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NBC Suspends Imus

I have been ignoring this story all day, but finally decided to post a few links. Evidently, Don Imus said some tacky (crude, nasty, and/or racist?) things last week about the members of a women's college basketball team. Al Sharpton complained. (What else is new?) Don Imus went on air with Sharpton to talk about it. Now NBC has decided to suspend their MSNBC simulcast of the Imus show for two weeks. Others have the specifics and some pretty good commentary/analysis as well. I might post some comments later after I stop laughing at the thought of Al Sharpton criticizing someone for making a stupid racist comment. I wonder where the two weeks came from? Is that the standard cooling off/punishment period for those making insulting comments?


Bryan at Hot Air has video and captures my thoughts exactly.

Go-to guy to apologize for making racist comments. What a world. Don Imus may well be and probably is a bigot, but Rev. Al Sharpton is worse no matter how you look at the situation. But now he gets to be Imus' judge and jury. What a world.


Wyatt Earp
had one of my favorite lines, "Can we please stop calling Al Sharpton "Reverend?" Most Reverends I know aren't race-baiting, money-hungry a-holes."

Aaron at Lifelike Pundits has a response unlike any other I have seen.

Captain Ed thinks the two week suspension is appropriate. I think that if the most recent Imus comment is worthy of a two week suspension, what about all the other racially insensitive comments that have been made on the Imus show for all the years he has been on the air. I rarely ever listen anymore, but when I had a 45 minute commute into work I used to listen regularly and comments at least as offensive as the recent one were a regular occurrence. Don Imus did not make them himself, but others on the show (or in the pre-taped segments) did. Is NBC only listening to what is said on the show now that Al Sharpton is complaining?

Update: Sister Toldjah has a Sharpton flashback.

For more from Sister Toldjah, along with John Hawkins and Michael Illions, be sure to listen to the blogger podcast they did this weekend.

Update II: La Shawn Barber has a column at Townhall today about "Seattle Public Schools' race-obsessed, guilt-tripping, finger-pointing bureaucrats."

Update III:
I don't know who regularly appears on Imus lately, but I know I used to hear John McCain, David Gregory, John Kerry, Doris Kearns-Goodwin, and Tim Russert on the show quite frequently. Russert and Imus seemed particularly chummy. Does this mean that all those people are going to have to account for their frequent appearances on a show where racist comments and comedy sketches are part of the program? I am sure they will all just play along with NBC as if the most recent comments were something new, some unfortunate aberration, which they were definitely not.

Update IV: Pat Dollard provides a Sesame Street visual.

Update V: More from Betsy Newmark and the best roundup I have seen so far at The Moderate Voice.


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Listed below are links to weblogs that reference NBC Suspends Imus:

» The Crimson Blog linked with No Cries of Censorship Now

» Stuck On Stupid linked with Don "Stepn Fetchit" Imus

» Unpartisan.com Political News and Blog Aggregator linked with Imus set for Sharpton's radio show

» Cest Moi Political Blog linked with Our Culture Of Pre-Packaged Apologies

Comments (35)

the irony of this is the ph... (Below threshold)
jp:

the irony of this is the phrase he used, "nappy headed hos", wasn't a phrase Imus came up with on his on. It comes from rap/ghetto culture...

And on Fox News today, ther... (Below threshold)
Old Coot:

And on Fox News today, there was Jesse "Hymietown" Jackson oozing hypocrisy on this subject and no one challenged his credentials to comment about a fellow bigot.

Thank you for the link, Lor... (Below threshold)

Thank you for the link, Lorie!

What a farce - Imus should ... (Below threshold)

What a farce - Imus should get the full Trent Lott treatment.

Imus is a piece of crap. Ne... (Below threshold)
cubanbob:

Imus is a piece of crap. Nevertheless Imus should only have apologized to Sharpton when Sharpton is strapped in to an electric chair just prior to his execution for his involvement in the deaths at Freddy's Mart.

Why are you guys paying so ... (Below threshold)
BarneyG2000:

Why are you guys paying so much attention to Sharpton? He is not be-all-end-all to this story?

What Imus said is about as bad as it gets. You really have to listen to the simulcast to get the full flavor.

I don't like seeing people loose their job's over saying something stupid that they regret and truly apologize for. It is not as if he pulled a Coulter!

As I point out <a href="htt... (Below threshold)
John:

As I point out here nobody on the left is crying censorship. Compare this with the incessant and nonstop claims of the Dixie Chicks' censorship over their Bush bashing comments. One thing this brouhaha does is serve to illustrate exactly how disingenuous the liberals were when they were so loudly proclaiming the Chicks had been censored. If the left was really being consistent on what they thought "censorship" was, they'd be out supporting Imus and demanding he get reinstated immediately.

(preemptive strike on the lefty trolls - the one thing I do not claim in the above statement is that Imus was censored)

...or a Sharpton or a Jacks... (Below threshold)
MikeSC:

...or a Sharpton or a Jackson.
-=Mike

Well, isn't that the pot ca... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

Well, isn't that the pot calling the kettle black?

Oh...

