended a few black people. He offends everyone at some point, and he has the right to do so! Remember a guy named Larry Flynt? Don’t like it don’t listen!

  19. Hal Brown  April 8, 2007 at 8:59 am

    I often have Imus on MSNBC TV while I peruse the newspapers online in the morning, not because I’m anamoured of him, but because he has many interesting guests, often for as long as 20 minutes.

    While often amusing and occassionally hilarious, I sometimes just mentally tune out the talk when it becomes idiotic locker room banter between him and his inhouse homeboys. Imus does verge into egotistical blathering but is often put in his place by his motley crew. (And his decidely unmotely wife, Deidre, and his so-called female assistant whose name escapes me.)

    I don’t think Imus is a racist, but I do think he is something of a superannuated adolescent. This racially noxious interchange is pure white boy’s high school locker room.

    I wonder what regulars like Doris Kerns Goodman, Frank Rich, Tom Friedman and John Kerry think of this, and whether any of them will boycott the show.

    Here a partial list of people he still has on, quite incomplete since it is from 2003:

      Jonathan Alter, Senior Editor, Newsweek/
      Michael Beschloss, author/historian
      Bill Bradley, former Democratic U.S. Senator
      James Carville, Democratic political strategist
      Sen. Chris Dodd, (D) Connecticut
      Lou Dobbs, CNN, “Moneyline”
      Bob Dole, Former Senator (R) Bio
      Maureen Dowd, Columnist of The New York Time’s Op-Ed page
      Howard Fineman, Chief Politcial Correspondent, Newsweek
      Tom Friedman, New York Times OP-ED columnist
      Doris Kearns Goodwin, Presidential Historian
      Jeff Greenfield, CNN’s senior political analyst
      Rudy Giuliani, former NYC Mayor
      Gov. Mike Huckabee, (R) Arkansas
      Bob Kerrey, former Sen. (D) Nebraska
      Sen. John Kerry
      Jim Lehrer, PBS Anchor
      Sen. Joseph Lieberman
      Steve Martin, actor and author
      Chris Mathews
      Sen. John McCain
      Lisa Myers, Correspondent, NBC News
      Anna Quindlen, Columnist, NY Times/Author
      Dan Rather
      David Remnick, Editor, The New Yorker/Author
      Frank Rich, New York Times columnist
      Cokie Roberts, former co-anchor, ABC News’ This Week
      Tim Russett
      Bob Schieffer
      Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf
      Lesley Stahl, 60 Minutes
      George Stephanopoulos
      Nina Totenberg, Legal Affairs Correspondent, NPR
      Mike Wallace
      Barbara Walters
      Brian Williams
      Judy Woodruff

    Entire 2003 list

    For news junkies who like to have the television on in the morning, if haven’t checked it out, try C-SPAN’s Washington Journal. It’s a combination interview and call-in show. Today they have Nancy Youseff, the McClattchy Newspaper’s Pentagon correspondent talking about her experiences in Iraq.

  20. David Zukerman  April 12, 2007 at 10:55 am

    Omissions include “Richard Nixon,” and “Gen.Patton.”

    BTW — anyone hear from Tom Friedman or Howard Kurtz, on this?

  21. Sandy Price  April 8, 2007 at 9:21 am

    Don Imus is not a bigot! He is often full of himself in a macho way that can be interpreted in many ways. Let’s take a look at his latest accomplishments.

    He reacts to the actions of others (often in our government) when they ignore many of the problems found within our American children. He and Deidre went to work on the problems facing many Americans with Autistic children. He brought in many Senators and House members to get some legislation going to give help to the Autistic families in America.

    Imus himself runs a New Mexico ranch for kids with cancer. He brings in many children with diseases including SIDs and Sickle Cell Anemia and encourages them to keep striving for their desires of health. He gives these kids hope and when one dies, the Imus family always attends the funeral to show support for the parents.

    He raised over 12 million dollars for the Rehabilitation Hospital in San Antonio that was built by private money and flew down for grand opening. A racist? I don’t think so; anyone watching his promotion of Harold Ford for the Senate knows better than that. He has promoted many of Al Sharpton’s candidates. He and Deidre have financed and developed many items including Cleaning the Greening products that are being used in many children’s hospitals and now can be purchased by everyone with 100% of the money going to the Imus Ranch for kids with Cancer.

    The morning Imus read the news about building 18 at Walter Reed Hospital he literally exploded. He was back on duty getting as many member of congress to put pressure on President Bush to get off their lazy asses and do something about the disgraceful conditions of this mess.

    He gets pissed off in all the right places and the respect that the American people have for his actions will get the job done to fix the situation.

    He is a reader and has many authors on his show to discuss their books and that is my greatest interest. I sit through the insults by his macho crew and have to listen to country singers that are awful to my more classic taste but I would not trade the Imus in the Morning Show for anyone else.

  22. Mike Trimble  April 8, 2007 at 8:05 pm

    Sandy,

    This is exactly how I feel. I couldn’t have hired someone to sum up the whole Imus issue any better than you just did. I would love to post your comments on CNN! I have wondered about the whole racist thing since the comments were made, and I came to the same conclusion that yo did. Imus is not a racist! I have been watching Don for a couple of years and all I can say is what about Harold Ford Jr. from Tennessee? Isn’t he black? Doesn’t Imus love him? He was actually pissed because he thought Ford was defeated in his home state of Tennessee due to racisim.

  23. michael  April 9, 2007 at 3:33 am

    It’s interesting that people admire that Imus “Calls a spade a spade,” but themselves are to weakminded to do the same.

    What he did was not politically incorrect, nor was it satire.

    It doesn’t matter how many sick children he helps.

    It doesn’t matter if he’s environmentally friendly, attacks Bush daily, or saves coyotes with his bare hands.

