Swampland, TIME

Regarding Imus

I'll have some more fleshed-out thoughts on the matter in the magazine this week, but for now, since many people have asked: No, I won't be going on Imus anymore. Having said that, it's not like they'll be inviting me back.

Reader Comments

Posted by Joe Klein's conscience
April 11, 2007

Ana,
Is Jay gonna check in today?

Posted by Anonymous
April 11, 2007

Good for you! I wish more people in the media had your sense of decency.

Posted by Kevin
April 11, 2007

Why wouldn't you go on Imus?

It seems like your cup of tea, and I've enjoyed most of your appearances on his show.

Posted by Terrapin
April 11, 2007

Ana - Good post. Always good to see people responding to the comments. Now could you wheel your chair over to Joe and Karen's cubicles and ask them why conservative pundits are able to get away with far worse statements - including Limbaugh who is the go-to guy for this nation's vice president?

Posted by CT Voter
April 11, 2007

Excellent question, Terrapin. Why is it that Dick Cheney goes to Limbaugh, and no one ever points out, or condemns, the ugly racist crap that Limbaugh spews?

I think Imus' show should be cancelled, but while we're shutting down misanthropic and bigoted white radio hosts, why not make sure Limbaugh is part of it, as well?

At the very least, why won't anyone ask why Dick Cheney still appears on Limbaugh?

Posted by Swamp Valet
April 11, 2007

I hope there's two pages on Imus. It'll keep out all that icky US Attorney news.

Posted by Pistol Pete
April 11, 2007

I think people will have a different view of Imus when they discover he has entered therapy. Check out the details on my blog - "Necessary Therapy".

Posted by Enceladus
April 11, 2007

Who's his target audience anyway? And why do so many "journalists" worship the guy?

To me, he just seems like a boring, twisted old freak who mutters into his microphone. For morning radio, I'll take Stephanie Miller over him without a second thought.

It's mystifying.

Posted by Crust
April 11, 2007

Good call

Posted by el loco
April 11, 2007

Good job Ana, good to know you've got some decency left. BTW, Imus is good at selling books that's exactly why these pundits "worship" him.

Posted by Todd and in Charge
April 11, 2007

Admirable Ana -- the show just got much worse (if that was possible).

Posted by Kristi
April 11, 2007

Enceladus wrote "Who's his target audience anyway? And why do so many "journalists" worship the guy?"

I'm not sure but I noticed this on mediabistro.com TVNewswer:

"A tipster says: "Isn't it about time someone exposed the dirty little secret between MSNBC, Imus and both NBC and Newsweek correspondents... the contractual relationship? They do not appear at 6:30am in the morning every third week for their health!..."'

http://www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/msnbc/imus_slur_afternoon_notes_quotes_56705.asp


The peddling of books and certain CD's also seems to be a strong part of the entire Imus enterprise.

Posted by Kevin
April 11, 2007

Seems like an episode of Everybody Loves Ana.

So are we to take from you terse "announcement" that you dislike his utterence... or are you just sick of the whole thing?

I think Imus blazed a trail for all the snarky bloggers out there/in here.

Posted by Anonymous
April 11, 2007

yawn

Posted by gonzo
April 11, 2007

Would the old "Wonkette" have gone back?

Posted by Mike
April 11, 2007

that's it...take the easy way out....that a girl!!!

Posted by chris coda
April 11, 2007

Look, look!! Something shiny!

100 Hours legislation? What What 100 hours legislation?-- Look over there! Nancy Pelosi wants a new plane!!

Attorney firing scandals? What attorney firing scandals?-- Look over there! Nancy Pelosi is in Syria, not not with Republicans!

Iraq War Bill? What Iraq war Bill?-- Look over there! Don Imus said something offensive!

Posted by Joke Line
April 11, 2007

I'm never going on Imus again, either. At least, that's what I'll tell my pals when they ask why Imus hasn't had me on his show lately.

Posted by Bill
April 11, 2007

That's right, stab Imus in the back. You were nothing before Imus discovered you. He has made many careers happen. If you actually listened to his show,which you appeared on many times, you know he is not a bigot. He should persecuted for his statement and then everyone should move on. Imus was the only major media person saying that the slow Katrina resonse was racist. And, to this day he believes and says that Harold Ford's loss in Tenn was racist. And, since you are clearly on the side of Al Sharpton, shame on you.

Bill

Posted by Passing Shot.
April 11, 2007

Good for you, Ana. No purported journalist should legitimize Imus's rantings. This is not the first time he's said sh_t like this, and if he somehow manages to stay on the air, it sure as hell won't be the last.

Posted by Chris R
April 11, 2007

I might be completely full of it and completely wrong, but here goes:

The question for me is whether the traditional argument re: political correctness has been turned on its head. For years, we have heard a lot of people -- notably, conservatives -- argue that "political correctness" stifle speech. The fact is that the backlash against political correctness, in part, led to some awfully destructive and ugly things on our public airwaves. It isn't just a "politically correct" concern to want to rid the public airwaves of destructive, semi-veiled racist language.

OK, Imus' remarks shouldn't be on the public airwaves. But what of Michael Savage's insane rants about ethnic groups and/or gays? How about Limbaugh's "half-rican American" remarks about Obama?

I have no problem with free speech -- it is that of sponsors and networks allowing these statements to be socially acceptable. These statements -- and much, much worse -- are aired on the public airwaves and allow Dittoheads (or Savage supporters) to think it is acceptable to have those views.

Posted by Sean Patrick
April 11, 2007

Look, I'm glad Imus is the father of Anna Nicole's baby. Good for him.

Now can we shift focus to anything else?

Posted by Cthulhu
April 11, 2007

Good for you.

Posted by ed
April 11, 2007

Way to take a hard stand. How Mathew Dowd/Johah Goldberg/Colin Powell/etc. of you.

(I guess you should get some props, since you're part of a pretty elite club-late to the table though you may be.)

Posted by Program Update
April 11, 2007

Hey, everyone, be sure to catch Ana Marie Cox on the Chris Matthews Show, the Sam Seder Show, Tucker, and Scarborough Country explaining why she won't go on Imus any more.

Posted by ama
April 11, 2007

Ana,
Good for you on the Imus show!

Now, go back to your previous blog please and read my comment about the pundit whose wife works in Senator McCain's office. The pundit called her "my little disclaimer."

Please find out who the pundit is.

Thanks!

Posted by gmanedit
April 11, 2007

If Imus isn't virulently racist, then shame on him for pandering to racists. It's all just marketing, eh?

Posted by John Gillnitz
April 11, 2007

Lets hope more of his advertisers decide not to either. There are plenty of boorish, misogynist racists out there. No need to give them such a large public platform. He can retire to a rocking chair on his patio with a shotgun under a blanket and yell at the neighbor kids. Now about Glen Beck...

Posted by Nick S
April 11, 2007

I'm going to be contrarian here. Imus is useful, because he's like one of those blacklights that shows up nasty organic stains on the carpet. The litany of pols and journos who phone in for interviews tend to say things that don't normally get aired elsewhere. Things that otherwise would presumably be said in private.

I can just about stomach Imus and company's nastiness for that insight. I'd rather have a proper newsy morning show somewhere -- and no, that's not NPR's Morning Emission -- but in the absence of that, I want to know what the Guardians Of Elite Discourse think when they've got their morning coffee and are off-guard.

Without Imus, we wouldn't know that Chris Matthews doesn't want another southern president with 'a fucking ranch'. And so on. It's the radio equivalent of the Note -- insider radio -- without Halperin's haughty preciousness.

