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50 Years Of Larry King Images

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Larry King celebrates his 50th anniversary on television this week and, despite the Virginia Tech massacre and Imus snub, his blow-out party tonight in New York is still on. (King, though, will have to duck out early to host tonight’s Larry King Live.) We figured we’d take a look at the icon through photos (like the one [above] taken in December 1971 in Miami, Florida, when King was charged with grand larceny) scattered across the Web.

Some of our favorites:

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LAT in 90 Seconds

eyefu.jpgStealing Its Own Thunder: So much for understanding the media. CBS Corp. announced its “rapid evolution from an old-media titan into a powerful Internet player” with a “Rolling Thunder,” a new online network that will partner with Microsoft, Comcast and Yahoo. They thought the news was all anyone would talk about. Then they fired Imus.

chinwat.jpgNewest Trend Story: Be on the lookout for more “Big Water” stories. They’ll be everywhere. They’ll be important. And no one will read them.

wocom.jpgWe’ve Come A Long Way, Not: Fewer women are trying to break into to stand-up comedy these days. Down to two from a high of three in the 80s.

Ron Allen On Imus: ‘This Was On NBC News, Not Some Obscure Radio Station’

imus_head_fbny.jpgNBC News correspondent Ron Allen on his public campaign to get Imus off MSNBC’s air, via CNN’s Reliable Sources this weekend:

HOWARD KURTZ: You and Al Roker of the “Today” show were probably the two most visible NBC staffers who were making that case, both externally — both publicly and internally. Why did you feel so strongly? I mean, after all, Imus had been on the air for years, and this is hardly the first time that he said something that’s might be called racially insensitive.

RON ALLEN: Well, again, I think the nature of these comments, these words, were so harsh and so painful. They just brought back a lot of memories, they evoked a lot of images that were particularly upsetting for me.

And again, this was on MSNBC, on NBC News. This was not on some obscure radio station somewhere.

I don’t listen to Imus and I don’t listen to shock-jocks a lot. I’m well aware of what they are saying, but, again, this hit home because it was somewhere where I do business, where I work,. And I felt that NBC News should not be associated with this.

I felt that — and many of us said that, you know, we can do better. We should do better. We believe in principles, we believe in ideals, and the network should be above and better than this kind of — kind of stuff.

Nonetheless, a solid majority of you don’t agree with the outcome of this whole thing:

Frequent Guest Ana Marie Cox Drops Imus

ana_marie_cox_imus.jpgRefreshingly honest on Imus appeal

The former Wonkette-turned-Time blogger had become part of Imus‘ rotating cast of media characters, and loved the ego-stroking attention. No longer, she says. Here’s why:

I had been invited inside the circle, and to be perfectly honest, I was thrilled to be there.

As the invites kept coming, I found myself succumbing to the clubhouse mentality that Imus both inspires and cultivates. Sure, I cringed at his and his crew’s race baiting (the Ray Nagin impersonations, the Obama jokes) and at the casual locker-room misogyny (Hillary Clinton‘s a “bitch,” CNN news anchor Paula Zahn is a “wrinkled old prune”), but I told myself that going on the show meant something beyond inflating my precious ego. I wasn’t alone. As Frank Rich noted a few years ago, “It’s the only show … that I’ve been on where you can actually talk in an informed way — not in sound bites.” Yeah, what he said!

I’m embarrassed to admit that it took Imus’ saying something so devastatingly crass to make me realize that there just was no reason beyond ego to play along. I did the show almost solely to earn my media-elite merit badge. The sad truth is that unless you have a book to promote, there’s often no other reason any writer or columnist has to do the show.

  • An Imus Guest Says No More [Time]
  • MSNBC Drops Imus: The Heat Was Mounting All Day

    imus_head_fbny.jpgBy all accounts, the heat on Imus was mounting from Secaucus to Rock Center all day prior to his ousting. TVNewser says that NBC execs had been in meetings all afternoon and that the decision to cut Imus came down to internal pressure from staffers — not Obama, not Al, not Jesse, not the growing list of advertisers, including General Motors, Sprint and American Express, who dropped their sponsorship of the show.

    Media Matters, the liberal watchdog group that first posted the video of Imus’ “nappy-headed ‘hos” comments, has a handy little timeline — self-serving of course — of the Imus scandalabra.

    IMUS UPDATE: Sopranos Actor Appears On Imus | Imus Says He Will ‘Make Every Effort’ To Hire Blacks | Advertisers Pull Out

    Recapping the latest movement in the Imus imbroglio

    Yesterday, Imus said he would “make every effort” to book and hire blacks for his embattled radio show. Meanwhile, the mounting boycott among advertisers and cautiousness by frequent guests didn’t stop Sopranos actor Steven Schirripa [above], a regular on Imus, from appearing on the show this morning to talk about the season premiere.

    Three of the show’s major advertisers — Proctor & Gamble, Bigelow Teas and Staples — announced that they were dropping their sponsorship of the radio show.

    Imus also denounced NBC’s Nightly News coverage of the controversy on Monday night’s broadcast as “disgraceful.”

    Other notes:

  • Giuliani said he talked to Imus and considered his apology sincere.
  • Some are questioning Obama’s delayed response to the Imus scandal.
  • Al Roker called for Imus to be fired on his blog:

    After watching and listening to him this morning during an interview with Matt Lauer, Don Imus doesn’t get it. Maybe it’s being stuck in a studio for 35 years or being stuck in the 1980s. Either way, it’s obvious that he needs to move on. Citing “context within a comedy show” is not an excuse.

