Imus Fired by CBS

CBS has fired Don Imus one day after MSNBC decided to drop his show:

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

Imus initially was given a two-week suspension, to start Monday, 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 programs.

“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.

“From the outset, I believe all of us have been deeply upset and revulsed by the statements that were made on our air about the young women who represented Rutgers University … with such class, energy and talent.”

Rutgers women’s basketball team spokeswoman Stacey Brann said the team did not have an immediate comment on Imus’ firing but would be issuing a statement later Thursday evening.

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.

That might be the most surprising part of the whole story–that he was once considered one of the 25 Most Influential People in America. I never really followed his show so I might be missing something by only having seen an occassional interview by him and rare visits on other shows, but I was never impressed with him as a broadcaster even if you ignore his off the wall statements.

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  1. 1
    Sethen says:

    To fire anyone for saying somthing on the radio that has become sociably acceptical in TV, vidios, and movies is hypocritical and weak on the part of CBS. To cave into the black community who perpetuate this kind of dialog is fundamentaly wrong. If this is not exeptical why do I here it every day from black people describing themselves? If you want to get everyone to stop talking this way I am all for it but singling out one man who has done so much for the community will only hurt everyone!!!

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    b-psycho says:

    Sethen: Imus got fired because enough people were pissed about it that it started to translate to lost dollars, plain and simple. The second that advertisers dropped his show I knew it was over.

    As for caving to “the black community”: at best, that portrayal is just plain ignorant. Blacks are not a monolithic group, the trait you assign to an entire race is actually hotly debated within it, and such speech is overwhelmingly the domain of particularly uneducated ghetto youth. It’s not wise to assume that because some blacks talk one way that all blacks do the same, or that the ones that do not don’t see a problem with it.

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    Anonymous says:

    i think this whole thing has been way over blown. CBS && MSNBC are acting like as*holes for the firing. You know the only problem of it all was that a white man said something bout a black people. Now if it was a black person saying something racist about white people, you would of never of heard of it. Now I think the racist people here are the rev. homo sharpton. He only sticks up for the black community when they are called a racist slur, but will NEVER stick up for ANY white person if they are called a racial slur. You dont see sharpton getting all crazy bout these rap singers saying racial slurs about the black race; and they say FAR WORSE things than what imus said. I think everybody sees a problem with that……but i know nobody will because they think white people are out to get blacks. Jus remember one thing, thousands of WHITE people died so the blacks could be set free of slavery, jus remember that. And the rev. homo sharpton needs to get a life and worry bout better things and some friggin racial slur imus said; and maybe worry bout what all these rap singers are saying in there songs, u know the N-WORD and stuff like that.

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    Ron Chusid says:

    “sharpton needs to get a life and worry bout better things and some friggin racial slur imus said; and maybe worry bout what all these rap singers are saying in there songs,”

    Actually Sharpton has spoken out against content in current music.

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    Anonymous says:

    “Actually Sharpton has spoken out against content in current music”

    well if he has it didnt make CNN and you dont see him demonstrating down the streets of NY and in font of the recording studios. IF they can cay racial slurs; so can anybody else w/o be condemed by homo sharpton.

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    Ron Chusid says:

    I don’t know if it made CNN or not, but it made the media per the link above. The logic that one group making racial slurs excuses it in another escapes me–especially after demonstrating that you are incorrect in saying that Al Sharpton hasn’t spoken out against the content in current music. Besides, this is about what Imus said–not about who Sharpton has condemned.

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    Anonymous says:

    well this conversation isn’t about music………it’s about that al sharpton has notoriously “stood” up the black race……..other than the white race……….what im sayin is that homo sharpton always/most of the time condemns “white” people…………and what imus said wasn’t bad at all………to me he’s exactly right, also we have freedom of speech in this counrty, so why is homo sharpton rallying about what he said when we have freedom of speech in this country………..what im sayin is, he stands up for the black people, and doesnt stick up for whites……….and what he needs to do is jus go home and watch tv and quit running for president and keep his head out of s*it.

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    b-psycho says:

    Anon: why is Sharpton a “homo” to you?

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    Anonymous says:

    b-psycho: because hes is another “black” man always screwing things up and making things better for the “black” community. He is a NO GOOD SUN OF A GUN……..hes is all trouble/ but puts on a good face and show……and is he was good he would be president after running bout billion times and never winning. He called for the firing, why couldnt he just let it alone and worry about his own business

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    Ron Chusid says:

    Personally I think blacks are best at determining what is insulting to blacks, and who is doing the most good or harm for the black community. I don’t see where others have any business saying when Sharpton and other blacks should feel insulted, and when such insults are Sharpton’s business.

    Basing a view as to whether someone is any good on whether they are able to get elected President is hardly meaningful criteria.

    To drift off the topic of the above comments a bit, while people like Sharpton and Jesse Jackson may have been influential in the firing of Imus, I find it more meaningful that the ultimate pressure came from blacks who made it into corporate American and were able to excert real pressure on CBS and MSNBC by withholding ad money.

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    Anonymous says:

    well after reading this morning, the rutgers b-ball team actually said this morning that THEY DIDNT WANT IMUS FIRED AT ALL!!!! sharpton actually called on the firing; with his supporters, the comment WASNT to him so he shouldn’t of even stuck nose into it.

