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Well, unless you’ve been in a cave all month, you know (and know and know) about the controversy surrounding national talk show host Don Imus. We talked about it on our show both Tuesday and Wednesday with a flurry of phone calls each time. Every one has an opinion on this subject.

I suspect Mr. Imus is through. MSNBC has already dropped the televised simulcast of his show and I predict CBS radio will soon pull the plug. The story shows no sign of going away and more and more people are stepping forward to criticize and advertisers are jumping ship, never a good sign.

I’ve never been a hardcore I-man fan, but I always admired his interviewing skills and many of his bits were funny to me. Not this time. What he said about the young women from Rutgers is silly, stupid, offensive and indefensible. CBS Radio was right to suspend him without pay for two weeks.

But that should be it, folks. This guy has been in radio for 30 years. He raises millions of dollars for charity. But he’s going to be tossed out by our overly-politically correct society where the likes of Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson get to sit in moral judgement of Imus. Give me a break.

Meanwhile, auithorities announced in North Carolina yesterday that no charges will be brought against the young woman who made the phony rapes charges against the three Duke students. She gets to ruin their lives without consequence, but Imus may lose his job because of an offensive joke.

Something is seriously wrong here, folks.

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  1. Anonymous
    April 12, 2007 at 5:51 pm

    It’s called the liberal media bias..GUILTY without defense for the sake of ratings. & now watch out media…Jackson & Sharpton, now emboldened are not through yet!

  2. SLO Bear
    April 12, 2007 at 9:04 pm

    Dave , I completely agree with you. People should say want they want on the radio and let their listeners (and sponsors) decide if they want to support them or not.

    However, Imus is a has been – his ratings are crap and haven’t been good since the mid-1990’s, he has been in a constant battle with the IRS due to dubious uses of his “charity ranch” and is one of the most unliked people in broadcasting (by his peers). Karma is a b!tch.

  3. Anonymous
    April 12, 2007 at 9:55 pm

    Dave,

    I am just glad that you are not defending IMUS. I totally thought you would. I thought it was interesting that Rush commented that liberals like Imus, David Gregory, and other call republicans minority haters, yet they are the very people that do not respect minorities for their ideas. If a minority has a differing opinion, they are minimized. I think back to when the chick from San Jose called Condi Rice something like just a mouthpiece, and empty suit willing to say anything to get a job. Why not say I disagree with her, she is smart and has done well? What about that senator that called Barak Obama the first clean well spoken black man to run for president? Shouldn’t he be voted out? I have heard lots of excuses by Bob of San Luis why Bird (D) W-Va stated that he has met “white niggers too” and how in the past he was a grand master of the kkk loser group.

    Words mean things. I don’t think you should be locked up or beaten if you say the wrong thing, but the left is very inconsistent in the matter.

    SLO Travis

    P.S. in the last blog, someone asked my which senator I like and think is totally pure? Answer: I think both of our senators are sorry. I do not like it when any public official from dog catcher through president enriches himself through false concerns or pushing fair bidding processes one way or the other. It is wrong in Cunningham’s case, and it is wrong in Feinstein’s case.

  4. Lisa ---New Jersey
    April 12, 2007 at 10:19 pm

    I agree with Dave….I think what Imus said was not very nice and I do not condone what he did, however this is becoming a circus and you are getting all of these self righteous people who happen to be hipocrites like Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and all of the other “virtuous” people that are coming out of the woodwork, out demonstrating to get Imus fired.

    The man made a mistake, he put his foot in his mouth, big time…we all have, including all of these “do gooders” that are out using this as a platform to make minorities the “poor victims”. There was a VP from, I believe, the NAACP this morning on the Today Show that said she is going to fight to have Imus fired and then she mentioned that she is going to make sure that minorities are put in more media jobs for fair and balanced views. I don’t remember her exact words, but that was the message.

