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The Imus Test

Over the past several election cycles, Don Imus's radio show had become a must-stop for aspiring politicians. H.G. Buzz Bizzinger called Imus a "powerful Pied Piper" to members of the "media elite" and "political establishment" in a 2006 Vanity Fair profile of the radio jock, which, unfortunately, is not linkable anywhere on the web.

Imus' regular guests included a who's who of well-known politicians, including Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), John Kerry (D-Mass.), Joe Biden (D-Del.) and Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) as well as New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D) among many, many others.

So, with Imus now in the midst of a controversy over comments he made about the Rutgers women's basketball team last week, The Fix went on a hunt for comments by regular guests on Imus' show -- and other well-known politicians -- gauging their reaction to the controversy.

Here's what we found:

* Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.): "The comments of Don Imus were divisive, hurtful and offensive to Americans of all backgrounds. With a public platform, comes a trust. As far as I'm concerned, he violated that trust."

* Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.): "I certainly understand the outrage over his remarks. ... Those women did not deserve those hateful and hurtful comments."

* Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.): "He has apologized ... He said that he is deeply sorry. I'm a great believer in redemption. Whether he needs to do more in order to satisfy the concerns of people like the members of that team, that's something that's between him and them. But I have made many mistakes in my life ... and I have apologized, and most people have accepted that apology."

* Former Gov. Mike Huckabee(R-Ark.) spokeswoman Kirstin Fedewa: "The Governor said yesterday that what Imus said was both insensitive and wrong -- and that he certainly should apologize for his remarks. On top of everything else, what made this so inappropriate was that it was directed at young college women who are amateur athletes and not public figures."

"The Governor considers Imus a friend -- even though he doesn't agree with him on this. Imus did apologize, and he should -- and he's taking repeated steps to show genuine contrition, including offering to meet with the girls, to apologize in person."

* Former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Mass.) spokesman Kevin Madden: "Governor Romney hasn't been invited to appear on the show again, but if he did go back on the show he would be sure to tell Mr. Imus how awful those remarks were. Governor Romney believes that those remarks were hurtful and obviously never should have even been uttered."

* Gov. Bill Richardson (D-N.M.): Spokesman Pahl Shipley said that Richardson has been in North Korea on a diplomatic mission and was not even sure whether the governor was aware of the controversy.

* Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.): "As the father of two young girls, I can imagine how hurtful these comments were to these young women and their parents. The comments were wrong and unacceptable. We know what the charges are, and we should see what actions he takes in the coming days. I'm glad that he has apologized, and I take him to be sincere in his apology. But his actions in the future will be the test of that sincerity and I'll let that guide my decision."

* Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani spokeswoman Maria Comella: "Mayor Giuliani spoke with Don Imus earlier today and it was clear that Mr. Imus recognizes he made a very big mistake. The Mayor believes Don Imus understands the damage he has done and he did the right thing by apologizing. Mayor Giuliani would appear on Don Imus' program again."

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 10, 2007; 4:32 PM ET
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Posted by: rtnxqf tkgqp | April 20, 2007 10:15 AM | Report abuse

My problem is with Rush/Coulter/Hannity/O'Reilly is the standard they set. Should OUR kids look up and say I want to be the number 1 radio jockey. DTo do that I need to be like Rush. That is my problem. It's not about O"reilly, it's the person with less control sitting in his seat in ten years. Think aboutthe future

Posted by: rufus1133 | April 16, 2007 11:41 AM | Report abuse

I don't get some of your rational. If Sharpton wasn't involved would Imus be off the air? Yes.

The republican party now works in doublethink. You people can't see wht "is".

Anybody can use the old Newt trick of trying to link events from 40 years and somehow make it relevant. The issue here is Imus and Rush and coulter/hannity/Oreilly/savage not Sharpton and Jackson. Don't fet it twisted. Bringing up The duke case or sharpton is doublethink. It's trying to say " he did and why can't I". This feels like middle school. If Bob jumps off the bridge does that mean you should or rush or O'Reilly.

Posted by: rufus1133 | April 16, 2007 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Gordan,
"By the way, for all of you that think his remarks are "no big deal" how would you feel if someone said this to or about your daughter. If my daughter was on that team, I would be mad as hell!!!"
If my daughter was on that team and if what he said affected her, i'd have a talk with my daughter to see why she cared about what he said in the first place. Why should she care? Would it change what she did? Would it change who she was? Should it change how she felt about herself? No.

Posted by: Dave! | April 16, 2007 10:27 AM | Report abuse

rufus1133,
The constitution says that you can't pass a law that would prohibit people from saying biased, racist, mean, offensive or ignorant things - or make money from it. The private sector is a different story. If saying things that offend people makes a corporation money, they will tend to continue. If the profit goes away, that speech will tend to go away also. The great thing about America is that there will be someone willing to give Imus a platform again. I say that not because i watch/listen to him, like him or agree with him, i say that because i don't think the way to "fix" issues like this is to shut somebody up by firing them. That leads to people being more careful about what they say (self censorship). That does not change what they think, however. I submit that it's better to have counter arguments and discussion instead of taking the easy way out and firing somebody for what they said. Wouldn't you rather know what Coulter/Rush/Stern/Imus/Hannity/Savage really believe and think? If they start practicing self censorship, you won't.

Posted by: Dave! | April 16, 2007 10:15 AM | Report abuse

1987: Sharpton spreads the incendiary Tawana Brawley hoax, insisting heatedly that a 15-year-old black girl was abducted, raped, and smeared with feces by a group of white men. He singles out Steve Pagones, a young prosecutor. Pagones is wholly innocent -- the crime never occurred -- but Sharpton taunts him: "If we're lying, sue us, so we can . . . prove you did it." Pagones does sue, and eventually wins a $345,000 verdict for defamation. To this day, Sharpton refuses to recant his unspeakable slander or to apologize for his role in the odious affair.

1991: A Hasidic Jewish driver in Brooklyn's Crown Heights section accidentally kills Gavin Cato, a 7-year-old black child, and antisemitic riots erupt. Sharpton races to pour gasoline on the fire. At Gavin's funeral he rails against the "diamond merchants" -- code for Jews -- with "the blood of innocent babies" on their hands. He mobilizes hundreds of demonstrators to march through the Jewish neighborhood, chanting, "No justice, no peace." A rabbinical student, Yankel Rosenbaum, is surrounded by a mob shouting "Kill the Jews!" and stabbed to death.


1995: When the United House of Prayer, a large black landlord in Harlem, raises the rent on Freddy's Fashion Mart, Freddy's white Jewish owner is forced to raise the rent on his subtenant, a black-owned music store. A landlord-tenant dispute ensues; Sharpton uses it to incite racial hatred. "We will not stand by," he warns malignantly, "and allow them to move this brother so that some white interloper can expand his business." Sharpton's National Action Network sets up picket lines; customers going into Freddy's are spat on and cursed as "traitors" and "Uncle Toms." Some protesters shout, "Burn down the Jew store!" and simulate striking a match. "We're going to see that this cracker suffers," says Sharpton's colleague Morris Powell. On Dec. 8, one of the protesters bursts into Freddy's, shoots four employees point-blank, then sets the store on fire. Seven employees die in the inferno.


Posted by: Sharpton's deadly racist history | April 14, 2007 6:23 PM | Report abuse

That's a good post above. I don't think Imus is really racist. I do think he should be pulled from the air. He abused his position for $$$$$. This sends a message also. This is much bigger than Imus. Coulter says, The wrost statements she makes the more money she makes. This IS the statement that that time is over. YOU ARE NOW RESONSIBLE for what comes out of your mouth. What a crazy concept for "news"

Posted by: rufus1133 | April 13, 2007 6:03 PM | Report abuse

rufus1133 - Coulter, O'Reilly, etc. are not inherently wrong; just inherently evil.

