Comments by Don Imus sparked another round of racially-charged controversy, but the radio show host says it was all a misunderstanding. The latest Imus gaffe comes a year after he was fired from his last post after making remarks about the Rutgers women's basketball team.
According to the AP, Imus said he was trying to "make a sarcastic point,” by calling attention to unfair treatment of blacks by the police, in this case regarding the arrest record of suspended Dallas Cowboys' Adam Jones. In a conversation with sports announcer Warner Wolf, he had asked, "What color is he?" To Wolf's response of African-American, Imus reportedly said, "There you go. Now we know."
Rev. Al Sharpton, who called for Imus' firing last year, told CNN.com, "I thought, given Imus' background and his track record, [Monday's remarks were] disturbing. Clearly, he did not clarify what he meant. He left it out there.”
WABC and Citadel Broadcasting Corp. VP Phil Boyce told The New York Times [via CNN] it was unlikely Imus would face disciplinary action.
J.C. Penny execs denounced a YouTube video that spoofs its tagline and carries undertones of teen sex, reports the Wall Street Journal. The company is questioning its ad agency, Saatchi & Saatchi, on the video, which won an ad award at Cannes this past weekend, but the firm told WSJ that the ads were created by a third-party vendor.
Christopher Hitchens writes a column in Slate asserting that “the media ‘tribute' industry had gone a tad far” regarding its response to Tim Russert's death.
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