Some guests of the Imus in the Morning show are giving him a pass on the “nappy headed ho’s” comment issued last week.
Among regulars, Howard Feinman and Sen. McCain have said they plan on talking on this show if invited after stating their belief in the sincerity of Mr. Imus’ apology. Frontrunner, Rudy Giuliani also will reappear on the show if invited.
“I called him a little while ago to talk to him about it personally,” he said. “And I believe that he understands that he made a very, very big mistake.”
Other guests offered comments:
His Imus remarks echoed those of Senator John McCain, another leading Republican nominee for President, who said: “He has apologized. He said that he is deeply sorry. I’m a great believer in redemption.”
The Imus show has been a frequent venue for the Republican candidates, including former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts. But Democrats have not shied away from it, with Senator Barack Obama appearing on the program, and Senator Christopher Dodd of Connecticut even announcing his candidacy on the show. Yesterday, Senator Obama pointedly criticized the remarks.
“The comments of Don Imus were divisive, hurtful and offensive to Americans of all backgrounds,” Mr. Obama, an Illinois Democrat, said in a statement. “With a public platform, comes a trust. As far as I’m concerned, he violated that trust.”
Mr. Giuliani said of Mr. Imus, “He seems sincerely sorry about it and seems like someone who will endeavor not to do that again and I will take him at his word.”
It will be interesting to see if any decline invitations to the program. The 15 to 20 minutes that Mr. Imus typically gives his guests are among the most genorous slots a politician can have to get his message across. All this aside, I think he should be fired.