    Those things have no logical relationship to the question of his attitudes towards Blacks.

    He has all these qualities? Great. In addition to all those attributes he is also a racist.

    If you like him, fine! Be proud! Be as brave as you say he is! Pronounce that yes, Don Imus is a racist, and by golly, I’m willing to overlook that!

    But don’t be a weenie about it. Don’t try to find some way around what he says – he’s been saying this stuff for years. Accept him and love him for what he is – an amusing, articulate, generous bigot. And recognize yourself as the sort of person who finds him entertaining and acceptable.

    Say it loud – He doesn’t like Blacks, and he’s proud!

  24. Kate  April 8, 2007 at 11:57 am

    There are bigots and then there are comments made to be funny not to attack anyone. Don Imus is not a biggot. But it is sad today when you can’t make any jokes without someone taking it over the top. I’m sorry but in my opinion there are not black americans, African Americans, Mexican Americans, Italian Americans, there are just Americans. And if you are not an American go back to where ever your home is. Stop making mountains out of mole hills and lighten up.

  25. Michael Cooper  April 8, 2007 at 1:07 pm

    He shouldn’t have said what he did. I just want to know what the”national association of white journalists” has to say!

  26. Sandy Price  April 8, 2007 at 2:50 pm

    Funny thing is we don’t need a National Association of white journalists!! The I-man calls his own wife the “green ho” and I’m the “desert ho.”

    Ho ho ho ho! it has a nice ring to it, no?

  27. Ardie  April 8, 2007 at 5:00 pm

    Has anyone followed Rush Limpball’s sewerage over the years? He makes Imus sounds like a Boy Scout who tried out his first cuss word on his mom. Before we get out the chain saw and go after Imus, let’s make sure Rush Limbaugh is cut to pieces, first.

  28. Ardie  April 8, 2007 at 5:07 pm

    Imus needs to invite all these women, mabye even the team, onto his show (great for ratings) apologize to each one (with a hug). Give each a gift and invite them to the Ranch.

  29. Pique  April 10, 2007 at 9:25 am

    Right on, Ardie! And add Ann Coulter to that, or for that matter, Al Sharpton. Both have said uncommonly repulsive and insulting things, both in print and on the air. Yet neither have illicited the reaction that Imus and his ill advised comment have. Sure, I find Imus’ remark repugnant, but I’ve found countless remarks by Limbaugh, Coulter, and Sharpton (among others of their ilk) equally as, or more so. So, lighten up and look at the positive contributions Imus makes to the world. Bless him out for this faux pas and move on.

  30. Sandy Price  April 8, 2007 at 5:40 pm

    The ranch is not for guests of the I-man. His tax status does not allow for guests, just sick kids. Imus made a sincere apology to the ladies and there is no need to have him fired. He is the show and has been responsible for many writers and country singers to make the top ten charts for many years. He is a registered Republican but will promote and vote for the best candidate which I find refreshing.

  31. SEAL  April 8, 2007 at 7:27 pm

    Speach should be free- period. If you don’t like what’s said, don’t listen or change the station. Making offensive racial comments is not the problem. The problem is the promotion of racism by those, such as Jesse Jackson , Al Sharpton and others who have made a career of it. These people have soiled the legacy of the Rev. King who was above such nonsense, instead, demanding equal rights. He didn’t demand that you like him or even respect him, just treat him as an equal. Call me what you want but Wops, Krauts, Micks, Kikes, Spics, and Niggers should all have the same opportunity.

    Todays Race “champions” are only creating the excuse in the minds of their respective races that they cannot succeed in society because they are black or brown or look funny or have an accent, etc. so, “why should I try?” African American or Hispanic American is not an identity, it’s an excuse. They should stop promoting failure and just be Americans. Those who do are not sell-outs, “Uncle Toms,” or whatever, they succeed by accepting and learning to deal with the reality.

    I’m a Native American and the only time I have ever used that was when it was required on a form. True, I never liked being called “chief” but I never took issue with it. People don’t understand the importance of that title among our people. So, I just became a Navy Chief Petty Officer to make it official LOL. But my crew continued to call me chief even when I was a Captain. So what? They also called me “sir.” The point is, the respect was there because I “earned it.” Being an Indian sure as hell didn’t stop me.

  32. Mike Trimble  April 8, 2007 at 8:16 pm

    They are some pretty rough looking characters. No matter what color they are!

  33. D White Man  April 10, 2007 at 3:05 pm

    its Rednecks like you that just cant seem to get past the 50’s era that your mama was a part of.

  34. trippin  April 8, 2007 at 8:22 pm

    Like so many others today, the man makes his living by being an a**hole. If he, Stern, Coulter, Hannity, Limbaugh, O’Reilly, and the rest of these people vanished off the face of the Earth in one mighty flash, I wouldn’t miss them for a second.

  35. Robert james  April 10, 2007 at 3:22 pm

    I bet you have always wanted to be a member of the KKK and live in western MD. I got a better on birds of a feather seem to flock together. The next time you need to spell the word challenge write this down “Challenge” not chalange

    P.S Lets talk about the facts, had those girls not been playing at Rutgers that team of zero atheletic white girls would not have even made it to the NCAA tournament(Period)

  36. Charles  April 11, 2007 at 7:06 pm

    The only “spade” you should be worring about is the one digging the grave of ignorance around you and your kind. One by one you (racist illiterates) will all succumb in the inevitable “browning” of America. God Bless America.

  37. Charles  April 11, 2007 at 7:15 pm

    Spade is a derrogatory code word to insult black people. He knew what he was saying when he said it.

  38. Charles  April 11, 2007 at 7:15 pm

    Spade is a derrogatory code word to insult black people. He knew what he was saying when he said it.

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