    Now let me ask you a question: If it was a black man who would of said something racial about whites, we would never hear of it, also sharpton wouldnt be demonstrating with the whites on the firing of a black person who said the comments.

    DO YOU GET WHAT I MEAN?????? you have to agree.

    Blacks can say something racial about whites and not get criticized about it; but a white person saying something racial about black, gets blown to f**kin hell about it.


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    Ron Chusid says:

    The views of the basketball team is only one factor. The issue isn’t only one of insulting the members of the team but of insulting all blacks and women. As a black, Sharpton has a say in this matter.

    “Now let me ask you a question: If it was a black man…”

    That misses the point. This is not just a man saying something. It is a prominent radio personality saying this on the air which makes this a matter of public concern.

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    Anonymous says:

    so where is jackson and sharpton when a black man says something racial about a white man???

    You would never see the DEMANDING firing of a black man and all that s*it!!!!

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    Ron Chusid says:

    First of all, it is not surprising to see people act most strongly as advocates for their own groups. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. This is especially true when coming from a minority group which might be at a poltitical disadvantage if not for prominent people such as them getting involved.

    Secondly, are there any analogous situations where there is a black radio personality who deserves to be fired for reasons comparable to the reasons for which Imus was fired?

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    battlebob says:

    I think what is being missed is the girls insulted were kids. They wern’t politicians or actors. They werent folks who are constantly in the limelight. I remember when Chelsea Clinton was a gawky kid in the WH and some cartoonists really took some shots at her appearance. I was a Repub then but this was really cruel. A member of the MSM got really angry and told the rest of the media to leave her alone as she was just a kid.

    Imus is a scum bag and is not alone. But he decided to call a bunch on teenagers whores. That must be really great for the kids and their families to hear.

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    Anonymous says:

    are you forgetting this is a free country with a freedom of speech???? black people right in front of me and my kid say “white people are stupid, white crackers, salty, and stuff like that………why do we have to pick on imus here??? i agree with what he said all the way!!!!! he told what he thinks, is that a problem???? and like he said “i applogized enough”, he even agreed with what he said

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    Ron Chusid says:

    This has absolutely nothing to do with freedom of speech. Privately Imus can say what he chooses. When he says it as an employee of CBS and MSNBC, as owners of the networks they have the right to terminate his employment to keep their networks from being associated with such a message.

    What black people say in front of you is totally irrelevant to any of this.

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    Anonymous says:

    well ye true; i was responding to what “battlebob” said about saying racial slurs in front of kids.

    but let me ask u a question????

    If a black man said something on TV or radio or anything like that about the white race, would u be pissed off???? and are going to rally infront of there office to demand the firing of them???? And r u going to get shaprton to rally with you??? cause id think he would do that, he DOES NOT SUPPORT WHITE PEOPLE.

    And may i ask are you white urself ron?

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    Ron Chusid says:

    I didn’t rally to get Imus fired and I wouldn’t rally to get a black fired in a similar circumstance. I’d condemn the comments of either. As I said above, it is perfectly understandable that Sharpton’s major concern would be to defend members of his own race and there’s nothing wrong with that.

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    Anonymous says:

    ye thats perfectly OK; but he needs to be more diverse in the races he supports, white, mexican etc…….

    but sometimes he gets his head in too much stuff though; like the shooting between the NY cops and black man……another one……..but were not talking bout that though.

    What i want to know is who represents the white people if something like ever happenedd?

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    Ron Chusid says:

    Anyone is free to comment on such an issue regardless of race. There is no one who officially represents white people or any other race. There is a far greater number of whites with power and influence than blacks so I don’t think we’d have to worry about any shortage of people speaking out in such a situation.

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    battlebob says:

    If any kids were assaulted like that they would be fired.
    Or if not fired then severely reprimanded or fined. Perhaps a giant fine to be paid to the educational institution.
    The trouble with Imus is this was a constant pattern. He normally abused adults.

    Attacking our children must never be tolerated regardless of race.

    How about if your kids were on the receiving end?
    Great isn’t it.

    Suppose Imus called Hillary a whore.
    Would folks be so upset?
    How about Oprah?
    There would be outrage but it wouldn’t be so intense because these are adults in the public.

    How about if someone called Bubba a pimp?
    The reaction would probably be what’s your point as he is a noted skirt chaser.

    The problem is attacking people that can’t defend themselves.
    HC and Ophrah are big girls. They have the resources and the experience to deal with it.

    But a bunch of teenage women? Get real.

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    Anonymous says:

    well what i got to say about all this is that if we start worrying about that skool shooting with 33 ppl dead and spend less time worrying about a bunch of black; we’de be all right. Thats the problem in this world. We give give to the blacks and they are screw ups in the end.

    33 ppl dead

    Don Imus Racial; NOBODY DEAD

    THINK PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Ron Chusid says:

    The two are separate events. The school shooting has no bearing on whether Imus should have been fired.

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    Anonymous says:

    what im saying is how about if we spend less time worrying about imus for a while and mourn those those who died

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    Ron Chusid says:

    You’re the one who brought up Imus. Otherwise this discussion was dead. It’s old news.

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