Posted by Rick Banales
April 11, 2007

I love talking about Imus - it's not like there is conclusive evidence the Niger Uranium story was planted by the Bush administration.

Oh, wait...

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/04/10/1321236

Posted by not the senator
April 11, 2007

You'll notice virtually every single of the comments by Imus was said about a powerful public political, business or sports figure. And you know what? I want to have the ability to insult powerful public figures anytime, anywhere, in any manner that I want. And I think America is better for that right.

Where Imus went off the rails was, though they were on TV, the Rutgers women were not in the same category. If because of it people don't want to watch him, not buy sponsor's products, that's fine, vote with your feet. I personally swore off Circuit City last week but there should be no laws limiting speech. None. I don't care if it offends you, take your business elsewhere. It's not popular speech that needs protecting, that will do fine, it's the speech that offends someone that we have to stand up for.

As someone who made their name talking about the assf**king habits of Washingtonians, I'm surprised you don't agree.

Posted by Shawn D
April 11, 2007

If we are going to go the way of censoring speech, those in favor of such measures should sure as hell step up and demand that we 86 offensive rap lyrics, NAMBLA, and other groups sheltered by the ACLU. Otherwise you expose yourself as utterly hypocritical - though I am not holding my breathe from the Liberals to do any such thing.

Posted by Stephen Howell
April 11, 2007

Who cares whether you go on Imus. He was doing you a favor being on his show. You are all just a bunch of disgusting hypocrites. Jackson and his partner in crime Sharpton are the first in line to attack some white person they think has said or done something wrong, but they are also the first to defend a black person that engages in wrong doing. They have no credibility except with the Liberal media and some blacks not with the vast majority of Americans. Imus screwed up and Ana Marie Cox we are going to wait patiently for you to screw up then we are going to throw you to race police Jackson and Sharpton.

Good luck I hope your career is short and full of trouble.

Posted by Joe Klein Junior
April 11, 2007

"No, I won't be going on Imus anymore."

Good thing for him, what with his bad back and all.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070411/ap_on_re_us/duke_lacrosse

Posted by Rob
April 11, 2007

Why were you going on Imus in the first place? Because you couldn't get booked on Howard? Or The Daily Show? Or is it because you can't sell anymore copies of that crap novel you wrote? Brava, Ana Marie.

Posted by Dan
April 11, 2007

"virulently racist"? "pandering to racists"? Boy, I don't know who you people are talking to at your organic tea parties, but sometimes people that were raised with some prejudices (NOT RACISM) will have that bubble up to the surface every now and then.
I have uncles and cousins that say stupid things that are embarrassing and could be hurtful to some people, but I know that they are not racists.

Posted by Eric Jaffa
April 11, 2007

Go on "The Stephanie Miller Show."

http://www.stephaniemiller.com/home.php?PageId=85&PageSubId=

"A progressive talk radio show syndicated nationally, mixing humor with the latest political events."

Posted by Primary Kooklas
April 11, 2007

"If we are going to go the way of censoring speech, those in favor of such measures should sure as hell step up and demand that we 86 offensive rap lyrics, NAMBLA, and other groups sheltered by the ACLU. Otherwise you expose yourself as utterly hypocritical - though I am not holding my breathe from the Liberals to do any such thing."

Liberals being introspective?

That will be the same week Dan Rather completes his Marine boot camp.

Posted by Jim Hopson
April 11, 2007

What a hypocrite and coward you are. Imus said nothing last week that he did not say hundreds of times before, and if you did not know that, you are the dumbest woman on earth.

You and all the other media and political stars sucked up to Imus for years, despite his outrageous comments. But now that he's really ruffled some feathers, you head for the hills as if you are shocked and offended at what he said.

When he was a big powerbroker you couldn't wait to be on his show, despite his long record of saying politically incorrect and racially insensitive things. Now that his blood is in the water, you scramble for high ground.

Imus has apologized for his remarks. Are you going to apologize for being a gutless weasel?

Posted by Lee Harvey Maher
April 11, 2007

Turtleneck says...

"...conservative pundits are able to get away with far worse statements..."

Right.

Bill Maher and Stuart Smalley cheer for assassination - but Allah forbid someone discuss Rwanda, or Sudan, or Somalia, or Jammit Remo, or Jim Guy Shuckster, or Ambassador Chelsea, or Sandy Socks, or Red China temple $$$, or global warming on Mars and Jupiter, or no new jobs in NY or AR under the co-impeached, or South Beach, or Waco, or Khobar Towers, or African embassies, or date rape in Little Rock.

Lord no, not that.

Posted by Anonymous
April 11, 2007

Ana: You knew before today what kind of person Imus is. Still, you held your nose and went on his show to pad your pockets.

So much for the claim of moral superiority one can easily infer from your posting.

Posted by Joe Klein Junior
April 11, 2007

"Imus has apologized for his remarks. Are you going to apologize for being a gutless weasel?"

STOP PICKING ON THE INNOCENTS OF THE TIME-CNN-TURNER CORPORATE WHORE MEDIA.

Their little brains simply can't handle that much public scrutiny of their flaming daily hypocrisy.

Posted by ama
April 11, 2007

Ana,
Completely off topic, but one of the best HUNTER rants EVER!

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2007/4/11/5251/79514
Act Now And We'll Throw In A Gillette Razor, Which In The End Times Will Be Traded As Currency
..................................
As Steyn puts it, "The future belongs to the fecund and the confident. And the Islamists are both, while the West -- wedded to a multiculturalism that undercuts its own confidence, a welfare state that nudges it toward sloth and self-indulgence, and a childlessness that consigns it to oblivion -- is looking ever more like the ruins of a civilization."

I have to say, as far as future quotations for the future big coffee table quotation books, "The future belongs to the fecund and the confident" is one I think holds some promise: the American future encapsulated neatly as Enzyte commercial. Mind you, it doesn't have the gentle grace of "go forth and multiply", or the slightly less graceful Germanic "bugger a blue eyed partner for the Reich" but the whole concept of being able to tell your next date that if you don't get some immediate action, the terrorists win -- that's got serious potential. And if you could preface your lovemaking by saying "the most popular conservative columnist in the English-speaking world, Mark Steyn, said..."? Please.
................................

Posted by JaneaneTheAcerbicGoblin
April 11, 2007

Imus is, and has always been, a s**t. As many people here have already said, Ana and your MSM friends knew what kind of person Imus was, yet, you went on anyway. His "nappy headed ho's" comment was actually rather mild compared to what he's said before. It's hip to boycott him now, and that's all you're doing. Don't act so wonderful and high and mighty, my dear. You're not doing a Rosa Parks here or anything like that, so get off the soapbox, someone else needs it.

Posted by JT
April 11, 2007

Good for you.

And for the record, I don't even care about his suspension one way or the other.

Posted by Kathleen
April 11, 2007

Ama,

Ron Brownstein of the L.A. Times is married to Eileen McMenamin, John McCain's Communications Director. He mentioned it in a recent article and even used the phrase, "my little disclaimer"

http://www.latimes.com/news/columnists/la-oew-brownstein30mar30,1,6171126.column?coll=la-news-columns

Posted by Dan
April 11, 2007

Yeah, Ana you should never go on the show of someone with whom you disagree. Always go on shows that have the exact same views as you.

Come on. Dialogue may be rough sometimes, but it usually beats monologue.