    I live in New Jersey, right outside of Philadelphia, and one of the Philadelphia City Councilmen, who is a minority, was on TV yesterday all indignant, saying that he is going to issue a referendum to get Imus fired….he is going to use tax payers money!!! Philadelphia is up to 120 murders already this year, several who have been innocent bystanders, and this clown is worrying about getting an old man with a big mouth, fired.

    What happened to freedom of speech?? The “rappers” are allowed to degrate women in their “songs”….I guess all we are going to be able to talk about now is cake and flowers…”we might offend somebody”…..please….everybody had better toughen up and let things go….he didn’t kill anybody for Heaven’s Sake.

    One more thought…where are big mouth Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, now that there will be no charges against that “lovely” young lady that accused those innocent Duke students?????????? Maybe those young men, should send their legal bills to the NAACP.

    Catch you all later, my blood pressure just exploded.

    PS. Dave C. Rules!!

  5. Eric
    April 13, 2007 at 2:35 am

    Dave

    I think we finally hit common ground. The pc police are already scouting their next target.
    Imus for years had been doing degrading satire on everyone including himself. He put his boot in his mouth at the worst time and is paying fully, but now >they< can judge improper satire? BTW Got to give a shout to Al and Jesse for protecting America and also Senator Clinton will be at Rutgers U very soon to help heal the wounds, what a gal!

  6. golfingslo
    April 13, 2007 at 4:24 am

    If a non white male said the things Imau said nothing would have happened, becuase the media would not have considered it news. A white male says this and the meia makes it news. Remember folks it isn’t news unless the media says it is news. Things happen in this wolrd everyday that you might consider news worthy, but if the media does not hold the same view, no one ever hears about it.

  7. Anonymous
    April 13, 2007 at 6:16 am

    what I want to know is what was Fred’s joke yesterday that had to be censored. That portion was even deleted from the podcast. What’s up with that.

  8. Bob from San Luis
    April 13, 2007 at 7:14 am

    So Don Imus has been fired by CBS effective immediately, he will not even get a last show; his wife and co-host will do his last show. Something that I noticed that didn’t garner too much attention when I heard the clip of Imus making his much ballyhooed statement was that his co-host was the one who said the infamous phrase first, and Don repeated it, immediately, with a small little sniggle as if he were being clever. Is it possible that Mr. Imus and his co-host are/were so close to each other, so comfortable in their give and take that Imus kind of forgot he was on the air? At seventy plus years, raised during a time when there was very little thought given to how things were said, did he simply revert to a mindset that he has had for a very long time? Now I raise these concerns not because I want to defend Imus, but a little perspective might be in order is the only point I am trying to make. To me the saddest part of the whole affair was Imus’s weak apology where he mentioned that his use of the word “ho” was used in a manner like some in the black community supposedly use it. At that very moment Mr. Imus purposely sidestepped his own responsibility in facing up to his actions. He could have simply said that he was wrong, period, and accepted that he put his foot in his mouth, but sadly no, he had to diminish his own taking of responsibility by saying that the word used is a “black” word. Too bad for him. As for him getting fired completely; like it was mentioned by Dave on today’s show (4/11/07), if this firing had been about decency standards, Mr. Imus should have been fired immediately, but, since it happened some week and half later, it has to be about the sponsors. The sponsors could have been responding to listeners who called the sponsors to say that they should act to distance themselves from Mr. Imus, and CBS certainly seems to have caved to pressure from the sponsors. It always comes down to the money.
    As for Jessie Jackson and the Rev. Al Sharpton; they were not responding as Democrats or liberals, IMO; they were responding as leaders of the Black community is my best guess. Not being black I cannot say if what they did was the right thing, but, they certainly seem to be behaving true to form of wanting a spotlight or forum to have their voice or cause to be heard. I was not comfortable with their call to action but I cannot condemn what they did completely simply because I have no idea what the black experience is like.
    As for “Political Correctness”: If political correctness is going too far, what is going far enough? If you think that attempting to be politically correct is somehow “wrong”, do you still want to see examples of racism, sexism, homophobia, fear of “different” religions or calling someone who disagrees with how the President is doing his job an “America Hater”? There is absolutely nothing wrong with trying to be politically correct; it is an ideal to aspire to, and if you are actively trying to speak better of others and you slip up, own up to it and learn. I strongly feel that an abandonment of political correctness puts society back on a path of intolerance which could put us back on a path of open hostility and racism, sexism and general hate of anyone who is “different”. In my view if you think that trying to be P.C. is somehow wrong, you need to look in the mirror and decide who it is that you either hate or are afraid of. The hate/fear that any of the “isms” are founded on is usually a fear of something that is “different” or unknown. Please remember the inscription on the Statue of Liberty. The history of this country is rich with racial. cultural and religious diversity; that is who America is.

