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NABJ: Keep Imus Off The Air

imus_rutgers_update.jpgAl Sharpton might okay with it, but the National Association of Black Journalists has wee bit of a problem with Imus‘ rumored return to the airwaves. Says NABJ president Bryan Monroe:

“NABJ and America applauded in April the decision of national broadcasters to remove his language from the national airwaves. We would hope that, just a few months later, they would not substitute a desire to cash in for the need to stand by their convictions.”

Sharpton, via Radar: “My position is that we never called for him to be permanently barred from being on the air. We’ll see when he comes back, and if he comes back, what are the boundaries and what is the understanding. We’ll be monitoring the situation, but we wanted him to pay for being a repeat abuser, and he paid. We never said we didn’t want him to make a living.”


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    Imus On Sharpton Show: ‘I Can’t Get Anywhere With You People’

    Imus‘ “nappy ‘hos” defense continued this afternoon on the Reverend Al Sharpton‘s radio show. Imus, who appeared live and took calls for roughly two hours, continued to point to the New Mexico ranch he runs for kids with cancer as part of a vague, overarching character defense. Sharpton, NABJ president Bryan Monroe and callers hammered the radio host for what Sharpton called “”racist and diabolical statements” about the Rutgers women’s basketball team. After the show, Sharpton said he was still calling for Imus’ ouster.

    Some highlights:

  • Sharpton: “If you don’t think resignation is in line, then what do you think the price is that you should pay?”
    Imus: “I haven’t thought about that.”

  • Sharpton: It “goes beyond a team, I think all women, all black people, all people of good will are insulted by this.”
  • Imus: “I’m not a journalist, I’m not Tim Russert.”
  • Lots of “Yes sir”s and “Yes ma’am”s from Imus.
  • Imus: “I understand it’s not funny, there’s no excuse, I wish I hadn’t said it, I’m sorry I said it.”
  • Imus said the people calling for his resignation were making an uninformed decision, saying they “don’t know what’s in his heart” — and proceeded to again describe his work with the cancer ranch.
  • Sharpton: “I will give you credit for showing up.”
  • Imus: “I bet I can raise a lot more money than y’all can.”
    Sharpton: “I bet you could before last Wednesday.”
  • Then things began to escalate:

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    Imus Apologizes For ‘Nappy ‘Hos’ Comment

    imus_rutgers_update.jpgThis morning, Don Imus apologized for calling the Rutgers’ women’s basketball team “nappy ‘hos”:

    “Want to take a moment to apologize for an insensitive and ill-conceived remark we made the other morning regarding the Rutgers women’s basketball team. It was completely inappropriate, and we can understand why people were offended. Our characterization was thoughtless and stupid, and we are sorry.”

    The apology came after the National Association of Black Journalists president Bryan Monroe, vice president and editorial director for Ebony and Jet, had called for his head:

    “Has he lost his mind? Those comments were beyond offensive. Imus needs to be fired. Today.”


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  • Should Imus be fired?