Just in case anyone is somehow surprised by this, let me explain very carefully: if you take a man who was fired from being a radio host for saying racist and misogynistic things, and give him a new job as a radio host, chances are that when given the opportunity, he will say more racist things. On the arrest(s) of Dallas Cowboy Adam Jones:
Newsreader Warner Wolf: …[H]e’s been arrested six times since being drafted by Tennesse in 2005…
IMUS: What color is he?
Warner Wolf: …He’s African-American
IMUS: Well. There you go. Now we know.
Just for the record, the folks at Radio ABC Networks (who now broadcasts Imus’ show, since MSNBC fired his ass) are not those who I think might need this explanation. On the contrary, I think they knew exactly what they were getting when signing that contract, and racism, money-maker that it is, was absolutely a part of the deal.
Media Matters has yet to pick up on this story, but it seems that this morning, the mainstream media has. Imus apparently claims that he was trying to “make a sarcastic point,” and says some crap about how he has black people on his show, so the comment could not have been racist. Obviously. With regards to the comment, he also wondered aloud, seemingly without irony, “How insane would I have to be? What would I be thinking?”
Media Matters lists the contact info for complains about Imus in the Morning as email@example.com . . . if for some reason you still believe that emailing them might make a difference.
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