The Return of Don Imus
After a nine-month hiatus from the American airwaves, professional provocateur Don Imus has signed on with New York’s WABC-AM. Although the station’s president says he’s “thrilled” to bring Imus’ “unique brand of humor” and “knowledge of the issues” to WABC, others are less than pleased about the shock jock’s comeback.
AP via Breitbart.com:
The acid-tongued broadcasting icon was fired in April after he called the Rutgers University’s women’s basketball team “nappy-headed hos” on the air, sparking a national furor and calls by civil rights leaders and broadcast journalists to resign.
But just three months later, Rev. Al Sharpton, one of the strongest voices calling for the shock jock’s firing, said Imus had a right to make a living and could return to radio.
Citadel Broadcasting CEO Farid Suleman also recently defended Imus, telling The New York Times in a recent interview: “He didn’t break the law. He’s more than paid the price for what he did.”
But prospects of Imus’ return, anticipated for months, have outraged critics including the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Organization for Women, who said the idea of him coming back to the airwaves months after he was fired is nearly as insulting as the comments that drove him off the air.