Posted by flounder
April 11, 2007

Let's see, Imus has been the same racist, mysoginist loaf for decades. He has quite a trail of offensive statements, and his big way to racism out in the air was through one of his henchman as he would sit there and fake apprehension and then share a big laugh later.
I honestly don't see why this Rutgers thing caused an uproar, as it isn't any more offensive than calling Gwen Ifill a cleaning lady, and that was out in the open as of 1999. No you can't back off now, you went on his show and already legitimized the guy and his past behavior. MAybe David Duke should get a talk show and you can pimp a book on it too.

Posted by Tom Mundakal
April 11, 2007

Why is it not OK for a stupid white guy to call girls 'ho's' but its OK for mainstream and gangsta rappers to sing about and refer to women as ho's. I just dont get it when Sharpton and Jackson elicit self-publicity when they protest non-african americans referring to someone as nigger but all is OK when african americans call each other that. If those words are taboo then let us have a equal standard of consideration and eliminate those words from the vocabulary of african americans and the ones who are not. Freedom of speech is great , often abused but what I fear this country is slowly denigrating itself to is its ok for one group of people but its not ok for another group. Thats to me is a double standard and its worse than racism of any kind. By the way I am neither white nor black..an outsiders perspective.

Posted by linda
April 11, 2007

Good show let's hear you roar.

Posted by DD
April 11, 2007

what a courageous stand. I guess calling Gwen Ifill a "cleaning lady," and calling Obama "colored" was fine. But, yes, it's good to know where you courageously draw the line.

Posted by Lisa
April 11, 2007

You've made a fan of me today. Rock on.

Posted by Chuck
April 11, 2007

Black guy: My cousin is a stupid nigger.
White guy: Yes he is.
Black guy: You racist m...f...!

Posted by r€nato
April 11, 2007

I too refuse to go on Imus!

...I know, they never invited me and likely never will, but I figure I'm showing solidarity with Ana, just like all those already-nuclear-free towns and cities which declared themselves nuclear-free zones...

Posted by ama
April 11, 2007

Kathleen,
Thanks ever so much!

Posted by Derek
April 11, 2007

"Why is it not OK for a stupid white guy to call girls 'ho's' but its OK for mainstream and gangsta rappers to sing about and refer to women as ho's"

It isn't OK. Those Rappers who engage in this sort of rhetoric are just as disgusting as Imus in my opinion.

Posted by KateOne
April 11, 2007

Since when is not going on someone's show the same thing as "censorship"? Since when is saying someone went over the line "censorship"? Even saying, "you went over the line so you are suspended for two weeks" isn't "censorship" if you want to be precise, and I for one think we should be, just as a newspaper telling a reporter "This story you wrote isn't going to run because it's not good enough" isn't censorship either.

And yeah, it's a pretty important difference.

And I loathe Limbaugh, but anybody who can't see the difference between his attacks on public persons such as Clinton and Obana and Imus' attacks on some young women whose only crime was to make it to the NCAA championships...well, you all need to get your glasses checked, or maybe your conscience. Because there's a difference. And yeah, it's a pretty important one as well.

Posted by Polly
April 11, 2007

Good for you, Ana Marie. Hanging around the Rich White Old Guys' Club would degrade you.

The Club is only open to the very rich, and sycophants. I doubt that you're in either category.

Nasty bunch of commentors here, displaying their misogynistic and hate-filled scorn. Are these sexually insecure types typical of Imus' listeners?

What about Don Imus attracts the woman-haters?

Posted by Derek
April 11, 2007

Ana is certainly showing a lot more class on this issue than people like Paul Begala, John McCain, Carville, Fineman, Maher, Lieberman and all the other white males who have already been on the show or will be soon.

Posted by nick
April 11, 2007

What has everyone got against young, black, professional women?

Posted by ama
April 11, 2007

"I have uncles and cousins that say stupid things that are embarrassing and could be hurtful to some people, but I know that they are not racists."
**********
Until they get a microphone and earn $10 million a year, then that is a family problem or a community problem. IMUS' crap is broadcast on America's airwaves!

Posted by Mr Blifil
April 11, 2007

Why did you go on in the first place? What was the advantage, except to boost your Amazon book ranking? That's a fair reason to go on I suppose, but the behavior of Imus and his staff of regular boors hardly came as a surprise. Funny how "nappy headed hos" draw Imus' attention, yet during his love affair with Rick Santorum, Imus never inquired about the whole "man on dog" incident.

Imus decided later in life that he could make a bigger bundle by being a corporate shill, "naughty" behavior notwithstanding. He vigorously applied himself to the task, alienating liberals and people of color in the meantime.

He's justly hoist by his own petard, and anyone who went on the show should have their motivations examined. It's good you decided not to go on again, but you do owe a fuller explanation as to what your thinking was when you originally accepted the invitation to go on.

Posted by Joe Justice
April 11, 2007

Jim Hopson's comment is perfect. You had no problem going on Imus before, and Imus has talked like this for years. Give me a break.

Courage, delayed and too late.

Posted by Captain America
April 11, 2007

I cancelled my subscription to Time because of its unjournalistic behavior of shifting toward more sensationalist Tabloid reporting about issues that don't really matter. Time refuses to be any sort of journalistic watchdog. Time again and again regurgitates the worst news worthy stories that purport to have 'controvery' as opposed to what actually pertains to the issues at hand. I will not subscribe again to Time. Ever.

Imus should be fired. Period. This has turned into a media frenzy that has hurt the women's basketball team even more because the phrase was blasted around the world by the all-too-eager 'journalists' looking for controvery. That's all they want. This is fodder for the likes of Time and CNN. They love the controversy. They love when something blows up. They love when accusations fly. They love brewing more controversy when possible. Reporting in context -- leave that for everyone else. Forget that Imus has a long history of racism. Forget that Republicans travel to Syria. Forget that the state of our democracy has been on a downward spiral in the name of 'security.'

Do your job Time. Until then, you don't get any more of my money.

Posted by lizzy
April 11, 2007

Sorry......if you really had some integrity it would not have taken a major media disaster to move you to say "no". Too late.

Posted by Jim Treacher
April 11, 2007

Way to blaze a trail.

Posted by paul_lukasiak
April 11, 2007

not a senator said

"You'll notice virtually every single of the comments by Imus was said about a powerful public political, business or sports figure. And you know what? I want to have the ability to insult powerful public figures anytime, anywhere, in any manner that I want. And I think America is better for that right."

I agree. The issue isn't whether one has the right to insult public figures, its HOW you insult them.

To me, there is a difference between calling Hillary "satan" for whatever reason, and talking about her wearing cornrows and gold teeth and giving the Crips sign after she spoke to a black audience "trying to sound black". This isn't just about insulting Hillary Clinton -- its about perpetuating pernicious racial stereotypes as well. (note that the offensive comments here were made by Imus' producer, rather than Imus himself, but IMHO given that Imus made no objection at all makes him complicit.)

There are ways of insulting people without disseminating racist stereotypes ('cleaning lady', 'quota hire') -- and I've participated in enough flame wars to know that the there is a vast range of insults that one can use without using racial/ethnic/homophobic slurs.

And to me, that is the real issue. Imus constantly engaged in, and acquiesced to, the use of bigoted language on his show --- and that is simply unacceptable.

Posted by e.c. allen
April 11, 2007

Rush Limbaugh also has used the word "hos" to refer to the women involved in the Duke rape case. You excluding yourself from his program, too? If no, why not?

Posted by Blue Spider
April 11, 2007

You've used language worse than this in your writing career and had more disgusting references.

You are worthless and your job does not serve the public, the community, the country.

