5 Statements Made by Radio Personalities Who Have Not Been Fired

“Have you ever noticed how all composite pictures of wanted criminals resemble Jesse Jackson?” – Rush Limbaugh, host of a radio program syndicated on nearly 600 radio stations nationwide

“Many, many, many of the poor in New Orleans are in that condition. They weren’t going to leave no matter what you did. They were drug-addicted. They weren’t going to get turned off from their source. They were thugs, whatever.” – Bill O’Reilly, host of a radio program syndicated on over 400 radio stations nationwide

“A woman not only who was distasteful physically, but is distasteful mentally. […] This hag, this hack, this brisket maker has the audacity to say that we should be having a dialogue with the Hitler of our time — coming from that hag who happens to be Jewish is a triple disgrace.” – Michael Savage (on former Secretary of State Madeline Albright), host of a radio program syndicated on 400 radio stations nationwide

“She looks like a ghetto slut. It’s just — it’s hideous. No, it’s not braided. It just flies away from her head in every conceivable direction. It looks like an explosion in a Brillo pad factory. It’s just hideous.” – Neil Boortz (on U.S. Representative Cynthia McKinney), host of a radio program syndicated on over 300 radio stations nationwide  

“I didn’t think I could hate [Hurricane Katrina] victims faster than the 9/11 victims.” – Glenn Beck, host of a CNN Headline News television program and a radio program syndicated on over 250 radio stations nationwide

(Note: Don Imus was syndicated on 90 stations nationwide. And the above comments weren’t jokes.)

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66 responses to “5 Statements Made by Radio Personalities Who Have Not Been Fired

  1. Whew. Nothing I said made the list!

    Beej: Host of a radio program heard on ONE radio station nationwide.

  2. About fifteen years ago I hosted an FM radio program that ran from 2am until 5am and was broadcast 12 blocks around the university. Mostly I played hardcore industrial “music”. Once I said something to the effect that “someone should stick a pipebomb up that f*ck [insert name of our Prime Minister here]’s ass and spark the fuse.” I think my listener was out of town that night so everything was cool.

  3. I still like the Ironman announcer mocking Norman Stadler’s German accent openly during the Kona Championships. .”

  4. Bob

    You forgot:

    “[The 2007 Women’s Final Four logo is a] crazy, crazy goulash of letters and pictures that looks like some Hungarian designed it. And let me tell you something, those paprika-snorting ghoulies know nothing about the English language. Or, for that matter, about playing the guitar. The best guitar player they gave us was Bela Bartok, and that asshole played the piano!” – Stephen Colbert, host of The Colbert Report

  5. Rattling the Kettle

    If every dumbass on the radio was kicked off the air for every racist, sexist, gay-bashing, religiously-insensitive or generally appallingly hateful remark, the entire AM spectrum would be made up of dead air.

    Come to think of it, that would be an improvement.

  6. Ali

    The lesson here, I think is: nothing good has ever come of discussing women’s basketball. So don’t do it.

    What?

  7. The thing that bothers me is that I think there are much bigger problems that Sharpton and crew could be handling than a radio host who is off his rocker. The root of the problem is much deeper and is not going to be corrected by firing every idiot who says something stupid on the radio. I agree with Ali above, though, too.

  8. In Bangor, Maine, people are in mourning over Imus.

    Brewer Maine’s councilman called Sharpton and Jackson “2 of the biggest blowhards in America”.

    And this is an elected official. I think it’s things like his racism that get him elected.

  9. Outsider

    Ditto that about Maine…

    Very scary place

  10. Yeah, those guys are all deifinitely at fault. By why isn’t someone faulting every single rap star ever, too?

  11. Agreed, Andy. How many times is that phrase that Imus uttered played in rap songs on urban radio stations every day?

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  13. Imus is a grown man. What on earth is he doing listening to rap music?

    Aha. He hears it from his kids. (Grandkids?)

    He’s just a wannabe who was emulating the rap stars, trying to sound like them.