They do make valid points sometimes; rarely, but sometimes.

Imus, on the other hand, had no agenda other than to fill four-hours of airtime each day. He was an Equal Opportunity Offender. White, Black, Mexican, Puerto Rican, Catholic, Jew, Italian, Irish, Asian. He criticized Presidents, Vice Presidents, politicians, businessmen, lawyers, doctors, clergy, geniuses (usually self-proclaimed) and idiots, saints and sinners.

Everybody was fair game.

The comment about Rutgers was not an attack. It was a simple stupid attempt to be funny and wasn't. It came only a week or so after a long on-the-air conversation with the widow of Bishop James Patterson lamenting his passing. Tell me how a racist on-the-air personality would even think about a conversation like that.

Again, the comment was stupid and thoughtless, and should have been used to get him to think more long and hard about the comedy which half of his show was.

But, those calling it a racist attack on the Rutgers women's basketball team could not be more wrong.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 13, 2007 3:37 PM | Report abuse

http://mediamatters.org/items/200704120010

Here is a list of your right-wing attack dogs. This is also the site that broke the story to the extent it is now. Read this and then try to defend Rush/coulter/O'Reilly

Posted by: rufus1133 | April 13, 2007 2:33 PM | Report abuse

I love the comments about this is part of the necessary dialogue we need.

I'm not seeing any dialogue. It a one way conversation. Anybody who has an opinion short of Imus being hung drawn and quartered is dismissed as "not getting it."

Jackson and Sharpton will probably have their own special places in Hell for their actions, but the comments I see from respected blacks and whites indicate to me that they hardly, if ever, listened to Imus and don't know what context of the situation and person was.

Stupid - absolutely.

Racist - possibly, but not from what I've heard over the years.

There's no dialogue here. It's a My Way or the Highway dictate; and Corporate America caved because the Almighty Dollar was threatened.

The Land of the Free? As long as you kiss the ring or a**.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 13, 2007 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Imus was not criminaized. He lost the job he abused. He was greedy. He used the same methond as Coulter and Rush to try to get more money.

These people do not have this right to a radio station program. They have free speech, but they can't get paid for this garbage anymore

Posted by: RUFUS1133 | April 13, 2007 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Bye-bye, Imus. Please, stay gone!

Posted by: sue | April 13, 2007 5:23 AM | Report abuse

By the way, for all of you that think his remarks are "no big deal" how would you feel if someone said this to or about your daughter. If my daughter was on that team, I would be mad as hell!!!

Posted by: Gordan | April 13, 2007 12:05 AM | Report abuse

This has nothing to do with "freedom of speech." Th constitution on says that Congress shall make no law restricting freedom of speech. You my say what you like and not be arrested, but you can be fired. In the end, this is a victim for capitalism. Imus got fired because his sponsors left him. Welcome to America.

Just for the record, Imus did something far worse than what he and others have done in the past. He attacked an a group of innocent people. It was the straw that broke the camel's back.

Posted by: Gordan | April 13, 2007 12:02 AM | Report abuse

RUFUS1133
"AnnCoulter said the more outragous she gets the more money she makes, Rush/Stern/Imus/Hannity/Savage. IS THAT THE COUNTRY YOU WANT TO RAISE YOUR KIDS IN?"
Yes. Thanks for asking.

Posted by: Dave! | April 12, 2007 10:26 PM | Report abuse

I'm a Don Ismus Fan and have been for a long time.Recently he referred to the Rutgers University women's basketball team as "nappy headed hos". It was mean and unacceptable. But was it unforgiven.Most absurd was his lashing by Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. They have made so many racist remarks in the past and obviously need a scapegoat namely Imus.
Context has been ignored by all but Ismus' oldest friends. He has said many dumb things in the past but he also has raised millions for charities, especially our wounded soldiers.
I hope that a another network will pick up Imus so that we all can move on.Until then, my coffee with Imus in the morning won't be the same.

Posted by: MaryJane | April 12, 2007 9:44 PM | Report abuse

I don't watch Imus or listen to his program. He deserved to be fired for making those comments. Unfortunately, he was not fired for that reason. He was fired because some hypocrites that were not on the receiving end of his remarks decided to cash in on an opportunity to get more face time with the press. CBS and MSNBC were then blackmailed with the threat of daily protests and predictably, they caved. They cover up their cowardice with talk of doing the right thing or loss of advertising revenue, but the truth is they didn't want the demonstrations. Be careful of what you say on these blogs. Al might be visiting your employer.

Posted by: Tom | April 12, 2007 8:10 PM | Report abuse

What Don Imus said was just wrong and he is getting his just deserts. If Hillary Clinton said to "learn English" then it is one of the few times I agree with her but as to her own language and calling people vile names read Tammy Bruce's blog "Hillary in her own words". She's a match for Don Imus and a hypocrite for criticizing him.

Posted by: tulip2 | April 12, 2007 6:30 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand the rational here, maybe washington post readers can help me. What does the Duke case have to do with Imus and the same standards at Fox/Rush /Coulter/Savage? IF Jackson and Sharpton were not involved would Imus still be fired? I think so. It was the Rutgers response that took his job not Sharpton. You people are giving him more power than he has. HE IS A COMMENTATOR not the issue.

We are all lost if we can't blog about "what is". Bringing up other subjects, THAT HAVE NO RELEVANCE, like the duke case only is an attempt at doublethink. It's an attempt at rationalling bad behavior.

Why is Rush the #1 conservative host?
Why is Hannity interviewing Coulter still and for that point why is he still on the air?

What is News? You cannot battle truth with lies. It is impossible, in a free thinking society. Fox sold us out for money. Please wake-up to that fact. They are the one's who SOLD out this country not the democrats. It's time to talk about what is.

We can say I'm doing this because they did that forever. How about some common sense. AnnCoulter said the more outragous she gets the more money she makes, Rush/Stern/Imus/Hannity/Savage. IS THAT THE COUNTRY YOU WANT TO RAISE YOUR KIDS IN?

Posted by: RUFUS1133 | April 12, 2007 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Here we go again, let sharpton and Jackson have their moment of glory while pouncing on a guy doing a comedy show. These poor girls were so hurt, couldn't these wonderous women have said who cares what this old white guy says, it ain't me he's referring to. No these thin skinned young ladies will never make it in this world, unless they get a job with Sharpton or Jackson and wait for some other insignificant ordeal like this to happen.
Also speaking of Brawley and Hemie town, did these two run for president in the past? Imus spoke to presidential candidates
no run for president.

The day we let those two idiots be the moral guide for us is the end.

Fight reverse discimination with all you got!! It should be easy.

Posted by: Eric Hill | April 12, 2007 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Shock Jock. Imus invented the term. Why is there such an uproar over such a trivial, stupid remark? The man apologized and seems genuinely sincere. It should end here. Are those athletes really hurting over the remark? I don't think so. Why not poll his audience, the people who tune in to his idiocy everyday and find out if they are offended and think he should be fired? Afterall, they are the people the advertisers are targeting to sell their wares to. They should have the final say as to Imus' fate.
Is there no one out there who cares that 3 young mens lives have been ruined by a delusional "ho" who accused them of rape? I'm sure Mr. Sharpton (remember Tawana Brawley?) and Mr. Jackson will remain mute on this subject because the victims were not black. These two clowns are the most racist fools in the country, and every time they open their mouths they prove their total lack of intelligence. Let's face it folks, the root of all prejudice is ignorance, and there seems to be more than enough to go around where these two fools are concerned.
This is just another case of two front page seeking buffoons making a major issue out of something that should not have even made the back page of a small town rag. Wake up and recognize a failed attempt at humor as just that. Wake up and recognize where the true prejudice lies................

