Saturday, April 07, 2007

Imus Must Go

I woke up this morning and read an article, front-paged on the Boston Herald, about Imus's racist remarks about Rutgers women's basketball team. The manager of the local radio station that carries Imus said he hadn't heard any complaints. So I fired off this missive to Greater Boston Media:

Please direct this email to Phil Redo.

Dear Mr. Redo,

I read in today's Boston Herald that you have not received any complaints about the racist remarks of Don Imus about the Rutger's women's basketball team. Here's one.

I'm sick of hearing Imus's racist and sexist bits on the radio in the morning. It's 2007. It's time for the media to enter the 21st century. Racist jokes are not funny. Sexist jokes are not funny. They are destructive and hurtful to everyone. Calling the Rutgers women's basketball team 'nappy-headed hos' is not acceptable. What, they don't have straight white hair? They're prostitutes? Calling them 'Jigaboos' is especially offensive as that is out-and-out racist slang.

Not only that, this kind of racist, sexist crap is destructive of your business. When I hear Imus going off against some group, I change the channel. That hurts your business, and your advertisers. 96.9 is one of the AM radio presets on my car radio. On Monday, it won't be any more. I'm not going to support a radio station that supports racism and sexism. That's my bottom line.

I will be sad if you take no further action to ameliorate this situation. Fire Don Imus now. Take him off the airwaves in Greater Boston.

I mean really. It's about time for this 20th century pig to get sent out to the 21st century pasture. There's just no place for this kind of crap. And he does it over. And over. And over. I guess I'm not the only one still pissed off about this asshole.

NYTimes (AP): Despite Apology, Critics Want Imus Out

NYDailyNews: Imus spews hate, should be fired

WaPo: Sorry Excuses: MSNBC's Form Apology

Among the highlights from the MSNBC We Apologize for Don Imus's Show Which Is Not Our Production Hall of Fame:

In January 2006, Imus chatted with Chris Matthews on his radio show, simulcast on MSNBC, and discussed unprintable candy metaphors by way of describing the relationship of the male leads in the flick "Brokeback Mountain." MSNBC apologized for that one, too, saying, according to a report by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation:

" 'Imus' is produced by WFAN radio and is simulcast by MSNBC. The views expressed on the program are not those of MSNBC. Having said that, it was unfortunate that these remarks were telecast on MSNBC. We sincerely apologize to anyone who was offended by these remarks."

Traveling further back, in December '04, MSNBC apologized for comments made on "Imus in the Morning" in which Palestinians were referred to as "stinking animals" and a suggestion was made that they all be killed.

That time, MSNBC issued the following statement: "The views expressed on the program are not those of MSNBC. Having said that, it was unfortunate that these remarks were telecast on MSNBC. We sincerely apologize to anyone who was offended by these remarks."

We called MSNBC to ask whether the network had considered putting Imus on a several-second delay so as to avoid having to trot out its tired old "We're really sorry but it's not our responsibility" form-letter apology, in much the same way cousin network NBC puts "live" trophy show broadcasts on the air with a delay to be able to kill out words and exposed body parts the Federal Communications Commission has deemed offensive.

An MSNBC rep e-mailed back the comment:

"We take this matter very seriously. We find the comments to be deplorable and are continuing to review the situation."

We asked what "continuing to review the situation" meant. The TV Column did not hear back. We also asked for an explanation as to what MSNBC suits thought was the difference in responsibility between a program it aired that it produced and a program it aired that was produced by CBS Radio. We did not hear back.

Imus is a member of the National Broadcasters Hall of Fame. His show is syndicated to more than 70 radio stations around the country. WFAN is owned by CBS. Yesterday CBS Radio issued this statement:

"We are disappointed by Imus' actions earlier this week which we find completely inappropriate. We fully agree that a sincere apology was called for and will continue to monitor the program's content going forward."

OrlandoSentinal: Public shouldn't give Imus a free pass after comment

PRNewswire: NABJ Appalled By Imus' Racist Comments, Calls for Boycott of Show
WFAN, MSNBC host calls Black student athletes 'nappy-headed ho's' during show

AOLSports: Don Imus Rutgers Controversy Not Going Away


Anonymous said...

Green This! Don Imus is a racist. He makes money "green" from his on-air racist antics. Don Imus believes that blacks are Nappy-headed Hos. What's next? Will he tell us that the earth has a fever too?

Beat Visitor said...

Thanks for writing to the Boston station. When I saw that quote about no complaints I went nuts too. In addition to the channels offered through MSNBC, WFAN (his CBS radio outlet in New York), I also made a formal complaint at

It's amazing to me that his corporate-sponsored casual racism has so many defenders around the web, but I'm dedicating my Rutgers Football blog, and my newly-resurrected political blog, to getting Imus off the air.

We can't let the right turn this into the Don vs. Al show now that Reverend Sharpton has entered the picture.

Anonymous said...

I am a Democrat and a liberal who watches Don Imus every morning on MSNBC. In my opinion, he is the best interviewer in the business. I don't like certain comments on the show, but I ignore them, watching for the news value of the interviews. If you don't like Don Imus, change the channel or change the dial. Anyone who watches the show on a regular basis gets it. Don Imus is not a racist or a sexist. The fact that he is willing to take on anyone is refreshing. I know you don't want to hear this comment and as a fellow blogger I appreciate all the work you put into this post. I just have to ask what the difference is between what Imus says, and you calling him a "pig" and "an asshole?" Look this word up: SCHTICK. I do appreciate reading your points of view, but again, if you don't like "Imus in the Morning," don't watch or listen. And, don't take away what some find entertaining, informative and philanthropic. Don't see you repeating Imus anti-racism statements here. a little more intellect and a little less emotion might be in order.

Anonymous said...


Don Imus has been making absurd remarks about people for YEARS...without getting called to task. He commented, without any back-up, about Dick Cheney being the biggest Crook in the world...and the press applauded it.

His "RANCH" CHARITY is also a farce. He was "investigated" by the NY Attorney General...then when he PUBLICLY supported the AG for Governor, the investigation showed NO WRONG DOING.

Check out the Ranch's Financials. They spend 30 times (that THIRTY) as much per child as any OTHER other similar camp. Could it be that IMUS' private jet trips out there and all the "upgrades" that Diedra put in have run up the cost.

I used to listen to the I-man and enjoy him....his Clinton roast was a hoot. I also think he is a great interviewer and often like the comments...but, it SEEMS, like some of his past behavior has taken it's toll on his gray matter.

Maybe it is the strain of dealing with Wyatt, the little FY chanting child....

Anyway, the I-Man has been slipping for the past 3 he has irritated Jesse...

If this helps tone him down and make him think...then keep him around...but I think, like Big Al said...."it's time for him to go..." After all, Trent Lott got busted for a bad joke and "lost his job"....thanks to the media.

Randy Vallidemo said...

SO WHAT!!! there is people out there who's racist and sexist, im one of those who's racist. yeah its 21st century, and umm yet theres still pack of ku klux klans out there isnt it?.. Yeah i wouldnt be surprised if the groups expands if we get a black president.. ITS PART OF LIFE CYCLE. like they say, history repeats itself.. its a free country, IMUS can say nappy head ho if he wants to.. im sure those niggers out there does talk shit about us white "fishbellies". I dont see why you all are making a big deal about it perhap the complaint is from an black person.. leave imus alone, he has a right as a true american to speak freely of his mind.. if those cottonpickers felt offened, thats life. STOP WHINING and LET IT GO!!