FUBAR

CBS pulls the plug on Imus

041207imus.jpgDon Imus’ racist remarks got him fired by CBS on Thursday, the finale to a stunning fall for one of the nation’s most prominent broadcasters.

Imus was initially suspended for two weeks after he called the Rutgers women’s basketball team “nappy-headed hos” on the air last week. But outrage kept growing and advertisers kept bolting from his CBS radio show and its MSNBC simulcast, which was canceled Wednesday.

Is King memorial debate a race issue?

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.”

MSNBC fires Don Imus

040907imus.jpgMSBC 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.

It’s all about the money

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.”

Shock jocks: A long history of crossing the line

Five years ago, Opie & Anthony were booted from the nation’s airwaves for a stunt where listeners had sex in St. Patrick’s Cathedral. On Tuesday morning, the shock jocks were back on the air, riffing on Don Imus’ “nappy-headed hos” 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.

Advertisers bail on Imus

041107imus.jpgStaples 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.

When people die, photo ops fail

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.

Imus suspended for two weeks

By DAVID BAUDER

040907imus.jpgCBS 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.

Gingrich says Gonzales should quit

By HOPE YEN

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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.

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.