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    MSNBC drops Imus

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070412/...UqOnGeVd2s0NUE

    MSNBC said Wednesday it will drop its simulcast of the "Imus in the Morning" radio program, responding to growing outrage about the radio host's racial slur against the Rutgers women's basketball team.
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    "This decision comes as a result of an ongoing review process, which initially included the announcement of a suspension. It also takes into account many conversations with our own employees," NBC news said in a statement.

    Talk-show host Don Imus triggered the uproar on his April 4 show, when he referred to the mostly black Rutgers women's basketball team as "nappy-headed hos." His comments have been widely denounced by civil rights and women's groups.

    The decision does not affect Imus' nationally syndicated radio show, and the ultimate decision on the fate of that program will rest with executives at CBS Corp. In a statement, CBS reiterated that Imus will be suspended without pay for two weeks beginning on Monday, and that CBS Radio "will continue to speak with all concerned parties and monitor the situation closely."

    MSNBC's action came after a growing list of sponsors including American Express Co., Sprint Nextel Corp., Staples Inc., Procter & Gamble Co., and General Motors Corp. said they were pulling ads from Imus' show for the indefinite future.

    NBC News President Steve Capus said he made the decision after reading thousands of e-mails and having countless discussions with NBC workers and the public, but he denied the potential loss of advertising dollars had anything to do with it.

    "I take no joy in this. It's not a particularly happy moment, but it needed to happen," he said. "I can't ignore the fact that there is a very long list of inappropriate comments, of inappropriate banter, and it has to stop."

    NBC's decision came at a time when Imus' program on MSNBC was doing better competitively than it ever has been. For the first three months of the year, its audience was nearly identical to CNN's, leading CNN to replace its morning news team last week.

    Calls for Imus' firing from the radio portion of the program have intensified during the past week, and remained strong even after MSNBC's announcment. The show originates from WFAN-AM in New York City and is syndicated nationally by Westwood One, both of which are managed by CBS Corp. MSNBC, which had been simulcasting the show, is a unit of General Electric Co.'s NBC Universal.

    Bruce Gordon, former head of the NAACP and a director of CBS Corp., said before MSNBC's decision Wednesday he hoped the broadcasting company would "make the smart decision" by firing Imus.

    "He's crossed the line, he's violated our community," Gordon said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. "He needs to face the consequence of that violation."

    Gordon, a longtime telecommunications executive, stepped down in March after 19 months as head of the
    National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, one of the foremost U.S. civil rights organizations.

    He said he had spoken with CBS chief executive Leslie Moonves and hoped the company, after reviewing the situation, would fire Imus rather than let him return to the air at the end of his suspension.

    "We should have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to what I see as irresponsible, racist behavior," Gordon said. "The Imus comments go beyond humor. Maybe he thought it was funny, but that's not what occurred."

    A CBS spokesman, Dana McClintock, declined comment on the remarks by Gordon, who is one of at least two minorities on the 13-member board.

    The 10 members of the Rutgers team spoke publicly for the first time Tuesday about the on-air comments, made the day after the team lost the
    NCAA championship game to Tennessee. Some of them wiped away tears as their coach, C. Vivian Stringer, criticized Imus for "racist and sexist remarks that are deplorable, despicable, abominable and unconscionable."

    The women, eight of whom are black, agreed to meet with Imus privately and hear his explanation. They held back from saying whether they'd accept Imus' apologies or passing judgment on whether a two-week suspension imposed by CBS Radio and MSNBC was sufficient.

    Stringer said late Wednesday that she did not call for Imus' firing, but was pleased with the decision by NBC executives.

    She said the meeting with Imus was never designed to call for his removal but to give the women on the team the opportunity to meet with him and for him to see the people he had so publicly hurt.

    "The young ladies and I needed to put a face behind the remarks... He needs to know who these young ladies were that he hurt," Stringer said.

    Imus has apologized repeatedly for his comments. He said Tuesday he hadn't been thinking when making a joke that went "way too far." He also said that those who called for his firing without knowing him, his philanthropic work or what his show was about would be making an "ill-informed" choice.

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    Al Sharpton said in New York that he would put pressure on CBS but that the issue was larger than Imus.

    "I think we also have to have now a broad discussion on how the music industry allows this to be used," Sharpton said. "I don't think that we should stop at NBC, and I don't think we should stop at Imus."

    The Rev.
    Jesse Jackson said he planned to meet with CBS and NBC executives on Thursday with a delegation of other civil rights activists and lawmakers to discuss the Imus situation and diversity in broadcasting.

    "Imus is on 1,040 hours a week and yet they have virtually no black show hosts. That is true for other networks as well," Jackson said. "We must raise the ethical standard for all of them."

    At the Rutgers campus in New Brunswick, N.J., about 300 students and faculty rallied earlier in the day to cheer for their team, which lost in the national championship game, and add their voices to the crescendo of calls for Imus' ouster. One of the speakers was Chidimma Acholonu, president of the campus chapter of the NAACP.

    "This is not a battle against one man. This is a battle against a way of thought," she said. "Don Imus does not understand the power of his words, so it is our responsibility to remind him."
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    Are you surprised? Jesse Jackson made the guy apologize on his program, as did the National Organization of Women. I kind of have to admit that although I see why it was offensive, I kind of laughed when I listened to the broadcast.