  9. Marilyn
    April 13, 2007 at 7:32 am

    I think inappropriate sexual and racial slurs should not be tolerated in any work environment or in public and people should be called in on it. Most companies do have policies that prohibit such behavior and employees can be disciplined for it.

    Using slurs is not a prosecutable crime but it definitely generates hostility in the workplace. After all, although free speech is one of our constitutional rights, it is not our right to use it to inflict psychological damage on people.

    I do not know Imus and I have never heard of him before (thank God). What he said was offensive but sometimes people get caught up in the little offenses to prove a point and they create a media circus and cause all this debate. In the meantime, the true victims of racial and gender discrimination continue to be victimized. That is one pitfall of allowing the mainstream media to dictate which stories to focus on.

    However, racism should never be excused. Racism and gender hatred are prevalent in American society across all political and socio-economic lines and there are many people playing the game of victim or the game of excusing the victimizer because of the small number of false allegations. Neither is right, but false allegations should not automatically disqualify all episodes of misconduct or actual rape or hatred.

    As far as the bogus rape case in N. Carolina, it seems the circumstances are more along the lines of “he said, she said.” When people get drunk at parties, male or female, they do stupid things which they only realize later. That does not excuse unsolicited sexual advances, however and, if people know they cannot behave when they get drunk in public, maybe they should not be drinking in the first place.

    The fact that the woman was drunk does not excuse the gang-like behavior of the men. There was some kind of sexual misconduct, it seems, but the charges were lowered because of the drunkenness of everyone and the fascination of American culture with the power of sports people and their wealth. It is a cultural problem before it is a legal one. The law seems to support rape victims, but the culture continues to support the rapist, especially in sports, advertising and the media.

    However, it seems that the DA in the case is faced with charges of ethical misconduct, as should be. Drunken people should not be held as accountable for their statements as much as those enforcing the laws are. The alleged rape victims may have had her memory fogged by drinking, but the DA is the one who decides to press charges, not the alleged victim and, in this case, it seems he gave himself some leeway with the truth and he will answer for it in front of a panel of his peers.

  10. Anonymous
    April 13, 2007 at 12:41 pm

    dHey Dave I agree with you .the man made a mistake.He said he was sorry but loosing his job.Why don’t peolpe get this mad jackson-sharpton or somebody of color says off color about whites or mexicans.
    your mover Dixon

  11. Dave Congalton
    April 13, 2007 at 4:14 pm

    Fred’s comment was deleted from both the broadcast and the podcast because he used language deemed “offensive and profane” by the Federal Communications Commission. I was merely following the law. Had I not, KVEC would have been subjected to heavy fines.

    That’s why we have a seven-second delay.

  12. steve
    April 13, 2007 at 4:49 pm

    Bob says,

    “There is absolutely nothing wrong with trying to be politically correct; it is an ideal to aspire to, and if you are actively trying to speak better of others and you slip up, own up to it and learn. I strongly feel that an abandonment of political correctness puts society back on a path of intolerance which could put us back on a path of open hostility and racism, sexism and general hate of anyone who is “different”.

    Bob you are a very hollow person if you can’t understand what just happened. Who makes the standards on what is offensive? Al Sharpton and Jesse “Himmytown” Jackson? Who voted for them to make public policy? Jackson and Sharpton play people like you in their sleep.

