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CBS has canceled Don Imus' radio show, effective immediately, after uproar over his racist and sexist comments about Rutgers women's basketb

 
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CBS has canceled Don Imus' radio show, effective immediately, after uproar over his racist and sexist comments about Rutgers women's basketb
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• NEW: CBS pulls plug on "Imus in the Morning"
• Imus says he will not go on "some talk show tour"
• TV network will no longer simulcast "Imus in the Morning"
• Rutgers women's basketball team will meet with Imus

NEW YORK (CNN) -- CBS has canceled Don Imus' radio show, effective immediately, after uproar over his racist and sexist comments about Rutgers women's basketball team.

"From the outset, I believe all of us have been deeply upset and revulsed by the statements that were made on our air about the young women who represented Rutgers University in the NCAA Women's Basketball Championship with such class, energy and talent," said CBS President and Chief Executive Officer Leslie Moonves, in announcing the decision.

The decision by CBS came a day after NBC Universal decided to part ways with Imus, thus canceling the simulcast of his show on MSNBC.

Amid the outcry over his on-air racial slur last week, shock jock Imus said Thursday that he had "apologized enough" and that he will not go on "some talk show tour."

"I'm not going to go talk to Larry King or Barbara Walters or anyone else," Imus said on his flagship station in New York, WFAN-AM, which is owned by CBS Corp. and distributes "Imus in the Morning" nationally.

"The only other people I want to talk to are these young women at the team, and then that's it," Imus said.

He was referring to the members of the Rutgers University women's basketball team, whom he described as "nappy-headed hos" the day after the team lost the NCAA championship to the University of Tennessee. (Gallery: Other controversial comments aired on Imus show)

He has repeatedly apologized for those remarks. Team members have agreed to meet with him privately, but so far no meeting has taken place.

"It gets said. Kids get hurt," he said. "At some point -- I'm not sure when -- I'm going to go talk to the team and that's all I'm interested in doing."

NBC News President Steve Capus, appearing on CNN, said Imus' comments had "touched a nerve" within the organization and firing him was "the only action we could take." (Your e-mails on Imus)

Despite being dropped by NBC, Imus hosted his show from the MSNBC studios in New Jersey. He did not appear on TV.

"As you know, MSNBC folded up yesterday, so we're just on the radio," he said.

Imus was broadcasting his 18th annual radio charity fundraiser, which has pulled in $50 million since 1990. It ends Friday.

"This may be our last radiothon, so we need to raise $100 million dollars," Imus said, chuckling.

According to The Associated Press, Imus raised $1 million in the first five hours of Thursday's fundraiser.

The disparaging remark prompted eight companies to pull their ads from Imus' show: Staples, General Motors, Sprint Nextel, GlaxoSmithKline, Procter & Gamble, PetMed Express, American Express and Bigelow Tea.

Bruce Gordon, a member of CBS Corp.'s board of directors, had called for Imus' firing from WFAN.

Speaking Thursday on CNN's "American Morning," Gordon said that, speaking "as an African-American man in this country, Don Imus violated our community. He attacked beautiful, talented, classy women and when those women showed themselves to the country, I think that those words matched with those images made it clear to America that Don Imus was wrong."

Gordon is a former president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

At a rally outside CBS's New York offices Thursday, civil rights activist Al Sharpton pressured the network to cancel Imus' morning show.

Rain cut attendance at the rally -- another has been scheduled for Saturday afternoon -- but Sharpton, joined by the father of a player on the team, spoke to the media.

"NBC has done in our judgment what is right," he said, and CBS must not be "the dam holding back the waters of insensitivity."

Sharpton said he had met with several NBC leaders and planned to meet with CBS leaders later in the day.

Linzell Vaughn, the father of sophomore center Kia Vaughn, said Imus' comments were "like a slap in the face."

"Do not disrespect our children," he said. (Players talk of hurt, seeking understanding)

Sharpton said the airways should not be used to "call children hard-core hos, nappy-headed hos. ... None of us have the right to use the public airways to express our bigotry."

