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Critics of Don Imus: Where Have You Been the Last 20 Years? (Mike Barnicle to Replace I Man)
Blogger News Network ^ | 12 April, 2007 (10:23) | Chase Hamill

Posted on 04/12/2007 2:46:01 PM PDT by meg88

For at least the past two decades, Don Imus and his merry band of radio assistants have been filling the airwaves with innuendo on a daily basis. The recent remarks about the Rutgers University’s women basketball team is nothing new. And the culprit who should be sharing the condemnation with Imus is his executive producer, Bernard McGuirk.

In fact it was McGuirk who began the now-famous insult by referring to the women players as “hos,” with Imus following up with “nappy-headed hos.” In past broadcasts, McGuirk has done abusive imitations of African American poet Maya Angelou, and accused Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of trying to sound black in front of a black audience. “Clinton will have corn rows and gold teeth before her fight with Barack Obama is over,” said McGuirk.

The fact that Imus’ cable TV show has been dropped, and that his radio show remains in jeopardy, is yesterday’s news. What is pertinent and increasingly disturbing is the larger issue of stalled black/white relations in this country. There are those who believe that race relations in the U.S., despite the end of slavery in 1865 and Jim Crow in 1965, are as strained and inscrutable as ever.

Bernard Goldberg, a CBS reporter for 28 years, and now a writer, journalist, and commentator, suggested that there are far more serious racial problems than the Imus dust-up. Goldberg mentioned the high rate of black unemployment, the percentage of blacks in the prison system, and that HIV is the leading cause of death in the black population. When told of Goldberg’s comments, the Rev. Al Sharpton responded that since Goldberg wasn’t black, it was not his place to call attention to these problems.

Similarly, a number of talk show hosts and others have noted that the word “ho,” a street term for whore, is regularly heard in hip-hop and rap songs. It was even suggested that some black women considered being called a “ho” a term of endearment. The response from black composers, singers, and the Black Entertainment Network: it’s OK for blacks to use the term since they invented it and it belongs to them. It is only offensive when whites use the term.

Another glaring inconsistency: CBS radio may indeed fire Don Imus for his racial slur. Yet CBS/Viacom, which owns the stations Imus broadcasts on, plus Paramount Pictures and TV, Black Entertainment Network, Showtime, MTV, and other properties, also signs the paychecks of the rappers and hip-hoppers who use the term “ho” on an hourly basis. Go figure.

One of the ironies of this whole mess is that the Rutgers women’s basketball players have invited Imus to meet with them to discuss the ill treatment they received at his hands. Not a single player, nor the coach, Vivian Stringer, have called for Imus to be fired or to resign. They feel that if Imus meets each player, he will soon learn how blameless the players are, and how not a single one of them was deserving of his derision. One of the players, Essence Carson, is a straight-A student, a classical pianist, and a poised and balanced individual. When coach Stringer was asked if she thought Imus was a racist, she replied, “I’ll wait to meet him before making that decision.” Imus’ true punishment, if he has an ounce of honor and fairness, will be to meet the blameless nice kids who make up the Rutgers team. A sports writer for The Washington Post, Sally Jenkins, has suggested that Imus be forced to buy season tickets to the Rutgers women’s basketball games and sit in the front row wearing a sweat shirt with a big letter R on it at every home game. “R” standing for racist, of course.

Firing Imus will simply mean that some other chain of radio stations will pick him up for his demonstrated drawing power. If that doesn’t happen, he can always go to satellite radio, as did Howard Stern, and where FCC regulations and other rules of civility and good taste do not exist. Curiously, Imus has profusely thanked and praised two other exiles to satellite radio, Ope and Anthony. It was these two shock jocks, it will be remembered, who staged a contest to see who could have sex in the most unlikely locale. The winners were a couple who allegedly did the big nasty in St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. So if Imus considers Opie and Anthony supporters and compatriots, perhaps he really doesn’t get it.