  13. Bob from San Luis
    April 13, 2007 at 5:41 pm

    Steve: I don’t exactly “get” your reference to being “a very hollow person”; if you would explain your reference I would like to understand what you mean. As for Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton; you can’t even type Jessie Jackson’s name without slurring him? Jeez. I stated that I was not comfortable with the involvement of Mr.’s Jackson and Sharpton, but, since I am not black and have no experience of what it is to be black, I will not condemn their involvement. Do they like to be in the spotlight? Most likely, but until racism is eliminated completely, black leaders have every right to comment publicly about incidents of racism.

  14. golfingslo
    April 13, 2007 at 7:58 pm

    Bob, aka SM Bill, I get Steve’s question. Who sets the standards? I would also ask Marilyn the same question, who sets the standards?

  15. Anonymous
    April 13, 2007 at 9:52 pm

    I can’t believe you golfingslo. SLO Bob is clearly not Santa Maria Bill. SLOW BOB has a very smooth public radio speech cadence, while SM Bill has a smokers voice very similar to our brilliant news anchor King “The King” Harris. Come to think of it, what type of parents name their son “KING” anyways? Was he an orphan and he picked his own name out? These and other important questions may never be answered.

    Imus. Who cares now and who did not care in the past. I remember at least one reference to IMUS by a liberal on this post in the past. David Gregory a Bush hater has been on IMUS’s show many times.

    “The national media watch group Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting recycled numerous examples of racist, sexist, and generally bigoted commentary from the Imus show over the years. Besides the “cleaning lady” crack about Ifill, Imus called New York Times sports reporter Bill Rhoden a “quota hire.” He once called Washington Post reporter Howard Kurtz a “beanie-wearing Jewboy.” He called the New York Knicks “chest-thumping pimps.” More recently, according to Media Matters for America, Imus sidekick Bernard McGuirk, performing as his character Cardinal Egan, said on March 16 that the “whole nation is talking about” reports of a “young colored fellah pretty much deckin’ the old bag from New York and takin’ away some of her money.” Added McGuirk: “I’m speaking, of course, about Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.” On March 6, McGuirk said Clinton “will have cornrows and gold teeth before this fight with Obama is over.”

    http://www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2007/04/12/imuss_last_outrage/

    Colored people are very sensitive to attack by white people because of their history of the past oppression that we have experienced in this country. I just find it horrible when people like that chick in San Jose called Condi Rice and empty suit and having no credibility since she has different political beliefs. She is not considered to be negro almost. Clarence Thomas is another good example. Justice Thomas too. What about when Michael Steele of Maryland had oreos thrown at him by his white opponent’s supporters in Maryland? There was a staffer that was reluctantly removed when it was revealed that they helped organize this action. Sick.

    Bottom line is we should take Dr. Martin Luther King’s ideas and put them in practice in our own lives. Judge not by the color of one’s skin, but by the content or their character. I believe it is clear than many people on both the left and right need to be judges by their character alone.

  16. Dave Congalton
    April 14, 2007 at 4:01 am

    Bob is not Santa Maria Bill. Only Bill is.

  17. Bob from San Luis
    April 14, 2007 at 8:12 am

    Who sets the standards? If we are talking about racism, those who have had racism directed at them. If we are talking sexism, those who have had sexism directed towards them. If we are talking about religious persecution or discrimination, those who have been targeted. Seems pretty simple to me. If you have a thought that you want to express and you are not sure if it will be interpreted as racist, sexist, anti- any religion or homophobic, it most likely is. Take responsibility for your words, they do matter. golfingslo, if you have a wife or girlfriend, would you ever demean her by using some of the nasty words that have been used to vilify women? The B____ word, the C___ word; I won’t even type them because they are so mean, and I never use them, ever. That is an instance of being “PC” that I think moves the conversation forward in a positive way. The very next time you are tempted to use a derogatory term for someone of color, ethnic background, sex, religion or sexual orientation, stop yourself before you utter the word out loud and ask yourself- is saying this going to do any good? Am I going to hurt someone else to make myself feel superior? If you truthfully answer yes to both, don’t say it. Allow yourself to grow a little.