Posted by: gg | April 12, 2007 6:03 PM | Report abuse

This is not a victory for Black Americans this is a victory for two of the most vicious, race baiters int the country Sharpton and Jackson. This falsely inflates them with more of their own egomania but we all lose in the process. MSNBC and CBS are liberal, slanted and not doing well in the news divisions. I no longer have watched CBS for 20 years. In the last two years I have stopped watching most of the shows on MSNBC. I am totally done with all of them. As for GM and the other sponsers I am done with you. Never another GM product ever! We can't tolerate racist remarks but we also cannot tolerate thought police like Jackson and Sharpton the two biggest hippocrites in the country. I will make you this promise nothing good is going to come to CBS or MSNBC for this onesided trashing. We still haven't forgotten about Tom Cruse and the religious bigotry by CBS in his firing. We have a fix on CBS we know where they are coming from and we know where they are going. No Where!

Posted by: Stephen Howell | April 12, 2007 5:30 PM | Report abuse

The Duke case has nothing to do with the Imus case. The Duke case is about one North Carolina DA abusing his power. That's it. Everything else is political showmanship. Trying to take our minds off the real news, much like the 3 month long Anna Nicole saga

Posted by: RUFUS1133 | April 12, 2007 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Now that the Rutgers basketball team has appeared on Oprah and Imus is fired, what are the chances that Oprah will have the Duke lacrosse team on her show, next week?

Posted by: Rick | April 12, 2007 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Always point to the past. This is a new age. This is not 1800, this is not 1965. We can continue to say they did it, why can't I forever. The internet changes everything.

You always hear Republicans and Democrats, when conforted on "why", say Clinton did it or in 1948 blah blah blah. When would it ever end. This is our chance to end it now. HOW ABOUT CONFROTING WHAT IS, rather than rationing the past to give your point credence. Much evil has been commited in the past.

Why Imus not Hannity?
Why Imus not Coulter?

Posted by: rufus1133 | April 12, 2007 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Racism is the height of pure stupidity demonstated,IMUS should hang up his hat and shut the **** up he has been getting away with this verbal diarrhea for much too long.
This is 2007 there are far too many challenges and issues that need our attention,having to deal with an Imus is an absurd abstraction, just flush!

Posted by: DOM | April 12, 2007 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Why don't people just stop listening to him? Give him a de facto permanent sabbatical.

Posted by: ZP | April 12, 2007 2:26 PM | Report abuse

RUFUS1133,
"Is this what America has come to? Why do you people continue to give hate a platform everyday?"

Maybe its because my definition of hate and your definition of hate are not equal. And therein lies the problem. Coulter notwithstanding, I don't find that most of what is said on Fox (or CNN/ABC/CBS...) is what i would call hate speech. And quite frankly, even if it was, so what - it is not illegal. It may not be proper or the right thing to say but people seem to think that the US has entered into a new era where all of a sudden in our history, there is a new venom in our speech. The fact is that there has been this sort of thing since out beginning and if anything, we are more careful of what we say these days than in anytime in our history. And I don't necessarily consider this a good thing. In the election of 1800, Adam's campaign accused Jefferson of robbing his widow and child as well as having fathered numerous illegitimate children. Timothy Dwight, a reverend and president of Yale College, said that if Jefferson was elected then people would discard the bible and religion. Federalists spread rumors that the Democratic-Republicans were radicals who would murder their opponents, burn churches, and destroy the country. Jefferson hired a reporter that exposed a sexual relationship between Alexander Hamilton and a married woman. All this in one election cycle. And amazingly, Jefferson and the country managed to survive. I feel confident that this country can survive Ann Coulter.

Posted by: Dave! | April 12, 2007 2:13 PM | Report abuse

In response to the comment above about criticizing black rappers, first of all ,their derogatory songs don't get air play on public air waves and so that can be defended as "free speech" although I don't agree with that idea. When its a public show unlike XM or Sirius certain standards are to be met and I don't believe you can hide behind the free speech curtain then. My 2 cents.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 12, 2007 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Quote: Imus's comment not only hurt the women of the Rutgers basketball team, but hurt Black women in particular, and Black people everywhere.

My response: Wrong. This is the best thing that has ever happened to the Rutgers basketball team. It is good to be a victim sometimes.

What Imus said was wrong and is completely unjustifiable. However, I think most black people are glad that it happened. The dialogue that has resulted benefits the community in the long run.

Posted by: AO | April 12, 2007 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Notice that Imus has only had white males as guests on his show? Hmmm. Hillary is right, as usual. Imus is a sleeze, as usual. If I were a white male I would not make a big deal of it, but I would never appear on his show again.

Posted by: Southern Girl | April 12, 2007 1:03 PM | Report abuse

I'm seeing a lot of racism (against Caucasians) brought out by the Imus controversy. I'm sick of the double standard--blacks can say horrid things about Caucasians, and somehow that's OK. When is Al Sharpton going to apologize for his remarks about the falsely-accused Duke boys?

Posted by: Sharon Lee | April 12, 2007 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Chris
Where is Joe Lieberman on this? The running excuse was Passover. That holiday is over. I am interested in hearing an original equivocation.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 12, 2007 12:58 PM | Report abuse

What do you people think today? How is Rush the #1 conservative host? How was Ann Coulter on Fox all night last night? Why does the right-wing continue to give these people a platform? Coulter said it herslef, The more venomous things she says the more moeny she makes.

Is this what America has come to? Why do you people continue to give hate a platform everyday? There is not two Americas.

Posted by: RUFUS1133 | April 12, 2007 11:46 AM | Report abuse

RUFUS1133,
"I think Imus Rush Coulter Hannity and O'Reilly should all be yank. Why are we only talking about Imus here. Hypocrites?" Why should any of them be yanked? You need to check out that first amendment thing too. Just because you don't like it, agree with it, or find it insulting does not mean it should not be allowed. Interestingly, you fail to bring up Air America or Keith Olbermann on your list. Hmmm. Odd omissions.

Posted by: Dave! | April 12, 2007 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Donald Kinchen,
You should check out that first amendment thing again. "Congress shall make no law ...; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press;..." It's fairly straightforward. My standard line on this is that in America, we have the right to say anything but its not always right to say it. The current ruling on the limits is governed by the Brandenburg v. Ohio decision, which ruled that speech could only be banned when it was directed to and likely to incite imminent lawless action (e.g. a riot). This ruling overturned the one which utilized the Holmes quote about falsely shouting fire in a crowded movie theater.

Posted by: Dave! | April 12, 2007 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Jane (and i am finding it very difficult to refrain from using the full Ackroyd/SNL response to Jane Curtain),
One of my lessons early in life was "Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me." If these (or any) smart, talented, intellegent, young women are going to be damaged by some insensitive remarks from some white idiot shock jock, then their future success in life is questionable at best. The issue is not what was said, should it be allowed or what Imus or his employers should or shouldn't do. The world is full of people like Imus and people worse than him. We all need to learn to deal with others that push our buttons, insult us or worse. But its not like these women need validation from Imus to be a success. It seems that you are suggesting that all young black girls and all young white boys are victims of this and that, somehow, there are no other role models in their life to guide them down a better path. That is the victim mentality that is crippling this country. I could care less what happens to Imus. If you don't like it, don't watch/listen to it. I never have. Remember sticks and stones...

Posted by: Dave! | April 12, 2007 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Wouldn't it make sense to give the Rutgers ladies a chance to speak for themselves? Wouldn't it make sense to invite them on the show, Mr. Imus, and engage in a dialogue? Wouldn't the athletes learn from that opportunity? Wouldn't the audience benefit? Mr. Imus, maybe your wife, Dierdre would help with that program. Maybe Dierdre should run the show in fact for a day. Good luck. Make it right.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 12, 2007 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Chris,

You neglected to gauge Edwards' reaction to the controversy.