    Maybe he wasn’t trying to insult anyone at all. He was just trying to fit in with his kids’ culture.

    And look what happened to the poor guy.

    They should give him his job back, and make him an honorary rapper.

    ;-)

  14. “You just don’t get it, do you Scott?” – Dr. Evil

    I’ll explain it real slow and easy like… Guys like O’Reilly, Limbaugh, Savage, Beck, and Boortz are hired to say such things. Guys like Imus are FIRED for saying such things. If you are hired to be a troll, it’s OK, if you’re not, it’s not. Get it?

    Somebody throw me a freakin’ bone here.

    – Tyldak

  15. Tyldak: Imus wasn’t fired for what he said. He was fired for the public outcry over what he said. Why do you think his firing was announced minutes after Les Moonves had a meeting with Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson?

    Where’s their outrage over these other guys? They should be up in arms, regardless of whether or not these other hosts were hired to say such things.

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  17. ashleystar

    interesting post, thanks!

  18. Chris, Agree totally. I was being sarcastic in my Dr. Evil voice. I think that’s where the difference lies… Sharpton, Jackson, et.al. don’t bother with the wingnuts because its the wingnuts jobs to piss them off. The more Sharpton and company decry wingnuts, the MORE the wingnuts’ audience likes it. They WANT people up in arms, upset at how edgy and non-PC they are. I think that’s why the Sharpton crowd don’t go after people like Coulter or O’Reilly… because they’re following the Golden Rule, “Don’t feed the trolls.” Imus’ crime is saying something trollish while not being, inherently, a troll.

    – Tyldak

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  21. 30Rock

    Moonves (Moon vest) says: “Give me your fingernails!”

  22. Thomas K. Arnold

    You can never tell what will get the niggers whipped up into a mau mau frenzy. You can talk about that uglyassed spook Cynthia McKinney’s do after she gets it did and nobody says shit. But joke around and call a bunch of black lesbian jigaboo cunts with thyroid problems something harmless like, “nappy-headed hos” and watch the excrement hit the impeller. Fuck, it sure would be nice if the niggers just used some kind of consistency. Like, shit. What the fuck?

  23. nice post. of the radio personalities you mentioned — i have difficulty determining who i hate the most.

    what bothers me most about these idiots is that they are quite often so ideologically driven and ill-informed that it’s like listening to babies scream, or something.

    Well, actually, listening to babies scream and cry would still be a better means of conversation then talking with Glenn Beck.

  24. tsolum

    Until Rev Sharpton and Jackson attack the Black rap artists that degrade women with the type of language that Imus used that I will see this as what it is, hypercritical.

    Sharpton and Jackson have made these young women victims. By making them victims they have taught these young women that if someone calls you bad names then it victimizes you.

    In my youth I was taught, “stick and stones can break my bones, name will never hurt me”.

  25. malander

    Agreed, tsolum. The big problem here is the racism of Sharpton and Jackson. This whole thing would have passed and the Rutgers players would have continued their lives without any damage. But the race baiters like the Revs. have to make sure to keep the honkys in line. They pay absolutely no attention to the racist comments/lyrics of the blacks. This is where the most damage is done.

  26. I’ve posted on one of my blogs several times about the Imus issue, and everyone here seems to get it. In the end, what it comes down to is the fact that MSNBC & CBS Radio caved in under the pressure brought by Sharton, Jackson and Advertisers. You cannot actually tell us that you were not aware of what Imus was doing on his show, no one believes that for a moment.

    This will ripple, and it will effect other public forums ( like BLOGS! )so start watching what you say and think, and make sure that you are Politically Correct when you write or verbalize your thoughts, because the Revs are watching and listening!

  27. Tim

    Bob, you do realize that Colbert’s show is spoofing the O’Reilly and Far Right… right? – Tim

  28. hazardouswords

    Wow. I seriously can’t believe that Don Imus got fired for what he said. I’m not going to sit here and defend what he said, because I feel what he said was hurtful. But did it merit all of this controversy? Not at all. But he apologized for it, so just let it go. No need to fire the man. Man, society is messed up.