Posted by gene wiley
April 11, 2007

What a fair-weather whore you are. It was ok last week, but not now, cause you put your finger to the wind. A consensus liberal/limp-dicked writer. Nothing new about that. When did they book you for the Sharpton show? How about Savage.

Ha, what a joke the pompous assed media is.

Gene Wiley

Posted by fred
April 11, 2007

You make me sick Anna. This reader sums it up perfectly

You and all the other media and political stars sucked up to Imus for years, despite his outrageous comments. But now that he's really ruffled some feathers, you head for the hills as if you are shocked and offended at what he said.

When he was a big powerbroker you couldn't wait to be on his show, despite his long record of saying politically incorrect and racially insensitive things. Now that his blood is in the water, you scramble for high ground.

Imus has apologized for his remarks. Are you going to apologize for being a gutless weasel?

Posted by Gary Pike
April 11, 2007

Get a Life. This Imus thing is getting out of hand.We need to understand if we point the finger at Imus or ask for his firing then we should look at everyone. Sure what he said was bad but would we be talking about this if he was Black and made that statement about a white team the answer is no chances are we wouldn't have even heard about it, and as for rev. jackson, and the NAACP and others like CBS ,NBC would they demand the head of a BLACK person that said it. I also must inform everyone that chances are the womens basketball team does not talk about knitting and cooking after a loss or when the other team fast breaks and knocks a player down they dont get up go over and say ,"nice lay-up" . We need to understand that life is a two way street and if you point a finger to someone that made a remark and ask for their head you better be sure that your own race or you and your friends don't make those remarks. I guess it's alright for BET and Will Smith in his movies and other black people to make remarks about women and race because they are BLACK. Two wrongs don't make a right, and as long as you allow it you have NO RIGHT to point a finger to other people and as for those so called rev. theres a part in a book they should read but they never do. " He who is without sin let him cast the first stone. i didnt know we had so many SAINTS walking the earth

Posted by djfunkygrrl
April 11, 2007

MSNBC dropped Imus today which proves the power of advertising pullout. Baseball legend Cal Ripken jr cancelled his appearance on Imus as well.

Posted by mike bennett
April 11, 2007

whatever happened to free speech? where is the aclu? where are all the liberal crazies in this? freedom of speech is sacred as long as they are saying what YOU want them to say or agreeing with you! you have al sharpton ( a proven fraud/twana brawley) and jesse jackson leading the charge on this. both have made anti-semitic statements in the past but that was ok i guess. hypocrites. no word from the aclu. hypocrites. they will protect the right of pedophiles to put out there filth but say nothing on this matter. makes me wanna puke. what about the rappers? they call women every name in the book and they get awards. i imagine that the majority of people who read this blog have some of this pathetic, offensive music in their own collections. hypocrites. time to look in the mirror and be honest if you can. dont care about imus myself. never listened to his show. however the stuff he said compares to what many other people have said. lets have one standard for everyone and not be pathetic hypocrites. ( i know thats never going to happen, but at least i can dream)

Posted by Tom Mundakal
April 11, 2007

Now that they have banished Imus off from TV Land by the likes of Jesse and Sharpie strong arming potential advertisers its high time they turned their efforts for good to work in their communities to banished words they do not want other races to use against African Americans whether in print, songs or speech. I don't think they have the guts to do that ever since they need the gangster rappers and other mainstream hip hoppers to rev up the ho's pimps and niggers they call in their communities to bring out the vote for Obama and like. It is on record Obama and Ludacris met up to chat - why I mention that, Ludacris has a song on his album that starts with ho's and ends with them with references throughout in its lyrics. Today Obama called for Imus to be fired off MSNBC for his comments, I hope he has the decency to come out against artists and people in his community using the same words. I wish he has the guts to speak out..will he weasel out, my bets on every Democrat candidate weaseling on speaking out against African Americans using the word nigger, ho and pimp.

Posted by Tom
April 11, 2007

Poor Imus. All of his leftist buddies (David Gregory, Jonathon Alter, Tim Russert, Howard Fineman, Andrea Mitchell, Craig Crawford, etc.) in the Washington press corps, who appeared on his show for mutual love sessions, have all abandoned him.

Posted by chas0154
April 11, 2007

Good for you. Here in the Midwest, many of us don't care for the NYC and DC blowhards that seem to get too much face time these days. Anyone - black, white, or "other" - who think their opinions actually mean more than the rest of us are the ones who are really out of touch. I consider Imus to be little more than a kindred spirit of Howard Stern, less the blatant vulgarity. The appeal of Imus' dull-witted humor has always escaped me. His outrageously stupid characterization of the kids (remember, we are talking about 18-22 year-olds here) on Rutgers' squad rates right up there with the most unjustifiable verbal assaults of recent memory. He has rightly earned all the criticism that he has received. Furthermore, if his idea of a joke is to make rude remarks about young people who he knows nothing of, then he needs to be put out to pasture. Such gross lapses of judgement by people in his position can not be tolerated. Finally, to all who would defend him I ask, what if your daughter was a member of that team? How would you react?

Posted by Shannon
April 11, 2007

Imus' firing -- treating the symptom and not the disease. "Imus In The Morning" may no longer have a mainstream television audience, but the denigration and demeaning of women will still go on tomorrow, in other popular media. Although I shuddered when Imus and Bernard made the stupid comments, I was mildly surprised by the outcry against them. I did find myself wondering what the Rutgers ladies were currently listening to on their iPods? Until women take a harsh stand against the mysogeny in popular culture, there will be another Don Imus, and another, and another ...
and just where have Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton been the past few years? It took a white guy to make them pay attention, I guess!

Posted by Auguste
April 11, 2007

Rush Limbaugh also has used the word "hos" to refer to the women involved in the Duke rape case. You excluding yourself from his program, too? If no, why not?

Has Ana Marie Cox appeared on Rush Limbaugh's show? If not, what the hell is your point?

Posted by arch stanton
April 11, 2007

My problem w/ this is that the same amount of energy isn't going into asking record labels to fire record execs(white and black) who promote music that includes much worse than 'nappy headed hos'. I'm not for censorship at all, I only mention it to point out hypocrisy. Does anybody think that the biggest problem facing the black community is what an old white guy says on TV at 5AM? Could a white person go on TV and say that a much bigger problem is the attitude of inner city black kids towards education? That to way too many black kids, being educated is considered 'acting white' or 'selling out'? As long as gotcha stuff like this is the focus of people like Jesse JaCKSON and Al Sharpton nothing constuctive will ever be accomplished.

Imus, probably should be fired...but he'll always have a soft spot in my heart for exposing Andrea Mitchell for being the DC cocktail party misinformer/reporter that she is:
http://www.crooksandliars.com/2005/11/23/andrea-mitchell-steps-in-it-again-defends-bob-woodward/

Posted by Frank
April 11, 2007

So Imus said something stupid and offensive, haven't we all? What of he good things he has done and continues to do? Why aren't people as offended by the lies spewing from Bush? Lets not even mention the hateful twisted crap being screamed at us by black rappers! C'mon folks, get a grip!