He said, "If you tolerate this kind of language in your presence, you are essentially sowing the seed of intolerance". "And I think all of us have an obligation to speak out and condem this kind of language when it's used, no matter who uses it".

Posted by: Shar | April 12, 2007 9:10 AM | Report abuse

bye Imus--don't let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya

bwa ha ha ha

Posted by: adieu | April 12, 2007 8:46 AM | Report abuse

This is not about free speech: Don Imus can say whatever he pleases. He is not entitled to a show from which to say it.

This is not about the Rutgers team. As expected they are handling the matter with grace and stature. They will talk to Don Imus and see if they can get him to understand the impact of his language on them as people.

The people most damaged by this are the young black girls of America. How is Don Imus going to erase the impression on them -- that a successful white person thinks he can say such a thing and make it right with an apology? Or by calling it a joke?

The second group most hurt are young white boys who are given this example of how to be a successful 'man'.

Several of the above posts are both racist and childish -- amounting to two wrongs make it right and everybody is doing it so it's okay.

That is why it is so important that MSNBC has cancelled Imus and that the sponsors have pulled the plug.

This is not the first time that Imus has pulled such a stunt and promised to do better and then gone back to his old ways.

Three strikes and you are out.

Posted by: Jane | April 12, 2007 12:00 AM | Report abuse

Reading the post on this site one can understand America's problems. What is the moral benchmark that we should establish? Should there be one? Those of you who suggest that it's ok to say whatever one pleases fail to realize the long term effects. If this does not shock your conscience, then the shock jock, politician, rap artist, redneck, KKK member or any other racist simple takes the next step in the deevolution of society. There has to be some limit to what is tolerable. If not, where do we stop and more importantly where do we end up? Newscasters delivering stories using the same type language? There is a reason why there are laws disallowing the screaming of the words "FIRE" in a crowded theather. So please stop making these lame excusea for Imus and examine your own consciences.
There is a limit to what people will take. We are approaching such a state locally, nationally and internationally.

Posted by: Donald Kinchen | April 11, 2007 11:57 PM | Report abuse

This pollitically correct crap has to come to an end, are we not the home of the free? If we can't say what we want let's just throw away the Constitution and the bill of rights. Everybody has prejudice in
their blood even if it doesn't show. If you are going to get your feelings hurt every time you watch the news LEAVE THE T.V. OFF you fools. You worry about what someone says but turn rapist murderers and child molesters out on the street every day so they can do it again. So if your feelings over a few true words, then, BOO-HOO, get a life. At least you know where you stand with an HONEST PERSON. EVERYBODY has skeletons in their closet, check and see how Hillary talked to her secret service men!! Talking about nasity degrading language!! Wake Up AMERICA, no wonder there are so many liars in the U.S. they are afraid to speak their mind, remember Tommy Irvin? He told a joke and as soon as the plane landed he was fired, for a joke, that we all have told.

Posted by: Vic Bailey, Auburn Ga. | April 11, 2007 6:52 PM | Report abuse

its ironic--not one of the women had a nappy head. they all had "processed" hair do just like the white women have.

Say it loud-I'm black and I'm proud

Posted by: diedre | April 11, 2007 5:20 PM | Report abuse

I think its so funny that whenever Revs. Sharpton and Jackson publicly criticize someone non-Blacks offer their knee jerk retort that the two are "self-proclaimed" Black leaders who support derogatory rap music.

I would hope that you would know, but obviously you all don't know that both Rev. Sharpton and Rev. Jackson led the fight to try to ban rap music in the '80s and '90s. Get a clue. Revs. Sharpton and Jackson have done more damage to the hip hop industry than all of the white conservatives in this country combined. I don't agree with them because I love rap music, but those are the facts.

Posted by: acarriedo | April 11, 2007 5:13 PM | Report abuse

In the long run it is much ado about nothing. It brings attention to individuals who want to be in the limelight, and they are only successful if they keep the matter from resolving itself.

If someone called my wife or my daughter a "ho", I would figure he needs a drink and let it go...especially since I know the truth.

I will continue to sing "God Bless America" in order to maintain the freedoms we have. The charges and labels that another individual foist upon me have value only in their thinking and not my own, because I will continue to exist apart from them and their prejudices.

Posted by: HectorO | April 11, 2007 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Fox has been defending Imus like crazy. Hannity and Rush, are pissed that imus appologized. They have all been defending his first amendment. Your hatred really clouds your judgement. It's your left friends that are making a big deal out of this.

Posted by: njmike | April 11, 2007 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Is this Cynthia McKinney under another name?

Pol Invokes Imus Slur Over King Portrait
By Shannon McCaffrey
The AP
Wednesday, April 11, 2007; 3:08 PM

ATLANTA -- A bid to hang Coretta Scott King's portrait in the state Capitol died in a legislative committee Wednesday, with the chief supporter comparing the failure to Don Imus' slur against the Rutgers University women's basketball team.

The resolution would have urged the Capitol Standards Arts Commission to hang the portrait next to a picture of her late husband, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., but the three-member House Special Rules Committee declined to move the proposal forward Wednesday.

"It's just like calling Mrs. King a nappy-headed (N-word)," state Rep. Roberta Abdul-Salaam, told reporters after the hearing.

"It's another example of blatant disrespect for black women in 2007," said Abdul-Salaam, a Democrat. "It's worse than what Don Imus did."

Posted by: Anonymous | April 11, 2007 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Cut Imus some slack. The man is under immense pressure to be an a**hole every single morning

Posted by: Dee Onyun | April 11, 2007 4:41 PM | Report abuse

"The Civil Rights movment must be in pretty good shape if this is what Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson have to worry about."

Bill Maher on Scarborough Country

Posted by: Does Make one Wonder | April 11, 2007 4:32 PM | Report abuse

"Don Imus's comments about them (the Rutgers team) were nothing more than small-minded bigotry and coarse sexism. They showed a disregard for basic decency and were disrespectful and degrading to African Americans and women everywhere."
- HRC

No surprise from someone whom Imus refers to as Satan.

Posted by: Payback | April 11, 2007 4:29 PM | Report abuse

on the Imus controversy. In spite of his taking flack from some Blacks for being late and measured with his comment, Barack Obama was the clearest, most unequivocal and thoughtful of all the comments. Certainly the most Presidential. That includes Sen. Clinton's. I also noticed there was nothing from Edwards, the growing darling of the left. Was this an oversight by the Fix or was Mr. Edwards silent.

Posted by: PowerLines | April 11, 2007 3:56 PM | Report abuse

HEARTLESS!!!!
What happens if somebody call you a nappy headed *ho What would you do about it!!! Just let it slide because they appologized?

Posted by: Anonymous | April 11, 2007 3:42 PM | Report abuse

I see my question cannot or will not be answered here. What are you afraid of? Why is it that Ann Coulter is still on Fox? Why is Rush the #1 conservative radio host? Why does Fox attack Rosie everyday and ask her to get off the air? Rosie has part of a one hour show, fox "news" runs 24/7. So my question is. Why is it that conservatives can say anything? As to the post above about patriotism. Do you remember when nobody would question the administration because they were labeled traitors or un-american. I am a former Infantry and I believe the opposite is true. I believe we MSUT question and hold Fox and rush and oulter and imus accountable. Why is it that you allow Rush to spew hate and call him a patriot? I think Imus Rush Coulter Hannity and O'Reilly should all be yank. Why are we only talking about Imus here. Hypocrites?

Posted by: RUFUS1133 | April 11, 2007 3:17 PM | Report abuse

with 145,000 troops being held prisoner (by Bush) THIS ALL YOU GUYS CARE ABOUT??

