Multi-racial Media Critique Coming Together on Imus

The National Association of Black Journalists is spear-heading a campaign against MSNBC and Imus for his racist comment and his legacy of racism, backed by Essence's Editor in Chief, Angela Burt-Murray.  Now, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are pushing aggressively, with Imus going on Sharpton's show today to reiterate his apology.  It's not enough.

Sharpton insisted that equal opportunity offensiveness doesn't matter: "This is not some unemployed comic like Michael Richards," Sharpton said, referring to the "Seinfeld" actor who used the N-word and referred to lynching in a rant last year. "This is an established figure, allowed to use the airwaves for sexist and racist remarks."

According to the AP, NABJ President Bryan Monroe asked Thursday if Imus had "lost his mind" Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer was also incensed by the comments about her team. "I am deeply saddened and angered by Mr. Imus' statements,""To serve as a joke of Mr. Imus in such an insensitive manner creates a wedge and makes light of these classy individuals, both as women and as women of color."

The progressive left is pushing as well.  Media Matters put out a press release listing Imus's outrages spoken by either Imus or his producer:  Obama has a "Jew-hating name", Obama is a "young colored fellah", [Hillary Clinton] will have cornrows and gold teeth before this fight with [Sen. Barack] Obama [D-IL] is over,""Bitch is gonna be wearing cornrows", [Clinton] will be "giving Crips signs during speeches", CBS's "Jewish management" are "money-grubbing bastards".

Think Progress points out that Imus's producer said Jill Carroll wears"terrorist headgear", "carrying Zarqawi's baby", and is known as "Taliban Jill." And then as Atrios pointed earlier today, Imus just isn't actually sorry for what he said, he's only sorry that it's not acceptable to be publicly racist anymore.

The NAJB immediately called for an apology. Jack and Jill Politics discusses Imus in the context of attitudes towards race, and Tennessee Guerilla Woman point to the National Organization for Women petition asking for Imus to go.  The blogosphere is aflame.

Meanwhile, MSNBC is pretending that Imus doesn't work for them.  I don't link to the National Review very often, but they are spot-on here.

That's ridiculous. Not only does MSNBC give Imus his own page on, but the Imus show is a regular destination for NBC's top correspondents. If MSNBC is really so offended, maybe they should forbid NBC employees from appearing on the show as some sort of punishment.

Alternet has the backstory. This is a multi-racial, multi-ideological pressure campaign against a sordid media figure.  MSNBC is making a lot of money on Imus, and they are trying to have it both ways.  This is fairly typical for General Electric, which owns a lot of our media properties.

After the Fox News, Nevada Democratic Party and CBC Institute situation, it's nice to see this one take off as well.  I know there is a small number of boomer white liberalish types who believe that this is censorship or that Imus isn't that bad, but they are wrong and most progressives believe they are wrong.  It's going to be harder for these racist jerks to keep doing what they do without pressure.  Let's also be clear, the antisemitism is as core as the racism, since it's all part of a cultural argument that those dirty hippy Jew black gay muslim city people don't deserve power in our country.

Fox News is pathetic, but in one sense, they at least have a strategy of attracting a racist conservative audience.  MSNBC, by hiding behind it's 'Imus doesn't represent us, he just makes us money' continues to be a joke.

UPDATE: Cal Ripken is boycotting. AdamB asks, "If Cal Ripken can boycott Imus, why can't Democratic politicians?" Good question.

Tags: Al Sharpton, Imus, Jesse Jackson, Media, MSNBC, National Association of Black Journalists (all tags)



Re: Multi-racial Media Critique

If Cal Ripken can boycott Imus, why can't Democratic politicians?

by Adam B 2007-04-09 09:28AM | 0 recs
Re: Multi-racial Media Critique

Go Cal (and the O's).

As Howard Stern (sworn enemy of IMUS) pointed out this morning, Imus is known for being a racist.  He and Robin recalled a time when he called black workers at the station the N-word and refused to speak to non-white interns.  

As Howard said, "Imus has said worse".  Robin followed, "At least he isn't standing there holding your paycheck calling you n---er."

Time for this cowboy-wannabe to hang up his boots.

by andy k 2007-04-09 10:04AM | 0 recs
With Sharpton now.

Imus is on Sharpton's program now.

Streaming here.

He sounded desperate this morning.

by jayackroyd 2007-04-09 09:41AM | 0 recs
Re: Multi-racial Media Critique Coming Together on

Glenn Beck is just as bad, and not even half as smart as Imus, why hasn't he gotten the same amount of outrage?

by fwiffo 2007-04-09 09:52AM | 0 recs
One at a time

Agreed, and Glenn's time is coming.

