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CBS Fires Don Imus

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AP and Rueters are reporting that CBS Radio has fired Don Imus.

With sponsors and guest fleeing in droves the snowball effect made the decision pretty easy for CBS President and Chief Executive Officer Leslie Moonves. The termination is effective immediately.

Via David Brock's liberal media watchdog group Media Matters comes the transcript of the remarks which ended Imus' broadcasting career.

IMUS: So, I watched the basketball game last night between -- a little bit of Rutgers and Tennessee, the women's final.


ROSENBERG: Yeah, Tennessee won last night -- seventh championship for [Tennessee coach] Pat Summitt, I-Man. They beat Rutgers by 13 points.

IMUS: That's some rough girls from Rutgers. Man, they got tattoos and --

McGUIRK: Some hard-core hos.

IMUS: That's some nappy-headed hos there. I'm gonna tell you that now, man, that's some -- woo. And the girls from Tennessee, they all look cute, you know, so, like -- kinda like -- I don't know.

McGUIRK: A Spike Lee thing.

IMUS: Yeah.

McGUIRK: The Jigaboos vs. the Wannabes -- that movie that he had.

IMUS: Yeah, it was a tough --

McCORD: Do The Right Thing.

McGUIRK: Yeah, yeah, yeah.

IMUS: I don't know if I'd have wanted to beat Rutgers or not, but they did, right?

ROSENBERG: It was a tough watch. The more I look at Rutgers, they look exactly like the Toronto Raptors.

IMUS: Well, I guess, yeah.

RUFFINO: Only tougher.

McGUIRK: The [Memphis] Grizzlies would be more appropriate.

The irony is that as cantankerous and unpredictable as Imus was he was fairly solidly on the left politically...


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Wow. Just goes to show the... (Below threshold)
J.R.:

Wow. Just goes to show there are consequences for your speech. He had the right to say it, but he has to suffer the results.

Needless to say, I think this is a gross over-reaction to words spoken that are lifted from inner-city culture and used in the context of shock jock radio. That doesn't make it right or does it mean I am defending Imus (, lee). I feel that this is more a result of who was saying those words (a white male) vs. what he was saying.

I have mixed feelings about... (Below threshold)
spypeach:

I have mixed feelings about this; Imus is a dumbass and deserves some grief. But is this punishment only reserved for white people who say bad things about black people, or are they going to go after everyone equally? And what kind of precedent does this set? Who gets to decide what's acceptable to say on the radio, or for that matter anywhere including the internet? Normally I would say let the people decide, if they are really offended they will let the advertisers know and then the almighty dollar decides who stays and who goes. In this case I really don't think there was enough time to for the advertisers to really gauge that. And, as far as Jackson and Sharpton are concerned, shouldn't they be held accountable for their racists remarks too?
So many questions, not enough Vodka.

Someone need to do an etymo... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

Someone need to do an etymology study of the word "ho". I do note believe it originated in "white" culture.

Since the rev "hymie" Jacks... (Below threshold)
914:

Since the rev "hymie" Jackson is a died in the wool race baitin oppurtunist..and Shopton is a drug dealing pimp..the answer is an unequivacoble no way!

Race + sports = third rail<... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

Race + sports = third rail

(along those same lines, father-son baseball is never to made light of... NEVER!)

Talk about overreaction. I... (Below threshold)
mj9977:

Talk about overreaction. I am shocked! I am not a big Imus fan (I only started listening after Howard Stern moved to satellite) however I understand comedy. His words were insulting but I have heard much worse on the radio. I really hope Imus gets a much better gig as I really think there will be outrage over his firing.

spypeach,Of course J... (Below threshold)
Dave:

spypeach,
Of course Jackson and Sharpton are the final arbitors of who gets to say what and about who. Minorites cannot be racists because they don't have the power to enforce it! Imus was using the full force of his white power to hold back the athletes at rutgers. Obviously he wasn't just being a blithering idiot saying dumb things like he has been doing and has been allowed to do for years. Of course thats not the case.

*feel the sarcasm*

My God! is that Imus or Joh... (Below threshold)
914:

My God! is that Imus or John Kerry with a dew rag around His hymie neck?

Where's the outrage over th... (Below threshold)
BillyBob:

Where's the outrage over that plagiarizing ho Katie Couric?

Katie must be fired! Out, Out I say.

We demand justice. Fire the straight haired plagiarizing ho!

Does Imus now have a winner... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

Does Imus now have a winner in a multi-billion dollar lawsuit against CBS? Based on past lawsuits and awards by juries the law firms are peobably lined around the block.

So people's feelings being ... (Below threshold)
Unreal:

So people's feelings being hurt is more important than free speech. But only if it's a white guy. Why did no one carry the story of the black dude on C-span who called for the extermination of the white race? I realize c-span wasn't employing the dude, but the story itself never even made mainstream media. The double standards are simply disgusting.

I am a little sleepy weepy ... (Below threshold)
VagaBond:

I am a little sleepy weepy so I'm going to take a nappy wappy.

Adj. 1. nappy - in small tight curls
frizzly, frizzy, kinky, crisp
curly - (of hair) having curls or waves; "they envied her naturally curly hair"

much ado about nothing....