  • Conveniently, MSNBC’s two-week suspension means Imus will be back in time for May sweeps.
  • Keith Olbermann was told by NBC executives not to weigh in on the Imus story until after the Rutgers players have met with Imus.

    FishbowlNY’s Imus Scandal Coverage:

  • Rutgers To Meet With Imus: ‘Deplorable, Despicable, Abominable, Unconscionable’
  • NBC, CBS Radio Suspend Imus For Two Weeks
  • Imus On Sharpton Show: ‘I Can’t Get Anywhere With You People’
  • Does MSNBC Have A Double Standard For Imus?
  • NBC News Prez’ Imus Memo: ‘I Take Imus At His Word’
  • Poll: Should Imus Be Fired?
  • Jews, Mexicans, Blind Black Musicians: Imus’ History Of Hate Talk
  • Imus’ Cancer Ranch Defense
  • Imus: ‘I Am Not A Racist’
  • Essence Editor: Imus Apology ‘Unacceptable,’ Deserve ‘Severe Consequences’
  • Imus Apologizes For ‘Nappy ‘Hos’ Comment
  • Imus Calls Rutgers’ Women’s Basketball Team ‘Nappy-Headed ‘Hos’ | MSNBC Distances Itself
  • Rutgers To Meet With Imus: ‘Deplorable, Despicable, Abominable, Unconscionable’

    rutgers_meets_imus.jpgRutgers University held a press conference earlier today in what was probably the biggest media event to ever take place in East Brunswick, New Jersey. The Rutgers women’s basketball team — whom Imus referred to as “nappy-headed ‘hos” and producer Bernard McGuirk as “hardcore ‘hos” — broke its silence, agreeing to a proposed meeting with Imus in which they’re probably not going to be discussing the finer points of the “two-three zone” defense.

    Captain Essence Carson: “We just hope to come to some type of understanding of what the remarks really entailed, his reasons why they were said. And we’d just like to express our great hurt, the sadness that he has brought to us.”

    Coach C. Vivian Stringer: “It’s not about them as black or ‘nappy headed.’ It’s about us as a people. When there is not equality for all, or when there has been denied equality for one, there has been denied equality for all.”

    “While they worked hard in the classroom and accomplished so much and used their gifts and talents, we had to experience racist and sexist remarks that are deplorable, despicable, and abominable and unconscionable. It hurts me.”

    FishbowlNY’s Imus Scandal Coverage:

  • NBC, CBS Radio Suspend Imus For Two Weeks
  • Imus On Sharpton Show: ‘I Can’t Get Anywhere With You People’
  • Does MSNBC Have A Double Standard For Imus?
  • NBC News Prez’ Imus Memo: ‘I Take Imus At His Word’
  • Poll: Should Imus Be Fired?
  • Jews, Mexicans, Blind Black Musicians: Imus’ History Of Hate Talk
  • Imus’ Cancer Ranch Defense
  • Imus: ‘I Am Not A Racist’
  • Essence Editor: Imus Apology ‘Unacceptable,’ Deserve ‘Severe Consequences’
  • Imus Apologizes For ‘Nappy ‘Hos’ Comment
  • Imus Calls Rutgers’ Women’s Basketball Team ‘Nappy-Headed ‘Hos’ | MSNBC Distances Itself
  • 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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    Jews, Mexicans, Blind Black Musicians: Imus’ History Of Hate Talk

    imus_rutgers_hos.jpgThe Imus-’Nappy ‘Hos’ incident on April 4 may have shocked people like Al Sharpton, but it shouldn’t have shocked WFAN, MSNBC or the show’s listeners whatsoever.

    A recent history [via Media Matters] of hate-talk:

  • March 27

    Former Imus sports announcer Sid Rosenberg appeared on the program and referenced a story in the New York Daily News headlined “Serena Shocked by Racist Heckler.” Rosenberg commented, “I was on an airplane,” suggesting that he could not have been the one heckling professional tennis player Serena Williams.

  • March 16

    Executive producer Bernard McGuirk, performing as his character “Cardinal Egan,” said that “the whole nation is talking about” reports of a “young colored fellah pretty much deckin’ the old bag from New York and takin’ away some of her money.” McGuirk continued: “I’m speaking, of course, about [Sens.] Barack Obama [D-IL] and Hillary Clinton [D-NY].”

  • March 6

    McGuirk said that Hillary was “trying to sound black in front of a black audience” when she gave a speech on March 4 in Selma, Alabama, to commemorate the 1965 “Bloody Sunday” civil rights march. McGuirk added that Clinton “will have cornrows and gold teeth before this fight with Obama is over.” Earlier in the program, in reference to Clinton’s speech, McGuirk had said, “Bitch is gonna be wearing cornrows.” McGuirk also said that Clinton will be “giving Crips signs during speeches.” The Crips are a Los Angeles-based street gang.

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    Essence Editor: Imus Apology ‘Unacceptable,’ Deserve ‘Severe Consequences’

    The firestorm reaction to Imuscomments about the Rutgers’ women’s basketball team continues to rage. Angela Burt-Murray, editor-in-chief of Essence magazine, called for a tougher reprimand of the broadcaster Don Imus:

    Imus‘ disparaging comments about African-American women are unacceptable.” said Burt-Murray. “MSNBC and WFAN must take a stronger stance. It needs to be made clear that this type of behavior is offensive and will not be tolerated without severe consequences.”

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  • Imus Apologizes For ‘Nappy ‘Hos’ Comment
  • Imus Calls Rutgers’ Women’s Basketball Team ‘Nappy-Headed ‘Hos’ | MSNBC Distances Itself
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