The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

11 April 2007

Imus, MSNBC Cancels Simulcast, Nappy-Headed Hos, Rutgers, Media Matters


I-Man Loses TV, Libs Now Call Him "Conservative"

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With Don Imus now officially booted from MSNBC and word on the fate of his radio show coming soon, political silly season is most certainly underway.

As Rush Limbaugh pointed out on yesterday's show, many of Imus' elitist mainstream media suck- ups are now pretending they've never heard of him.

And, in a particularly sinister misinformation campaign, key leftists are now trying to portray Imus as a conservative! That's despite his endorsement of John Kerry in the 2004 presidential race and past tirades against the Bush Administration from a decidedly leftist perspective.

From the Los Angeles Times:

MSNBC drops Imus

The cable network will no longer simulcast "Imus in the Morning."

By Matea Gold, Times Staff Writer
3:40 PM PDT, April 11, 2007

NEW YORK -- MSNBC is severing its relationship with Don Imus and ending the simulcast of his radio program because of ongoing internal concerns about the racially inflammatory term he used to describe the Rutgers University women's basketball team, officials announced today.

"Effective immediately, MSNBC will no longer simulcast the "Imus in the Morning" radio program," read a statement from NBC News, which oversees the cable news network. "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."

... (excerpted) ...

"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," the network said. "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."

CBS Radio, which owns WFAN, released a statement shortly after NBC's announcement that reiterated its decision to suspend Imus for two weeks. The network did not say whether it would take any further action.

"Don Imus has been suspended without pay for two weeks beginning on Monday, April 16," the statement read. "During that time, CBS Radio will continue to speak with all concerned parties and monitor the situation closely."

NBC's move was applauded by Media Matters for America, the liberal media watchdog group that first spotlighted Imus' remark last week.

"By canceling their simulcast of Don Imus on MSNBC, the National Broadcasting Co. has finally done the right thing," the group's president, David Brock, said. "We hope CBS Radio will again follow NBC's lead.

"More and more Americans are coming to understand the damage done by major news organizations providing a platform for bigoted commentary and other conservative misinformation, and they are demanding change. MSNBC's decision is an important step in the right direction."

Shame on the Los Angeles Times for being so easily duped by Media Matters and Brock. There is simply no credible way to characterize Imus as a conservative.

Meanwhile, Air America Radio co-founder Sheldon Drobny is playing the same game:

Rush commits a felony drug offense after he and his Republican right wing cohorts have been saying far worst racist remarks for more than 20 years. Where is the outrage! Instead of the shock jock words that Imus used for the
Rutgers basketball team, these right-wingers have effectively creating more hatred, racism, and divisiveness than Imus could ever have done with his irresponsible comment. The hateful comments like “femi-Nazi” “Ellen Degenerate” by these people has never gotten the attention that the Imus statement got.

Perhaps Imus is fair game to these MSM executives because he supports Democrats as well as Republicans. There was even a suggestion by some idiot commentator that Imus is a liberal. In my opinion, Imus would only be a liberal in a fascist group.

As the hours pass, watch for this to become a more pronounced trend.

FYI: from the transcript of Tuesday's Rush Limbaugh Show:

I think we should be clear about some things here. The Today Show attacked Imus today, but NBC owns the network that runs his simulcast of the radio show. CBS owns his radio show. NBC runs his simulcast on their MSNBC cable network. Every NBC reporter for the network of any stature, has been on that show or wanted to be on that show, including Chris Matthews and others, and now they're acting like they don't know the guy!

Al Roker is out there demanding he be fired, demanding he be canned. This has gone too far. The very network that propped this guy up and made him seem like the Second Coming is now acting like, "Oh, this is horrible. This is outrageous," blah, blah, blah. "Why, we don't know what we're going to do about this." They pretend to objectively report on this man as if they didn't know about him and his sidekicks all along. They've known, for whatever number of years they've been going on the show, what happens on this show.