Where does it end? So Imus... (Below threshold)
Garion:

Where does it end? So Imus is fired now... Is that enough for people? What if another station hires him? Will people run him off that station too? Will people follow Imus the rest of his life to ensure he has no success, peace, or happiness? All because of a stupid mistake? Meanwhile prisoners who have committed violent crimes who get out of jail have advocates for their humane and equal treatment, to ensure they get a chance for employment and places to live. Our society is soooo messed up.

What a crock. You would th... (Below threshold)
JohnJ:

What a crock. You would think Imus pulled a Michael Richards. Nappy hair ho. B Ball players with tramp stamps. I wonder if that would have got him fired as well.

It is the race trap...It ge... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

It is the race trap...It gets opinionated white commentators time and time again who make badly timed jokes, while Academy Award nominations go to Spike Lee and an Oscar for best song of 2007 to 'It's hard out here for a pimp" with its explicit lyrics about 'hos and bitches' in the guise of entertainment, lyrics that wowed Hollywood and make Imus comments almost look pale.

So He comments on a buncha ... (Below threshold)
914:

So He comments on a buncha masculine femme fatales??

So what?

Jackson: pass Me another hy... (Below threshold)
914:

Jackson: pass Me another hymikken bro!

Shopton: Thats heinyken bro!

Shoptun: Now how do We get that cracker Limbau??

bryanD[eluional]<e... (Below threshold)
marc:

bryanD[eluional]

along those same lines, father-son baseball is never to made light of... NEVER!)

They don't have time to make fun of it. They're all too busy beatin' the hell out of another father, the kid that was the starting pitcher before his kid or... OMG a GIRL(!!!!) is in the starting lineup.

I personally don't like Imu... (Below threshold)

I personally don't like Imus and rarely listen to him. But I think Scrapiron has a point, and if I remember from yesterday's show (or Tuesday's)Imus mentioned that he would not go quietly if fired.

Is CBS still in the recording business? Do they produce any rap with similar language? Does CBS own any stations that play this kind of music?

I predict a very quiet and very large financial settlement between Imus and his employer.

Race Pimp Ho Sharpton and H... (Below threshold)
BillyBob:

Race Pimp Ho Sharpton and Huckster "Love Baby" Jackson are crowing about this, but it will be Imus who laugh all the way to bank muttering "Nappy Haired MoFo's"

Imus will land on his feet.... (Below threshold)
drjohn:

Imus will land on his feet. I can't stand him, but this episode has made clear just how miserably hypocritical many people are, but especially Democrats who fall all over themselves to be on his show.

This kind of junk is nothing new for Imus. His snarky, self-righteous and judgmental remarks have gone on for so long that he felt he was invulnerable to anything. And the obsequious behavior of Democratic politicians just added to the facade.

The question that is screaming to be asked of John Kerry, the execrable Chris Dodd,Chrissie Matthews and host of others is why they weren't bothered by past Imus remarks as linked below.

http://www.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSN1236242420070412?pageNumber=1

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUKN0933820720070410

Al Sharpton now wants a "br... (Below threshold)
MikeSC:

Al Sharpton now wants a "broad" discussion of what is and what is not "allowed" on the air.

That is unbelievably chilling. We're going to let Al Sharpton define the 1st Amendment?
-=Mike

An overreaction fo' shizzle... (Below threshold)
suhnami:

An overreaction fo' shizzle! Imus said something stupid and apologized for it. In fact he apologized many many times. Shock Jocks have a hard line to balance on between being edgy and downright offensive. He tried to be funny and blew it. Like a an extra point kicker: He makes it he's expected to but if he misses he must be destroyed!!!!

There are certain unwritten rules that are understood, like african americans being able to use the N-word and whites not. That's the way it is. No matter how many times an African American says it on an album or on stage, if a high profile white guy says it his career is done. I think 'nappy headed ho' is kinda true but at a much much (much) lesser degree. I can't stand Imus, but my god, this is sentencing 5 years for jay walking.

I also like since he said it it gives the media freedom to quote what he said over and over and over. Is it really necessary to repeat ad nauseam?

Al Sharpton now wants a ... (Below threshold)
drjohn:

Al Sharpton now wants a "broad" discussion of what is and what is not "allowed" on the air.

That is unbelievably chilling. We're going to let Al Sharpton define the 1st Amendment?

Yeah.

For starters, "white interlopers" is acceptable.

I just listened to guests o... (Below threshold)
drjohn:

I just listened to guests on John Gibson's show say that rappers can use such language because they're used to it and it's not that big a deal.

Couldn't the same be said for the KKK?

I just listened to gu... (Below threshold)

I just listened to guests on John Gibson's show say that rappers can use such language because they're used to it and it's not that big a deal.

Couldn't the same be said for the KKK?

I don't know...

I defer to the Senior Senator from the great state of West Virginia.

Race-baiting hustlers now g... (Below threshold)

Race-baiting hustlers now get to control free speech apparently.

Why does this story have so... (Below threshold)
jpm100:

Why does this story have so much play?

Because Lefties needed something to drown out the Lacrosse Rape Case and reaffirm the leftie world view.

So lemme get this straight.... (Below threshold)
ExSubNuke:

So lemme get this straight. The OTHER guy used the word "ho" first (which probably put the word in Imus' head to use in the next sentence)... and Imus gets fired.


I agree with Vagabond. Much ado about nothing.