Posted by Dale
April 11, 2007

If a tree fell on Don Imus [Rosie, the Donald,Jessie] Would they still be unnecessary drags on society?
Without media attention they would all cease to exist.
Could you maybe finagle a position on Sean Hatenitys show so that you can resign and trigger a collapse of that particular blight on American media?
Its worth a shot, anyway [heheh}

Posted by RJS
April 11, 2007

Yes, there is free speech. Imus is free to say anything he wants on his show. Of course, the network that broadcasts him is free to can him and the sponsors are also free to withdraw their advertising dollars. That's the way the system works. With free speech comes responsibility. No one should be forced to be identified with or represented by a dimwitted racist and mysoginist. So can the fake outrage and the ACLU crap. Imus did not have to say what he said, but he did. Now he has to pay the consequences. Forgive me if I'm not sympathetic.

Posted by Pester
April 11, 2007

From Tom Paine--

On the New York Knicks: "chest-bumping pimps� the New York Crips."

On superstar Gloria Estefan: "this little Chihuahua-looking 'ho."

On serial gay-killer Andrew Cunannan: "Why are they bothering to catch this guy? He's just whacking off freaks!"

On Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell, a Native American: "The guy from F Troop."

On CNN's female anchors: "dyke-ie broads."

On media critic Howard Kurtz: "boner-nosed, beanie-wearing Jew boy.">>>

What's really crazy is, Howie Kurtz still wuvs him, to judge by his column today. Does he know that Imus called him that?

This "humor" that castigates members of minority groups really is the work of a bully. Bullies never pick on anyone with real power.

Posted by Kraut
April 11, 2007

Good for you, Ana. Imus' shtick is to sound like a small-minded racist. But he's become so good at it that it's hard to tell anymore where the showman ends and the bigot begins. Best to stay away.

Posted by windansea
April 11, 2007

"I had to listen to how the poor dear lacrosse players at Duke are being persecuted just because they held someone down and fucked her against her will—not rape, of course, because the charges have been thrown out. Can’t a few white boys sexually assault a black woman anymore without people getting all wound up about it? So unfair."

Amanda..paragon of virtue

Posted by yaha
April 12, 2007

Wow, good thing Imus didn't make any anal sex jokes - then you'd probably be pretty conflicted.

Posted by windansea
April 12, 2007

Al Sharpton, another paragon of virtue

1987: Sharpton spreads the incendiary Tawana Brawley hoax, insisting heatedly that a 15-year-old black girl was abducted, raped, and smeared with feces by a group of white men. He singles out Steve Pagones, a young prosecutor. Pagones is wholly innocent -- the crime never occurred -- but Sharpton taunts him: "If we're lying, sue us, so we can . . . prove you did it." Pagones does sue, and eventually wins a $345,000 verdict for defamation. To this day, Sharpton refuses to recant his unspeakable slander or to apologize for his role in the odious affair.

1991: A Hasidic Jewish driver in Brooklyn's Crown Heights section accidentally kills Gavin Cato, a 7-year-old black child, and antisemitic riots erupt. Sharpton races to pour gasoline on the fire. At Gavin's funeral he rails against the "diamond merchants" -- code for Jews -- with "the blood of innocent babies" on their hands. He mobilizes hundreds of demonstrators to march through the Jewish neighborhood, chanting, "No justice, no peace." A rabbinical student, Yankel Rosenbaum, is surrounded by a mob shouting "Kill the Jews!" and stabbed to death.

1995: When the United House of Prayer, a large black landlord in Harlem, raises the rent on Freddy's Fashion Mart, Freddy's white Jewish owner is forced to raise the rent on his subtenant, a black-owned music store. A landlord-tenant dispute ensues; Sharpton uses it to incite racial hatred. "We will not stand by," he warns malignantly, "and allow them to move this brother so that some white interloper can expand his business." Sharpton's National Action Network sets up picket lines; customers going into Freddy's are spat on and cursed as "traitors" and "Uncle Toms." Some protesters shout, "Burn down the Jew store!" and simulate striking a match. "We're going to see that this cracker suffers," says Sharpton's colleague Morris Powell. On Dec. 8, one of the protesters bursts into Freddy's, shoots four employees point-blank, then sets the store on fire. Seven employees die in the inferno.

Posted by Tom
April 12, 2007

Wisdom according to Auguste: "Rush Limbaugh also has used the word "hos" to refer to the women involved in the Duke rape case."

"The Duke rape case"? Hahahahahaha. Try: the Duke false allegations case. Also, the POS who falsely alleged that she had been "raped" by the three Duke students is not only a ho; she's a worthless, POS ho, who should be prosecuted for her crimes. BTW, have fellow worthless POS Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton weighed in yet on the Duke false allegations case?

Posted by Daniel DiRito
April 12, 2007

Frankly, we are fast becoming the epitome of a Jerry Springer society. It seems to have become more important to have an audience and notoriety when confronting conflict than it is to attain resolve and mutual respect. That model seems to serve the needs of the exploited and those who seek to exploit; reinforcing all that relegates objectivity to the outhouse while making the frailty and imperfection of the human condition a spectacle that harkens back to the Coliseum.

This situation isn’t and shouldn’t be about whether liberals or conservatives, this race or that race, hip hop or honky-tonk, one group or another, are more offensive and therefore more responsible for all that is wrong with America. I am not capable of judging the whole of Don Imus nor am I capable of crafting a recipe to fix all of America…and neither are the countless pundits and partisans who have sought to frame it so.

I’m not a religious person…but I often find kinship with the imagery surrounding the portrayal of one called Jesus and his teachings of understanding and forgiveness. For all the banter I hear about the Bible and Christian values, it certainly seems to me that we are fast abandoning what many view as the sacred “tablets” in favor of the sacrosanct tabloids. If I’m right, all I can say is heaven help us.

Read more about the dynamics that lead a situation to become larger than the sum of its parts…here:

http://www.thoughttheater.com/2007/04/imus_bias_devils_heaven.php

Posted by John
April 12, 2007

You are a coward. Now that you have managed to climb you way up to the lofty levels of "mainstream" media elite, it is consistant with Washington ethics to jump at the sound of your masters voice and dump Imus. I see no hypocracy in the Wonkette condemming someone for humor that was in poor taste.

I hope you have a dog, because you know the saying that if you want a friend in Washington...

Posted by DJL
April 12, 2007

You are a shiny haired coward. YOu who spew bile about oral and anal sex. I guess you are an official member of the the Gestapo led by Al and Jesse. YOu of all people (the way you use sensation in your blog and got your start titilating people) should be sympathetic to IMUS -

Posted by Bernard Majerk
April 12, 2007

If the federal government actually obeyed the restraints on their power laid out in the US Constitution, all you pundit dipshits would have to find real work, you know that right?

Talking about politics is like talking about fashion. No one outside your little cliques gives a crap (except of course that fashion designers can't write laws that take freedoms away from people).

Posted by 818chris
April 12, 2007

Sorry, AM, I can't give you props. You only decided to not appear on Imus when it became unpopular to do so. Had there been no uproar, you'd probably still appear on Imus' show, despite his comments. Being seen as part of the media elite is more important to you than social justice. That's not true journalism, that's social climbing and hobnobbing. What I can't figure is why you, as a woman, would edify the good old boys club. So, sorry, no props. I agree with others, you've just dented your own credibility as a journalist. And why does Time only have white faces as part of its Swampland blog? Because it's part of the same good old boy club that you, Ana Marie, are a proud supporter of. Hey Time, how about some diverse faces on your own damn website?

Posted by Moe Golden
April 12, 2007

You sold out, pure and simple.

On an epic scale, by blogger standards.

Posted by Cthomas
April 12, 2007

Ms. Cox:

818chris makes a good point. Why did you and other Establishment media types (yeah, you qualify) go on the show in the first place, when everyone knows he's been making "clever" n-word references and "cleaning lady" jokes for years?