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  • i can't imagine any sane individual
    disagreeing with drobny's statement

    imus is, indeed, the precursor to right-wing hate radio, and was
    himself borne out of essential conservative doctrine

    his support of kerry and criticism of the bush crime family demonstrated no
    particular abandonment of these core principles

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 11 April, 2007 21:34  

  • red?

    what is imus' registered party

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 11 April, 2007 22:32  

  • for that matter
    joe lieberman claims to be
    an "independent"

    which sorta blows YOUR strawman
    right out of the water

    don't worry
    my guess is savage is next
    they'll be little debate
    on which side of the aisle he lies
    and lies
    and lies

    you get the picture

    the roof is on fire

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 11 April, 2007 23:08  

  • "Yeah, he's an eeevill conservative...and a something...."

    whoa, a wingnut AND a fast learner
    totally cosmic, man

    i only wish moulitsas could witness
    such a miracle in our days

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 12 April, 2007 00:30  

  • Meanwhile Mike Barnicle is filling in for Imus, and Howie Carr has dug up some dirt on him, though Barnicle's missteps are no secret. "DISGRACED COLUMNIST MIKE BARNICLE, DON IMUS'S HANDPICKED GUEST HOST, RECORD OF RACIAL SLURS

    By Blogger raccoonradio, at 12 April, 2007 04:07  

  • Hash,

    Although I don't like the terms, there's a reason why RINO and DINO have meaning ("Republican" or "Democrat In Name Only").

    Lieberman is the perfect politician to bring up, thanks for volunteering him for debate, because although he votes with Republicans on the WoT he still votes with Democrats 90% of the time. And he is still a psuedo-Conservative Republican somehow?

    If so, then I ask you, is Alren Specter, and was Lincoln Chafee, really still 'Republican' despite voting with Democrats 90% of the time?

    Imus is not a politician, but if he were a politician he would have been marginalized and forgotten by Republicans and conservatives LONG AGO. YOUR 'strawman' argument is the one that fails here, but nice try.

    By Blogger REN, at 12 April, 2007 09:03  

  • "And he is still a psuedo-Conservative Republican somehow...."

    no, lieberman is a crypto-NEOCON

    particularly on the 10% of the issues
    that happen to MATTER
    at this point and time in history

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 12 April, 2007 09:59  

  • As I said yesterdaym you filthy little bastard, calling Imus a 'lib' wasd goig to back fire in your face

    Registered Republican
    McCain Supporter

    he is one of yours

    all the lies in the world will not change it

    Now America should get together, remove Savage, Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity, Oriley, Gallagher, Boortz from the airwaves

    each and every filthy, degenerate, hate mongering, blood drinking, filthy right wing goon

    These are our airwaes
    it is time to take them back, from radical zealots disguised as "Republicans"

    The radio freaks are all enemies of freedom, enemies of America

    I say round them all up
    shred their union cards (after all right wingers don't want US to be in a union, but they are in AFTRA)

    Clean the airwaves from the filth

    and a neo-con will never step foot in the White house again

    Recsue America from these degenerate , murderous, filthy little neo-con bastards

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 12 April, 2007 10:25  

  • Hash and MoPoop,

    Do you pair of imbeciles realize how your hate looks to those not used to seeing your mindless blather?

    The I-man is no Conservative, nor is he a real Republican. He's just a overblown ego with a radio show and a huge amount of radio stock.

    By Blogger PCD, at 12 April, 2007 11:31  

  • Overblown ego= REPUBLICAN SCUM BAG

    I-man is YOURS

    a Republican

    his ego reminds me of that scum Jeb Bush, who should have his face slapped, that scum bag got rejected for an honorary degree from a university, now the scum bag got dirty Republican filthy little scumbags, to name the school after him.
    arrogant, powertripping scum= REPUBLICANs of the 21st century

    Imus is no different

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 12 April, 2007 12:17  

  • hashfanatic,

    If you want to use party registrations, one might ask about which party Lyndon LaRouche and Fred Phelps are registered. I'll give you a couple of hints: they are both in the same major party, and it's not the Republican Party.

    I don't care what party someone is affiliated with, because votes for Jerrald Nadler and John Kerry are not the votes of a conservative.

    By Blogger Timekeeper, at 12 April, 2007 12:47  

  • I listened to Imus for years (stopped some time ago), and Imus is no liberal. If anything, he is a conservative--but mostly, he seems to be center right.