Civil rights activist Jesse Jackson also spoke on Thursday afternoon outside CBS' offices and called for Imus' firing.

"This is not the first time this has happened on this show," he said, and spoke of previous Imus comments that Jackson characterized as racist and sexist.

"'Three strikes you're out' ought to apply to this position," he said.
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Clinton brodcasting is a coward group to begin with.
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Great Summary Title there, Jack, now get back to saving the US from terrorists!
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Enough Already! Meanwhile the Federal Reserve.......
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Whats wrong with calling someone a nappy headed Ho?
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Clinton brodcasting is a coward group to begin with.
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Calling CBS the clinton broadcasting network is appropriate.

Hillary Clinton didn't want IMUS to interview her lesbain sex partner and former secretary SUSAN on the radio.

The clintons are a bunch of satanic traitorous perverts. People like them and the bushfraud gang can't stand the truth being told and they are definately in agreement to get certain people like Imus off the radio.

Having said that.....I don't think Imus is a very nice person......but people should know the real reason he was knocked off the air
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DO YOU REALIZE HOW MUCH IMUS GIVES TO CHARITY EVERY YEAR??
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theres so many nappy headed ho's that live in my trailer park and not a single one of them is black
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well... now i'm going to boycott cbs for this.
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Al Sharpton. What a disgraceful human being. He is truly a nigger in every sense of the word.
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Al Sharpton. What a disgraceful human being. He is truly a nigger in every sense of the word.
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Re: CBS has canceled Don Imus' radio show, effective immediately, after uproar over his racist and sexist comments about Rutgers women's basketb
Don Imus has done more good in America than Al Sharpton and the nappy headed hos Rutgers women's team.

He has raised money for Iraqi soldiers and veterans through his radio show.

Has Al or the Rutgers team done that?

He was angry that the Katrina victims didn't get help from the government early on. He raised money for the New Orleans victims to.

His good deeds outweighs his supposedly racists statement.
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Black people are picking on the wrong guy.

How about the mayor of new orleans pocketing aid money for the katrina victims?
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I don't give a nappy headed fuck......tired of all that nigger stuff.

Here ya go nigger.
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Who cares?? I hear them people call each other names all the time on the street. Seems they are more racist than any white people I know. rant
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Re: CBS has canceled Don Imus' radio show, effective immediately, after uproar over his racist and sexist comments about Rutgers women's basketb
Another attention getter to get folks focusing away from what the Insiders are really doing to our Country. What Bush is doing sending our troops over to Iraq with no end in sight must not be ignored.
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This is very frightening to say the least! When free speech is threatened like this its almost time for the revolution!

I don't like IMUS, don't listen to IMUS, but will defend to the very end his right to say any damned thing he wants to on cable! The FCC has no rights to interfer with anything on cable or satellite.. I would hate to pay for my radio but would if IMUS goes satellite.. I will just to help prove a point.. SCREW U SHARPY AND JACKSON neither are the moral authority for diddly!
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Another attention getter to get folks focusing away from what the Insiders are really doing to our Country. What Bush is doing sending our troops over to Iraq with no end in sight must not be ignored.
 Quoting: destiny observer


Exactly and since these stupid celebs can't keep their ignorant mouths shut we will have to pay by giving up our freedom of speech. All is under control.
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Thats good for Imus and his racist backside. neh, neh, neh, neh, neh, neh! neener
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Another attention getter to get folks focusing away from what the Insiders are really doing to our Country. What Bush is doing sending our troops over to Iraq with no end in sight must not be ignored.


Exactly and since these stupid celebs can't keep their ignorant mouths shut we will have to pay by giving up our freedom of speech. All is under control.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 133430


Yes,

It's obvious that this Oh so minor blip is being used as stated above.

They don't even have to be remotely tactful anymore to create distractions and steal a few more freedoms.

