The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

27 April 2007

Imus Fired, Bernard McGuirk, Hannity & Colmes


In Fox Interview, Fired Imus Producer Blasts Away

During the height of the recent Don Imus firestorm, did Al Sharpton "terrorize" network executives until they met his demands?

That's the explosive charge levelled last night by fired Imus producer Bernard McGuirk. In an interview on FOX's Hannity & Colmes, McGuirk said corporate suits were stuck "in a fetal position under their desks" while apparently cowering in fear of Sharpton and Jackson.

From ABC News:

But McGuirk said he and Imus had engaged in the same locker-room humor for many years, and received pats on the back and raises from their superiors before CBS Radio fired them this time.

He sharply criticized the Rev. Al Sharpton, who led the campaign to get them fired.

"It seemed like he terrorized broadcast executives," he said. "It seemed like they were in a fetal position under their desks sucking their thumbs on their Blackberrys, trying to coordinate their response."

The concept of "crossing the line" is hard to under- stand when it's not clear where the line is, he said.

"It's a horrible thing for this country where people can't poke fun at each other and just joke around, have a good time, without fear of being hammered by the PC police or lose your livelihood over it," he said.

And from the New York Post:

April 27, 2007 -- Fired shock-jock Don Imus' longtime producer ripped the Rev. Al Sharpton last night, blaming him for blowing out of proportion the I-man's infamous "nappy-headed ho's" comment and unfairly driving their show off the air.

"The media treated him like he was Nelson Mandela, for God's sake, without asking him about his past comments, this sanctimonious skunk," Bernard McGuirk said on Fox News Channel's "Hannity & Colmes."

McGuirk, speaking publicly for the first time since the April 4 comments about the Rutgers University women's basketball team, said there was "legitimate anger" following the radio rant - but he and Imus never should have been fired.

"They caved to this guy with that record," he said, referring to CBS axing Imus on April 12 after Sharpton demanded the firing. "They appeased this terrorist here. It's almost like free-speech surrender."

While McGuirk does make some good points here, it's hard to know what to do with him. Is he a racist? Yes, that has long been quite clear.

In addition, he's the one who got Imus in trouble in the first place.

On the other hand, we now have Sharpton and Jackson with veto power over NBC and CBS. That is completely unacceptable.

What's next for McGuirk? He's so closely associated with the I- Man that it's hard to see him doing much of anything else. In addition, the Imus team has alienated nearly the entire broadcast industry over the years, leaving him with few places to turn.

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  • That's right. Sharpton's a terrorist. Let's call him an enemy combatant and lock him away in Guantanamo for torture!

    Good Lord, give me a break.

    By Blogger metrodorus, at 27 April, 2007 15:40  

  • Sharpton a terrorist? That's giving terrorists a BAD NAME--as if they aren't ones themselves!

    Enemy of the state, shakedown artist, conman, hypocrite, racist...those named would fit him and co-conspirator in crime Jesse Jackson!

    By Blogger The Real Bob Anthony, at 27 April, 2007 17:33  

  • bob, your strattera, please!!!

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 27 April, 2007 23:21  

  • Bernard is exactly right. Sharpton is a terrorist and has been since he shamlessly promoted the Twana Brawley incident and was the cause of deaths in the dry goods store up in Harlem.

    That racial pimps like Sharpton and Jackson should be calling the tunes for CBS Executives is beyond stupid.

    By Blogger wfunk66, at 29 April, 2007 14:28  

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