Srbmod From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 16888 posts, RR: 51 Reply 11, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1596 times:
I'll have to say that I'm not surprised by this at all. Once MSNBC axed their simulcast of his show, you knew that the end was near for him @ CBS Radio. The fact that it took them (CBS Radio) this long after the incident to fire him is shocking; had it been Howard Stern, they probably would have fired him within a matter of a day or two. CBS Radio is royally screwed now as well since they were somewhat dependent on Imus to improve their fortunes since Stern left (O & A are part of this bid to make up for the revenue CBS Radio has lost since Stern left for Sirius). This makes the rumors of CBS Radio being sold and potentially broken up more likely.
In some ways, Imus did this entire backwards. He could have used the old age/senility and/or the ravages of drug and alcohol abuse in the past angle and probably things wouldn't have been so bad and perhaps people would have felt sorry for him. The statements and apologies he has made in the aftermath just dug a deeper hole for him.
Unlike during his heyday at WNBC when he was fired and rehired on an almost regular basis (This was during the height of his drug and alcohol abuse), he won't be returning to CBS Radio. There probably is someone out there willing to take the risk of having him on the air and he'll probably be back in the saddle again in a matter of months. I wouldn't be surprised if he makes the jump to satellite radio (Heck, if he would have said it on satellite radio, it probably wouldn't have made headlines.).
Airfoilsguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 16, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1555 times:
This is all a bunch of horseshit! Imus is fired from a show he has been doing for decades for saying one dumb thing? It just shows how screwed up the media industry is. I am sure CBS is going to be all sanctimonious about it and say something like "we don't tolerate that kind of thing here". Well, I have one question, why did it take so long? The answer, after the sponsors pulled out CBS suddenly decided it would be the right thing to do. I wounder if no sponsors dropped him would he still have been fired? Probably not. If Imus should have been fired they should have done it right off, not wait so long. I think the whole thing just smells rotten. He should be punished but not in such a half assed disjointed way.
JpetekYXMD80 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 4238 posts, RR: 29 Reply 18, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1536 times:
Quoting Airfoilsguy (Reply 16): This is all a bunch of horseshit! Imus is fired from a show he has been doing for decades for saying one dumb thing? It just shows how screwed up the media industry is. I am sure CBS is going to be all sanctimonious about it and say something like "we don't tolerate that kind of thing here". Well, I have one question, why did it take so long? The answer, after the sponsors pulled out CBS suddenly decided it would be the right thing to do. I wounder if no sponsors dropped him would he still have been fired? Probably not. If Imus should have been fired they should have done it right off, not wait so long. I think the whole thing just smells rotten. He should be punished but not in such a half assed disjointed way.
Yup, total bullshit. I find it interesting i've seen no one mention that Imus wasn't the first to say 'ho', there was a comment prior. Surely he is responsible for his own words and reactions, but it is asinine for this enormous scope of outrage and his eventual firing to stem from a single, knee-jerk response such as this. Of course it was a stupid thing to say, but I don't believe for one minute that Don is a racist or that it was anything more than a misguided joke. I actually have listened to Imus's show quite a bit, unlike most of these armchair quarterbacks coming out of the woodwork thinking they know jack shit about the guy.
Srbmod From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 16888 posts, RR: 51 Reply 19, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1527 times:
Quoting STLGph (Reply 13): we're placing bets on the News Network on how long it'll take to announce a deal.
everyone's saying within three weeks.
Concur with that assessment and will say that he'll end up signing with XM and will do afternoons on the Virus Channel (He is a friend and supporter of Opie & Anthony, so it would not surprise me to see him end up on their channel.). Needless to say, if the Sirius-XM merger goes through, it'll be go grab the popcorn time because of Imus' and Stern's long standing feud.
Pope From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 20, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1527 times:
Quoting B777-700 (Reply 8): Not the point. You CAN say "Damn my wife is being a bitch". If I said: "Damn dude, your wife is a bitch" I would expect to get punched in the face, and rightfully so.
There is a relationship between a husband and wife that is either religious or legal or some combination of the two. A rapper exploiting his race to call black women "bitches" or "hoes" is nowhere near the same thing.
What Imus did was wrong. I've never liked him so I really don't care if he got fired. But for anyone to say that there is not a double standard when it comes to this is absurd and is just ignoring the reality.
Look at what Sharpton said about the Duke player.
Look at what he's called the citizens of New York.