  29. Imus should’ve been censured not only for what he said but he sounded absolutely ridiculous for saying it. Yeah, the words “nappy” and “ho” are offensive, but that that he’s a 70-something year old white guy trying to sound–what?–hip??? That’s what is so ridiculous.

    What Imus said is tame compared to most of what he’s said in the past and in contrast to the stuff that’s being uttered into live microphones as I type this. I think Imus was made an example because of many factors. The fact that we’re rapidly approaching an election year and our “sensitivities” are heightened could be one; the fact that Jesse and Al haven’t had any press in a while, could very well be another.

    Please! As if those two media whores are arbiters of radio content.

  30. Sirs:

    It is in-deed a good Thing that Rev. Sharpton has never public’ly decry’d Rap-music’s often distaste-ful Content. When will he get off his Hobby-horse & address this Scourge?

  31. Those words are not used on urban stations, they’re bleeped out.

    We would all agree that blacks who use those words are ignorant, right!

    If it is ignorant for blacks to use those words, why would any white person ever use them, unless he’s being racist? That’s what the problem is. Imus is sorry for what he did. However, he made a mistake and mistakes cost. Once money is involved (MILLIONS), it’s a wrap.

    Imus used an inappropriate term to genealize a group of hard-working women who just lost a championship. He embarrassed and undermined their efforts.

    Imus was retiring anyway and stepped over his boundaries, but he didn’t intend to go out like that. It’s like the high-school graduate who does something stupid at graduation. He looks like an ass, regrets what he does, then lives with it the rest of his life.

    Once we get over the race issue we will all realize how insensitive his comment was. Once we begin to have compassion for others this world will become a better place.

    Buh Bye Imus.

  32. We had to start somewhere! I’ll gladly protest these ones and the others like them.
    Just hoping this is not some Imus defense – because he’s been talking trash like this for years and getting away with it
    http://americablog.blogspot.com/2007/04/imus-3-weeks-ago-on.html

  33. joe smith

    So we live in a fascist nation where anyone who says anything you don’t like gets fired, right? That’s why Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton get to put on the black sheets and lench you if you use the word “ho” and you don’t happen to be a “brother” with a record label holding your crotch and calling for cops to be killed. Get a brain, moron.

  34. Nice post, esp. the fact that Imus is only on 90 stations.

    What Imus said was definitely wrong, but it’s certainly not unusual in today’s radio landscape. I think he became a victim of the racism reaction machine. He shouldn’t have been fired.

  35. I made the same point the other day and everyone ripped my head off. There is no excusing what he said, but people are ignorant every day and deserve the same punishment he got.

  36. newhoosier

    man, Chris you’ve got some intelligent readers…. just about everyone made a good point! I’m lucky if I get one intelligent comment on a post.

  37. gregsr

    We speak, we listen, and we write and we should never take for granted the words we communicate. Really, there such a thing as an idle words because all the words we speak are important.

    Are there rules for our words? Even Baseball players have to stay in line or they will be a foul of the rules.

  38. I hope I get as famous for calling a colonic a butt flush. There’s no such thing as bad press.

  39. It was inevitable that the Left will start demanding the heads of anyone who has ever made an ‘offensive’ statement on the air. You do not have the right to ‘not be offended’ in the US. What you do have is the right to offend, and to be debated with on the issues and views you espouse. We don’t need thought police, we don’t need the Cult of the Perpetually Outraged dictating to anyone, and we don’t need to turn talk radio into endless episodes of Barney (I love you, you love me…).

  40. As long as people try to make this about Sharpton/Jackson vs Imus they miss the point. Sharpton, as far as Imus and this incident are concerned, is basically a Black man with a radio show that reaches a particular audience. Imus could have gone to Tom Joyner or any other Black man with a radio show. I think he chose Sharpton just so people could sit back and get distracted, “OHMYGAWD, race baiting Sharpton I HATE HIM.”