Prediction: Imus will remain on the air in some capacity. The womens basketball team at Rutgers will always have as asterisk next to their name, denoting a negatory footnote to their identity. Big business will do whatever it takes to make more money, even if it widens the cultural divide. Just as Jesse Jackson survived his reference to New York City as “Hymietown,” Don Imus will continue to make at least the $12 million he currently earns each year. And finally, we will discover a wealth of “unfinished business” when it comes to prejudice, free speech, the power of the media, and the meaning, if there is one, of forgiveness.

Oh, by the way, during Imus’ two-week suspension, he will be replaced by former Boston newspaperman Mike Barnicle. It was Barnicle who referred to the marriage of former defense secretary William Cohen and Janet Langhart as “Mandingo.” That’s the title of a movie some thirty years ago about a sexual encounter between a black slave and a white woman.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: imus

1 posted on 04/12/2007 2:46:04 PM PDT by meg88
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To: meg88

I am glad he got canned because of all the sorry stuff he has say about Republicans over the years.

Good riddance.

John


2 posted on 04/12/2007 2:48:56 PM PDT by Diggity
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To: meg88

I would be very careful about going after Bernie since he’s a pretty tough Irish street fighter. Anybody see him mop the floor with ol’ Sid a couple of years back?


3 posted on 04/12/2007 2:49:41 PM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner ("Si vis pacem para bellum")
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To: meg88
“Clinton will have corn rows and gold teeth before her fight with Barack Obama is over,” said McGuirk.

Probably a true statement.

4 posted on 04/12/2007 2:50:09 PM PDT by South40 (Amnesty for ILLEGALS Is A Slap In The Face To The USBP!!)
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To: meg88
Where was I?
Not listening.
Imus is a no class loser. “freedom of the press” is limited to those who own one - since he doesn’t own the radio station the poor little whiner has to either please his bosses or lose his job; just like me. *I* can’t say stupid crap like that at work without getting fired, I don’t see why he’s so special.
Just a punk with a microphone.
Just my .02
5 posted on 04/12/2007 2:51:12 PM PDT by RedStateRocker (Nuke Mecca, Deport all illegals, abolish the IRS, ATF and DEA)
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To: meg88

I believe Mike Barnicle has been fired from previous jobs for lying and plagerism. Sounds like a perfect media icon. No wonder he was their first choice.


6 posted on 04/12/2007 2:51:14 PM PDT by Rokke
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To: Diggity

XM or Sirius will hire Imus in a second, then Jesse and Al will have something new to boycott.


7 posted on 04/12/2007 2:51:46 PM PDT by meg88
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To: meg88

“Clinton will have corn rows and gold teeth before her fight with Barack Obama is over,” said McGuirk.”

Truer words have yet to be spoken...


8 posted on 04/12/2007 2:52:20 PM PDT by Hand em their arse
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To: meg88
In past broadcasts, McGuirk has done abusive imitations of African American poet Maya Angelou, and accused Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of trying to sound black in front of a black audience. “Clinton will have corn rows and gold teeth before her fight with Barack Obama is over,” said McGuirk.

As if Maya Angelou is the only imitation Bernie has ever done. And it's not much of an accusation to accuse Her Heinous of doing what she did down in Atlanta.

That's the problem with Imus not telling everyone to go to hell and only deal with the team. He opened the door to this kind of distortion that makes his show out to be one huge anti-black fest. Far from it. The list of people who were skewered crosses every racial, ethnic and gender boundary.

9 posted on 04/12/2007 2:53:20 PM PDT by Dahoser (Never question Mr. Nibbles!)
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To: meg88

The only black person who bashes other blacks for their retention of low-character traits and ghetto language is Bill Cosby.


10 posted on 04/12/2007 2:55:35 PM PDT by montag813
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To: Rokke

He hangs out with quite the liberal elite cabal of the Matthews, Russerts, Finemans, Gregories, et al. Same dinner parties. A cluster of anti-american liberals.


11 posted on 04/12/2007 2:56:59 PM PDT by samadams2000 (Someone important make......The Call!)
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To: Rokke

He hangs out with quite the liberal elite cabal of the Matthews, Russerts, Finemans, Gregories, et al. Same dinner parties. A cluster of anti-american liberals.


12 posted on 04/12/2007 2:57:03 PM PDT by samadams2000 (Someone important make......The Call!)
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To: Diggity

Imus was a serious Bush Hater...actually hater of most things conservative!