Hopefully, Rush "They're-Fe... (Below threshold)
Herman:

Hopefully, Rush "They're-Feminazis" Limbaugh will soon be joining Mr. Imus in looking for a new job.

And Herman speaks on a subj... (Below threshold)
MikeSC:

And Herman speaks on a subject he is brutally clueless about.

Which seems to be the norm.
-=Mike

If Rush opens his fat mouth... (Below threshold)
Lee:

If Rush opens his fat mouth and makes a slur like Imus' he will surely be toast. With this firing we may have finally turned the corner on the politics of hate -- another example of the sea change that came with the '06 election perhaps?

It has been no surprise to see conservative bloggers and commenters at Wizbang on the wrong side of this issue, but at least now we hopefully won't be subjected to their continued apologies for Imus via their faux "outrage" over rap music lyrics and speeches made by black spokespeople. All that's accomplished was to help spur advertisers' decision to abandon Imus, I suspect.

They weren't concerned with rap music lyrics before Imus spewed his garbage, and I suspect they'll care less now that their bleatings can't save Imus' bigoted ass.

Let's call this effect the "Dixie Chick" maneuver from now on - attack and attack and don't let up until the average American realizes just how wrong and how un-American your actions are...

It has been no surprise ... (Below threshold)
drjohn:

It has been no surprise to see conservative bloggers and commenters at Wizbang on the wrong side of this issue, but at least now we hopefully won't be subjected to their continued apologies for Imus via their faux "outrage" over rap music lyrics and speeches made by black spokespeople.

Lee, you are a moron.

I can't stand Imus and I have seen little in the way of defense of Imus.

Can't save Imus? I be the first to push his ass out the door. He is obnoxious and he deserves this fate, but he deserved a long time. It is the stupid-ass liberals who have both long sucked up to Imus and now abandon him.

Liberals suck.

Rush ain't going anywhere. ... (Below threshold)
Jo:

Rush ain't going anywhere. Get use to him ratting you guys out.

But you can always dream.

Rush called the lying Duke ... (Below threshold)
Jo:

Rush called the lying Duke lacrosse accuser a "ho." And he turned out to be right. AS USUAL.

Live it, love it, learn it.

Hopefully, Rus... (Below threshold)


Hopefully, Rush "They're-Feminazis" Limbaugh will soon be joining Mr. Imus in looking for a new job.

Keep dreaming Herman. Limbaugh was onto this before anyone. See:

Expect the left to come after Rush next, folks. CNN already tried to use Imus as a hook to rehash the Michael J. Fox story, and use distorted Dittocam video that makes it look like Rush was making fun of Fox. But don't sweat it, we have the truth and a loyal audience on our side. Everything will be cool. As copied from Limbaugh website, full credit to said site.

Sharpton, Jackson et al, ad nauseum cannot bring Limbaugh down. Whether you like Imus or not, his audience was midget sized compared to Limbaugh. Imus'audience and the public presence of his show was augmented by the MSM's popular players desire to appear on his show. They abandoned him in an instant when their keepers (Sharpton, Jackson and the Liberal Elite) yanked the leash. Limbaugh has much more staying power.

With the Dixie Chicks the m... (Below threshold)
UncleZeb:

With the Dixie Chicks the market spoke and their albums stopped selling as well as a dip in ticket sales.

With Imus he was crucified. This is not good for the Left or the right. We do not need someone telling us who we can listen to, we have the right to turn it off we are offended.

Comparing these remarks to anything Rush has ever said is ridiculous. People dont like Rushs politics so they want to shut him up. And thats from the "tolerant left". Hell I hate Al Franken but could care less if he had a radio show so whats the problem with the Left? Oh, I remember now, no one listens to their program. LOLOLOLOLOL

Just curious, anyone know t... (Below threshold)
UncleZeb:

Just curious, anyone know the size of Imus radio audience?

hmmmmmm....ExSubNuke<... (Below threshold)
VagaBond:

hmmmmmm....ExSubNuke

I am also an ExSubNuke.

Question: Would corn-rowed ho be offensive as nappy headed ho? Is it the "ho" word or the valid description of their hairstyle?

If someone called my daught... (Below threshold)
drjohn:

If someone called my daughter a "ho" I'd be inclined to knock him on his ass. As the father of a daughter, I invite the dads of those girls to knock Imus on his ass.

Qoute: "Just curio... (Below threshold)
lowmal:

Qoute:

"Just curious, anyone know the size of Imus radio audience?"

Approximately 3.5 million..

<a href="http://www.busines... (Below threshold)

http://www.businessweek.com/the_thread/brandnewday/archives/2005/04/imus_audience_s.html


Imus's influence is transcending the size of his audience. Imus In The Morning, reaches about 3.25 million radio listeners a week, according to industry trade journal Talkers Magazine (plus another 335,000 an hour on TV). His radio audience is about a quarter of Limbaugh's weekly following and less than half of Stern's.

Read the whole article and I can't vouch for its reliability. It says Imus gets more per spot but Rush has many more customers.

I find the most aggravating... (Below threshold)
ijosha:

I find the most aggravating about all this nonsense is the detrimental impact this will have on the efforts of this person

"Just curious,anyone know t... (Below threshold)
914:

"Just curious,anyone know the size of Imus radio audience?"

Just a guess? I would say about zero right now!

"Question: Would corn-rowed ho be as offensive as nappy headed ho?"

