Sunday, April 08, 2007

Will Imus Defect To Satellite Radio?

Imus should lose show, critics say
April 7, www.cnn.com

Story Highlights• Racist comment should cost radio host his job, black leaders say• Sharpton: Apology accepted; resignation should be too• Essence editor: Apology is "too little, too late"• Imus called Rutgers women's basketball players "nappy-headed hos"

NEW YORK (AP) -- Unimpressed by his on-air apology or corporate promises of a tighter leash, critics of syndicated radio host Don Imus are calling for his dismissal over his comments about the Rutgers women's basketball team.
"I accept his apology, just as I want his bosses to accept his resignation," said the Rev. Al Sharpton.
He promised to picket Imus' New York radio home, WFAN-AM, if the veteran of nearly 40 years of anything-goes broadcasting isn't gone within a week.
Sharpton was not alone in his anger over Imus' description of the Rutgers women, most of whom are black, as "nappy-headed hos" during a Wednesday morning segment of his show.
The Imus show airs for millions of listeners on more than 70 stations and the MSNBC television network.
On Friday, after Imus delivered an on-air apology, both WFAN and MSNBC condemned his remarks. WFAN issued a statement promising to "monitor the program's content" but Imus, a member of the National Broadcasters Hall of Fame, was not publicly disciplined.
The National Association of Black Journalists, the editor-in-chief of Essence magazine and a New York sports columnist joined the chorus against Imus.
"What he has said has deeply hurt too many people -- black and white, male and female," said NABJ President Bryan Monroe. "His so-called apology comes two days after the fact, and it is too little, too late."
Angela Burt Murray of Essence magazine called on Imus' bosses to take a harder stance over his "unacceptable" remarks. "It needs to be made clear that this type of behavior is offensive and will not be tolerated without severe consequences," Murray said...read more: here

4/08/2007 09:27:00 PM

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