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Imus’ Anti-Semitic Rant

Posted on Dec 12, 2006
Don Imus

Don Imus veered into Mel Gibson territory on the Nov. 30 edition of his morning radio show, when he referred to the “Jewish management” of CBS Radio (which owns Imus’ flagship station) as “money-grubbing bastards.”


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    From the Nov. 30 edition of MSNBC’s “Imus in the Morning”:

      IMUS: A great hour coming up. The Blind Boys of Alabama are gonna sing a bunch of tunes for us. I mean, they, you know, are just an American treasure.


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      CHARLES McCORD (co-host): That is not an overstatement.

      IMUS: I remember when I first had ‘em on a few years ago how the Jewish management at ...

      McCORD: Mmm-hmm.

      IMUS: ... at whatever, whoever we work for, CBS, or whatever it is, were bitching at me about it. You know.

      UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Careful there, Mel.

      IMUS: And, uh—well, not Mel. Mel’s always [unintelligible].

      UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I meant Mel Gibson.

      IMUS: Oh. Well, no, no, that’s not from where I’m coming, obviously.

      McCORD: You meant Mel Allen, then.

      IMUS: But, uh, you know.

      BERNARD McGUIRK (executive producer): They were dissing the handicapped African-Americans ...

      IMUS: Remember that?

      McGUIRK: ... who love the baby Jesus.

      McCORD: Yes.

      IMUS: Remember that?

      McGUIRK: Absolutely.

      IMUS: We had a meeting in my office.

      McCORD: I recall.

      McGUIRK: The Blind Boys? No, no!

      IMUS: They were furious. But, of course, I don’t care what they say and never have.

      McCORD: Yeah.

      IMUS: And thank god. What, Bernie?

      McGUIRK: Even if you wear a beanie, how can you not love the Blind Boys?

      McCORD: These guys.

      IMUS: Well, as I—I tried to put it in terms that these money-grubbing bastards could understand.

      IMUS: I said—and they’re always worried about my image and all that sort of thing, you know. And I said, “They’re handicapped, they’re black, and they’re blind. How do we lose here?” And then a light bulb just went off over their scummy little heads. And, plus, they’re great!

      McCORD: And they are great. Where is the downside? Explain that to me.

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    By Patti Z, April 13, 2007 at 6:45 pm Link to this comment
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    All people have said mean and cruel
    things about other via phony emails
    that purport to be truth;in plain anger;orsometimes being funny in a non-mean way.
    Southerners are berated in emails,and anyone who lives in a mobile home is ignorant.What prejudice!
    Priests a,d rabbis are always a joke.
    Fat people we laugh at and think nothing of.
    The elderly are a big laugh and not one of them calls out the troops.
    Only dead people are perfect.They cannnot speak or hurt a soul.
    It isus who are alive who think we are better than anyone else.And we set about to destroy others.Shame on us.
    We are all only human,not saints.We should be judging ourselves and not the universe.
    But it is easier to point fingers, eh?

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    By David, March 25, 2007 at 5:12 pm Link to this comment
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    Imus more than proved his anti-semitism a few years back when he told Rabbi Marc Gelman to go to hell (not to his face, of course). Anybody remember that? When did he ever say something like that about a priest or a minister?

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    By Skruff, December 20, 2006 at 6:30 am Link to this comment
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    Comment #42578 by Jack Hickman on 12/17 at 10:08 am says:

    “They are not Jews they are kenites.”

    No, there are Falasha Jews in Ethiopia. 

    Scroogle them and check it out!

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    By Jack Hickman, December 17, 2006 at 11:08 am Link to this comment
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    They are not Jews they are kenites.

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    By Skruff, December 17, 2006 at 10:30 am Link to this comment
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    Comment #42333 by Yoyo on 12/15 at 11:04 am says;

    “so what if they’re all rich”

    No shit…. really?  the ones who live in Ethiopia too?

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    By Yoyo, December 15, 2006 at 12:04 pm Link to this comment
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    Don, what are you doing man, you know the golden rule,  We (anyone non Khazar) are not allowed to say anything about the jews ever, because they’ve suffered since the begining of time, so what if they’re proven to own everything, so what if they’re all rich, so what if they’ve caused wars, it doesn’t matter, remember the holocaust where the white man killed 90 billion jews? whats’s Bolshevism?  What did you say you racist basterd, how dare you speek like that, what’s Bolshevism, what do you mean they were involved in the slave trade, what are you talking about, jews don’t sin? we all know that.

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    By Thomas, December 14, 2006 at 6:58 pm Link to this comment
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    LOL, money grubbing Jews! How far from the truth is that anyway? Imus bashes more Muslims, Blacks and Gays than anyone on beanie headed Dan Abrams News Network.

    Don’t see any of these semites complaining about that. If you dont want to be called money grubbing media owners, then don’t grub all our money and pursue ownership of all the media. End of story.

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    By BillyBoy, December 14, 2006 at 11:01 am Link to this comment
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    He couldn’t possibly mean that because his bosses are all about making money when he called them “money-grubbing bastards”

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    By Wayne Smyer, December 13, 2006 at 5:55 am Link to this comment
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    Lwayno’s Quotes” “Hey there, Donnie Anus is a friend of mine! I know Donnie Anus! Believe me, Rush Limpbag, you are no Donnie Anus! attributed to Jeffy “Scoop” Gannon, Ace Reporter and White House Stud-Whore

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    By Skruff, December 12, 2006 at 3:36 pm Link to this comment
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    I remember Don Imus from the old W.M.C.A. when I was a kid. Some things don’t change…Just goes to show Thomas Wolf was wrong!

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    By rupert, December 12, 2006 at 3:12 pm Link to this comment
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    Hey: call a spade a spade.

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    By nikto, December 12, 2006 at 1:31 pm Link to this comment
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    By Broiler, December 12, 2006 at 12:44 pm Link to this comment
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    Look, being a drunk, coke head, liberal,
    supporter and friend of Kinky Friedman
    and Joe Lieberman has yet to get him taken
    off the air. If you don’t know what Imus
    is about you’ve been living on another planet.

    It took nearly two freakin’ weeks for this
    “truth” to be “dug”. Where are you going
    with this? Take him off the air. Just one
    less liberal whiner. Oh, and by the way,
    I believe he might be of Jewish heritage.
    “Dig” a little deeper next time.

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    By m. fisher, December 12, 2006 at 9:37 am Link to this comment
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    Oh, my god! How much more homegrown could a bigot get!

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    By Mike Horn, December 12, 2006 at 6:42 am Link to this comment
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    Any consistent viewer of his program will easily recognize that this is not something extraordinary for the program.

    They are equal opportunity bashers. Besides, I think trying to connect the “money-grubbing bastards” label to the “Jewish management” one is reaching considering they were used in separate contexts.

    Even if he would have said that all together like “Jewish money-grubbing bastards” his listeners would have still shrugged it off.

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