13 posted on 04/12/2007 2:57:58 PM PDT by Suzy Quzy (Hillary '08...Her Phoniness is Genuine!!!)
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To: Hand em their arse
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14 posted on 04/12/2007 2:58:23 PM PDT by digger48
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To: meg88
Did anybody notice that Imus did his "shtick" in accent.

It sounded as if he were parodying a young Black man speaking about Black women.

No less offensive than a Black man doing it.

I'm not sorry he's off the air, though. He sounded smug and arrogant in almost everything he said.

15 posted on 04/12/2007 2:58:39 PM PDT by FixitGuy (By their fruits shall ye know them!)
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To: meg88

Regardless how one feels about Imus, CBS, MSNBC have set a hugh precident and will be watched by the blogosphere to see if they take similar action when someone utters new un-PC remarks on their airwaves. Methinks they set the bar too high.


16 posted on 04/12/2007 2:58:57 PM PDT by umgud
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To: Hand em their arse
“Clinton will have corn rows and gold teeth before her fight with Barack Obama is over,” said McGuirk.”

Imus certainly broke a few golden rules of Liberalism in criticizing the Clintons. His in-person hit on the President at a roast once was priceless and gutsy. He won my respect.

17 posted on 04/12/2007 2:59:07 PM PDT by alrea
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To: Suzy Quzy

Imus was a serious Bush Hater...actually hater of most things conservative!

That’s what makes him problematic for Shillary. When Conservatives bash her, it’s just “SSDD.” But when somebody like Imus, who bashes Conservatives does so, people tend to take more notice, no?


18 posted on 04/12/2007 3:01:17 PM PDT by IndySecurityMom
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To: meg88
Mike Barnicle is a far-left liberal, who lost his job at the Boston Globe due to charges of plagiarism.
19 posted on 04/12/2007 3:02:32 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: digger48

HAHA!!


20 posted on 04/12/2007 3:04:32 PM PDT by Hand em their arse
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To: montag813
"The only black person who bashes other blacks for their retention of low-character traits and ghetto language is Bill Cosby."

A BIG Amen. Cosby has done himself proud for standing up and telling his bro's how much they're hurting themselves.

Seems like many of our Black brothers are content to see all their gains go into the toilet. "Afro-Centric" schools, special programs and other "distancing" policies don't endear them to the "mainstream".

21 posted on 04/12/2007 3:06:03 PM PDT by FixitGuy (By their fruits shall ye know them!)
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To: meg88
Anus, from Anus in the Morning has been deserving something like this for a very long time.

Next to go, Michael Wiener, aka, Savage.

22 posted on 04/12/2007 3:06:31 PM PDT by lormand (Michael Wiener - the tough talking populist moron, who claims to be a Conservative)
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To: meg88
HIV is the leading cause of death in the black population.

I call bullshit.

23 posted on 04/12/2007 3:07:47 PM PDT by prion (Yes, as a matter of fact, I AM the spelling police)
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To: prion
"HIV Black on Black violence is the leading cause of death in the black population."

Better?

24 posted on 04/12/2007 3:19:08 PM PDT by FixitGuy (By their fruits shall ye know them!)
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To: FixitGuy

Probably much closer.


25 posted on 04/12/2007 3:21:29 PM PDT by prion (Yes, as a matter of fact, I AM the spelling police)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Sid? Now there’s some competition.

I heard Sid was so confident of the outcome that he rented out the bottoms of his shoes for advertising space. :-)

Myself? Retired from boxing. Hands went bad. Referee kept stepping on them.


26 posted on 04/12/2007 3:37:15 PM PDT by vietvet67
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To: Rokke

Correct - plagiarized and fabricated stories for the Boston Globe and he was fired / forced to resign.


27 posted on 04/12/2007 3:52:24 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: meg88
he can always go to satellite radio...where FCC regulations and other rules of civility and good taste do not exist.

Yet.

