Will Citadel Broadcasting, which currently syndicates Imus’ show, drop him for his latest outrage?
NYT: The radio host Don Imus, fired by CBS last year for referring to the Rutgers women’s basketball team as “nappy-headed hos,” waded into racially treacherous waters again on his new radio program Monday morning, in a brief exchange about a suspended professional football player, Adam Jones.
When told by the program’s sportscaster, Warner Wolf, that Mr. Jones no longer wished to be called by his nickname, Pacman, so that people might forget his record of multiple arrests, Mr. Imus asked, “What colour is he?”
“He’s African-American,” Mr. Wolf responded.
“Well, there you go,” Mr. Imus said. “Now we know…”
Asked in an e-mail message what he had intended by his remark, Mr. Imus wrote, “I meant he was being picked on because he’s black.” He added that the veteran black comedian and activist Dick Gregory would be a guest on his show on Tuesday, to discuss the death of George Carlin. [“See, I’m not racist. I invite black people on my show.”]
“We’ll see what he thinks,” Mr. Imus wrote. “I mean … come on!” [As in “come on, how could I be so stupid?”]
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