Tag: Don Imus (page 2)
Continuing with my media theme today, Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News puts his finger on why Don Imus will go unpunished for his racist comments (video here) about the Rutgers women's basketball team: Dollars. As in money the show makes through advertising.
Which leads to the next question: Who are his show's advertisers?
I don't know, since I don't listen and haven't found a list online. But, what I did find on his MSNBC show site is that he markets his own goods. Those should be easy to boycott. Like Imus Ranch Foods. He has a foundation to help kids with cancer spend time on his ranch, and the money ostensibly goes there, but you don't need Imus to help kids with cancer. St. Jude's is a great alternative.
And what about getting guests not to go on the show? Tim Russert is scheduled for Monday morning. Why doesn't he cancel?
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Radio talk show host Don Imus joined the ranks of Mel Gibson and Grey's Anatomy star Isaiah Washington yesterday with his comments about the Rutgers women's basketball team which has 8 black members:
Imus was speaking with producer Bernard McGurk when the NCAA title game between Rutgers and Tennessee came up.
''That's some rough girls from Rutgers,'' Imus said. ''Man, they got tattoos ...''
''Some hardcore hos,'' said McGurk.
''That's some nappy headed hos there, I'm going to tell you that,'' Imus said.
Rehab, anyone? There's lots of calls for his firing, despite his apology.
''It was completely inappropriate, and we can understand why people were offended. Our characterization was thoughtless and stupid, and we are sorry.''
It wasn't just thoughtless and stupid. It was racist. MSNBC which airs his show in the morning provided this weak statement:
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New York Attorney General Elliot Spitzer has closed his office's investigation (WSJ, free link) of possible charity accounting malfeasance at radio host Don Imus's New Mexico ranch, which operates as a charity for sick children.
The Imus Ranch, a 4,000-acre ranch in northern New Mexico, is run by Mr. Imus and his wife, Deirdre, to help sick children by teaching them how to be cowboys and cowgirls. The ranch's expenses totaled $2.6 million last year, although the ranch hosts only about 100 children annually, mostly during the summer. Mr. Imus raises the funds through his radio and television broadcasts.
Mr. Imus's personal use of the ranch has drawn scrutiny from tax and charity officials. He and his wife and son stay at the ranch all summer to oversee the children's programs. He and his family also visit the ranch in the off-season, including during Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, as well as occasional weekends, Mr. Imus said in the Journal article and reconfirmed on his show yesterday.
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