This NITWIT??? (Sharpton, not Imus)

Posted by: jet pilot | April 11, 2007 3:15 PM | Report abuse

this is the most notice Imus has gotten since the 1970s.

I was surprised to hear he was still alive.

Posted by: bob a. booey | April 11, 2007 3:14 PM | Report abuse

I'TS A SHAME THAT THIS ONE STUPID COMMENT
WHICH IF YOU WAIT A WEEK AND ON COMEDY CENTRAL YOU WILL HERE THIS COMMENT FROM THERE OVER AND OVER. ASK THOSE YOUNG LADIES HOW MANY RAP SONGS THEY HAVE THAT THEY PURCHASED MAYBE FOR ONE SONG BUT THEY THEY PURCHASED IT AND THEY ARE SAYING A WHOLE LOT WORSE. EVERYONE KNOWS IMUS MAKES STUPID COMMENTS ALL THE TIME ARE YOU GOING TO MAKE EVERYONE APOLOGIZE FOR EVERY NEGATIVE STATEMENT MADE? GOOD LUCK ITS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN GET OVER IT PLEASE

Posted by: M DAVIS | April 11, 2007 3:05 PM | Report abuse

I hope that some good comes from all of this bashing. I wish the networks would stop repeating and repeating the offending phrase, Imus said it once and apologized and the networks, most especially FOX have been playing it over and over and over.
The man has done a lot of good, he has apologized over and over, enough. I hope his show is not cancelled and I will stop buying products from the sponsors who have quit his show.
We should all stop calling one another names and learn to forgive when forgiveness is asked for by offenders.

Posted by: Jeannette | April 11, 2007 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Well, I've read every comment concerning Imus. Everyone of you who is own his side. Don't sing "God Bless America again" because you don't mean it. You not thinking about the hearts and the feelings of those young ladies. The fact that they're accomplishing something in their lives. You have no heart!!! none!!! You're cold hearted and so is Imus. Any time you condone somebody tearing down another human being. You are heartless!!!

As for the rappers! they don't care! It's all about money!!!!! Alot of them know they're wrong. The comediens its about making people laugh. But they don't tear down individuals and make them feel worthless like Imus did. This is directed to women in general. I am a christian women and my heart is brokened for those girls. I know God is not pleased with what happened. So all of you who are religious you no its about showing "LOVE" to one another not tearing each other down. When is this country going to start walking in God's love. "never" because Satan won't let it happen.

Posted by: lovechild | April 11, 2007 2:59 PM | Report abuse

As I was watching the never ending coverage of the Don Imus version of foot in mouth disease, I wondered why, how and when
Al "Blah Blah" Sharpton and Jesse "former Presidential candidate" Jackson became the official spokespersons for African Americans every time a racial issue arose?
They are two of the most annoying human beings ever to walk this earth and if I were a Black American (which I am not) I would be ashamed to let them speak for me.
To those who think I could not relate to this experience, I have to let George W. Bush speak for me so I know what it's like to have a moron as a spokesperson.
Cut Imus some slack and let's get back to worrying about important stuff like how Anna Nicole's son died.
Regards,
Gramps in NH

Posted by: Gramps in NH | April 11, 2007 2:59 PM | Report abuse

You got it Cathy. We don't need vile spewed EVERYDAY so Imus or Rush or Ann Coutler can make money. The coach hit the nail on the head. This is probably about greenbacks. Yank all hate-spewing propogandists, I say.

Posted by: rufus1133 | April 11, 2007 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Don Imus is now challenging the Trent Lott record for number of apologies. He has apologized daily on his show and in conversations with Al Sharpton and many others.With the media paying undue and hyped attention to this story, his opportunities to apologize will be endless.

Imus needed to acknowledge his guilt for his thoughtless, reprehensible remark, but other than that, his sincere apology should be to the Rutgers basketball players whom he gratuitously insulted. We don't know what he may have done with respect to them or to Rutgers, but scholarship or other funds might not be a bad idea. Homer www.altara.blogspot.com

Posted by: Homer Hewitt | April 11, 2007 2:26 PM | Report abuse

The issue is not with the people here posting. We all have differant viewpoints for differant reasons. The key, should be, the issue at hand. Not what I do for a living or why my rational is what it is. Let's talk what is.

Why is Rush/Coulter/Hannity/O'Reilly/Savage/Drudge
On the air? That is my question

Posted by: RUFUS1133 | April 11, 2007 2:24 PM | Report abuse

I apologize America!

I have laughed without asking your permission.

I have thought things funny without checking with you first.

I do not know the standards to which you hold me; although they never seem to apply you.

I apologize America! I will not post again for two weeks.


To all the pompous know it all's who demand that all of the rest of the world meet your own unique standards, it appears that there are others who have that same philosphy, but with different standards.

I wish we could get all of you in the same room together. You deserve it.

I order everybody to never laugh again!

Somebody is always offended!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 11, 2007 1:51 PM | Report abuse

How can anything done in front of millions of people be considered a sneak attack?

Posted by: Anonymous | April 11, 2007 1:42 PM | Report abuse

When will people learn that this has nothing to do with race or gender but everthing to do with an unprovoked assault on an innocent human being by another? What Imus did was nothing less than a sneak attack on the Rutger's women's baskeball team using his voice and the airwaves as his weapons. His motives were simply to satisfy his own pleasures of the moment. It would do us well to remember that every war begins with words - words usually motivated by jealousy, hatred, greed, ignorance and the self-identified belief that one race, gender and/or creed is superior to another.
Don Imus is a smug, angry, petty little man who hides his thuggery behind a microphone and his corporate backers. What he did is no different then if he had gone up to a stranger in the street and slugged him. And he picked on the ones he did simply because they were women and black - a short, ugly, foul-mouthed little man, Imus decided that just because he didn't like the hair texture of some of the players that meant he could call them "hos" and raise the hackles of some of his listeners just to get a conversation going on his program.
Well, Imus fans, your boy knows feces from Shinola but he thought no one else did; and that's the problem with people who go through life thinking that they're surrounded by idiots - they never accept who's the real idiot, nor do they ever learn. Get a life, radio junkies, you really will survive if you don't have Imus kicking someone around each day. And we'll all be better for it - just who the hell needs that type of "humor" and publicity anyway?

Posted by: Cathy | April 11, 2007 1:25 PM | Report abuse

I'm a Rutgers alumni, and I gotta say, you never will realize how hard something like this really hits unless it happens to someone you know and care about. It hurts me to hear these insults about great women who represent my school, I can't even imagine how they feel. It hurts even more to see people try to defend Imus. These things I know are true: 1) he didn't apologize until there was a public outcry, as he originally was quoting for people to relax and not take it so seriously. 2) he has a history of this kind of behavior and it shows his true feelings. 3) these women accomplished something amazing that a select few get the opportunity to, and to see that no matter what they have accomplished, this is still how some people will view them. i am only glad that there are no seniors on this team, as for this to be the last memory of their college athletic career would be a shame. they certainly will never forget this, and it breaks my heart to see that they have been dragged into something that they do not deserve.

Posted by: Patrick | April 11, 2007 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Anyone know whether Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are due to arrive in Durham to make their public apologies to the Duke lacrosse players?

Posted by: Loudoun Voter | April 11, 2007 1:06 PM | Report abuse

''Rush/Coulter/Oreilly/Hannity/Savage are still on the air. Do their VIEWERS have no sense of what is right and wrong, what is class? "

question asked and answered----no one forces anyone to watch these people-right???

Posted by: lawyerman | April 11, 2007 12:42 PM | Report abuse

I agree that Imus made racist statements and should be off the air. As Repubs say, "the market will decide."

