Friday, April 13, 2007

Imus Gets To Sleep In........

CBS gave Don Imus the heave-ho yesterday. The morning talk-show host has all the time he wants now to sleep in and reflect on his long run at the microphone:

CBS Fires Don Imus Over Racial Slur

Dismissal Caps Week Of Uproar Over Radio Host's Comments About Rutgers Women's Basketball Team

(CBS/AP) CBS announced Thursday that it has fired Don Imus from his radio program, following a week of uproar over the radio host's derogatory comments about the Rutgers women's basketball team. "There has been much discussion of the effect language like this has on our young people, particularly young women of color trying to make their way in this society," CBS President and Chief Executive Officer Leslie Moonves said in announcing the decision.

Bryan Monroe, president of the National Association of Black Journalists and vice president and editor director of Ebony and Jet magazines, met with Moonves on Wednesday. It seemed clear Moonves and his aides were struggling with a difficult decision, he said. He urged them to take advantage of an opportunity to take a stand against the coarsening of culture. "Something happened in the last week around America," Monroe said. "It's not just what the radio host did. America said enough is enough. America said we don't want this kind of conversation, we don't want this kind of vitriol, especially with teenagers."

To be honest, I probably listened to Imus maybe a half dozen times over his tenure, but when I tuned in, I listened------and what I heard just didn't do anything for me.

Dick Morris and Bo Dieti (Imus' longtime friend and guest) have a rousing argument on John Gibson's "The Big Story" over Imus's dismissal and while Bo attacks Obama, Morris throws in a punch at Hillery:

What we have here is no lack of communication.

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