What changed between last month and this month? Not his taste for racist invective. He been doing that schtick for years.

Posted by sluggo
April 12, 2007

Bravo for running from Imus (and not getting stomped in the stampede). Now with Imus on your do-not-fly list, what's left? Ah, there's always Howard Stern.

Posted by Mouse Jockey
April 12, 2007

It is so much fun watching all the lefties run away and hide from the agin liberal Grandma Imus. All the while giving Shakedown Sharpton and Hymietown Jackson another scalp.

Posted by Herman
April 12, 2007

I'm amazed at how many people comment on Limbaugh, yet have never listened to him. He does not "spew ugly racist crap." In fact, he gets all over people who use race as an excuse for not succeeding in this country full of opportunity.

Posted by 818chris
April 12, 2007

Herman: So when Limbaugh uses a jive accent to mock Jesse Jackson, when Limbaugh tells a black caller "take that bone out of your nose and call me back," when Limbaugh says, "They [blacks] are 12 percent of the population. Who the hell cares?", when Limbaugh says, "The NAACP should have riot rehearsal. They should get a liquor store and practice robberies," that's not racist?

Check yourself, man.

Posted by Herman
April 12, 2007

Without context, those quotes are meaningless.

Posted by 818chris
April 12, 2007

Bullshit. What context would any of these comments be acceptable? Tell me.

Would you use this sort of language yourself?

Posted by 818chris
April 12, 2007

Arch stanton, you wrote: "Does anybody think that the biggest problem facing the black community is what an old white guy says on TV at 5AM?

Here's the problem: People in positions of power listen to Don Imus, and many of them share his world view. Clubby journalists like Ana Marie Cox, who value their bylines and face time and invites for evening cocktails more than they do actual journalism, listen to his show and appear on it. So do powerful men and women in office. These are the people who ignore whole populations of people of color in their news stories, and make laws that harm these populations. They are influenced by Imus, and many of them think similarly.

So yes, it does matter what he says, whatever the time of day, given the powerful nature of his audience. He perpetuates negative and untrue stereotypes of disadvantaged people, to an audience of power brokers that perpetuates those images in their hearts and in society. These power brokers may deny holding these prejudices, but at the very least, they tolerate and patronize a man who expresses them. This tolerance of intolerance in the name of professional benefit damages their perspective, and coarsens their hearts.

Posted by J-Man
April 12, 2007

Not going on Imus anymore? Wow - How "ballsy." What a profile in courage. I guess he can't sell any more books or magazines for you.

I'm not going to defend Imus or any of his comments, but it's clearly hypocritical given where your history in the blogosphere.

Posted by TDO
April 12, 2007

Where did Imus get the words he used? Rap music and urban popular culture.

If the words Imus said shouldn't be used...and they shouldn't....perhaps black rappers shouldn't be selling it.

Talk about "perpetuating negative minority stereotypes" - look no further than Ludacris, 50 Cent and MTV. Those are the real villains here.

Posted by TDO
April 12, 2007

Hey 818Chris - stuff it. You don't know what you're talking about.

Look to the source of this crap language - it's not Rush Limbaugh or Imus. They're just a convenient target.

If you accept Ludacris or some other idiot rapper saying this type of offensive garbage, making "pimp" and "ho" acceptable words for kids and selling the image of women as meat, then what right do you or anyone else have to demand Imus be fired for saying the same thing?

Instead of faking "outrage" at Imus, Sharpton and Jackson should do what Bill Cosby has done - raise awareness and do something about the real problem.

Posted by 818chris
April 12, 2007

Hey TDO: I don't buy rap albums. So I guess you don't have much of a point.

Well, that was easy.

Posted by 818chris
April 12, 2007

PS TDO: You need to get into some record stores and see what non-white, no-rap musicians are singing about. I'm willing to bet that you don't know a hell of a lot about popular music, other than what you look up on Google or hear from the news.

Posted by 818chris
April 12, 2007

I meant to say you should see what other white, non-rap musicians are singing about. I need some caffeine.

Posted by 818chris
April 12, 2007

Also TDO: When you say "I don't know what I'm talking about," are you suggesting that I made Limbaugh's quotes up, or are you in agreement that he made the statements?

Posted by TDO
April 12, 2007

Hey 818Chris - once again, you don't know what you're talking about.

So what if you don't buy rap albums? You don't need to buy gansta rap albums to feel the negative effects on culture, genius. Do you listen to Imus's show? And yet you're on here whining about the comments he made.

It's too easy for Sharpton and other victimologists to go after some old '70's leftover shock jock. Why not take up the tough task - where there's no money. Go after the people who make "Ho" and "beatch" acceptable. Start there...and then go after nobody's like Imus.

Posted by HypocrisythynameisAnaMarie
April 12, 2007

Yes, Ana Marie, you are such a paragon of moral virtue, we wouldn't want you to sully your reputation by appearing on something so base as the Imus show.

Posted by 818chris
April 12, 2007

Wow, TDO, for a person who accuses me of being clueless, you just keep spouting off misinformation.

Don Imus made $10 million a year in salary, and brought in millions more in advertising. That's the guy you called a nobody. Second of all, I grew up back East, so I am quite familiar with Imus, and have been for years. So you're wrong there. Next ... didn't you say:

"If you accept Ludacris or some other idiot rapper saying this type of offensive garbage, making "pimp" and "ho" acceptable words for kids and selling the image of women as meat, then what right do you or anyone else have to demand Imus be fired for saying the same thing?"

And my representation to you was, I do not patronize or approve of rap music -- therefore, by your own criteria, I have every right to criticize Imus.

Anything else I can help you understand? Did you want to take a shot at answering the question I asked you about Limbaugh's comments, or are you still thinking that one over? You can scroll back up and re-read it, if you want.

Posted by Jack Pearson
April 12, 2007

Nice way to support someone who turned you into a known entity. You had fun on the show. I would hear you truly laughing & having a good time. Now that the guy is down you kick him & stab him in the back. It says very much for your character. What are you doing on a day to day basis for charity? I suspect not a darn thing. I expected more out of you. Oh well. I was wrong. My mistake for following you since your Imus appearances. Goodbye for good.

Posted by Soma
April 12, 2007

Thanks to the efforts of the righteous we'll soon live in a world where everyone is safe from every form of insult. Our news will be packaged and presented by ersatz reporters and commentators in convienent bite sized chunks. What a wonderful, sanitized and authentically neutral future awaits us.

Posted by 818chris
April 12, 2007

Wow, it's over for Ana Marie's credibility. She messed up, didn't she? Half of us dismiss her for being a lightweight "journalist" who sucked up to a person who spewed misogynistic and racist invective, because she thought it would benefit her rep to be part of the in-crowd. The other half of us dismiss her for stabbed a guy who promoted her in the back. Ouch.

Posted by 818chris
April 12, 2007

Soma -- I hardly think it's destructive to ask someone entrusted with the public airwaves to not call a bunch of innocent young women of high achievement "nappy-headed hos." I don't think that's going to bring on the rise of Babylon, nor do I think it's overly righteous. It's reasonable.

Posted by Michael beck
April 12, 2007

I'm a little slow getting on this as I am journalist who has been out covering the issues that are at the heart of my publication's charter. But I have a question for CT voter. I am so far to the right that I am coming up on the left. But I cannot stand Rush Limbaugh. That being said, I have never heard him say anything that would meat the dictionary definition of the word "racist." If I didn't know better, I would think that all one has to do to be properly classified as a racist would be to disagree with a mindless knee jerk reactionary liberal like yourself. Is that a correct assumption? Or would it make better sense to use actual race oriented action like, say, Affirmative Action or calling someone a "nappy headed ho" to qualify a person for that label? Could you clear that up for me?

