“Nappy-Headed” Imus VII: MSNBC is Done with Him

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In a stunning development tonight (or maybe not so), MSNBC announced it would no longer simulcast the “Imus in the Morning” show. One down ….?

In a statement, NBC News said:

“This decision comes as a result of an ongoing review process, which initially included the announcement of a suspension. It also takes into account many conversations with our own employees. What matters to us most is that the men and women of NBC Universal have confidence in the values we have set for this company. This is the only decision that makes that possible. Once again, we apologize to the women of the Rutgers basketball team and to our viewers. We deeply regret the pain this incident has caused.”

Amazing. I can only imagine the internal revolt that led to his action.

This came hours after former NAACP president and CEO Bruce Gordon, now a CBS board member, told AP Imus had to go. “As an African-American, I believe that Imus has crossed the line, a very bright line that divides our country. His remarks are so significant that I believe that the right outcome is for him to be terminated.”

CBS, you’re on the clock…

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10 thoughts on ““Nappy-Headed” Imus VII: MSNBC is Done with Him

  1. Richard says:

    Perhaps we are starting to see the start of a cascade. I wrote a little about this on my blog, the theme of the blurb being how this incident allows everybody to take a stand on the “the dangerously insidious attitudes of American elite.” It looks lie MSNBC finally took the right stand, though not as quickly as it should have.

  2. mad as hell says:

    this is complete bull shit. to think everyone is so outraged over a comment that very few people actually heard but are reacting to. If you want to jump on a bandwagon of wrongdoing, how about let`s express our total outrage against the black dancer who falsely accused those boys from Duke of kidnapping, beating and raping her. Where is Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson with their appologises to these boys plus any other person of color who automatically had these young men tried and convicted before the evidence was in?? It is about time that the black community thickened up it`s skin as the white community has had to do and not let petty words get them so bent out of shape. I remember as a kid being told “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me” . Come on America, get over yourself….we are all free to express ourselves, dont take things so personally

  3. In-Justice for all says:

    This over-reaction to Mr Imus’ ERROR and MISTAKE that he has apolgized repeatedly for is absolutely ridiculous. Anyone at NBC and MSNBC that thinks this is the right move will realize in short time that they’ve just alienated Imus’ fans, which are mostky comprised of 6 figure income college graduates. Our society is so screwed up that we can’t even accept an apology from a radio icon who has proven himself for over 35 years. How many of the people calling for Mr Imus’s job heard his comment in context? How many hypocrites does it take to take a man off the air? I hope that MSNBC and NBC enjoy their new morning ratings, I, and my 6 figure educated friends will be boycotting any NBC, MSNBC news broadcasts, and we’re cancelling our Newsweek subscriptions. I’m sure that our prisons are full of joy tonight because the “cracker racist” is taken off the air! Please, taking Imus off of MSNBC is only fueling the racial divide in this Country, not opening a dialogue.
    I suppose freedom of speech only applies to people who don’t talk about African-Americans, unlees of course the speaker is African-American, then they can say whatever it is they want and the white man can’t say anything because then we would be a “racist.

  4. Gammy says:

    Lighten up – life is too short not to be able to laugh at myself and what others have
    to say. I will never watch NBC again in my life as they are too political correct for me
    and they can keep their Tim Russerts, Brian Williams, et als. as they are the
    the worst. ABC is at least sensible and FOX is the most honest. The NY Times, et als, are all a bunch of liberals and I wish they would leave the United States and
    find another country as they have no patriotism. They would never fight for the freedom we as seniors have fought for them. Keep up your POLITICAL CORRECTNESS (which is a license to lie) and destroy our country. I do hope NBC
    loses most of their viewers. Hopefully another network will pick up IMUS.

  5. jane lambert says:

    I think this is crazy!!!!!!!!!!Black people are always whining….White people catch this abuse all the time from blacks and no one says a word. The news just showed the Duke boys who have had all charges dropped. O.K. Al Sharpton and Jessie jackson where are you now. Ya’ll helped ruin these boys…..The woman on t.v. now says “nappy” depending on who uses it means different things. There is definiely a double standard for blacks and whites and it is the whites who are being treated unfairly. Don Imus made a comment get over it…no one probably heard it until all the blacks saw a way to get on t.v. The man needs to sue for his job…..this s ridiculous…and blacks use the worse language against their own and there is constantly black on black crime and everything is always the white mans fault.