Can someone on this post please explain to me how Rush/Coulter/Oreilly/Hannity/Savage are still on the air. Do their VIEWERS have no sense of what is right and wrong, what is class? I had mention to someone that "I can't say red is green and up is down, because people would call me a liar and laugh me out of town. How are these people on the air and when will Fox "News" be pull. It is up to their viewers how far they let these people go. As we've seen the last 6 years, they will let these people go far, too far in my opinion.

Posted by: rufus1133 | April 11, 2007 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Prediction: Imus's ratings will soar for the first show back after his vacation---much like Limbaugh got after HIS vacation after the drug bust.

Its just show biz.....

Posted by: Golf fan | April 11, 2007 11:59 AM | Report abuse

What a sad nation this is. So distorted by the framework of race that even morality now is assigned racial categories. Black sexism, you know the "Ho" rapper talk is bad. White sexism, from Chris Matthew's daily assaults on Hillary, to South Park's "The Snuke," to Girls Gone Wild videos, Desperate Housewives, Entourage, well that's just normal white American sexism. You know, the kind that's as pure as apple pie. The sheer bulk of sexist content in mainstream American culture is so pervasive that it is considered just normal entertainment folks! On the other hand, them black folks, now they started it all with that "ho" rapper talk. Yeah, let's blame them for this whole Imus debacle. Conscience clear, matter settled.

The truth is America as a whole is just becoming more and more of a dysfunctional mess. Imus is just a manifestation of a country driven by race rather than by meritocracy. How else to you explain upwardly mobile failure like George Bush or Imus? America is an increasingly aimless and impotent country that prefers the numbing narcotic of the shock jock sadism to serious realistic discourse. How else to explain why seemingly serious journalists and leading politicians in the heart of the nation's capital have time for an uneducated man who holds them hostage to his silly rants.

Posted by: exo | April 11, 2007 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Imus has great guests but he has always be a bore. In fact Chris, you should go on radio as to better hide the hideous toupee of yours.

There is one thing though that has been clear for years. Bernard McGuirk has said racist comments weekly for as long as I can remember. He should go and Iums should survive or not based on his ratings, advertisers and support. It is my assumption that he will not have that support and will be gone and will go to his "ranch" in New Mexico and live large off others donations to that project. It has been noted that this ranch, while it does some wonderful things for children, is always empty most of the time and Imus built himself quite the estate on the property off these donations.

Best of luck Don....

Posted by: J. Turtle | April 11, 2007 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Imus has done it this time--and the joke's on him. New on EWM: Punishment: "Imus Agrees to Become Nappy-Headed Ho"
http://www.eyewitnessmuse.com/musings.php?p=257

EWM- (April 10, 2007, New York, NY) - In what some are calling an act of desperation and others say is a cry for help, disgraced disc jockey Don Imus has agreed to become a "nappy-headed ho" during his two-week suspension for referring to the Rutgers women's basketball team by that epithet...

Posted by: The Eyewitness Muse | April 11, 2007 10:27 AM | Report abuse

I live in upstate New York and we know up here about Sharpton when he destroyed good men's lives over Brawley.The Today show should bring that up and so should MSNBC. Forget CNN and Fox they are really bigots with Beck and all of Fox. Matt Louer should question Ann Coulter when he has her on a couple of times a month instead of fawning over her. We still have a mess in this country don't you think you should be doing your jobs on that instead of this.

Posted by: pat@chillyjim.org | April 11, 2007 10:01 AM | Report abuse

I hope this is the worst thing that ever happens to these yong women.LADIES, THERE IS NO LIFE WITHOUT LUMPS. Nobody knows that better than Don Imus. He's been at the receiving end of as much 'dirt' as he dishes out. The man can laugh at himself. Big Al Sharton, stop using these young women for your own selfish purposes. Now can we start on Rush?

Posted by: AnnaCatherine | April 11, 2007 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Imus isn't a "liberal." He finally turned against Bush in '04, but before and after that has regularly trashed the "communist, pinko democrats" and supported republicans. Not sure how that makes someone "liberal." Moreover, the only "Democrat" he actually seems to like is Joe Lieberman. That's rather instructive.

Posted by: Colin | April 11, 2007 9:44 AM | Report abuse

I think the Richardson camp had the best answer. A politician trying to govern and ratify a nuclear standoff with N. Korea vs. tuning in to silly comments by a radio personality. Seriously, which is more important?

Posted by: reason | April 11, 2007 9:21 AM | Report abuse

this is the best thing that has happened to that nothing in years.

he has no ratings. just like Limbaugh after his "sabbatical" for drugs-he will get a huge tune in for his first show back.

maybe he can make Michael J Fox jokes instead......

Posted by: Don An-IMUS | April 11, 2007 8:52 AM | Report abuse

I'm so excited. Bhoomes is back! A name I remember from the elections debate in early '06, but then didn't see for several months. I don't know if anyone will agree with me, but I personally feel that Bhoomes represents the conservative point of view with more class than does the "King of Zouk."
So welcome back, Bhoomes. We may not agree on everything or even on that much, but your opinions are a valuable contribution.

Posted by: bhoomes is back! | April 11, 2007 8:49 AM | Report abuse

He apologized. Everyone should really move on. Turn on any program - on television or on the radio - and you get the same thing without anyone admitting any wrong doing. We're fighting two wars, have two countries attaining nuclear weapons, and a lackluster economy, yet this is what we're talking about. Listen to him. Don't listen to him. Who cares. Move on.

Posted by: Kevin | April 11, 2007 7:27 AM | Report abuse

Imus is probably lost and confused because he's a lib, he thinks he is suppose to get a pass for his racist and sexiet rantings. This is not the 1st time, he called Gwen Ifel, a cleaning lady,. People like Kerry and Howard Fineman from Newsweek have given this jerk credibilty and they should also be called on the carpet and promise not to reappear on his show. OH by the way, libs, I want you to know I have done my part to defeat that nasty Hillary by making a contribution to Obama.

Posted by: bhoomes | April 11, 2007 5:54 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: jwh | April 11, 2007 2:59 AM | Report abuse

US President Tim Kalemkarian, US Senate Tim Kalemkarian, US House Tim Kalemkarian: best major candidate

Posted by: anonymous | April 11, 2007 2:40 AM | Report abuse

I learned the hard way about calling a women a wh*re. At 5 yrs old used I used it as a taunt about one of the older kid's mother. I had no idea, at the time, of what the word meant.

She waited 2 days before she slung my little behind into a very thorny rosebush.

When she explained to my parents why she had done it, their response was like "Oh, I see", end of story. I'm in my 50's now and I'm still afraid to use that word in reference to a woman in public.

Posted by: skip | April 11, 2007 1:52 AM | Report abuse

Of course GOP candidates would go on the Imus show. After all they are members of the Grotesque Old Party!

Posted by: Archie1954 | April 11, 2007 12:37 AM | Report abuse

Lyle, what criteria would a head have to meet in order for you to classify it as "nappy"? And do you think Hillary's would qualify? Or is hers more like fabric samples?

Posted by: Anonymous | April 10, 2007 11:39 PM | Report abuse

I mean, come ON. I just poured myself a cup of Constant Comment tea, and sat down in my feety pajamas to read The Fix before brushing my teeth... and what a LET-DOWN! Oh my gosh, comments that aren't even about what you said they would be about! And some of the people don't even seem to take the precious opportunity to share their views with other readers seriously! Several times, I had to get up from the computer and shuffle slowly around the room in a New Age pattern, just to align my chakras and get everything into some semblance of holistic balance again. But every time I read your poster William, or Little Pink, or... what's his name? "Zook?" My goodness, those few folks get the old pulse going a little quickly. Why can't we all just discuss one simple, easy-to-understand issue at a time until we reach consensus, and then move on to the next?