No! but dont ever refer to them as "Afro-dykes"

The Resident Moron, LyingLe... (Below threshold)
_Mike_:

The Resident Moron, LyingLee, whined:

With this firing we may have finally turned the corner on the politics of hate

Newsflash genius. Imus isn't a politician. He's considers himself in the same vein as Howard Stern (which is to say a 'shock jock'). And, as usually, you're poorly informed about that which you're commenting. If you were paying attention, you'd have known that he was for your man, John F. Kerry, in '04. Do you even read the shit you type ?

If Rush opens his ... (Below threshold)
If Rush opens his fat mouth and makes a slur like Imus' he will surely be toast. With this firing we may have finally turned the corner on the politics of hate -- another example of the sea change that came with the '06 election perhaps?

Keep dreaming libtard...you guys seem to be the ones with the racist mouths more and more, starting with Jess and Al...how do you deal with that?

I find the most aggra... (Below threshold)

I find the most aggravating about all this nonsense is the detrimental impact this will have on the efforts of this person

ijosha
Thanks for the link.I agree...I wish she was my house cleaner! I'd even let her start a union....of clones. And that's the only cloning I would approve of.

I'm sure he meant "hoe", as... (Below threshold)
Tim:

I'm sure he meant "hoe", as in the gardening tool. I keep my hoe right next to the spade that I've owned for years.

UncleZeb - <a href="http://... (Below threshold)

UncleZeb - 3.5 million listeners a week.

"Someone need to do an etym... (Below threshold)
John S:

"Someone need to do an etymology study of the word "ho". I do note believe it originated in "white" culture."

Yep, Eddie Murphy's sure is white. The bright side is that the loss of the Imus show will certainly bankrupt CBS Radio and hopefully MSNBC as well.

I once listened to Imus for... (Below threshold)
Allen:

I once listened to Imus for about 2 minutes, same as Rush, both times changed stations. What is really upsetting that any one person who is on the air waves all the time can insult people. I don't care what color they are, calling people names(especially people you don't know) is showing a persons IQ.

I have three daughters, and I agree with Drjohn on his comment. You have 32 teeth, you will have none if you call one of my daughters a ho.

But one thing that should scare everyone, that is the censorship that may come of this. Remember Tipper Gore (Al Gore's wife) on her ideas about censorship of books? That is why I never voted for him, plus other reasons. I also do not believe in all the so-called secret BS the gov't spins about some of the papers.

And if the lefties or righties don't like what I said, TS. I say what I feel, and I don't spin crap, I ask honest questions and hopefully someone will answer honestly.

I never said Imus was a pol... (Below threshold)
Lee:

I never said Imus was a politician, Mike, I referred to the politics of hate that Imus' remarks represent -- you are part of the politics of hate, Mike, with your constant foul-mouthed little troll remarks attacking liberals ---

but I'm sorry - I can't dumb down all the way to your level and get your sorry-assed troll brain to understand tthesimplest of concepts. Your'e such a low-IQ idiot it's amazing you can tie your own shoes.

or maybe your mom still ties them for you - whatever...

What the hell is the big de... (Below threshold)
andy:

What the hell is the big deal/fuss about this case. He said NOTHING wrong. He basically just said what everyone was thinking...

...OK, i obviously apreciate these girls' athletic prowess, but com'on, there personal appearance is a joke. Don simply called them on it.

Nothing wrong with that, especially when he said it as a joke (a tongue-in-cheek comment) as opposed to being anything nasty or vindictive.

unerscoreMIKEunderscore wro... (Below threshold)
Lee:

unerscoreMIKEunderscore wrote:

The Resident Moron, LyingLee, whined:

With this firing we may have finally turned the corner on the politics of hate

Newsflash genius. Imus isn't a politician. He's considers himself in the same vein as Howard Stern (which is to say a 'shock jock'). And, as usually, you're poorly informed about that which you're commenting. If you were paying attention, you'd have known that he was for your man, John F. Kerry, in '04. Do you even read the shit you type ?

Posted by: _Mike_ at April 12, 2007 07:37 PM

What are you -- 12 years old? Read this:

"I'm sure he meant "hoe", as in the gardening tool. I keep my hoe right next to the spade that I've owned for years."

That's more talk that represents the "politics of hate", Mike - you grasping the concept yet?

Probably not, so here, you drooling moron, here's a link you'll like - it's Fox News underscoreMIKEunderscore - it's safe to read and won't rot your brain like the big bad MSM... you vacuous idiot.

O'Reilly /Fox News on "the politics of hate".

Now do you get it? This is why I usually just ignore your stupid, lame attacks underscoreMIKEunderscore. Everyone makes mistakes, including me, and may misquote or misspeak at times. You, on the other had, just follow people around motivated to post your little moronic attacks at anyone who posts a comment you disagree with.

You have a home here Mike, and no one challenges you - the conservative bloggers are Wizbang cultivate and encourage the politics of hate. The fact that the comment I quoted above re" hoes and spades" will go unnoticed and unchallenged is just the way conservative bloggers at Wizbang want this place to run.

getting the picture yet?- I doubt it. No surprise, blather on you knuickle-dragging little troll... see you on the next thread.

Lee said:"They wer... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

Lee said:

"They weren't concerned with rap music lyrics before Imus spewed his garbage"

As usual with leftists, if you don't like reality you just create your own. Are you really asserting that the right has not been complaining about music lyrics, Hollywood filth, and general crassness in society for years? Bring up Twilight Zone music...

