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Thursday, April 12, 2007

Don Imus Exits Stage Left…

CBS has fired Don Imus from its radio network. Was this the answer that people wanted from the Imus and Rutgers Girls Basketball controversy? Firing Imus isn’t going to make racism go away in America. All this action will do is put racism back in the closet where it really should not be. America needs to confront this ugly monster and deal with it.

CBS fires Don Imus from radio show

After racist remark, legendary broadcaster couldn't escape growing protest

Updated: 2:48 p.m. PT April 12, 2007

NEW YORK - CBS fired Don Imus from his radio program Thursday, the finale to a stunning fall for one of the nation’s most prominent broadcasters.

Imus initially was given a two-week suspension for calling the Rutgers women’s basketball team “nappy-headed hos” on the air last week, but outrage continued to grow and advertisers bolted from his CBS radio show and its MSNBC simulcast.

“There has been much discussion of the effect language like this has on our young people, particularly young women of color trying to make their way in this society,” CBS President and Chief Executive Officer Leslie Moonves said in announcing the decision. “That consideration has weighed most heavily on our minds as we made our decision.”

Rutgers women’s basketball team spokeswoman Stacey Brann said the team did not have an immediate comment on Imus’ firing.

Time Magazine once named the cantankerous broadcaster as one of the 25 Most Influential People in America, and he was a member of the National Broadcaster Hall of Fame.

If we are serious about ending racism then let’s fire all of the people in public entertainment venues regardless of race for using anything deemed racist. Then we can have a book burning… I mean Rap Artist CD Burning event for all the supposed music that is over the top racist. Comedians, they can be very racist in their acts, any type of comic personality should be burned at the stake like the good old days and the Salem Witch Trials. Journalist of the nation should be very careful what you print now because the Al Sharpton’s of this world are watching you very closely. This list can go on and on if America is truly serious about wiping racism from the face of our nation.

I’ve been asking myself if I’m happy that Don Imus is now gone and I’m having trouble answering that very question. I’m glad that the chance for Imus anyway to ever utter such a stupid and racist comment can’t happen again on the national airwaves. Then again I’m thinking that firing him sends the wrong message when the man has gone beyond all logical reason to ask for forgiveness for his stupidity. Can his sincerity be questioned when it comes to this matter?

I would want to hear from the Rutgers young ladies he accosted with his comments after their private meeting. If they forgive him can the rest of the nation as well? If they do not believe his sincerity then his firing is justified.

So what is a political junkie like me supposed to do to find out what the real thoughts are of our politicians and main stream media guests of the former Imus in the Morning show supposed to do for a realistic fix? No more Joe Biden, John Kerry, Joe Lieberman, Chris Dodd, Bill Richardson, Tim Russert, Chris Matthews, Fineman, Tom Rich, Jeff Greenfield, Brian Williams, Bob Schiefer, Mike Wallace, Chris Wallace, Kurt Vonnegut, Authors of many great books and the list just goes on and on…

What do you think about this issue? Should Don Imus have been fired by CBS Radio?


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Blogger claypost said...

Same on you msnbc for you letting al sharpton and the rest of the black racist run your corporation. The blacks are still blaming us for their own people making them slaves when it was us who set them free. How can you call someone a reverend when he is one of the biggest racist around. I know I am done watching this network for their cowardness,and i could go on and on but i beleive this has been said over and over so I will leave it at that.

6:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don Imus is something else. This is a picture of what I feel comes from his mouth every day:

8:10 PM  

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