    The pressure didn’t come from Sharpton and Jackson. His comments may have been a factor however in the end it was the advertisers and staffs of CBS and NBC that got Imus fired.

  41. Sadly, discourse is now “color coded” in America. It all depends on WHO is saying WHAT about WHOM. Fill in the combinations, it’s not that hard :)

  42. Imus was trying to be “hip” but it back fired majorly. The only reason he was fired is because of money. Ads were being pulled faster than Rosie O’Donnel reaching for cake. That’s what this is really about MONEY.

    Why do you think Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are involved? Not because they care about 10 girls from Rutgers.

    Remember, Al Sharpton is the same guy who said he was going to support the “rape” victim in the Duke lacross case and send her through college. What has he done for her?

    Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are WAY BIGGER racist than anyone in the media. They just don’t get called on it or people forget really quickly.

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  44. I think the Imus thing is PATHETIC. True, I might not always agree with him, but the man’s been on the radio for what, almost 30 years? And someone is JUST NOW decided they don’t like him. Wrong person, wrong place, wrong time. Retarded. It’s what he’s known for. If he should get fired, so should a million other people. Racism pushes things too far sometimes.

  45. I had to give you a link too. Good post. I listen to Savage on my way home from work sometimes. He lets ’em fly pretty regularly, actually.

  46. John

    The thing that bothers me most of the Imus thing and this post, is the illusion that comments of this nature are only made by conservatives. Maybe we should open our eyes to ALL the racism/sexism around us and treat everyone EQUALLY.

  47. Deb Johns

    Well I have done my small part. I have cancelled my American Express card of 15yrs and told them it was a protest cancellation. I have emailed CBS, MSNBC, Barack Obama, Chevrolet, Bigelow Tea and will keep on with more! I have also signed the petition online to bring Imus back. If they don’t I hope that they have to pay dearly in ratings and money they will owe him for the 5yr contract he just signed. Sure a suspension was fine, and maybe a fine but firing! Get real. Who is next? From what i hear the two esteemed leaders are picking out their next target! All hosts should be very worried, except maybe their networks would not cave!!
    Po’d in NH

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  49. caitlynintherye

    A lot of people have been posting about the difference between statements made by Imus and those made by rappers. I think it was sort of interesting that Snoop recently made a statement on the whole bit:

    “It’s a completely different scenario,” said Snoop, barking over the phone from a hotel room in L.A. “[Rappers] are not talking about no collegiate basketball girls who have made it to the next level in education and sports. We’re talking about ho’s that’s in the ‘hood that ain’t doing sh–, that’s trying to get a n—a for his money. These are two separate things. First of all, we ain’t no old-ass white men that sit up on MSNBC [which announced Wednesday it would drop its simulcast of Imus’ radio show] going hard on black girls. We are rappers that have these songs coming from our minds and our souls that are relevant to what we feel. I will not let them mutha—-as say we in the same league as him.”

    Here is the article: http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1556803/20070410/snoop_dogg.jhtml

    And no, I do not agree with him. I think that you shouldn’t “ban” anyone for what they say, although I do agree that what he said wasn’t right. If we start firing people for things like this, it will just lead to a mudslide of other firings for similar things, people will be wary of what is P.C. to say and what isn’t.

  50. Will

    Great post, it brings up a lot of good points about the Imus controversy.

    Just wondering, what context was the Beck quote found in?

  51. CactusPete

    Uh,,,, really…. in the scope of things, who really cares about all of this? This has been blown way out of proportion as usual. Now, back to rearranging my sock drawer.

  52. Why won’t the FCC ban idiots instead of the word “fuck”? There is more hatred and idiocy in what these few people have to say than the million times the word “fuck” is uttered on any television show.