  18. Anonymous
    April 14, 2007 at 9:13 pm

    I’m glad I live in a country where people can speak their mind without going to jail (“Congress shall make no law..”) and I’m glad that it’s still okay to hold people accountable for what they say. Society will continue to argue about where “the line” is. I’m just gratified to find that there still a line at all.

    Imus has been a shock jock for a lot of years and has apparently said lots of bad things (I don’t listen to him). It seems to me that he wore out his welcome and got too personal in his attack.

    Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton are publicity-grabbing irrelevant celebrities. My sincere hope is that the networks made this appropriate decision IN SPITE of the fact that Jackson and Sharpton were demanding it. People like Jackson and Sharpton don’t invalidate a just course of action simply by advocating it.

    We need free speech without fear of jail or prosecution, and we need talk radio. These two needs do not give radio people carte blanche to say whatever they want without fear of reprisal. I’m glad the networks took the actions they did.

  19. rob in los osos
    April 14, 2007 at 9:34 pm

    here’s my 2 cents

    This is a classic example of the media eating their own. You know how this WHOLE thing started? Media Matters (http://mediamatters.org/) posted his statement the day it happened. It only became the media firestorm on the following monday, and was kept alive by the media’s continued harping on the subject.

    As far as what Imus said, its my belief that there should be NO restrictions on what can be said on the radio, tv, etc… Just put it all out there and let the public and the marketplace decide. I mean honestly, thats what we in effect have now in the electronic media world (music, movies, etc…) I don’t feel that it is EVER the job of government to decide what is or isn’t acceptable.
    As for Jackson and Sharpton, who gives a crap WHAT they say. I’ve talked to a few black friends, and listened to many discussions on talk radio from black callers, and they ALL said Jackson and Sharpton don’t speak for them. So why do we ALWAYS hear from those two when something with racial overtones occurs? Its the F@#$ING media shoving cameras and microphones in their respective faces, and then broadcasting the crap they spew as some sort of collective voice of Black America. These two guys are media whores, and the media in turn laps up and regurgitates all they provide.
    Its really sad that we as the end user of the media will tolerate the kind of garbage they feed us on a daily basis – from O.J. to Jacko to whatever the latest salacious story is, they spoon us this pablum to increase their ratings and profits and downplay or outright ignore important things that really affect us. I mean, compare fox news, cnn, or whoever to the way ‘fresh air’ or ‘all things considered’, or even the ‘daily show’ and ‘colbert report’ handle things. It takes a time and energy investment on the part of the media and the listener to investigate, tell and understand a story, and I really think most people just aren’t interested in that investment. Its very sad.

  20. Anonymous
    April 15, 2007 at 5:18 pm

    NEWSFLASH:

    The Miss America Contest it was announced by Donald Trump that after Imus’ racial comments, there will no longer be any contestants from the state of IDAHO.

  21. Steve
    April 15, 2007 at 6:47 pm

    Bob says,

    “There is absolutely nothing wrong with trying to be politically correct; it is an ideal to aspire to, and if you are actively trying to speak better of others and you slip up, own up to it and learn. I strongly feel that an abandonment of political correctness puts society back on a path of intolerance which could put us back on a path of open hostility and racism, sexism and general hate of anyone who is “different”.

    Political correctness, a term first used by Joseph Stalin, has trivialized, sanitized and homogenized America, transforming us into a nation of chain establishments and chain people. So Bob,after reading your paragragh on the virtues of political correctness I have come to the conclusion that you are empty, hollow socalist.

