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April 11, 2007

Imus Gets a Pass from Guests

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.



  1. I am surprised you think he should be fired over this comment.

    Yes it was rather stupid, and quite of a dumb thing to say. However, his job involves talking for several hours, six mornings a week, over the last few decades. I is easy to see how these kind of stupid comments come out of disc jockey’s mouths everyday and usually pass without any notice. Imus’s popularity and his large audience make him a prime target for racial grandstanders who are more than happy to ruin a man’s life over one errant comment.

    Suspending him is fine, but firing a man over one errant comment is certainly excessive. Moreover, it only serves to embolden the racial demogogues like Sharpton and Jackson who feed on this stuff like sharks.

    Comment by totaltransformation — April 11, 2007 @ 11:23 am | Reply

  2. It’s not an isolated incident, that’s the odd thing about this story. This is the first time he’s been held to any accountability over the drivel he’s spoken for years.

    Comment by avoiceofreason — April 11, 2007 @ 11:48 am | Reply

  3. I am not much of a fan of Imus. I watched him on and off when I was in undergrad, since he was the only thing on in that time slot. I found him to be a rather cantankerous and loud mouthed left leaning mouth piece- and I couldn’t understand why so many people liked him.

    Comment by totaltransformation — April 11, 2007 @ 12:15 pm | Reply

  4. I’ve never listened to Imus. If this is an isolated incident, he should be warned and allowed to continue. If it’s something that happens occasionally, he should be punished. If it’s something that happens frequently, then I agree, he should be fired. Though it is the whole free speech thing (though this is taken too far.)

    Comment by thelonedrifter — April 11, 2007 @ 5:08 pm | Reply

  5. Why fire him ? If he is bad,out of bounds or truly a force of evil why can’t the public just choose to shun him and allow his ratings and therefore his rantings wash away.Freedom of speech is multi dimensional.Freedom to speak or be silent.Free to listen,ignore or refute.If you fire him don’t you need to ax ALL the rappers ? And if a joke can get you canned are facts so far from the block ?

    Comment by in2thefray — April 11, 2007 @ 6:13 pm | Reply

  6. to in2thefray,

    I’ve been listening to a lot of the Imus-thing and wasn’t sure what I felt. I’m not an Imus fan, he’s not on the radio around hear and frankly his voice grates on me.

    I only have a couple comments based on your comments. First, it’s not a free speech issue. Imus is paid to talk. There’s nothing free about it. Sure, he can say whatever he wants. His boss (the networks) can fire him. If he wants, he can start his own radio station. No one can stop him.

    As for choosing to shun him, it looks like that is happening. Advertisers are shunning him. Protestors are shunning him.

    As for the rappers, the same story goes for them. If people stop buying their records, stop watching the videos and advertisers stop advertising duing the videos, they will be axed. They will still have the freedom to speak, just no airwaves to put them on. Unfortunately, I don’t think this will happen. I find them offensive, so I won’t listen, but I don’t think I will have much effect on them. I’m not asking for any laws to prevent them from speaking, but I will vote with a change of the dial.

    Comment by Randy — April 11, 2007 @ 7:01 pm | Reply

  7. Randy, I couldn’t have said it better myself.

    Comment by avoiceofreason — April 11, 2007 @ 11:43 pm | Reply

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