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April 13, 2007

Imus’ Plug is Pulled

As expected, CBS radio fired Don Imus due to the rising pressure over his statements concerning the Rutger’s University Woman’s Basketball Team.

The firing is certainly justified, and outrage over this incident was correctly lead by Rev. Sharpton and Rev. Jesse Jackson.  Now, it is time for them to raise their voices against the vitriole produced by “gangsta rappers” and other “hip hoppers”.  The lyrics of these songs make Imus’ comments sound as if they come from a woman’s rights group, or the NAACP.  Fair is fair, and it is high time that a concentrated effort be raised not only be leaders in the black community, but also by those who sponsor such radio shows nationally to exert similar pressure as was correctly applied to Mr. Imus.   Somehow, I have a feeling that won’t happen.

Before you cry too many tears for Mr. Imus, he is an exceptionally wealthy man, who earned $8 million per year for his radio show, and I have little doubt if he wishes, will land on some other radio station after the heat has blown over.

3 Comments »

  1. >

    Exactly. It’s seems like a bit of racist hypocrisy to only punish the white guy for racist remarks.

    Maybe this incident will open the door for increased accountability of the news/entertainment. Certainly blog entries can help generate the momentum.

    Comment by lorraine — April 13, 2007 @ 3:31 am | Reply

  2. It will be good if that happens, but I’m not holding my breath. There is so much money involved in the recording business, that it is hard to see that changing.

    Comment by avoiceofreason — April 13, 2007 @ 4:29 am | Reply

  3. Sharpton’s criticism of rap won’t go too far. He won’t call fr the boycott of a lot of stations because his employer (radio One) owns tons of stations that play rap music all day long.

    Comment by LLR — April 13, 2007 @ 2:25 pm | Reply


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