OK,...Time for Clear Channel and Viacom to Step Up!
First came the body blow:
NEW YORK — 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.
"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.
The announcement also was made on air.
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.
The came the kick to the balls:
Thursday, April 12, 2007
NEW YORK — CBS fired Don Imus from his radio program Thursday, the finale to a stunning fall for one of the nation's most prominent broadcasters.
Imus initially was given a two-week suspension for calling the Rutgers women's basketball team "nappy-headed hos" on the air last week, but outrage continued to grow and advertisers bolted from his CBS radio show and its MSNBC simulcast.
"There has been much discussion of the effect language like this has on our young people, particularly young women of color trying to make their way in this society," CBS President and Chief Executive Officer Leslie Moonves said in announcing the decision. "That consideration has weighed most heavily on our minds as we made our decision."
Rutgers women's basketball team spokeswoman Stacey Brann said the team did not have an immediate comment on Imus' firing.
Time Magazine once named the cantankerous broadcaster as one of the 25 Most Influential People in America, and he was a member of the National Broadcaster Hall of Fame.
But Imus found himself at the center of a storm as protests intensified. On Wednesday, MSNBC dropped the simulcast of Imus' show.
Losing Imus will be a financial hit to CBS Radio, which also suffered when Howard Stern departed for satellite radio. The program is worth about $15 million in annual revenue to CBS, which owns Imus' home radio station WFAN-AM and manages Westwood One, the company that syndicates the show across the country.
The Rev. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson met with Moonves on Thursday to demand Imus' removal, promising a rally outside CBS headquarters Saturday and an effort to persuade more advertisers to abandon Imus.
Sumner Redstone, chairman of the CBS Corp. board and its chief stockholder, told Newsweek that he had expected Moonves to "do the right thing," although it wasn't clear what he thought that was.
The news came down in the middle of Imus' Radiothon, which has raised more than $40 million since 1990. The Radiothon had raised more than $1.3 million Thursday before Imus learned that he lost his job.
Now, the TrekMedic isn't defending Don Imus. Don Imus stuck his foot in his mouth and deserves a "Rosie Award" for doing so.
But let's call a spade a spade here, folks.
For two people who call themselves "Reverends," Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson seem to have conveniently forgotten that Our Lord said "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone."
And if the American public wants to have our airwaves cleaned of statements that denigrate minorities and women, it would appear that:
- Clear Channel and Radio One, as well as others, must change the format of all of its radio stations that broadcast Radio Air Pollution (RAP), since most of the lyrics glorify violence and treat women as subordinate to men
- Viacom must shut down MTV. Same reason, different media.
- The Spike Lee movie, "School Daze," the very source of some of the banter that between Don Imus, Charles McCord and Bernard McGuirk, must be banned from airplay in the United States.
And BTW, Akkam and Sillys**ts, before you come on here and try (and fail, as usual) to debate the topic, just remember, its all another just round of Demo-Socialist DoubleStandarddradnatSelbuoD!!
HT to BobG for this gem!