Posted by: Disappointed | April 10, 2007 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Chris,
I say this as a big fan of your work and your blog, but your comments section is out of control. It's disgusting the kind of crap that's on here. Cut-and-pasted news stories, plugs for personal blogs, senseless attacks: you guys have got to do something about this.

Posted by: Disappointed | April 10, 2007 11:14 PM | Report abuse

I get a email that discusses the show and what is planned for the next day including guests. This seems to actually prove the game was going to be talked about, the only thing we do not know for sure is how the teams would be potrayed. I happened to watch the show and did not know much about womens basketball, and was suprised to hear the words used. Later I learned of the teams road to that game and give them all the credit they so well deserve. Words have meaning, what happens to Imus in the future, I will wait and then be able to make a more informed comment.

Posted by: lylepink | April 10, 2007 11:02 PM | Report abuse

People, people, wrong is wrong. This is not about ones ethinc background or gender. The comments were wrong. What really strikes me as odd is the fact that people actually feel that what he said was appropriate. If any of you feel that his comments were appropriate please explain your logic. We do not need to fight each other over an inappropriate comment.
Now when it comes to Rap Music
All rap music with explict lyrics downgrading women is wrong; race makes no difference (white, black, asian, hispanic). Ignorance is ignorance. But, when you look at rap music I guess ignorance makes a lot of money for the music industry (Sony, CBS..etc..)

Posted by: Doc | April 10, 2007 10:46 PM | Report abuse

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Fatigued air traffic controllers contributed to four aviation mishaps in recent years, and may have been a factor in last year's Comair crash that killed 49 people, according to federal accident investigators.

The investigators are calling on the Federal Aviation Administration to revise work schedules and take other actions to prevent controllers from becoming tired on the job.

"Controllers are absolutely more tired now than they have ever been, and it's because they are forced to work overtime. This is an understaffed system, and the FAA is lying when they say it's not," said Doug Church, spokesman for the National Air Traffic Controllers Association.'

Posted by: 'small government' at work | April 10, 2007 10:27 PM | Report abuse

JD-projecting again?

Posted by: Anonymous | April 10, 2007 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Glad to see the Report Post link there.

Hopefully people will use it responsibly and the moderator(s) exercise extreme restraint in removing posts. As we all know, the discussion may get heated at times which is for the most part fine.

Posted by: roo | April 10, 2007 10:10 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Joe Klein of Time magazine who just told Joe Scarborough on MSNBC that any story which gives Al Sharpton substantial air time has gone on too long.

Posted by: JTSpangler | April 10, 2007 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Hey anonymous coward, does your mommy know you're using her computer?

Time to come up from the basement now, she's calling you.

Posted by: JD | April 10, 2007 9:55 PM | Report abuse

oh and i forgot the gays -- the fact that you impotent --it's all their fault!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 10, 2007 9:47 PM | Report abuse

white men who can't get over the fact that they're not the privileged class anymore, that they actually have to do something to get recognition... terrible tragedy, so much anger, so much rabid hatred. you gotta blame your failures on somebody, though, don't you?

blame it on the islamics, the blacks, the women, the mexicans -- your failures are not your fault! you are a victim!

suck it up, losers. and i am a white man, so get over it.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 10, 2007 9:46 PM | Report abuse

'Jackson and Sharpton are race pimps, they are the ho's actually. Not enough bad things can happen to them.'

see, it's all about the hatred... the burning rage of impotent white men.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 10, 2007 9:42 PM | Report abuse

It's time to stop Imus and Limbaugh and Hannity and Coulter from spreading their bigotry and hatred. Not by regulating speech, but by outrage in the marketplace. Boycotts of advertisers can be very effective tools.

I urge everyone who is offended by their remarks to call or email the station that broadcasts them, or find out who their advertisers are and contact them.

Enough is enough. Let America be America.

Posted by: Maggie | April 10, 2007 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Colin you may claim that Jackson et al are at the forefront of condemning rap lyrics, but I've yet to hear from them. Certainly they don't go on Today etc to start hammering blacks (unless it's Colin Powell and other GOPers who don't tow the lib line).

Jackson and Sharpton are race pimps, they are the ho's actually. Not enough bad things can happen to them. All they do is show up during controversies to stir up bad feelings and anger, all the while wearing $2000 suits and staying in $1000/night hotels.

F them.

Posted by: JD | April 10, 2007 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Imus's comment not only hurt the women of the Rutgers basketball team, but hurt Black women in particular, and Black people everywhere. Is he going to apologize to all of us? And by the way, neither Sharpton, nor Jackson speak for me or any Black person I know! Inspite of the piss poor way some rappers and music videos misrepresent our people, the overwhelming majority of Black folks are decent, hard working, God-fearing people. And if he thinks that all it takes is a simple apology he is sadly mistaken! He should be fired now!

Posted by: Trafficticket926 | April 10, 2007 9:30 PM | Report abuse

robert murrow -- wow, you're nuts. i mean, seriously nuts.

anthony -- all my regards to you, christ, i cannot even imagine what it must be like for you to read all these incredibly stupid comments, and imus himself, to just be expected to keep taking it and taking it...

Posted by: Luna | April 10, 2007 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Hillary and Bill have a long history of making racist remarks and ethnic slurs. Here is an audioclip on YouTube; to read the script, hit the "pause" button:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxlpI3LuvtU

The state troopers that Hillary and Bill, in addition to using all sorts of profanity, would call each other "Jew bastard" and "MF Jew". Why? I don't know. They have big mental problems. Paul Fray, who was Bill's campaign manager in 1974, says that Hillary, while screaming so loud the pictures on the wall practically rattled, called him a "Jew bastard" on election night 1974, blaming Bill's narrow loss on him.

Posted by: Robert Morrow | April 10, 2007 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Hillary says she is not going to appear on Imus? He won't let her on. He calls her "Satan".

Posted by: tom | April 10, 2007 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Imus has more than the right to say whatever he wants, but people should not be alarmed if there's a group that would be upset with him.

We all have said stupid things every once in a while, and wanted to be funny, but there's times you cross the line and Imus crossed it. Jokes are meant to be funny, and sometimes the validity and purpose of them may be in question, but in this instance, he used it to hurt.

I no doubt believe Imus may be sorry for what he did, and sincerely thought he was trying to be funny, but as an African American, incidents such as these just show we have a long way to go in becoming one nation, not one of races, classes, and ideologies.

Don, you may be a good person, and you surely might be from your charity work, but in the end you cannot be absolved from you utterly stupid comment.

Just because rappers say "ho" and other derogatory language does not make it right. In fact, they are just as stupid as Imus, even moreso, but no woman, black or whit deserves those words said onto them.

We may try to justify all of this, but in the end, the comments from Imus were just beyond stupid and irresponsible.

Should he fired, maybe? However, today he might learn a lesson or two from the women of Rutgers University about what it means to be "good person" as he says he is.

Anthony - http://oriolepost.blogspot.com

Posted by: Anthony | April 10, 2007 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Right on sma Texas! EVERYBODY TAKE A READ.

Posted by: Jack | April 10, 2007 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Who appointed Sharpton as the King of Black People? Where is his apology for the handling of the Tawana Baralwey scandal where he tried to ruin the careers of several white police officers and a prosecutor by claiming that they had raped and kidnapped a confused teenager?

Posted by: Todd | April 10, 2007 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Well I tried to watch the "I'm a poor young lady victim of racism, because I was called a "nappy headed ho". Give me a break. The Rutgers coach was too long winded to hold a lot of attention. I guess since she did not get to give a long vitory speach after loosing the National Championship, she'd make up for it by making her team victims of a stupid remark by a radio shock jock. Surely this coach could not possibly believe her successful ball player's self esteem is soooo fragile. Now, are we to believe these young black ladies never watch BET, where the rapper music quite often call's black women every thing but "nappy headed". Come on you black beauty's; chin up sholder's back. Don't let stupid remarks kill your joy. Your young, talented getting a great education with your whole life ahead of you. It don,t get much bet'ern that.