28 posted on 04/12/2007 3:54:31 PM PDT by dfwgator (The University of Florida - Still Championship U)
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To: Rokke
Backgound info on Barnicle including a problem he had with the "n" word that cost his employer some money.
http://media.www.dukechronicle.com/media/storage/paper884/news/1998/08/28/UndefinedSection/A.Lazy.Plagiarists.Charmed.Life-1447135.shtml
29 posted on 04/12/2007 4:00:34 PM PDT by BansheeBill
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To: meg88

Fact is that Imus was about the only person on MSNBC with any kind of a following. MSNBC might just as well close it down now and who will miss them? (If a tree falls in the woods and no one hears it, who cares!)


30 posted on 04/12/2007 4:15:10 PM PDT by onevoter
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To: meg88

Imus wasn’t very good, Mike Barnicle simply sucks.

I’m so glad I bought a CD player for my truck.

Lets see, Barnicle or Def Leppard??........Gunter Glieben Glauchen Globin hehehehehehe!!!


31 posted on 04/12/2007 4:22:13 PM PDT by HEY4QDEMS (Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.)
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To: Rokke
Bernard and the other guy were the conservative straight men for Imus. And Bernard did exhibit some racism over the years. For Irish. For Blacks. For Catholics. You get it?

Imus was, or at least played, a hateful old bag. Hell, he even looks like an old woman. And make no mistake, Imus IS a LIBERAL.

Imus was a Marine (in the band), but so too were Bernard and the other guy (news reader).

32 posted on 04/12/2007 4:51:16 PM PDT by CT
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To: meg88; beaversmom
One of the ironies of this whole mess is that the Rutgers women’s basketball players have invited Imus to meet with them to discuss the ill treatment they received at his hands. Not a single player, nor the coach, Vivian Stringer, have called for Imus to be fired or to resign. They feel that if Imus meets each player, he will soon learn how blameless the players are, and how not a single one of them was deserving of his derision.

You know this is really the insane part. I can't believe anyone who heard this actually thought he was literally speaking about these actual girls. He used them as part of his "joke" but there is no way he was literally referring to anyone of them in a personal sense.

33 posted on 04/12/2007 5:02:22 PM PDT by TXBubba ( Democrats: If they don't abort you then they will tax you to death.)
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To: meg88

“The womens basketball team at Rutgers will always have as asterisk next to their name, denoting a negatory footnote to their identity.”

That is just BS. Nobody will remember this 6 months from now... they might remember that somebody said something ‘racist’ about somebody else, but which university? which team? nah.

It will make no difference to their lives. Hopefully if they are good kids as this article says, they won’t let it bother them. After all, SOME people call others ‘racist’ all the time - just don’t take it personally, since you know it isn’t true!


34 posted on 04/12/2007 5:19:03 PM PDT by Shazolene
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To: trisham
Barnicle is a guest on Howard Stern as well, He hoped to work there at one time. These hate spewing radio monkeys started in the same building at close to the same time, Both have racist guest on their show’s , Stern even has a regular guest who is a KKK member and sells his merchandise thru Stern’s show. Stern get’s away with it as He has a Black women as a side kick
35 posted on 04/12/2007 5:49:10 PM PDT by reefdiver (The sheriff of Nottingham collected taxes on behalf of the common good)
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To: meg88
XM or Sirius will hire Imus in a second, then Jesse and Al will have something new to boycott.

While they're trying to get a merger passed Federal regulators? Not a chance.

36 posted on 04/12/2007 6:18:49 PM PDT by Wolfie
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To: umgud

It is the reason why the Internet will not be silenced, and more will receive unfiltered information, including video, voice and text.

The old media is dying, the First Ammendment will survive the expedient, corporate reactions, simply to protect revenue while they bow at the altar of political correctness.


37 posted on 04/12/2007 6:41:00 PM PDT by Hilltop (?)
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To: prion

“HIV is the leading cause of death in the black population.

I call bullshit.”

I suggest you go to the CDC website and you will find black HIV to be six to seven times that of whites.


38 posted on 04/12/2007 9:02:02 PM PDT by FastCoyote
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To: meg88

I swear if I hear or see one more story about Don Imus I will be sorely tempted to grab a rifle and head for the nearest tall building


39 posted on 04/12/2007 9:23:16 PM PDT by Valin (History takes time. It is not an instant thing.)
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