A Very American Coup By Michael – Louis Ingram, Editor-in-Chief...
What’s Wrong Is Bigger Than Don Imus Hypocrisy Everywhere
IS BIGGER THAN DON IMUS
HYPOCRISY EVERYWHERE IMUS SCAPEGOAT FOR REAL PROBLEM
Here’s a Truly Radical Idea
in the wake of the
Rutgers’ Basketball Team
Forgiving Don Imus
put him back on the Air
in return for some REAL
changes and reforms at
Racist staffing WFAN
and their partners
Driving Imus off the Air makes a Point, has Psychological Value. Provides vindication. That’s about as filling as hot air cooked pop corn. And about as nutritious. There are deeper problems related to this incident that have not been mentioned at all by anyone.
WFAN bills itself as the leading sports talk radio show in the nation plus up until now the home of Imus in the Morning having a total of 41 on the air personalities. 42 if you include the Late Imus.
There are 37 men and 4 women. Exactly ONE of the 41 is African American. Overnight host Tony Paige who has the GRAVEYARD shift 1 AM - 5:30 AM when of course WFAN has its smallest listening audience by far, and lowest demographics of its broadcast day.
On the Imus Show itself
He was known for having a “team” surrounding him which gave the show its “distinct” character (sic). SEVEN other cast members every last one of them White. 6 men and 1 woman. Their names are irrelevant to the article. They are widely available for anyone to examine.
So here is what we have at WFAN the nation’s leading sports talk station, 41 on the air personalities ONE of them African American. On Imus in the Morning there were a total of 8 on the air personalities NONE of them Black.
Now is it really surprising within that environment that a Racist “joke” directed against a group of young African American women took place. It’s a wonder it did not happen far sooner. On the other hand not one of the critics NOT one from Al Sharpton on down and up NOT one has made an issue of the racial or gender make up of the station WFAN or the show Imus in the Morning.
More to the Point
NO one has called for
Changes at the Station or
Management at CBS
which own the station
nor at MSNBC which
also broadcasts the show
Every single decision maker in this matter all the way up to GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt, owner of MSNBC to CBS Chairman Sumner Redstone are White with the exception of one CBS Board Member Bruce Gordon, former head of the NAACP, ALL the others involved in management are White.
And now that they have dropped Imus
they can all go about their usual business
and with the smug view they have
acquitted themselves well
that they are OK
the same corporate “culture”
remains completely unchanged
Racist & Sexist as ever
HERE’S AN ALTERNATIVE REALITY
Since the young women of Rutgers have Forgiven Don Imus let him back on the Air where he is a Big Money Maker for CBS and MSNBC. as part of a much larger Agreement. That CBS 1) agrees that WFAN will be substantially changed beginning with the Imus Show. That 50% of the cast will be Black and 50% of the cast will be Women. 4 men, 4 women, 4 of them Black.
Let’s see how many
Racist & Sexist “jokes”
he tries with the new Cast
As for WFAN – CBS flagship
most popular Sports Talk station
CBS will agree transform that operation “reasonably” within the next 3 months with 25% of the on air personalities becoming Black and 25% of the on the air personalities becoming Women so that there will be from now on 10 Black on the air personalities and 10 Women on the air personalities at WFAN.
All of this will be called “radical” by some
even by many if not most but
WHY here in the 21st century and in America on a leading radio program should it be “radical” to have some racial and gender equality and WHY for a sports talk radio station to have a reasonable number of Black and Women broadcasters.
WHY because we are ALL still living on the Plantation even Don Imus’ most vocal critics who are willing to settle for a Crumb off the table. Imus’ removal from the Airwaves but with the very same environment that “nurtured” Imus remaining unchanged rather than using this as an historic opportunity to FORCE Corporate America to face a blatant Racist and Sexist tendencies.
Admit the Fault and make Basic Changes
WAKE UP AMERICA
Don Imus is NOTHING
but a Foot Soldier
For the “Dark” Side
in the battle against
Racism and Sexism
still Alive and “well”
in American society
time to claim a real Victory
here FAR more than Imus’
lifeless worthless body to Bury
Another way to look at this whole mess and especially WFAN as very reflective of the state of sports entertainment in America is to say ….
THANK GOD EVERY DAY FOR BLACK ATHLETE SPORTS NETWORK
At least we have a Fighting Chance !
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WANT YOUR SHOW BACK IMUS ????