  53. Joy

    I’m not bothering to read all comments but wasn’t Imus fired ’cause his advertisers threatened to run away screaming? All hail the almighty dollar…

  54. I won’t say I was a fan of Imus… actually I didn’t have the chance, because I never heard his program. But it is a little ridiculous what happened to him. There have been many others that have said just as bad, if not worse things, and he got fired. My theory is because it was a slow news week, so the media fallowed the story a little closer then they normally would have. I am sure Imus will get another show, if he wants, and it was just a case of people making a mountain out of a mole hill.

  55. rosewood1942

    It’s interesting how many posters, who I would bet a New England nickle are whites, seems worried about Imus getting fired. Which is more unfair should not be the question. Each act of injustice or disrespect should be judged seperately.

    The beauty in logic and intelligence is to break down an issue and find a long term solution. Two people, two groups or two opinions going back and forth escalating leads to just what America seems to love: war!

    Reminder, Al Sharpton is not the President of “blacks”. lol! He is also not the only black person who speaks and acts on behalf of black people.

    *Gasp*! There are white people active in the fight for equal rights and respect.

    There is a lot of “rap” out there that is never played on the radio that talks about education of your soul and contribution through energy and motivation. Pull up any track from “Common” or “Dead Prez” and you will hear a side of “rap” you just can’t get on all the Clear Channel radio stations.

    Whites purchase a majority of rap and hip-hop records. Stop buying the records if you are so offended.

  56. Tyler

    Savage is Jewish, if I recall. He was ashamed with a member of his own race, and has been vocal. He “had a cow” when Mel Gibson did his thing.

  57. I hate the PC environment, especially where the Freedom of Speech is concerned. If I do not like the way a person talks, I tune them out or off. If we start firing everyone who is offensive, hahaha Our unemployment rolls will consists of over 90% of Americans. The only people who will survive, will be the mutes because most of us cannot read sign language and can’t tell what they are saying.

    Grow up peeps. Just how annoyingly fragile have Americans become since PC became the rule? boo hoo, you are all a bunch of crybabies. So, sue me!

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  59. caitlynintherye

    http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/04/24/navarrette/index.html

    CNN article that is pretty interesting (And related, I promise)

  60. Don

    Imus may be a broadcast legend and a shock-jock, but that doesn’t mean what he said is forgiveable. I think it was crude and stupid, but you have to recognize that the nature of his forum is live radio. Dead air is something that radio stations frown on, so he had to keep talking. He showed amazingly poor judgment in his words. Is that his true personality coming out, or was he trying to be hip and funny? Who can know?

    I watched Imus many times on his live MSNBC feed, and I was never impressed. If he should be kicked off the air, it should be because his overall output is crap.

    I believe that all people should be treated equally. Period. Whether you are Don Imus or Al Sharpton, you should be judged by the causes you support. If you automatically assume that something is either bad or good based on race, you are a part of the problem. I don’t see blacks or whites; I see people. Until we start to respect each other and try to understand the problems we have in common, there won’t be progress.

    We need to move ahead and leave the biggoted assholes behind.

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  62. THE-XFACTA.COM

    some nappy headed hoe wrote this !

  63. A) Jes Jac is a bonified crook. He threatens (or used to when he was thought to be powerful,) businesses like Nike with boycotts or they must do something to get him off their collective back. People think this is how Jesse’s sons acquired the beer distributorship, since they didn’t have money to BUY it.
    B)Savage dislikes Halfbrites’ looks and her vicious mind…she lived among the Serbs then she was instrumental in them being bombed from 16,000 feet to help Muslim Dope/Serb cop killers’ KLA.
    C)Cynthia Mac was wind-blown, having bad hair day plus is Modern Liberal as depicted by Evan Sayet, Heritage comic genius!
    D) Maybe Beck has been to N.O.! Although many have rebuilt and fly the US flag proudly…many await a “fair” insurance check…or languish expecting free rent for years. They rec’d cards for $2000-$3000 which was supposed to get them on their feet. Carla victims rebuilt, go no money for years…no free money cards!
    E)Imus’ co-blaber got off Scott Free…I, in his shoes,would have sent free meal debit cards for nice meals AND flowers to team and coach and TOLD WORLD I DID!

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