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Don Imus' racist comments spark a media frenzy

Don Imus’ racist comments spark a media frenzy — The shock jock catches a two-week suspension from CBS Radio and MSNBC

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Growly radio host Don Imus is a member of the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame, and now he’s joining Michael Richards and Isaiah Washington in the Foot-in-Mouth Club. On April 9 — five days after Imus referred to the African-American players on Rutgers University’s women’s basketball team as ”nappy-headed ho’s” during his nationally syndicated radio program — CBS Radio and MSNBC announced they were suspending his radio and TV show for two weeks. Imus, who is broadcast on more than 70 radio stations in addition to MSNBC, calls his suspension ”appropriate.” An unforgiving Rev. Al Sharpton appeared opposite Imus on the Today show, and echoed other African-American leaders by maintaining that he should be fired for his racially charged words. At an April 10 press conference, Rutgers captain Essence Carson said the team, who made it to the NCAA finals, would meet with Imus, and she hoped for a personal apology. Said Carson: ”Mr. Imus has stolen a moment of pure grace from us.” As for the shock jock’s future, at press time neither CBS Radio nor MSNBC had any further comment on their plans.