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    That's disappointing, such harmless words blown out of proportion by crazy racist blacks.

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    Originally posted by thecameraman
    That's disappointing, such harmless words blown out of proportion by crazy racist blacks.
    I wouldn't say HARMLESS but it's definitely blown out of proportion by racists ass al sharpton

    either way imus is still a friggin douche

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    Originally posted by thecameraman
    That's disappointing, such harmless words blown out of proportion by crazy racist blacks.
    that's harmless words for normal people but not for a broadcaster. You have to be politically correct as well as racially tolerant when it comes to the public, and he did not follow through.

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    I totallly back Imus with this because this was all in a joking matter. If you listen to the audio, he does laugh it off. The only problem with this is that it was just a bad joke. It's pretty fucked up that everyone is now dropping him because I'm sure it wasn't meant to come out like that. Awhile back, Tim Hardaway made a statement about the gays and how they should all die. Now, by listening to the tone of his voice, he wasn't laughing it all. He had his serious voice but how come no one did anything? Al Sharpton made this case worse and because of it, he's a fucking idiot. Kanye West made a statement about whilte people and how come no white people created an uproar on how he was a dickface cum guzzling whore? yet, people still go out and buy his cd's and support him as if nothing happened.

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    Saw this coming from miles away. MSNBC is a business and who can blame them for not wanting someone who is now publicly viewed as a racist on their network.

    It was blown out of proportion. We get that, but theres some things you don't say to a mass of people and "nappy headed hoes" is probably one of them.

    It sucks, but it has to be done. Sponsors were pulling themselves and that means money. What did you guys expect?

    Also, am I the only one who remembers Jesse Jackson referring to New York city as Hymie town?

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    i was watching CNN, and they had al sharpton and imus together on a talk show. sharpton kinda fucked him into a corner by bringing one of the black female bball players to the show and asking him if he thought she was a nappy ho. it was so awkward and imus was constantly apologizing, i felt like laughing but i felt bad for him too.

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    Originally posted by Starbury
    i was watching CNN, and they had al sharpton and imus together on a talk show. sharpton kinda fucked him into a corner by bringing one of the black female bball players to the show and asking him if he thought she was a nappy ho. it was so awkward and imus was constantly apologizing, i felt like laughing but i felt bad for him too.
    Wow. I didn't get to see this. Do you know what CNN Show it was, possibly can catch it online.

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    really way too harsh for a guy that's been on the air for so long. i mean i think the 2-week suspension wasn't enough but to drop a guy for some stupid comments is a bit too much. in this overly politically correct world of ours though, this stuff is somewhat inevitable i guess. i loved it though how he had to talk to al sharpton afterwards. it's a lot like as they joke in the southpark episode that whenever someone says something racist towards blacks, al sharpton or jesse jackson is like the sole representative of the black community

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    Originally posted by Caust
    Also, am I the only one who remembers Jesse Jackson referring to New York city as Hymie town?
    Considering that it was a few years before you were born, I doubt that.

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    Originally posted by generic
    Considering that it was a few years before you were born, I doubt that.
    Yes because to remember something, you have to be there when it happens. Nice logic.

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    I never watched this guy but everytime I flipped the channel I sort of thought he was the kind of guy to say somethin like this. It's too bad he didn't have a good reason behind saying what he said though that makes it so much worse. It was just a dumb move on his part.

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    Originally posted by Caust
    Yes because to remember something, you have to be there when it happens. Nice logic.
    Yes you do.
    To remember something, you have to have formed a memory of it. The only way you can know of it is hearing about it sometime after it happened, thus you have no memory of the event to remember.
    Nice logic.

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    Originally posted by generic
    Yes you do.
    To remember something, you have to have formed a memory of it. The only way you can know of it is hearing about it sometime after it happened, thus you have no memory of the event to remember.
    Nice logic.
    So say I see something that happened 20 years ago. On TV. Create a memory of it, because well, I just saw it. Then recollect on the memory of me seeing it. I can now remember what I had seen, and not actually have been there.

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    I think honestly hearing it.. it was funny and now everyone is using it (see: Duke Lacrosse nappy ho) Im just hoping that Imus gets support from the people (most of us) that think this is ridiculous , Sharpton needs to get that racist stick out of his fat ass and people need to get a sense of fucking humor. People will make jokes at your expense at some point in your life, get over it.

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    Imus should reverse course now and be like

    "Fuck you Al Sharpton. Fuck you MSNBC. Fuck you Jesse Jackson. Fuck you Rutgers Women's Basketball team. I get in trouble for making a joke, and yet all I have to do is turn on Def Comedy Jams and see 5 black people a night make an N word reference with 500 black people laughing about it. You are all a complete bunch of two faced double definition racists. If a word or joke is ok to say because you're black, but not okay to say if you're white;
    THAT'S FUCKING RACIST! "
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    it was bound to happen

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    the best part is that NBC owns the record labels that commit the most degradation to the black race with their rap bullshit

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    woulda lol'd if he said "bald head hoes"

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