March 31, 1996
BECAUSE I DO political humor myself for a living -- and because I am concerned about rudeness in our civic life I made a point of taping the "shock jock" Don Imus in his recent talk to the TV and radio correspondents in D.C. And though I was certainly struck by his coarseness and rudeness, as a humorist I found myself struck by something else too.I was struck by how remarkably unfunny Mr. Imus had been -- by how strikingly witless a performance I had watched...
April 15, 2007
?There?s a difference between premeditated murder and the gun going off, but the end result is the same. Somebody?s still dead.? ? Don Imus Imus raised a storm of protest last week after he demeaned African-American members of the Rutgers women's basketball team on the air. MSNBC canceled the TV version of his morning talk show and CBS radio, which had suspended him for two weeks, later dumped him too.
March 28, 1996
WASHINGTON -- The big talk in Washington is the raunchy performance given by a radio talk show host named Don Imus to the Radio & Television Correspondents Dinner.Mr. Imus insulted the President and First Lady, sitting just a few feet away from him, as well as the network anchormen, in what the 3,000 attendees considered to be bad taste.While most media dinners are in questionable taste, this one embarrassed the TV people because it appeared more than once on C-SPAN. The White House had asked C-SPAN not to replay it, but C-SPAN refused the request, thus guaranteeing it the largest audience it ever had.Those of us in the print media were not surprised that the radio-TV correspondents would screw up as badly as they did by inviting the bawdy Mr. Imus in the first place.
January 3, 2009
1 Running the weave: If you don't watch Maryland's men's basketball game on television (4 p.m., Comcast SportsNet), maybe you'll find it online. So you would be seeing the Terps play Charlotte on the Web. 2 Big in Big East: It's another of those Big East showdowns: No. 3 Pittsburgh at No. 11 Georgetown - and it's at lunchtime (noon, ESPN). 3 Volunteer to watch: Traditional women's basketball powers meet as No. 8 Tennessee travels to No. 15 Rutgers (2 p.m., chs. 13, 9). Don Imus is unlikely to attend.
July 27, 1996
Today's schedule includes three noteworthy films, one pretty awful; one OK, but with legendary star power; and one creepy in the extreme. Watch on"The Opposite Sex and How to Live With Them" (2 p.m.-4 p.m., WNUV, Channel 54) -- This lame flick was Roger Ebert's pick as the worst film of 1993. Richly deserving of such honor, the film has only two things going for it: 1) It stars Courteney Cox, who doesn't exactly rise above the material, but is at least pretty to look at; and 2) I have a friend whose back appears in one of the Fenway Park crowd scenes.
April 17, 2007
Media often fail to display diversity Maybe we should hold those rap artists whose success stems from misogyny as accountable for their language as Don Imus ("Remark renews old hip-hop debate," April 13). But I'm disheartened by the way the discussion over Mr. Imus' remarks has so quickly diverted attention from the accountability of media organizations for such language. Mr. Imus' radio and television employers connected their decision to fire him to some commitment to diversity. Without some broader changes in their programming, however, it's much easier to believe they did it only in response to pressure from advertisers.