It is gratifying to watch these bastards twist in the wind, stunned that something they did as a matter of course up till the day before yesterday is now going to get their sorry ass fired. Not just did it, but built a whole persona and audience-grabbing strategy around it.

Each one that falls makes the next campaign that much easier.

by MikeB 2007-04-09 10:16AM | 0 recs
Re: Multi-racial Media Critique Coming Together on

He is -- go check out  He has his own page there, he's so offensive.

by Phoenix Woman 2007-04-09 10:51AM | 0 recs
CNN covering Imus hourly now

yet no mention of Beck.

BTW, Imus called Lester Holt "Homeboy" a few years back.

by zappatero 2007-04-09 12:15PM | 0 recs
If MSNBC were to replace...

...Don Imus' show with a tv version of "The Majority Report" with Janeane Garofalo and Sam Seder, it would probably get higher ratings.

by EricJaffa 2007-04-09 09:55AM | 0 recs
Off Subject: Matt : Thank You

As a female of African/ Native American decent, too many times , there have been issues where the Black Community has been attacked for whatever reason, and praise comes out immediately for groups like the NAACP and the CBC when it's their job to speak out , but never a word acknowledging and celebrating our fellow Americans who are not Black but take the same stand as the NAACOP and CBC. I have to take a minuet to acknowledge and appreciate the non Black Progressives like Matt who have taken this issue head on. Not because it helps him personally, but because he sees a wrong that needs to be made right and unfortunately, it is not the norm for those of us in the Black Community to recognize when our White progressive friends take a stand in our behalf. So, at the risk of being called a "Tom", I would like to just thank Matt for bringing this issue to the forefront and addressing it. Matt, we may disagree on probably one thing ( candidates) but I have to give respect and praise where it is due. I wish I could just send you an e-mail , but I don't have access to that information so this is my only avenue available to tell you this. Thank you so much , for bringing this issue to the forefront and treating it seriously when you could have easily ignored it. It speaks worlds to me and I want you to know that I appreciate it as an American of African decent. Too many times , your community takes the blame for many of these problems , but rarely are you acknowledged or thanked when progressives like you take these issues head on when you don't have to. I appreciate that about you. This is not the first time you did it, but I thought you should know that this is appreciated.

Okay, that's all. Back to politics! (GRRRRRR!)


by ObamaEdwards2008 2007-04-09 10:11AM | 0 recs
Re: Off Subject: Matt : Thank You

A "Tom" is the following House Negroes:

Harold Ford
Jesse Jackson
Thomas Sowell
LaShawn Barber
Robert George
Erik Hill

and any others who have enabled bigots like Don Imus, and are eerilly quiet about the current Fox Noise Controversy.  So, don't hold back giving your props to Matt - he's doing what the CBC should be doing...

by Political Junkie 2007-04-09 10:32AM | 0 recs
Jesse Jackson

Missing in Action.

He's too busy backtracking on his condemning statements regarding the CBC partering with Fox Noise over those Presidential debates.

I, for one, will be at Howard University, watching the debates in person at PBS, and supporting Tavis Smiley's efforts to call out the CBC on their leadership and willingness to sell out to the lowest bidder.

by Political Junkie 2007-04-09 10:29AM | 0 recs
Re: Jesse Jackson

Tavis, the CWBA, and PBS deserve our respect for their dedication to creating good presidential debates, and to creating an environment where issues important to blacks can be directly addressed free of FOX framing.

by andy k 2007-04-09 10:34AM | 0 recs
Societal Civility

Wasn't it just a day or two ago that the NY Times was whining about "civility" on the web? Do they have anything to say about the corporations that permit and encourage this vile, racist filth to be broadcast, whether by Imus, Glen Beck or any of the monsters so willing to cheapen our society in their mad dash for a few extra dollars to shove up their fat asses? Imus should have been retired from the public airwaves long ago. He and his kind should be allowed to exercise their free speech rights at late night KKK crossburnings in the parts of rural Georgia where people like Lynn Westmoreland and Jack Kingston are elected to Congress.

by DownWithTyranny 2007-04-09 11:35AM | 0 recs
Re: Multi-racial Media Critique Coming Together on

This should only be the start. Press releases are one thing, writing letters to sponsors of the Don Imus show will be much more effective.

I was part of a grassroots anti-racism campaign in New Jersey in 2005, launched in reaction to a local radio shock jock who made racist remarks on air. We inundated the station and its advertisers with e-mails and letters and, in the end, got him to apologize on air. He's been more tame ever since.

Here's the website I set up for those who want to learn how to run such a campaign. It includes sample letters sent to the show's sponsors:

by Lester Gesteland 2007-04-10 11:50AM | 0 recs


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