Well, isn't that the pot ca... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

Well, isn't that the pot calling the kettle black?

Oh...

Why are you guys paying ... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

Why are you guys paying so much attention to Sharpton?

Fair question Barney. Because, while Imus did wrong, to have Al Sharpton complain about it is the ultimate in hypocracy. Have you not been following here? Sharpton has refined race-baiting to an art, second only to Jesse Jackson and Louis Farakhan.

"One thing this brouhaha... (Below threshold)
Steigen:

"One thing this brouhaha does is serve to illustrate exactly how disingenuous the liberals were when they were so loudly proclaiming the Chicks had been censored."

Good grief! What Natalie Maines said was something like, "'m I aashamed that George Bush comes from the state of Texas."

While you may not like the comment, it hardly reaches the allegation of Bush-bashing. Her remark doesn't even come close to racist prejudice or any other sort of prejudice.

The very fact that so many Wizzers are more upset with the Sharpton linkage to the Imus affair than they are disturbed by the Imus bigotry says volumes about whether distaste for racism is truly absent from the right's deeper inclinations.

Once again, Sharpton adroit... (Below threshold)
BorgQueen:

Once again, Sharpton adroitly demonstrates that racism is a one-way street.

Hey Steigen, nowhere in my ... (Below threshold)
John:

Hey Steigen, nowhere in my post did I mention Sharpton at all.

My point was a larger one. The left, back when the Dixie Chicks were pulled off of many Country Music Stations, were hollering censorship at the top of their lungs.

In reality is that then, as well as now, neither was anything even approaching censorship. It was quite simply a corporate entity deciding who it wanted to represent them on the airways.

However, if the left were to truly be consistent with the statements they made about the Chicks, they would be agitating for Imus to be reinstated and tomorrow. After all, according to their standard (being removed from the radio for making politically unpopular and controversial (and quite frankly idiotic) statements) Imus is clearly being censored.

Imus In the Morning has bee... (Below threshold)

Imus In the Morning has been featuring "racist" and "homophobic" humor routinely for years, with nary a peep from anyone.

Ever hear Bernie McGuirk's imitation of Mayor Magin?

Rob Bartlett's parody of Mike Tyson?

Whats-His-Name's parody of David Guest or other flaming gay characters?

How about the black Beetles take off, "Beat the Meetles?" (hilarious, by the way. I will send the MP3 to anyone who requests it)

So why hasn't Sharpton said something about this locker room - frathouse stuff before?

Millions of his listeners probably find a lot of the stuff is crude and tasteless -- and they tune in every morning for more of it.

Imus can be a real asshole.... (Below threshold)
drjohn:

Imus can be a real asshole. He insults just about everyone with a suffocating self-righteousness.

That said, Imus' rantings haven't resulted in someone being killed, as happened with Al.

And that's before we talk about Tawana.

John.. delete your post, it... (Below threshold)
Ran:

John.. delete your post, it makes wayyyy too much sense for the Trolls.

Yes it was something stupid... (Below threshold)
narciso:

Yes it was something stupid; frankly Bernie put him up to it, but seriously let's move on (Hey
that sounds familiar) Bernie trafficks in Anti-Catholicism,'Cardinal O'Connor, then there's the
anti-Nagin and other statements. but he does all the liberal stances, raises th kid as vegan, traffics in the mercury causes autism fraud, wish
Elian would return to his father (didn't figure
this meant the Castro regime) calls Cheney are
war criminal. But Sharpton, he's a horse of a . .scratch that. He's Al Sadr. without the AKs and the RPGs. His 'career' started with Tawana Brawley fraud, then Freddie's Fashion Mart boycott and harassment, which led to actual deaths. In the interim, he allied himself with
Freddie Newman's anti-semitic, anti-American
New Alliance movement, and earned way to many
votes than he deserved in the Mayoral and Senatorial race. Then there's Edward "McClown"
Olberman, whose ignorance about the world is
truly frightening; who did the snobby thing of
not deigning to have been on Imus since 1998
(right around the time of his mental breakdown)
. The two token Republican Bobbsy twins, Carlson
ans Scarborough, whose shows have become a perennial booking site for Soros' apparatchiks
at CAP, Air America, et al With all the real issues we have to deal with; Iran moving toward the nuke, With the surge going on in Iraq, immigration, any of other issues; and we've

Mullah Cimoc say not free p... (Below threshold)
mullah cimoc:

Mullah Cimoc say not free press in usa. so control media in usa, like stalin time.

please google: mighty wurlitzer +cia

"Update III: I don't know w... (Below threshold)
SuperFetus!:

"Update III: I don't know who regularly appears on Imus lately, but I know I used to hear John McCain, David Gregory, John Kerry, Doris Kearns-Goodwin, and Tim Russert on the show quite frequently. Russert and Imus seemed particularly chummy. Does this mean that all those people are going to have to account for their frequent appearances on a show where racist comments and comedy sketches are part of the program? I am sure they will all just play along with NBC as if the most recent comments were something new, some unfortunate aberration, which they were definitely not."

Nice rip-off from Phil Mushnick..


