The selection of a sculptor from the People’s Republic of China to carve the image of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in Chinese granite for his memorial on the National Mall has some black artists and others outraged.
“They’ve selected a Chinese sculptor from Communist China to do it,” said Morris Howard, 48, an oil painter in Memphis, Tenn. “There’s a lot of dissatisfaction with that.”
MSBC fired Don Imus Wednesday, saying it would no longer simulcast his morning radio show because of his racial and sexual insults to the women’s basketball team of Rutgers University.
The Imus incident is not about black or female but about green.
The issue here is money, ratings, controversy and fame. When money is involved, corporate media rarely deliver proper responses. Why should anyone expect that it in this case?
I’ll leave it to greater (and lesser) minds to decide whether radio shock jock Don Imus should be fired for referring to the Rutgers University women’s basketball team as “nappy headed hos” on his show last week because they lost the national championship game to Tennessee. He has since called his comments a “stupid, idiotic mistake.”
Five years ago, Opie & Anthony were booted from the nationâ€™s airwaves for a stunt where listeners had sex in St. Patrickâ€™s Cathedral. On Tuesday morning, the shock jocks were back on the air, riffing on Don Imusâ€™ â€œnappy-headed hosâ€ fiasco.
The latest collision of outrageous radio and outraged listeners is business as usual for morning radio, where jocks walking the line between bad taste and big ratings continually reinvent the art of self-destruction.
Staples Inc. and Procter & Gamble Co. have pulled their advertising from Don Imus’ radio show in the wake of the furor caused by his comments about the Rutgers women’s basketball team (left).
The two companies on Tuesday added to the fallout that began when the now-suspended radio show host called the players “nappy-headed hos” on his April 4 show.
Last week, Sen. John McCain staged a truly Orwellian publicity stunt in a Baghdad market. In a desperate attempt to give some sliver of credence to claims that the dreaded “liberal media” are failing to report on all the wonderful things happening in Iraq, McCain took a brief walk outside the American-maintained fortress that is Baghdad’s Green Zone.
By DAVID BAUDER
CBS Radio and MSNBC both said they were suspending Don Imus’ morning talk show for two weeks following his reference last week to members of the Rutgers women’s basketball team as “nappy-headed hos.”
The suspension begins next Monday.
By HOPE YEN
Joining a growing list of Republicans, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Sunday that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales should consider resigning. The possible presidential candidate said the botched firing of U.S. attorneys has destroyed Gonzales’ credibility as the nation’s top law enforcer.
Unimpressed 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.
American Troops on Patrol in Baghdad (AP)
By DALE McFEATTERS
Pre-war assertions by top Bush administration officials that there was substantive cooperation between Iraq and al Qaeda were at best a stretch and at worst flat wrong, according to a report by the Pentagon inspector general’s office. The complete report was released this past week by the Senate Armed Services Committee.