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Should Don Imus have been fired?
Thu, April 12, 2007

NEW YORK (AP) - CBS fired Don Imus from his radio show Thursday, the final blow for the broadcaster who called the Rutgers women's basketball team "nappy-headed hos."

MSNBC had already pulled the plug on his talk show's television simulcast amid the uproar over his racial slur. Imus has apologized repeatedly for his comments.

He also has said that those who called for his firing without knowing him, his philanthropic work or what his show was about would be making an "ill-informed" choice.

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Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson must have loved seeing Imus do this. Just what they were looking for: a way to keep their irrelevant mugs on camera.

No, he should not have been fired. The good he did with his charity work far outweighed the comments he made over the years which occasionally offended brainwashed, PC sheep. But hey, he said something vaguely racist. Gotta fire him, sorry cancer kids.Bah.

I'll laugh long and loud when CBS radio goes swirling down the toilet. What a gutless sycophant Les Moonves is.

As for the rest of you, get over it. They're only words. I mean, how weak are you? The most upset people seemed to be almost anyone but the Rutgers basketball team. They moved on already. So should the rest of you.
RustyTrombone, 2007-04-13 22:17:14

No he should not have been fired, it’s a double standard promoted by those who make a living out of propagating racial divide. I wonder if CBS radio stations will stop playing degrading RAP and HIP HOP music or will Oprah be having the falsely accused Lacrosse Players from Duke on her show who’s life’s have been destroyed.
Ron Fielding, 2007-04-13 11:37:04

Can you spell C-I-R-C-U-S?
Len Molberg, 2007-04-12 21:15:10

no i dont think he should be fired it is totally blown out of proportion he has apoligized how many times i feel sorry for him
carol googe, 2007-04-12 21:12:03

Too many people are using the argument that 'because similar things have gone unpunished before, that it should continue to be accepted'. It has also been alluded to, that because black people make similar comments about their own race, it should be fair game. Both of these arguments are very weak. We have gone so far to protect freedom of speech and personal opinions that we have forgotten to teach and demand the responsibility that go hand and hand with this freedom. Allowing Imus or anyone else to go unchallenged after comments of this nature, is the same as encouraging him to continue on such a course. Lastly, for those who have children, you can attest that it is your right to make reference to their many short-comings, but as soon as someone else begins to think that they have that right, you become very defensive. It is just a fact of life. You must walk a mile in my mocassin to earn the space to address certain otherwise forbidden issues. Those who suggest the black artists abusing certain words and phrases are in fact correct however. It is no secret that they are adding fuel to a fire that so many of their peers are trying to put out!
Todd, 2007-04-12 20:24:38

No this was some high profiling by the tag team of Jackson and Sharpton. It was personal.
greg, 2007-04-12 20:15:20

I've watched all sorts of TV programs, listened to broadcasts where other people of different races and genders made some pretty derogatory remarks. Did they get fired, not likely. It seems to be a double standard depending on Race and Sexual orientation. I hear women ripping into the "just a man" stereotype statements without any reprocussion at all. It is done on quite a number of commercials where one Gender is made to look inferior to another. Do these ads get pulled from the airwaves? NO!

Where I do agree maybe a suspension for the first offence, but I think firing is based on a pretty over biased judgement and Don Ismus could have a strong court case for wrongful dismissal.
sam H, 2007-04-12 20:14:54

One has only to listen to the lyrics of Rap music to hear racial and prejudicial slurs a hell of a lot worse then what Imus used; but most Rappers are black so thats OK. As for this Sharpton dude he must have the greatest job on earth, sit around waiting to get his mug on camera whenever he gets wind of a white using racial slurs. He was made of fool of some years ago when a black woman falsely claimed that she was raped on a building roof top and threatened to be thrown off. Turned out she was fabricating a story for being out late. I think her last name was Brauly; not sure of spelling. Sharpton should stop using the title of reverend; any reverend I know practise forgiveness not revenge.
Jimbob, 2007-04-12 20:04:33

I thought it was funny myself. It never occured to me that they actually were as Imus described .. I realised he was kidding.

Let's be honest .. the only real victim in this episode is Don Imus and his reputation.


superchicken, 2007-04-12 19:42:04

any team that runs around in pjamas is not sports,say what u want,it's so stupid,even the game is stupid.
al babs, 2007-04-12 19:40:40

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