Posted by 818chris
April 13, 2007

Michael, you missed my earlier post. I reiterate, here are some Limbaugh quotes:

Limbaugh told a black caller "take that bone out of your nose and call me back."

Limbaugh said, "They [blacks] are 12 percent of the population. Who the hell cares?"

Limbaugh said, "The NAACP should have riot rehearsal. They should get a liquor store and practice robberies."

Sounds pretty racist to me, by any definition.

Posted by Mac
April 13, 2007

Chris,
You don't have a clue what racism truly is. You seem to be one of those people who see racial connotations in everything. I believe that says more about your racial views than it does of those you criticise.

Posted by Allison Whitley
April 13, 2007

Sentiment in the real world is running about 90% against the spineless cowards at MSNBC and the likes of Cox, who didn't give a rat's patoot what Imus said until Sharpton and Jackson started demanding to be pandered to . . . or ELSE! Journalists like Jason Whitlock and John Ridley have more credibility and integrity than you will ever have, Cox, while you reap the rewards of being brought to fame by Imus and then trying to yellow-belly your way out of being associated with him.

Posted by a.glen
April 13, 2007

This is to funny,just swimming from a sinking ship.
Oh you have such solid convictions...

Posted by TDO
April 13, 2007

818Chris - Once again, you're clueless. My point is very simple, but seems to be lost on you:

The fact you don't listen to rap music is meaningless. I don't either, but here's the point - A lot of people do listen to that garbage and use that language. It then becomes acceptable for everyone to use offensive and demeaning language. Ludacris won an academy award for a "song" about being a PIMP. This has a much greater negative impact on culture than Imus could ever hope to have.

The offensive and demeaning terms that everyone is rightfully criticizing Imus for using - "HO," "Beatch," etc. - CAME FROM RAP AND URBAN CULTURE. The words used by Imus weren't invented by him. Where's the outrage at the source of this stuff?

Everyone has a right to criticize Imus for making stupid and offensive comments, but the selective outrage is only directed at him. The point is - he's paid a penalty. When will rappers pay a penalty for selling this?

If people don't like these words...and don't want anyone to use them...then perhaps rappers should stop selling it.

As for Rush Limbaugh, I haven't heard him make those comments. Show me a transcript. In the meantime, I can provide lyrics to Ludacris and 50 Cent's music which is 100X worse than what Imus said...but apparently gets no reaction from anyone.

Will Al Sharpton protest down at the HQ for 50 Cent's label? Will Jesse Jackson boycott rappers who insult women? No....because that would be hard and there's no money in it for their race-based shakedown operations.

Posted by KJC
April 13, 2007

Gutless weasel! Yes.

Ana is I'm sure way too smart to not see her own hypocrisy. But she's in the media now. She's too invested to admit it.

Posted by Pat
April 13, 2007

Ana: I've seen you and you're sure the hell no "eye candy" for the Imus gang to have salivated over. Whenever they had you on, I changed channels. So, had Imus - unfortunately - not have been fired, I sure wouldn't have missed your appearances.

Posted by K-Fed
April 13, 2007

How courageous! Go sell some magazines. You're spineless.

Posted by John Browning
April 13, 2007

I watched Scarborough Country last night and got a chance to watch Anna Marie Cox in action. Regardless of what you think about Imus, Cox is the most gutless two-faced coward I have seen in a long time. When ever I listened to you on Imus I never got the impression that you were having a moral crisis, rather you seemed very comfortable flirting with him on the show. Now, all of a sudden, you've seen the light, and realized that he was a racist.

Honestly, you are a disgrace.

Posted by Wink Wink
April 13, 2007

I wonder how many millions of people in America had never heard of you Ana until you went on Imus. I'm sure you had no idea of his past controversial statements just like no other journalist or politician did. Now that he has been burnt at the stake in town square I am glad you are taking a stand. Maybe you have a future being a politician instead of writing about them.

Posted by Jen Wilkin
April 13, 2007

Regardless of what Imus said or did last week, I could never stand your smarmy banter when you were on his show. Your affected delivery was annoying, yet now in hindsight very revealing. You are a poser. But Imus was so impressed with you. That man genuinely sang your praises EVERY time you were on and from what I could tell gave you a real leg up. This is how you thank him? I don't care how smart and "Wonky" you are. You have no integrity. What is it like to be a backstabber for all the world to see? Did you forget that we were all out there listening? And remembering. Hope you enjoyed your moment in the sun.

Posted by Dan Straw
April 14, 2007

Well, it's good to see that IMUS made you and now that he's gone, what next? Will you have your fifteen minutes of fame, go back to serving hamburgers and trying out your wit on some hungry customer? But can they trust you to serve food? I guess they won't care that you damaged your reputation in this crisis. Could you be perceived as hypocritical, shallow, and as mean as that "old dude" you so quickly dismissed? Hungry dudes are usually pretty forgiving. But wait. Your'e not one of those "age-discrimators", are you? Oh.Oh. Get your apology ready when they come to fire you. Don't worry. you can count on me to stand by you just like you did for Don Imus.

Posted by Alice Cramden
April 14, 2007

Ana Marie Cox, you are so-o-o-o-o-o-o-o last week.

love,

Alice

Posted by JIm
April 14, 2007

Don Imus has more class in his little finger than most of his 'guests' ever will. Behind the crass sophmoric humor, was someone who could get more than a 20 second sound bite out of a guest or give a "new, fresh face" a platform (and market.) He also has given more to sick and helpless children than anyone I can think of, short of Bill Gates. I'm sorry that when push came to CYA, the wonkette took the bait from the professional civil rights leaders and grapped a stone to join in.
Perhaps, Al Roker, can help you with your next career move or book deal.
Good luck
Jim

Posted by Brian
April 15, 2007

Ana - go listen to your last appearance on Imus - you can catch it on www.wfan.com - you were loving every minute of it and btw the crude one was you... interesting how it took a nano second to turn on Imus -- It is clear that you had no trouble appearing on his show when you could gain by it. Your recent turn is disgraceful and I hope your have the guts to confront him in person rather than kick him when he is down. Imus was wrong with his comment of April 4 but he has more integrety than you ever will.

bg

Posted by Bob Stewart
April 15, 2007

Maybe you can book time on Al Sharpton's radio show. Now there is a person of high moral fiber.
Since people like you have anointed him the moral compass for America, everthing should now be much better for our country.

I am am sure the word hypocrite is enough to clearly define self serving people like you who were quest of Imus and are now running for cover.

To me the word coward comes to mind.

Posted by lilybloom
April 15, 2007

I just joined this and want to comment on some postings from early in the week. People were asking why the media elite went on the show, here is Frank Rich's answer ( think he still has his finger in the air on this,however):
"the reason I go on his show is very simple. It's the only show I know of in commercial broadcasting that I've been on where you can actually talk in sound bites about the issue of the day with someone with whom you can match wits and who really knows his stuff." He went on to compare the experience to speaking to Terry Gross.

Posted by lilykat
April 15, 2007

I just joined this and wanted to respond to some questions posed early in the week. A number of posters wanted to know why the media elite went on the show, here is Frank Rich's answer: "The reason I go on his show is very simple. It is the only show Iknow of in commercial broadcasting that I've been on where you can accually talk in an informed way...not in sound bites about the issue of the day and with someone with whom you can match wits and who really knows his stuff." He went on to compare the experience to speaking with Terry Gross. No kidding, you can look it up

Posted by Louise
April 15, 2007

Boycott Proctor & Gamble etc. Imus not allowed free speech.

