Tag Archive: MSNBC

Imus off MSNBC

MSNBC has just announced that they will no longer simulcast the Imus in the morning Radio Program.  From their statement

“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.”

The network statement went on to say, “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.”

Al Sharpton is on MSNBC now saying that he hopes CBS will make the same decision. 

Earlier today, Barack Obama called for Imus to be fired and said he would no longer appear on his show.

More to come on this issue.

Update (by Juan): Rutgers University students and faculty rallied this afternoon on Douglass campus in support of the women’s basketball team. One Rutgers student who was there, Tom Wright-Piersanti, wrote  about his experience at the rally and posted a bunch of photos on his blog.

Don Imus suspended for two weeks

NBC just announced on the Nightly News Broadcast that Imus has been suspended for two weeks following his racist Rutgers comments.  He apologized again today.  This is a response to liberal pressure.

Since this is an announcement by NBC, I presume it does not apply to WFAN 660AM.

Update (by Juan): Just hours ago, Senator Shirley Turner had issued a statement calling for his show to be suspended for a month:

“CBS Radio and MSNBC should suspend Don Imus and his show for a month to show that there are real consequences to such deplorable acts.  And if they don’t take action, it is up to the companies that advertise on his show to pull their ads and show America that they do not condone racism or hate speech.

Her full statement is below.

Update 2(by NJDem):  CBS has just announced that they will also suspend the Imus show for 2 weeks.

Corporate Chutzpah

If a politician says to a company, “If you want to do business here you have to fork over a little something for us,” that’s a crime–as well it should be.

But when a company says to the government, “If you want us to come you have to fork over a little something extra,” that’s a “business incentive.”

Is there really a difference? Here’s a real-life case to ponder. The cable channel MSNBC set up shop in Secaucus 10 years ago and since then has gotten almost $8 million in state grants from the New Jersey Business Employment Incentive Program. MSNBC was among the first BEIP recipients, amid much fanfare over how this would create jobs and build the economy in New Jersey. The agreement stipulated those jobs would stay put for 15 years.

But they didn’t.

Olbermann uses the “I” word

If you don’t normally listen to Countdown on MSNBC, you should.  It’s on during the week at 8 pm and again at midnight.  Of course there’s a lot of fluff in the program–I guess that’s unavoidable.  But the anchor, Keith Olbermann, is doing a great job.  Kean Junior was interviewed recently and came off looking pretty silly.

Olbermann has really been telling it like it is, with sizzling “special commentaries” about the current administration’s behavior.  Monday, he actually used the “I” word (“I” as in “impeachable” offense).

You can read that commentary on his blog, at http://www.msnbc.msn…

And while you’re there, read his earlier special commentaries, too.  He has been giving Dubya the business, and I’m glad to see that MSNBC seems to be supporting his right to speak out.  In a time when the so called “liberal media” is in fact dominated by right-wing nuts or pretty faces, it’s great to have someone with balls on the tube.  (All this is probably on youtube, by the way.)  This guy makes sense!  (And he has a sense of humor, too.)

Definitely worth the effort to watch–or read, if you don’t have cable.