  6. Deelt says:

    Where is the outrage over the Duke case???? Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton should have to be those boys chauffers’ for 2 years.

  7. DEE says:

    I HAVE READ SO MUCH ABOUT DUKE BOYS AND THEY ARE. BOYS….
    LETS TALK ABOUT EMMIT TILL , BLACK FACE BY COLLEGE KIDS ON HALLOWEEN,
    40 BULLETS ONE YEAR 50 BULLETS THE NEXT YEAR. LETS TALK ABOUT WHITE PRODUCERS OF THE BLACK RAP MUSIC THAT HAVE NO CONSCIENCE ,BUT ARE SPEEDING ALL THE WAY TO THE BANK( I DO NOT SEE WHERE THEY HAVE MADE A MORAL DECISION). LETS TALK ABOUT ELEANOR BUMPERS , MR BAEZ, THE HOWARD BEACH INCIDENT( CANT GO IN THERE WITH OUT A PASS)
    THERE ARE SOME NICE AND NOT SO NICE PEOPLE IN ALL WALKS OF LIFE IN AMERICA. MAYBE HISTORY WILL REMEMBER MR IMUS AS A MAN WHO STARTED A MOVEMENT THAT ENDED UGLY WORDS AND INNUENDOS. JUST MAYBE RACISM AND PREJUDICE OF ANY KIND CAN START BEING ADDRESSED IN AMERICA.
    WHY ARE WE STILL BEATING THIS DEAD HORSE? THEIR ARE SO MANY ISSUES AND PEOPLE IN THE WORLD THAT WANT TO COMMIT TERRORIST ACTS AGAINST US THAT IT IS EASILY DONE BECAUSE WE ARE BUSY IN FIGHTING AND AN EASY MARK.
    AMERICA WAKE UP THE ENEMY SHOULD NOT BE OTHER AMERICANS THEY SHOULD BE THE SURE ENOUGH ENEMY.
    ALL THE UGLINESS AND BAD WORDS AND RACISM IS TRANSLATING INTO OUR INHERRANT WEAKNESS IN OUR RANKS …NO WONDER WE ARE EASY MARKS.
    WE HAVE LOST FOCUS ON WHAT IS IMPORTANT SO THE ENEMY CAN STRIKE.

  8. whocares says:

    Well….all of this commotion has me nearly speechless. People ARE entitled to their feelings and opinions. However when those feelings incite hatred, pain, and blatant disregard for anyone’s culture, religion, or creed, the line has definitely been crossed. Imus, with the ranks of many others, black, white, and others, who have used the public forum to make negative assertions, innuendos, slurs, or whatever else, should have repercussions that follow. The divide between blacks and whites has always been wide and apparent. Inspite of how white people view and see blacks, and vice-versa, you don’t hear people such as Oprah, Bill Cosby, Sidney Portier, Condi..Rice, and many other black unsung heros hailing public racial slurs toward whites. The lashes on the backs, the necks hanging in the nooses, the unpunished criminal(s) that went free because the crime was against a non-white, the educated and fully qualified black who was overlooked for the job that he/she was not afforded, the loan that was not approved for the financially stable, credit worthy young black entrepreneur clearly paints a very apparent picture that “ain’t nothing in America been all that fair from the beginning.” So for all of you with your six figures, your Ivy League schools, and your smug funky attitudes, go back in your history (main stream white america) and look around you, and see where real disservice has really been actuated. And…Live with dat!!!!!!

  9. Eddie says:

    What Imus said was uncalled for and he will suffer the consequences. I am sure he could have used his knowledge, wit and experience to talk about something much more creative, but he chose to stick his foot in his mouth. Sometimes people say stupid things that they later regret. Anyone remember Jimmy the Greek, or that basketball player that used to play with Miami.

    As MLK once said, “I have a dream.” Well, that dream is a long way from becoming a reality. I don’t see it happening in my lifetime, maybe never.

  10. melody winstead says:

    When you are a member of the “right” race, that membership is your passport to fictional superiority. Imus, is just a troubled human being ( just like the rest of us) who, by a some unmeasured determination, made a name for himself and found his niche. It is too bad that he used his passport to travel to places filled with racial garbage. He may have left the garbage behind but, the stink stayed with him.

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