Posted by John Olson
April 15, 2007

I thought your performance on TV after Imus was self serving and gutless. You couldn't distance yourself fast enough from Imus after his meltdown, yet you were a good German on the show.

Posted by TYR
April 15, 2007


You missed your calling as a harridan Catholic nun circa 1930...

Another critic of "The Lobby" gets whacked...Rosie's next. War with Iran by June-enjoy your check from AIPAC.

Posted by Bernie McGuirk II
April 16, 2007


I figured you were a "mud shark". Go drink some spook semen ya filthy whore.

Posted by MediaPerson
April 16, 2007

BFD about the brave "decision" not to go on Imus anymore. Now you'll have more time to regurgitate the same DC rumors we've all heard a thousand times. Still, congrats are in order for hoodwinking TIME into paying you. Dingbat.

Posted by Antonio
April 16, 2007

What’s all the flack about Don Imus? Hasn’t anyone heard a racially charged expression before? What, you cry, are you insinuating that what Imus did was right? No! It was deplorable! Then why, you ask, are you defending him? I’m not! I’m impeaching American society for its hypocrisy. Here’s what I mean. Would the Reverend Al Sharpton or the Reverend Jesse Jackson be as impassioned about the ramblings of a radio personality who instead referred to a women’s team as “beached blonde crackers” or as inflamed about another radio jock calling them "lilly-white Bible-thumping bigoted Jesus freaks”?

Why is a white person who refers derogatorily to a black person called a racist, but that same black person is not? Can’t blacks be just as racist as whites? February is Black History Month. Why don’t we have a White History Month, or a Hispanic History Month, or a Native American History Month? In fact, let’s consider the whole subject of race. Why do many black Americans take offense at not being called African Americans? One may say, “I’m a black-skinned person of African descent.” Could not a white-skinned person of African descent also refer to himself as African American? A black American might say, “My roots are in Africa.” I say, I’m a second generation Italian-American; my roots are in Italy. In fact, I am lot closer to my roots than many Afircan-Americans are to theirs.

At my age I’ve been “trashed” more times than I can recall. So what? Let Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson be as concerned that I am called a “honky” or a “cracker” by one of their brothers as they are that their sisters are called “nappy-heads” by a white radio announcer – and I’ll believe them. Let them scream at the Congressional Black Caucus for refusing recently to allow a white congressman to join that they are racists – and I’ll believe them. Let them scream that race should never be a factor in anyone’s decision for anything – Affirmative Action be damned! – and I’ll believe them. Let them, as ministers, scream at the schools and legislatures to restore the Biblical principles our nation was founded on – and I’ll believe them.

If our nations leaders truly cared about all Americans being treated fairly, they would be doing a whole lot more than complaining about the racial issue. They would be trying, as the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King did – and none, black or white, has had the courage or conviction to do since – work together “with this faith… to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood,” so that all Americans can all “live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character... when all of God's children, black… and white…, Jews and Gentiles,… will be able to join hands and sing… ‘Thank God almighty, we are free at last!’”

Posted by Roberta
April 19, 2007

Wasn't ANA MARIE COX amusing in her attempts to comment on her own commentary from previous Imus in the morning appearances? Her whining admissions of discomfort belatedly shared on MSNBC's Scarborough Country last Thursday night (April 12) were hard to stomach. We are now asked to believe that she was disgusted by Imus's sharp-tongued manner but she persevered as a guest in order to be part of the 'elite' on his show? (This was a startling revelation from Ms. Cox when considering some of the language she has used during her writing career, although she frequently hid behind fantasy names to obscure her involvement.) How victimized she has been. You could have fooled me when she chortled like a ninny throughout many Imus interviews. (By the way, Ms. Cox's appearances on Imus couldn't have hurt in gaining this platform of authenticity at TIME, unless we are also to accept that Ms. Cox's career was on such a fast track from her days of pajama pontificating that a role at TIME was predestined.)

How enlightened Ms. Cox is about today’s cultural and societal nuances, that she refused to recognize Hip-Hop smut talk as destructive to its listeners during last week's Scarborough appearance. Only Imus emits toxicity? To Ana Marie Cox, the “context” was different between the offhand comments of Imus and the punishing derision of Hip-Hop lyrics. When asked whether a favorable NYT review of a Hip-Hop release was a black eye to that 'elite' publication, our outspoken Ms. Cox refused to criticize NYT. Joe Scarborough chided her inability to point out harmful effects of bad-mouthed artists, which resulted in her stammered weak defense: She was not a Hip Hop music expert! In my estimation, her commentary is fluff and she's not an expert at much of anything.

The reluctance by Ms. Cox to criticize NY TIMES for promoting Hip-Hop invective, perhaps had more to do with further career ambitions. Maybe her next aspiring step is a NYT editorial appointment to replace the previous 'Anna' who was once so prominently affiliated in the kingly paper (as in Anna Quindlen).

Ms. Cox is the bubbly bedroom blogger who demonstrated on Scarborough Country how little prepared she is for prime time. She should note the only resemblance she has to the eloquent Ms. Quindlen is their shared first name, and not even the spelling is the same.

Posted by Mark Rogan
April 20, 2007

As a long time Imus listener, I first heard of you (Ms. Cox) on his show. His witless, insensitive remarks brought about a frenzy that reinforced why I listened. In a media pond full of hypocritical scum, they were "keepin it real"on IMUS. Whether you liked it or not, you knew what they thought. This event forced the rest of the media to play there hands. Bob Johnson of BET is appalled, Steve Capus at NBC stood up for decency (last week, this week a little different), etc, etc, ad nauseum.
Hand wringing, self righteous, self serving,hypocrites. But not the Wonkette... she keeps it real.
And then you played your hand. " I whored my way to the top, but now I repent, now I've seen the light. Imus & Bernie are so bad they should never be forgiven"
Unfortunately, by what I read here, even your fans aren't buying that BS. In fact, it was so lame that the hypocritical media brass (that thought you sounded so glib on IMUS) might want to reexamine your credentials (i.e. your Dr. Dentons and laptop)
Thanks Imus for shining a light on the media. Thanks to the Rutgers womens basketball players. You forgave and moved on. Best of luck.

Posted by S. Taylor
April 20, 2007

Please TIME! Fire this loser. She is a gold digging hypocrite if one ever existed. She used Imus to catapult her career and now is acting like she is Rosa Parks in boycotting him. Ana the Coward and Gold Digger!!! It is as simple as that...oh I read your disgusting rant in TIME; nice touch at the end with the Daddy comment(boy that really tugs on the heart strings). Someone help this woman find her ethical and moral compass. I heard Ana on Imus just running her mouth with comments every bit as racy as Imus and his crew. Just couldn't help yourself huh Ana. TIME will lose all respect from those of us in the know about her Imus visits if they keep her on now. Ana Marie Cox? or is it Kerry (Flip-Flop-Flip-Flop). Somewhere Don Imus is saying-Et tu, Brute?

Posted by vicki preece
April 23, 2007

Ana - I really enjoyed listening to you on Imus, I'd never heard of you before - you were refreshing, fun, and interesting. But I have to admit when I first found out you bailed on him my gut reaction was great disappointment. I for one will NOT SEEK you out to read or hear anything more you have to say. You are a trader!!!

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