In contrast, the left whines that we cannot hear the f-word on TV.

Lee:They weren... (Below threshold)
marc:

Lee:

They weren't concerned with rap music lyrics before Imus spewed his garbage, and I suspect they'll care less now that their bleatings can't save Imus' bigoted ass.

Forgive the stupid question Lee, but it's in response to your STUPID assertion.

Do you honestly believe someone you believe to be a bigot would waste time raising $40 million dollars (including a million the day before the firing) in the last 17 years?

Or will you make the false charge Imus made sure none of the cash was spent on non-whites?

Will you also falsly claim the Imus Ranch only caters to non-whites?

Lee, not sure where you were for the few days or weeks you didn't comment here. But, really... it was a nice vacation for most of us.

Proof beyond a reasonable d... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

Proof beyond a reasonable doubt has been provided the past two days that liberalism is a mental disorder. Any questions?

marc, don't waste your breath. Lee Lee went over the line from a mental disorder to total insanity long ago.

Lee:you are pa... (Below threshold)
marc:

Lee:

you are part of the politics of hate, Mike, with your constant foul-mouthed little troll remarks attacking liberals ---

Proof positive irony never sleeps. It just lays in the weeds looking to bite the unsuspecting like Lee.

Anybody remember when liber... (Below threshold)
Proud Kaffir:

Anybody remember when liberal radio host John "Sly" Sylvester called Conoleezza Rice "Aunt Jemmima" and Colin Polwell "Uncle Tom"? Remember all the protests led by Jessie "Who's Your Daddy" Jackson and Al "All White Men Are Rapists Because I Say So" Sharpton? Remember all the calls for the DJ to be fired?

Neither do I.

Liberals love free speech, as long as it's liberal speech. They want to squash all other kinds of speech.

The irony of course is that most of the hate and rascist slurs come from the Left (Go visit the liberal blogs, it you have the stomach.). They are guilty of Gestapo-type tactics to limit free speech while they accuse Conservatives of suppressing dissent.

I don't particularly care for Imus, who was a potty-mouthed liberal anyway, but the Right will be incensed if the Leftist Goons attempt to silence freedom of speech by pursuing Conservative Radio.

Have never been a fan of Im... (Below threshold)

Have never been a fan of Imus, have never listened to his show except on one occasion for all of maybe 10 minutes. Just long enough to determine that his line of crap was not my cup of tea. I think he was too full of self and got exactly what he deserved, a full dose of humility.His fan base should not weep for him however, the worst I believe that will happen to him is that he'll land a $500,000,000 contract at a satellite radio station.

Looks like they are startin... (Below threshold)
jimbo:

Looks like they are starting to eat there own.

careful kaffir -- lee's gon... (Below threshold)

careful kaffir -- lee's gonna be demanding "links."

"Do you honestly believe... (Below threshold)
Lee:

"Do you honestly believe someone you believe to be a bigot would waste time raising $40 million dollars (including a million the day before the firing) in the last 17 years?"

What does Imus' raising money for Tomorrows Children's Fund, CJ Foundation for SIDS and the Imus Ranch have anything to do with the fact that he's a racist bigot?

Absolutely nothing. None of those are "black" charities, or are in any way indicative of his feelings towards blacks one way or the other - which is precisely why you didn't just list the charities yourself, Marc -- you realized they actually listing the charities weakens your argument -- so were intentionally vague with the hope that the slower neanderthal-like conservatives won't notice that you're blowing smoke... It appears to work on a few of them.

Take Scrappy's advice, Marc, and just shut up. You're embarrassing the other racist bigots.

"Will you also falsely claim the Imus Ranch only caters to non-whites?"

No, I'll accurately claim that Imus' remarks are indicative of a deep-seated hatred of black americans, and further claim that nothing you've written supports your contention to the contrary.

Will you claim that Imus allows non-whites into the Imus ranch for any reason other than the ranch would lose it's 503(c) non-profit tax status if it didn't? Maybe what you're suggesting is that Imus takes pity on the children of those "po' black ho's"????

Or maybe we should just let Tim the Gardener check his tool shed for more "hoes" and "spades"....

LyingLee whined patheticall... (Below threshold)
_Mike_:

LyingLee whined pathetically:


I never said Imus was a politician, Mike, I referred to the politics of hate that Imus' remarks represent -- you are part of the politics of hate, Mike, with your constant foul-mouthed little troll remarks attacking liberals ---

How pray tell is Imus, a shock jock, part of the 'politics of hate' ?

And I don't attack 'Liberals'. I ridicule morons. There just happens to be a lot of overlap between the two groups.

Now do you get it? This is why I usually just ignore your stupid, lame attacks underscoreMIKEunderscore. Everyone makes mistakes, including me, and may misquote or misspeak at times. You, on the other had, just follow people around motivated to post your little moronic attacks at anyone who posts a comment you disagree with.

Lee you continually lie, distort, and misrepresent what others have said. I can't tell whether it's due to your ignorance (which often seems to be the case) or whether it's intentional.... that's why I label you a moron and why I'm going to continue to giving you shit.