  22. Bob from San Luis
    April 16, 2007 at 5:28 am

    Steve: There is an extreme to everything, and being PC on every single issue on every single level is excessive. All things in moderation; to abandon any attempt at understanding or accepting of those who are different is to maintain an attitude of superiority to make yourself feel “better” than other people. While I do not subscribe to “complete” political correctness, I do believe that you should treat people how you like to be treated. Racism, sexism, making fun of the disabled, religious intolerance, etc., etc; where do you draw the line, Steve? This thread was started about the incident that Don Imus had with his reference to the women’s college basketball team; he was not being politically incorrect, he was being a racist, period.
    I mentioned that I do not subscribe to “complete” PC; your reference to Stalin was enticing, so I looked up a little information on Political Correctness. Let me state that I do not think that there is a need to be as PC as possible; just don’t be racist, sexist, homophobic, etc.

  23. golfingslo
    April 16, 2007 at 5:40 pm

    Bob from SLO, I like that you said, be responsible, but words do not matter. Words are words. The reaction to words is the responsibility of the listener of the words. That person gets to choose how the feel or react to the words. If they choose to be offended then they choose to be offended, that is their choice. That is being responsible for ones self and holding the power. If you let other people or things that happen in your life to dictate your feelings, you have no power and are easily controlled. Remember the old saying, “sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me” and I would add, unless I let them hurt me. Be responsible for your own feelings; don’t give other people your power.

  24. The Ghost of Christmas Past
    April 16, 2007 at 7:19 pm

    Marilyn, you dunderhead, the Attorney General of North Carolina said that the Duke Lacrosse players were innocent because there was not one strand of DNA evidence anywhere on her body that linked anyone at that party to having been a rapist. Alcohol is not even an issue here because the evidence said so. The “victim” here is not the exotic dancer that made the bogus charge, it is the three Duke lacrosse players that were instantaniously thrown under the proverbial bus them moment that the charges were made. Furthermore, our legal system was perverted into a mchaine to get a piece of human excrement reelected as an arbitor of what right and wrong is. We are all victims when it is laid bare just how easy it is for just one despicable law enforcement officer to destroy the lives of three men innocent of the charges leveled against them.

    Bob: Ihave listened to you prattle on for several years now and you have the nasty habit of rationalizing anyones behavior that you identify with, in this case Don Imus, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. They are all liberals and therefore are not really capable of doing anyone harm because it is their intentions that Bob somehow is privy to. The other thing that Nifong, the mainstream media in general, Imus, Jackson and Sharpton have in common is that they are all racists because race is the first thing that they see in an individual. The shame of it is that the real Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. wanted us to see the content of a person’s character before the color of their skin and those people managed to turn Dr. King’s dream on its head

  25. Anonymous
    April 16, 2007 at 11:23 pm

    Bob living in San Luis struggles with real issues. Please give him a break. He’s harmless.

  26. Marilyn
    April 17, 2007 at 3:36 am

    False allegations of rape on the part of some women do not justify racist comments and behavior on the part of other people.

    The question posed in the original post was: was what happened to Imus justified when compared with a case like the one in Duke?

    Sometimes the point is missed in the sense that no one really knows if the “exotic” dancer lied or not. What is being said is that there is not “enough” evidence to support the allegation of rape. There are those who are assuming she is lying because there is not enough physical evidence. The woman cannot be prosecuted because there is not evidence that she was lying. If there is evidence that she was making it up, she could be charged for it. District attorneys routinely choose not to prosecute cases of rape and domestic violence because of the lack of “physical evidence.”

    We have to go by what the evidence says and, in this case, it points to the innocence of the men.

    However, we all know that there are countless victims of rape out there who do not report the rape because of the misogynistic treatment they face especially when the accused are famous people. They end up being on trial (this case is a good example).

    The problem is with the DA and his reasoning. DAs do back away from charges and they do make mistakes when they get overzealous and they can answer for it through the legal system. What the legal system does not have control over is the misogyny and exploitation of women that is tolerated in society; on the one hand, women are “nappy headed hos,” and on the other they are “lying bitches.”

    And yes, words may not break our bones like sticks and stones do, but they surely make life miserable for the people who have to face the malice and hatred that goes with racism, discrimination, and gender hostility. People have been ganged up on at work and in their communities for being different causing psychological and financial ruin. That may not be legally prosecutable, but it is morally and ethically reprehensible and completely vile.