Just

stir sheeplebah flag waver

While Amerika

flush
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There's obviously a double standard for Liberals & "Con-servatives" Liberals aren't allowed to express their opinions & the cons are allowed to continuously say whatever they want, about anyone!
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It's time to show the power of the people.
• Staples,
• GM aka General Motors
• Bigelow Teas,
• Angieslist,
• P&G aka Procter & Gamble,
• AMEX aka American Express,
• Sprint/Nextel
• etc.,
any of the companies who pulled their ads from Imus and resulted in him getting fired need to feel the pressure. Don't do business with these companies, and let them know your feelings. Contact your local GM dealer, demand to speak with the owner or General Motors and tell them you displeasure, especially with the hypocracy of GM for pulling there ads while at the same time aggresively promoting the uncensored nature of XM.
Contact Staples, both corporate and at the store level. Don't buy P&G goods, boycott Bigelow Teas.


Truckers, if you have the ability, don't haul products for these companies, let their products rot on the loading docks. If your not a forced dispatch company, refuse the load.

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AngiesList: [link to forum.angieslist.com]
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There's obviously a double standard for Liberals & "Con-servatives" Liberals aren't allowed to express their opinions & the cons are allowed to continuously say whatever they want, about anyone!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 222589


Hello? Isn't Rosie a liberal? That fat bitch says whatever the hell she wants and gets away with it!! What about that comment she made about Asian people? Something like they talk like this "ching, chang, chong." Shouldn't she be fired too?
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Nothin like crucifying a guy by taking his words out of context.

How immature.
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I agree totally with your post. People like Sharpton and Jackson can threaten to boycott products and stores and corporate America cowers in response. This shit has gone on long enough. The truth is Racism Exists - I know of no white person who's daughter could come home with a big black man and announce she wants to marry and have children with - and the parent would say "This is EXACTLY what I always dreamed of - I couldn't be prouder". America has become a nation of Politically Correct Cowards where you can not speak the truth without being branded as some Ignorant Ill Informed Bigot. It is time for the truth be voiced. Thsi country is facing so many other issues which are so much more threatenting to our country than Don Imus calling a group of basketball players nappy headed hos. If the balcks want to make a major issue out of it and can't accept his appology - that is there problem. But if corporate America is going to constantly cower to their threats - it is time for whites - who still control over 85% of the wealth in this country - to say fine! We will boycott you and your products for being such cowards. We will sell your stocks, find other products to use and other cars to drive. We will see just dedicated they are to their "Principals".
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Here's a sample of black rap "poetry" played on Viacom's CBS sister stations.

Look, Samantha, Loraine, Monica, Veronica Veronica, she treated my dick like a harmonica cock sucker How you think I learned how to twist it and turn Ya back until it's broke, make you feel it in your throat It was Pamela, Linda, Keisha, Nicole Had me fuckin while I was drivin on cruise control Can't wait to get it home and teach it all to you Look I'm just tryna be the best, I'm doin it all for you You know that thing with the peanut butter My Brooklyn bitch said fuck untyin the ropes, it's faster with a box cutter I know you love the way I'm diggin you out But always wanna fuckin argue so let's figure this out I'm just tryna make you happy bitch Who's there for you anytime you get in the mood for suckin a dick (Xzibit, "Fuckin You Right, Restless")
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Here's a sample of black rap "poetry" played on Viacom's CBS sister stations.

Look, Samantha, Loraine, Monica, Veronica Veronica, she treated my dick like a harmonica cock sucker How you think I learned how to twist it and turn Ya back until it's broke, make you feel it in your throat It was Pamela, Linda, Keisha, Nicole Had me fuckin while I was drivin on cruise control Can't wait to get it home and teach it all to you Look I'm just tryna be the best, I'm doin it all for you You know that thing with the peanut butter My Brooklyn bitch said fuck untyin the ropes, it's faster with a box cutter I know you love the way I'm diggin you out But always wanna fuckin argue so let's figure this out I'm just tryna make you happy bitch Who's there for you anytime you get in the mood for suckin a dick (Xzibit, "Fuckin You Right, Restless")
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 211558


How dare any white person regurgitate black rap so called "music," everyone is bombarded with daily! You're fired!

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