Quit with the lying, distorting and bizarre moronic cheerleading and I'll have no reason to give you shit. Then perhaps, we can have a reasoned discussion.

cGUIRK: A Spike Lee thin... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

cGUIRK: A Spike Lee thing.
IMUS: Yeah.
McGUIRK: The Jigaboos vs. the Wannabes -- that movie that he had.
IMUS: Yeah, it was a tough --
McCORD: Do The Right Thing.

Idiots:

1) It's a Spike Lee JOINT, and
2) The movie was School Daze

Hopefully, Rush "They're... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

Hopefully, Rush "They're-Feminazis" Limbaugh will soon be joining Mr. Imus in looking for a new job.

Well, considering that "Feminazi" was used by him as far back as 1992 (Google It!(TM)), and he is still on the air, you will have to keep hoping in one hand and shitting in the other.

One thing is sure. Imus was... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

One thing is sure. Imus was not hung out to dry by the Left due to highfalutin moralizing. Standards or moral sensibilities have nothing to do with it. They turned on Imus like the ravenous wolves they are because they surmised that he could no nothing for them. It cost them nothing. On the other hand, it gained them a sense of power to destroy another personality. If anyone noteworthy to the left had said the same thing, they would surely have been spared. No rationalization would have been too ludicrous.

Malik Zulu Shabazz, vermin Black Panther leader just called Michelle Malkin a whore tonight on national television.

I think it's interesting to... (Below threshold)
PJ O'Rourke:

I think it's interesting to read the responses of many of the Whizbang denizens. In this entire post there wasn't one reference made to the women who were slurred by imus. Rather, what you read is how other folks the Whizbang folks don't like, such as Sharpton and Jackson, are held up as race baiters and racists. But one has to do nothing but listen for a few minutes to Coulter and Savage to know they belong in the same league as any other detestable racist or hate monger.

It seems to me there is a bigger story here. Yes, Imus has the right to say anything he wants. But his employers have the right to say we don't want you saying it on our property and while being paid by us. And then there is the issue of the women who were degraded and slurred. it's be nice if some of those defenders of Imus and detractors of Jackson and Sharpton had something to say about that. I wonder what you'd think if your daughter was referred to in those terms?

Malik Zulu Shabazz, verm... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

Malik Zulu Shabazz, vermin Black Panther leader just called Michelle Malkin a whore tonight on national television.

What, no "suckee-suckee-ping-pong-poppin'" adjectives to go with? He must be slipping, that Shabazz...

And, before you trolls star... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

And, before you trolls start, even Michelle was surprised he didn't throw in "a gratuitous ping pong joke"...

www.michellemalkin.com

"Quit with the lying, di... (Below threshold)
Lee:

"Quit with the lying, distorting and bizarre moronic cheerleading and I'll have no reason to give you shit."

Why on earth would I want you to stop, Mike? Your stupidity and blatant lack of a clue low-IQ dumbness often serves to make my point far better than I can.

You're like a living, breathing, out of control barking-like-a-dumb-ass dog, who follows me around while I give lectures on how barking out of control dumb-assed dogs should be put to sleep.

Now speak, underscoreMIKEunderscore, speak! GOOD BOY!

Lee:Take Scrap... (Below threshold)
marc:

Lee:

Take Scrappy's advice, Marc, and just shut up. You're embarrassing the other racist bigots.

Typical! You don't agree so we are to shut up.

As for the implication I might be a bogot... I don't do this often but... FUCK YOU.

And you deserve far more than that.

PJ O'Rourke"

And then there is the issue of the women who were degraded and slurred. it's be nice if some of those defenders of Imus and detractors of Jackson and Sharpton had something to say about that.

Would you take the word of a black man:

I watched the Rutgers news conference and was ashamed.

Martin Luther King Jr. spoke for eight minutes in 1963 at the March on Washington. At the time, black people could be lynched and denied fundamental rights with little thought. With the comments of a talk-show host most of her players had never heard of before last week serving as her excuse, Vivian Stringer rambled on for 30 minutes about the amazing season her team had.

Somehow, we're supposed to believe that the comments of a man with virtually no connection to the sports world ruined Rutgers' wonderful season. Had a broadcaster with credibility and a platform in the sports world uttered the words Imus did, I could understand a level of outrage.

But an hourlong press conference over a man who has already apologized, already been suspended and is already insignificant is just plain intellectually dishonest. This is opportunism. This is a distraction.

As they say... read the rest.

And Lee...fuck you again.

Ousting Imus had more to do... (Below threshold)
Live@9:

Ousting Imus had more to do with green than with sexism or racism. You and I both know that the decision to can Imus was a financial one. Once the advertisers started to fear customers walking away it was over.

I heard on one of the news outfits tonight that more than 100 different companies had pulled ads from MSNBC and CBS radio in the last 48hrs. Now that's a powerful statement for corporate america to make. They're no longer in the business of supporting hate speech.

This will also have a very chilling effect on the other talk show hosts across America. Rush was already talking on his show today that he thinks he could be the next target.

If companies no longer feel it's in their best interest to support right wing talkers than the right wing talkers have lost the market place of ideas. It's really that simple.

"Rush was already talking o... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

"Rush was already talking on his show today that he thinks he could be the next target"

Rush wishes.
Rush has the safest, most boring show on radio. All him, all the time, yammering on and on and on...no guests, few phone calls, occasional asides to his latest un-miked Snerdley. Drumming his desk with his fingers, rattling paper, "stack of stuff"...YAAAAWN.

