I Guess I Can Watch CSI Tonight…

April 12th, 2007at 06:54pm Posted by Eli

It’s over:

CBS announced Thursday that it has fired Don Imus from his radio program, following a week of uproar over the radio host’s derogatory comments about the Rutgers women’s basketball team.

“There has been much discussion of the effect language like this has on our young people, particularly young women of color trying to make their way in this society,” CBS President and Chief Executive Officer Leslie Moonves said in announcing the decision. “That consideration has weighed most heavily on our minds as we made our decision.”

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Losing Imus will be a financial hit to CBS Radio, which also suffered when shock jock Howard Stern departed for satellite radio early last year. The program is worth about $15 million in annual revenue to CBS, which owns Imus’ home radio station, WFAN-AM in New York, and manages Westwood One, the company that syndicates the show across the country. CBS Corp. is also the parent company of CBSNews.com.

Kudos to CBS for joining MSNBC’s refusal to be used as a platform for hateful language. This should further strengthen the precedent for other media outlets to do the same, as well as extending it from TV to radio.

…Or the right-wing noise machine could succeed in generating a backlash against liberal witch-hunts and political correctness run amok, but my gut feeling is that they’ll have a hard time gaining much traction outside their base.

Entry Filed under: Media,Racism


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