Perhaps to good reverend should open the good book - let he who is without sin cast the first stone.
CBS Radio has a long history of treating some of their personalities like crap. Imus wasn't the first nor will he be the last personality CBS Radio does this way. I hope Imus has exclusive rights to his past shows, as if he doesn't, we could see a repeat of what transpired this time last year regarding CBS Radio and the rights to the Stern K-Rock Tapes.
JpetekYXMD80 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 4238 posts, RR: 29 Reply 24, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1491 times:
Finally a voice of reason coming out of the back community: just on PTI Mike Wilbon said that he didn't feel Imus should have been fired. Hallelujah, how long did this take?
The big loser here: listeners and viewers in the country as a whole. Imus in the Morning had its moments as a very good radio program with a star-studded lineup of guests who provided solid political news and insight from very regular guests such as John McCain and Joe Biden to name a few.
My biggest pet peeve: everyone who knows NOTHING about this radio program or Imus needs to SHUT UP and realize their glaring ignorance about the content/quality/nature of the program or just using the popular 'shock jock' term to describe Imus- as well as many worse to make him a villain. So people: know your place and that your ability to comment on the man's career and show is limited to 3 words, and that the entire basis of your argument is stemming from those 3 words. Just something to think about..
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25 Srbmod: He predicted that Imus was going to get fired and even said that he'd like to have him on the show. During this week, listeners have heard a lot of t
26 STLGph: Personally, I'd be much more offended over being called a "bitch" than a "ho" Then again, this is me speaking and not a whole lot really bothers me.
27 Brick: Everyone in the United States needs to ask themselves this question. Do you want to live in a country in which you have the choice not to listen to Do
28 IAH777: Don't forget the ESPN hour-long docudrama, starring Mel Gibson as Don Imus.
29 PSA53: Since the main media is washing their hands on Imus, I hope the media will put "cameras down" on Sharpton. His big reckless mouth has cost him his cre
30 JpetekYXMD80: Absolutely. Had Imus used bitch in this instance, it would have been more malicious than jokingly....but there wouldn't be as much racial connotation
31 FXramper: Imus will be back on the air (XM) making way more money, and better yet, will be able to say what he wants and get away with it. Listening to the talk
32 Miamiair: Right on the money. What a load of crap. Al Sharpton is one to talk; his bullshit with the Tawana Brawley case precedes him. Blowhard needs to keep h
33 STLGph: and i completely agree with you on that. i dont know why they even bother to give him the time of day ... probably some News Director wants to meet a
34 Daedaeg: It almost seems like CBS has been waiting to fire this guy and found the perfect excuse to do just that. I'm not convinced they were persuaded by Al a
35 Fridgmus: This is just another "Politcally correct case of pandering to the Black community". Imus didn't mean it in a malicious way, but as usual, things got b
36 JpetekYXMD80: What would make you say that? This is an economic decision- don't be fooled- because the ad dollars went running, as well as MSNBC. If CBS was waitin
37 Srbmod: No, it came down to the almighty Too many big name companies were threatening to pull their ads not only from Imus' show but from CBS Radio in genera
38 Ewmahle: I am not going to sit here and act like I was an avid listener of the show. In fact I never even heard of him or the show until I caught one morning o
39 AirTranTUS: Maybe someone stated this in another thread, but I don't see how "nappy-headed ho" refers to black females. It wouldn't have crossed my mind. Since th
40 NWA742: Pretty much what I've been saying in the other thread. I think what Imus said was stupid, and I think he got what he deserved. Why? He's done this fo
41 TedTAce: Who is Imus? Signed, Everyone who listens to Howard or Mancow. Imus got his just deserts. While I don't think what he said was AS BAD as the N bomb; i
42 Jaysit: Its not just one dumb thing. Its just the straw that finally broke the camel's back. Imus has been making simian (that's monkey-like to those who don
43 ANCFlyer: Apparently not if you're Rap Star or are African American - as it is still acceptable to use the word Nigger and Hoe in every day conversation, comed
44 TPASXM787: Amazing. I agree with everything you have said. Now Olbermann is making his list of who else should be fired, including Limbaugh(who I am not a fan o
45 Rlwynn: I think the main point here is not so much what he said. But where it took place. ANYBODY would get fired for saying such things on the public airwave
46 TPASXM787: He's been spewing the same, if not worse, crap for 30 years. This time he offended the wrong people.