    So, no, people should not lie about being raped, but neither should racists be excused and justified in being verbally violent and demeaning.

  27. Anonymous
    April 17, 2007 at 3:57 am

    Marilyn,

    Lets face it, the stripper lied, there was not one strand of DNA to back her story, the attackers were in cabs and other places during when she said she was attacked, and she has changed her story so many times. Lets also not be afraid to say that her panties has the semen stains from how many different men, none of which were duke people? So you think it is possible to wonder if she was not only a stripper but a prostitute too? Gasp! She was trying to get money etc. Be Real!

  28. Steve
    April 17, 2007 at 4:46 am

    Marilyn says

    “So, no, people should not lie about being raped, but neither should racists be excused and justified in being verbally violent and demeaning.”

    Verbally violent, you are a joke.
    Who would believe your crap.

  29. Bob from San Luis
    April 17, 2007 at 6:57 am

    To tgoCp: Yes, I do rationalize, and I suppose I do prattle, and I suppose I am harmless as well. If anyone thinks that I was trying to rationalize Don Imus’s verbal regurgitation, I apologize. What I thought I was doing was bringing up a possibility that maybe Mr. Imus was not realizing what he was doing when he repeated what his sidekick had just spit out about the Rutgers Women’s basketball team. Mr. Imus was completely wrong in doing so, and his words (note to golfingslo) were hurtful because they were racist in their origin. Mr. Imus then blundered his apology by trying to diminish the effects of one of his words, claiming that it was a black word. When I heard his apology I knew it was time for him to go.
    As for Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson, the comment by Rob in Los Osos was fairly well spot on; I would agree that both of them would qualify for the term media whore. They do both occupy the place of spokesperson for the black community, no matter how painful their judgement may be on occasion.
    Oh, and the one thing that Don Imus is not, is a liberal. Just because someone thinks President Bush is doing a poor job doesn’t make them a liberal; it just means they are in touch with reality and a majority of America.

  30. The Ghost of Christmas Past
    April 17, 2007 at 5:08 pm

    I am amazed that all you liberals are eager to throw people under the bus for “hurtfull” or “racist” comments, but you will squeal like little pigs if anyone tries to tell you to shut up. You wrap yourselves in the cloak of the First Amendment, Dave starts deleting posts, etc etc, all the while you liberals want to bring back the Fairness Doctrine to stop the influence of Conservative talk radio. Your hypocracy makes me sick! I felt that Don Imus had been and continued to be wrong in the things that he said on his show, that’s why I didn’t listen to it. The way he lost his job was the way he should have lost his job: advertisers didn’t want to be associated with someone that will sling mud on perfectly innocent female basketball players. Whether Imus is a genuine racists or just insensitive misses the point; the marketplace took care of someone deemed unsuitable for the advertisers and his employer. Censorship is only okay when YOU say it is, I guess.

    Bob, you just have a nasty habit of using supposition, your guesses and thinkings, as a means of creating discussion when there is no way you could possibly know what is in Imus’ mind. If his mind is so impared that he forgot he was at his work place and was just riffin’ with his buds, that would be yet another reason why he needed to go. Keith Jackson voluntarily retired from sportscasting when he couldn’t keep players straight at the USC-TX national championship game after so many years of sportscasting. I just wish you would stop trying to get in the heads of people to try and find some angle people hadn’t thought of.

    As for the Duke lacrosse case, Marilyn, I’m sure that thousands of rapists go unpunished due to the “lack of physical evidence” every year. But in this case (focus here, please), she had DNA evidence on her of four other men that were not in attendance at the party!!!. That is why those three men are innocent, not because of a “lack of physical evidence”. The “lack of evidence” comment attempts to leave open the possibility that those three were rapists that jsut got away with it. The NC AG stated clearly that there was a lack of evidence because they didn’t do it, plain and simple.

  31. Anonymous
    April 18, 2007 at 1:55 pm

    don’t like what is being said? Change to one of the thousands of stations on both TV and radio, not to mention the internet.
    Grow up America!

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