IMUS’s racism & sexism “in the morning” on the airwaves

So this was what he said….btw…this clip was put together by media matters for you tube and at the end of it they included another example…this time homophobic “you always fag out on me” is this a common phrase these days in the media?
is it time to say enough is enough?

and this was his “apology” Is that enough for you?

check out what others have to say about it…
http://www.now.org
http://www.naacp.org

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  1. From Think Progress…

    Wed, Apr 11, 2007 6:46pm EST
    Imus Cancellation: Statement from Media Matters
    Cancellation Sparked by Racist Comments First Posted by Media Matters

    Washington, DC – This evening, David Brock, President and CEO of Media Matters for America released the following statement regarding the decision of NBC News to cancel MSNBC’s simulcast of Imus in the Morning.

    “By canceling their simulcast of Don Imus on MSNBC, the National Broadcasting Company has finally done the right thing. We hope CBS Radio will again follow NBC’s lead.

    More and more Americans are coming to understand the damage done by major news organizations providing a platform for bigoted commentary and other conservative misinformation, and they are demanding change. MSNBC’s decision is an important step in the right direction.

    This decision sends a clear message to other networks, journalists and media personalities that bigotry and hate speech have no place on America’s airwaves.

    The cable networks would be well advised to think twice about their broadcasting decisions in the future. It is our hope that this will open a larger dialogue on the overall tone of the media today.”

  2. Don Imus loses CBS job in stunning fall

    By DAVID BAUDER, AP Television Writer 2 minutes ago

    NEW YORK – Don Imus’s wife sat in for him on a radio fundraiser Friday, a day after CBS fired him for racist remarks about the Rutgers women’s basketball team, and she praised the players as “beautiful and courageous.”
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    Deirdre Imus briefly described the couple’s meeting with team members Thursday night, after more than a week of uproar over her husband’s on-air description of team members as “nappy-headed hos.”

    “They gave us the opportunity to listen to what they had to say and why they’re hurting and how awful this is. And I have to say that these women are unbelievably courageous and beautiful women,” Deirdre Imus said as she co-hosted the fundraiser. It had been scheduled for her husband’s show Friday long before his remarks set off a national debate about taste and tolerance.

    CBS abruptly fired Imus on Thursday from the radio show that he has hosted for nearly 30 years; the decision came a day after MSNBC said it would no longer televise the show.

    “He has flourished in a culture that permits a certain level of objectionable expression that hurts and demeans a wide range of people,” said CBS Corp. chief executive Leslie Moonves in a memo to his staff. “In taking him off the air, I believe we take an important and necessary step not just in solving a unique problem, but in changing that culture, which extends far beyond the walls of our company.”

    Imus made the remark on April 11, the day after the Rutgers team lost in the national championship game. He met with team members for about three hours at the governor’s mansion in Princeton, N.J. Thursday night, but left without commenting to reporters.

    C. Vivian Stringer, the team’s coach, spoke briefly on the mansion’s steps.

    “We had a very productive meeting,” she said. “We were able to really dialogue. … Hopefully, we can put all of this behind us.”

    She did not say if the team forgave him for the remarks.

    For Imus’ critics, his recent remarks were the latest in a line of objectionable statements by the ringmaster of a show that mixed high-minded talk about politics and culture with crude, locker-room humor.

    Imus apologized, and tried to explain himself before the Rev.
    Al Sharpton’s radio audience, appearing alternately contrite and combative. But many of his advertisers bailed in disgust, particularly after the Rutgers women spoke of their hurt.

    “He says he wants to be forgiven,” Sharpton said. “I hope he continues in that process. But we cannot afford a precedent established that the airways can commercialize and mainstream sexism and racism.”

    MSNBC and CBS suspended Imus for two weeks, and the heat only grew. He was then fired so swiftly that he had to awkwardly do his last show from an MSNBC studio — even though MSNBC wasn’t televising it — then was cut loose in the middle of an annual two-day radiothon to raise money for children’s charities. Imus’ wife, Deirdre, and his longtime sidekick Charles McCord were called in to sub for him Friday.

    Some Imus fans considered his punishment harsh.

    “I’m embarrassed by this company,” said WFAN DJ Mike Francesa, whose sports show with partner Chris Russo is considered a likely successor to Imus in the morning. “I’m embarrassed by their decision. It shows, really, the worst lack of taste I’ve ever seen.”

    The cantankerous Imus, once named one of the 25 Most Influential People in America by Time magazine and a member of the National Broadcasters Hall of Fame, was one of radio’s original shock jocks. His career took flight in the 1970s and with a cocaine- and vodka-fueled outrageous humor. After sobering up, he settled into a mix of highbrow talk about politics and culture, with locker room humor sprinkled in.

    He issued repeated apologies as protests intensified. But it wasn’t enough as everyone from
    Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama (news, bio, voting record) to
    Oprah Winfrey joined the criticism.

    Losing Imus will be a financial hit to CBS Radio, which also suffered when Howard Stern departed for satellite radio. The program earns about $15 million in annual revenue for CBS, which owns Imus’ home radio station WFAN-AM and manages Westwood One, the company that syndicates the show nationally WFAN.

    The radiothon had raised more than $1.3 million Thursday before Imus learned that he had lost his job. The annual event has raised more than $40 million since 1990.

    “This may be our last radiothon, so we need to raise about $100 million,” Imus cracked at the start of the event.

    Volunteers were getting about 200 more pledges per hour Thursday than they did last year, with most callers expressing support for Imus, said phone bank supervisor Tony Gonzalez. The event benefited Tomorrows Children’s Fund, the CJ Foundation for SIDS and the Imus Ranch.

    Imus’ troubles have also affected his wife, whose book “Green This!” came out this week. Her promotional tour has been called off “because of the enormous pressure that Deirdre and her family are under,” said Simon & Schuster publicist Victoria Meyer.

    ___

    Associated Press writers Rebecca Santana, Karen Matthews, Warren Levinson, Seth Sutel, Tara Burghart, Colleen Long and Hillel Italie contributed to this report.

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