Imus, on the other hand, was damn funny. Sure, his fallback retort was always "pantload". But "pantload" to describe "VIP"s never gets old.

I never said Imus was a ... (Below threshold)
MikeSC:

I never said Imus was a politician, Mike, I referred to the politics of hate that Imus' remarks represent -- you are part of the politics of hate, Mike, with your constant foul-mouthed little troll remarks attacking liberals ---

but I'm sorry - I can't dumb down all the way to your level and get your sorry-assed troll brain to understand tthesimplest of concepts. Your'e such a low-IQ idiot it's amazing you can tie your own shoes.

or maybe your mom still ties them for you - whatever...

Thank God you don't engage in the politics of hate, right Lee?
-=Mike

Imus getting fired is total... (Below threshold)

Imus getting fired is total PC bullsh*t. The Grievance Industry Meat Grinder claims another victim. Who's next?

Live@9:Now tha... (Below threshold)
marc:

Live@9:

Now that's a powerful statement for corporate america to make. They're no longer in the business of supporting hate speech.

Yea riiiight!

I'll believe that when they pull sponsorship from the Olberfool on MSNBC

marc:Well I agree ... (Below threshold)
PJ O'Rourke:

marc:

Well I agree with that article. But my point remains and you helped make it. I'd like, just once, to see some of the people here talk about the issue of his slur of the young women from Rutgers.

Usual guests on Imus:... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Usual guests on Imus:
Lieberman Democrat
Biden Democrat
Russert Democrat
Barnacle Democrat
Dodd Democrat
Bagalia Democrat
Edwards Democrat
C. Matthews Democrat
Carville Democrat

The list goes on. Now how much does the left support hate speech radio? Hmm?

Imus said the stupid comments LAST wednesday. He was fired eight days later. Why? Outrage? No. The sponsers pulled out. See BS, and NBC made a financial decision. Plain and simple. ww

Check out this new website ... (Below threshold)

Check out this new website to help Imus fans contact CBS and Viacom executives and tell them just how upset they are that Imus has been cancelled.

www.ImusBack.com

I truly think that Imus bei... (Below threshold)
hossman:

I truly think that Imus being fired was another power trip and way of getting media attention and money for Al Sharpton & Jesse Jackson. And it came to light today on the Morning show when the Minister that was at the meeting between the Rutgers team and Mr Imus stated that Don Imus' comments required restitution not apolagies. When asked about the Duke players falseley accused the Minister stated it was because of the prosecuter not the young black female that accused them of the crime? And did not Jesse and Al get in plenty of comments against the Duke Players? And what about Al, his past and present is filled with many instances of falsely accuseing people and racial comments. Why is Sharpton given a free pass to say and do what he wants, where is his accountability? Where is Jesse's accountability his past has not been very clean and upstanding either.

WildWillie:What a ... (Below threshold)
pJ O'Rourke:

WildWillie:

What a silly little game you play. But 2 can play silly little games.

Republican Presidential Candidates (2008) appearing on Imas:

McCain
Romney
Huckabee

The list goes on. How many potential future republican presidents support hate speech? Hmmm?

<a href="http://www.hollywo... (Below threshold)

http://www.hollywoodsquared.com/videos/call-me-conan/
I think this slip of the lip is being thrown way out of proportion. The only reason this is getting so much publicity is do to him being an old crack that wears a cowboy hat. The double standards in the name of PC suck.

pJ O'Rourke:Republ... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

pJ O'Rourke:

Republicans appearing on Imus: Enemies on the hot seat in a hostile situation - willing to put it on the line and take criticism.

Democrats appearing on Iums: Old pals talking about softball issues while running down Republicans and making crude jokes.

I don't see the similarity.

CBS knuckled under to a 3rd... (Below threshold)
Neal:

CBS knuckled under to a 3rd rate race baiting pimp. Imus's joke was in bad taste, but no worth the reinforcement that Sharpton is getting from it.

Jeff:Of course you... (Below threshold)
pJ O'Rourke:

Jeff:

Of course you wouldn't. Just take off your blinders, then you might.

Obviously you must have listened to him on a regular basis since you're so knowledgable about his show. You must have liked what you heard. I saw him on MSNBC once for about 20 minutes and thought he was pretty stupid.

The only reason this is ... (Below threshold)
drjohn:

The only reason this is getting so much publicity is do to him being an old crack that wears a cowboy hat. The double standards in the name of PC suck.

There are two reasons for the disparity: Sharpton and Jackson.

Having said that, Imus deserved this. Not just for the most current statement, but for his long past of similar insults.

I just realized that in all... (Below threshold)
mantis:

I just realized that in all of this, I have yet to see anyone bring up the ABC firing of Bill Maher for comments he made after 9/11.

pJ O'Rourke:Perha... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

pJ O'Rourke:

Perhaps next you could try the latest liberal defense:

Imus was schizophrenic - we only saw the good side. LOL

Jeff:You're the gu... (Below threshold)
pJ O'Rourke:

Jeff:

You're the guy listening to him, not me. You must like that particular kind of racist/sexist humor. I don't hear "liberals" defending him, I hear "righties" like you defending him.

PJ:Obviously, sinc... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

PJ:

Obviously, since you are a frequent poster and reader here on Wizbang, you must be in complete solidarity with us all - most especially the writers. Welcome aboard.