I am just wondering what Ru... (Below threshold)
Lorie Byrd:

I am just wondering what Russert and Gregory and other NBC journalists are going to say about this. They know this is not anything new for the Imus show.

See a tongue-in-cheek visua... (Below threshold)

See a tongue-in-cheek visual of Imus and his newfound buddy, Michael Richards, hanging out and counting sheep...here:

www.thoughttheater.com

Add to the list of regulars... (Below threshold)

Add to the list of regulars three more Democratic candidates for President - Chris Dodd, Joe Biden and Bill Richardson.

Bob Dole has appeared in the past, as has Dick Cheney.

And that paragon of journalistic virtue, Mike Barnicle.

NBC has no room for a Repub... (Below threshold)
drjohn:

NBC has no room for a Republican on a panel commenting on Imus this morning. Jesse Jackson and James Carville fit, but nary a right winger. During his protest, Jackson naturally carried and displayed his Rainbow placard.

Imus cannot say anything other than "I am a good person." I wonder if he really believes it.

The Today show on PMSNBC also was describing Imus, saying that Imus' show often came up to and often crossed the line. So who was on the screen when that comment was made?

George H. W. Bush.

God I hate the media.

The Dixie Chicks made their... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

The Dixie Chicks made their famous comment on foreign soil. The radio stations and MSM repeated them. The listeners decided to not buy their records. The free market decided how it would play out. I do not care for Imus or most his guests but I would say the FREE market should decide. The dimmers are so hypocritical but it borders on psyco/social dysfunction. Boycott Fox News, Fire Imus, Keep Coulter off the air waves, get rid of Trent Lott, wow, the dimmers are such champions of free speech. Sad and pathetic. ww

A 2-week suspension for wor... (Below threshold)
J.R.:

A 2-week suspension for words that would be considered tame by most rap artists considering the words found in most of the lyrics nowadays. Of course, it's all about context and who is saying those words that makes this such a big deal.

Not surprised by Sharpton and Jackson joing the fray, they need to make money right?

I also addressed the unfair... (Below threshold)

I also addressed the unfair attacks on Don Imus for his silly little shock jock humor in your post about the assault on press freedom as well, Lorie.

I'm outraged that political correctness, as dictated by that controversial rascal Al Sharpton is once again deciding how much of the First Amendment is being allowed in America. Shock jocks like Imus are no good without their edge.

Howard Stern, Larry Flynt, and other controversial personalties are funny to many of their fans because of their sheer outrageousness. Don Imus, has managed to stay both edgy as well as respectable enough to attract great guests such as major politicians and other figures. It shouldn't be up Al Sharpton to spoil the excellent 40 year broadcasting of Don Imus because of a silly little comment clearly said in fun and with no ill will against the girls basketball team. Imus is a very good man and doesn't deserve his shabby treatment or two week suspension from the airwaves.

Excellent 40 years? "d... (Below threshold)
Rob LA Ca.:

Excellent 40 years? "doesn't deserve his shabby treatment" Certainly not, after his shabby treatment of others for 40 years. Hey uh , pass the blunt man, puff puff give.

Imus' only crime was lettin... (Below threshold)
jerseychris:

Imus' only crime was letting the Al Sharpton genie out of the bottle by apologizing. I think he was wrong to say the the Rutgers team look like hos though.....they look more like gangstas to me.

I guess a 2 week suspension... (Below threshold)
914:

I guess a 2 week suspension is the going rate racially incorrect speech?

Unless Your Jimmy the Greek in which case its career ending.

I guess a 2 week suspens... (Below threshold)
drjohn:

I guess a 2 week suspension is the going rate racially incorrect speech?

It is normally followed by some admission of addiction and entry into a rehab center.

What does sharpton have to ... (Below threshold)
jeff:

What does sharpton have to do what imus said? They are both racist pieces of garbage. One of my all time imus racist quotes was when he was talking about venus and serena williams and he said that they should be on the cover of national geographic as opposed to sports mags.

Language and hypocricy can ... (Below threshold)
Tim:

Language and hypocricy can certainly stir the pot. I wonder what the colored people at the National Assoc for the Advancement of Colored People have to say about all this. What do other colored people in general have to say? One can only hope the young negro girls get some scholorship money from all this.

Woops ... Did that sound racist? How could it possibly sound racist when those are legitimate negro organizations?

Clear Channel, the largest ... (Below threshold)
schabadoo:

Clear Channel, the largest owner of radio stations, banned them.

Making you completely wrong.


"The Dixie Chicks made their famous comment on foreign soil. The radio stations and MSM repeated them. The listeners decided to not buy their records. The free market decided how it would play out."

If you didn't list to Imus ... (Below threshold)
Paul:

If you didn't list to Imus regularly, you didn't understand. The sad part is now there are no truly logically, pragmatic and honestic voices monitoring the media and political landscape. NBC & CBS did what they had to do financially. I run a small ad agency. We're pulling any media buy we can from NBC. It will amount to about the cost of a weeks worth of Starbucks but its my little way of giving NBC the finger.




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