    His ongoing race-baiting and fag-bashing, however, always struck me as essentially red-neck no-nothing, which, by default is conservative.

    By Blogger John, at 12 April, 2007 13:11  

  • And, of course, the bizarre thing is that Glenn Beck, Michael Savage, Ann Coulter, and others say worse things than Imus all the time, and they get a pass.

    By Blogger John, at 12 April, 2007 13:23  

  • NBC Fires Imus for Bad Joke But Will They Cancel Royal Caribbean Ads because of Threat Aimed at Sexual Assault Victim Who Testifed before Congress

    NBC News dropped Don Imus yesterday, canceling his talk show on its MSNBC cable news channel a week after Mr. Imus made a racially disparaging remark about the Rutgers University women’s basketball team.

    Published: April 12, 2007

    We agree that the comment made by Imus was atrocious and unacceptable. If NBC has the balls to fire Imus, then they should also refuse to run advertising from media or record companies that make a profit from the sale of degrading comedy and music albums and CD's. Will NBC refues to run ads for "Girls Gone Wild" which is Immensely more degrading?They should also refuse to run advertising for the Cruise Lines who actually do harm to people. This is based in part on evidence submitted during the hearing entitled: "Crimes Against Americans on Cruise Ships," held by the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation.

    They tried to prevent a sexual assault victim from testifying before Congress and were a party to a threat made against her. Safe Cruise: Speaking with the Enemy: Royal Caribbean Flys its True colors
    There have been no convictions of sexual predators on cruise ships for the last four decades.Safe Cruise: Perfect Record: Not One Single Conviction for Sexual Assaults on Cruise Ships in Four Decades
    They have understated the number of sexual assaults.
    Their crewmembers work under sweatshop conditions. Safe Cruise: Florida Today Exposes Carnival "Sweat Ships": The Under Belly of the Cruise Ship Industry
    Corporate fees paid to Liberia by Royal caribbean Cruise Lines helped finance the armies of Charles Taylor, one of the worst war criminals in history. Safe Cruise: Did Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruise Lines Help Finance Death and Destruction in Africa?

    By Blogger Timalantoo, at 12 April, 2007 13:34  

  • If you ask me the entire reason he is in this mess is because he dove into the liberal end of the pool without fully understanding the rules.

    By Blogger Jim C, at 12 April, 2007 15:14  

  • well, now he is an unemployed neocon

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 12 April, 2007 17:10  

  • I used to smoke a lot of hash too, back when I was a liberal. Believe me, there's nothing worse than being depressed and then smoking hash. It's like the end of the world. Never, ever smoke hash on a rainy day.

    The essence of these comments is something I've come to believe since I switched parties and got better. Libs deal with bad things by looking for someone to blame and inflicting maximum pain -- a real sadist trip. Cons deal with bad things by trying to make them better. Faith in a Higher Power definitely helps too, in that regard.

    Hash Fanatic, I want you to get better. You can do it -- we can help. The choice is yours...

    By Blogger Otto, at 13 April, 2007 07:20  

  • come on over, kell

    i promise you i'll make you see god tonight

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 13 April, 2007 07:24  

  • Hash:

    "no, lieberman is a crypto-NEOCON"

    " he is an unemployed neocon"

    A neocon who supported Kerry in 2004? Right. If Iraq is absolutely wrong, as you inferred by your stance on Lieberman, Darfur and all future "Rwandas" are completely untouchable now as well because they will also be, unfortunately for them, "sovereign countries."

    You managed to glaze over the entire argument I made, diverting with your nonsensical Lieberman argument, so that you could just repeat your Imus neocon nonsense, apparently hoping that by repeating it will somehow make it true.

    Imus's political leanings are well known as he said them on the air almost every day. Imus and what he said was the point of this whole thread and your Lieberman diversion just proved your biases and lack of perspective.

    Even though Imus was fired, this issue will live on, because the Imus situation proved quite thoroughly that "reverse racism" (read simply as "racism"), hypocrisy and a mad moral relativism is alive and well on the left.

    You're pathetic Hash, also made unimportant and irrelevant by the nonsense you spewed, just as Imus did. How ironic is that!?

    By Blogger REN, at 13 April, 2007 10:41  

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