Unlike you, "righties" do not believe in silencing those with whom we disagree at all costs. There are principles more important than forcing someone to agree "or else." Of course, I will never expect you to grasp the concept.

It is the Left which is doing the pole dance of inconsistency here.

"Know thy enemy and know thy self and you will win a hundred battles."
Sun Tzu Wu

P.S. Imus's show was by a l... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

P.S. Imus's show was by a liberal, for liberals. All the pole dancing in the world is not going to change that obvious fact.

Jeff:Thanks for th... (Below threshold)
PJ O'Rourke:

Jeff:

Thanks for the welcome. It's pretty clear to me that Imus was fired because he was a jerk. Employers have the right to fire jerks anytime they want. You'd think a good republican would be supportive of an employers right to fire someone. Inconsistency? That makes no sense Jeff. I suspect the truth is there are folks on both sides who want him gone and folks who are sad he left. So what? But still I don't read those on the right talking about the real issue - young women being slurred. Why don't you folks want to talk about that? It appears this is an opportune time for those who despise Jackson and Sharpton to toss their race baiter bombs around.

That said, again the guy was a jerk. There are jerks on the left and jerks on the right and jerks in the middle. it is not the exclusive domain of the left, middle or right. Wouldn't you agree with that?
Mr Savage comes to mind and one could certainly make a claim about Ms Coulter as well. But so what?

PJ;Ok. We apparent... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

PJ;

Ok. We apparently have some common ground. I absolutely believe that it is Imus' employer's right to fire him or discipline him as they will. I don't blame them one bit. The sad part is that it was due solely to drum banging on the left and a very inconsistently applied drum beat it is.

I don't like Imus either and I'm not sad to see him go. My sense is that Imus thought he had sufficiently brown-nosed the left to be as impervious to criticism as most leftists are. He thought he was "in enough" to talk the same jive as the black folk whom he obviously emulated. He was grossly mistaken. Why the double standard? Al Sharpton, racist to beat all racists, gets to be his high priest and pass judgment? Please!

"There are jerks on the left and jerks on the right and jerks in the middle. Wouldn't you agree with that?"

Certainly.

"I don't read those on the right talking about the real issue - young women being slurred."

That is because it is not the issue at all. The slurs are not what really matter - otherwise all slanderers would be held to account. What really matters to the carping moralizers is who is the target du jour. "Who can we selectively bring down today?" is the question at hand for the left.

Had Big Media not trumpeted the issue, no one would have even noticed the comment from some largely irrelevant blow-hard. The MSM is the substitute misogynistic batterer in this instance, unnecessarily amplifying the power of Imus' comments 1,000 fold. The girls certainly did not deserve to be characterized as Imus did and deserved an immediate apology. They were insulted, not "vicitmized." Imus' absurd comments have no effect whatsoever on the daily lives of the Rutgers women, except the the extent that they have gained celebrity status at the behest of the MSM. Imus's comments do not deserve to be taken seriously.

As for the poor girl who cried that "I have been emotionally scarred for life" (paraphrase) - give me a break. These girls were vindicated as soon as Imus apologized. Her ludicrous comment is the end result of today's victim mongering, which is the subject for a whole new post.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U... (Below threshold)
ijosha:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Friday that radio host Don Imus' comments about the Rutgers University women's basketball team were "disgusting" and she was pleased he was fired. ...

Jeff:Yes we do hav... (Below threshold)
PJ O'Rourke:

Jeff:

Yes we do have some common ground. As for Sharpton passing judgment, well don't we all at times. I hold no water for Sharpton. I think he's a charlatan. I don't know what you mean by a double standard - other than that he has a voice (unfortunately). I mean Michael Savage has a voice too and if ever there was a racist it's that man. Lots of people have a public voice and they are frequently hypocritical.


I think we just need to disagree about the issue. I do believe it is the words he used and to whom they were directed. I happen to agree they were not victimized and that it was a silly thing for the one who said she'd be scarred for life.

But I do think everyone wants to dance around the simmering racisim/sexism that is still very much alive in our wonderful country. And to me that's the real issue here. And it does include people like Sharpton from the left.

In terms of this whole Imus... (Below threshold)

In terms of this whole Imus ordeal, I'm looking first at the Rutgers team. The coach says they accept his apology and that the team is in the process of forgiving him. If they, being the ones most directly impacted by Imus's infamous remarks, then:

Imus Forgive
Dr BLT (c) 2007
http://www.drblt.net/music/ImusForgive.mp3

If anybody is puzzled over who I am, I was the first white artist to use the term "ho" in a song that climbed at top thirty chart. And I used it in a way that potentially helps troubled teens and their parents:

You're Not the Kind of Ho
(That Santa Had in Mind)
http://www.drblt.net/music/hosong.mp3

I also wrote a song that pays tribute to Don Ho, who just passed away. That song is called "Ho."

Just curious. In reference... (Below threshold)
Imust Ask:

Just curious. In reference to "ho" being defined as "whore": American Heritage Dictionary: whore (hôr) n. 1. A prostitute. 2. A person considered sexually promiscuous. 3. A person considered as having compromised principles for personal gain.

I have to admit that I have been a whore (#2). Do ANY (or all) of you meet the criteria of the definitions? MWM

I agree with "much ado about nothing".




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