Posted by: sma Texas | April 10, 2007 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Well I tried to watch the "I'm a poor young lady victim of racism, because I was called a "nappy headed ho". Give me a break. The Rutgers coach was too long winded to hold a lot of attention. I guess since she did not get to give a long vitory speach after loosing the National Championship, she'd make up for it by making her team victims of a stupid remark by a radio shock jock. Surely this coach could not possibly believe her successful ball player's self esteem is soooo fragile. Now, are we to believe these young black ladies never watch BET, where the rapper music quite often call's black women every thing but "nappy headed". Come on you black beauty's; chin up sholder's back. Don't let stupid remarks kill your joy. Your young, talented getting a great education with your whole life ahead of you. It don,t get much bet'ern that.

Posted by: sma Texas | April 10, 2007 8:02 PM | Report abuse

What Imus did was defame, obscenely, a group of obviously bright and talented young women for being bright, talented and black. It is as simple as that. Being none of the above, Imus should apologize, be punished, publicly accept his punishment, then shut the hell up!

Posted by: thrh | April 10, 2007 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Who's this Don Imus?

Posted by: larry | April 10, 2007 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Tom, your an idiot

Posted by: Anonymous | April 10, 2007 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Here, I'll take the corporate people who own Imus to task. He's just a clown, doing what he does to amuse the other clowns who are his audience. As long as it sells tickets, his owners aren't going to change a thing.Same as they don't change a word that the women-hating [black and white] rappers use. It's all about money -- and hate.

Posted by: drrindl | April 10, 2007 7:38 PM | Report abuse

I don't see anyone taking the corporate people who own Imus to task. Nor are the self-haters who need a daily hate fix to feel better about themselves being blamed.

Imus is just a symptom of some really big problems in America.

Posted by: Rich | April 10, 2007 7:27 PM | Report abuse

white people do have all that you mentioned jack. its called white privlege.aint it nice to have?

Posted by: ? | April 10, 2007 6:58 PM | Report abuse

It's OK to have.............

NAACP
EBONY MAGAZINE
HISPANIC BUSINESSMAN
AFFIRMATIVE ACTION
UNITED NEGRO'S COLLEGE FUND
NATIONAL HMONG ALLIANCE
just to name a "few"
BUT!!!!
you will never see...


POOR WHITE KIDS COLLEGE FUND
THE WHITE BUSINESSMEN'S MAGAZINE
NATIONAL CAUCASIAN ALLIANCE...
ETC..ETC..ETC..

and WHY???

because that would be racially prejudiced and discriminating!!! The double standards in this country are a complete joke. Lighten up people!

Posted by: Jack | April 10, 2007 6:41 PM | Report abuse

One name for all of you Al Sharpton rear end kissers - Tawana Brawley. Now, she was a nappy headed ho if there ever was one

Posted by: Tom | April 10, 2007 6:35 PM | Report abuse

One name for all of you Al Sharpton ass kissers - Tawana Brawley. Now, she was a nappy headed ho if there ever was one

Posted by: Tom | April 10, 2007 6:34 PM | Report abuse

I think he's going to have a lot harder time finding the respected mainstream guests he's had in the past.
When Rudi says he's a friend it tells you something about America's mayor.

Posted by: Rich | April 10, 2007 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Since someone is posting under my name, I am going to return the favor. and you won't know which one is real.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 10, 2007 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Has Imus looked in the mirror? Who's he to make fun of any one elses hair?

Posted by: mountain man | April 10, 2007 5:59 PM | Report abuse

it would be one thing if what imus said was a isolated thing,but he's been saying it all thru his career. ask anyone who worked with him especially howard stern(ok bad example.) just let the fake cowboy ride off into retirement.

william-ok is the real one promoting his site? im sure you will be amused when i say this.hillary=pandering. telling a hispanic immigrant to learn english is basically trying to get the anti immigration vote.why pander to a group thats probably never going to vote for you anyway?

and to no name, i would take your advice if you would sign your name instead of portraying two men who marched with MLK as hucksters. they havent acted as angels later on, but compared to dobson,roberson and fallwell? get real!

Posted by: spartan | April 10, 2007 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Besides, according to Liberal policy, that is just another noble profession any mother would love to see her kids get into. Just don't judge them cause that would be wrong.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 10, 2007 5:56 PM | Report abuse

See how fun it is to use that word. that is why Imus did it - pure fun. no harm intended. We use that word in my house all the time. so what. that is one of our cleaner words.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 10, 2007 5:55 PM | Report abuse

CC-- thank you for the email link for offensive comments! Really appreciate.

Posted by: mom | April 10, 2007 5:54 PM | Report abuse

All of you who think it's just fine to call any woman a wh*re, your mothers are all wh*res, right?

Posted by: Anonymous | April 10, 2007 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Who is this zouk character? why won't he post his name?

Posted by: Steve | April 10, 2007 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Mine all are so I love to talk about this. while they are all out finding Johns, I get to blog.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 10, 2007 5:50 PM | Report abuse

zouk need meds. get zouk meds...

Posted by: Anonymous | April 10, 2007 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Notice it wasn't go home or obey the law. Just learn english so you can fit right in.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 10, 2007 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Yes, JD, no big deal. Just call a bunch of vulnerable, high-achieving young women who*res. No big deal. I'm sure if someone on a TV show called your wife or young daughter a wh*re, you'd have no problem with it, right?

So how about it? Is your wife or daughter or mother a wh*re? Just asking... you don't mind, right?

Posted by: Anonymous | April 10, 2007 5:49 PM | Report abuse

In Iowa, Hillary Clinton had two words for illegal immigrants: "Learn English".

She's right, william. If people don't want to hear it, that's too bad for them.

Posted by: drindl | April 10, 2007 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Someone is posting under my noname. I didn't say that last one.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 10, 2007 5:42 PM | Report abuse

How about those brilliant black activists stop searching everywhere for all signs of racism within twenty feet of a camera and actually do something about the problems. compare those hucksters to Cosby.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 10, 2007 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Wonder how Hispanics are feeling about this doozy from Hillary's most recent Iowa trip.

From http://www.solidpolitics.com

"In Iowa, Hillary Clinton had two words for illegal immigrants: "Learn English".... This strategy may work in white, blue-collar Iowa, but it could come back to haunt her in important heavily Hispanic primary and caucus states like California, Texas and Nevada...."

Posted by: William | April 10, 2007 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Gotta say, it really angers me when people try to brush off what Imus said. If you read some of the coverage abou this, it becomes clear that he and people on his show are consistently ractially insenstive. This isn't a one time thing. And that really shouldn't be OK.

Oh, and to JD's point. Rev. Jackson has spoken out about the language used in rap lyrics (by, incidentally, white and black rappers). He doesn't agree with it and has denounced it. So you're off base with that criticism.

Posted by: Colin | April 10, 2007 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who has ever really paid attention to Sharpton and Jackson would know that they've criticized black rappers for years for such comments and are consistent with their criticism of Imus.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 10, 2007 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Such a silly 'controversy'. Sure Imus was over the top a little, but that's what his show's always been about.

Not to defend Imus, but it would be nice to hear Sharpton and Jackson to boycott the current rappers who use much worse language to describe women et al. Of course, that would make those self-described black leaders non-hypocritical, so that ain't happenin'

Posted by: JD | April 10, 2007 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Imus is my hero and doesn't deserve this bad rap. Get it?

Posted by: Anonymous | April 10, 2007 5:12 PM | Report abuse

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