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March 24, 2005

Citizen Imus Under Fire. But It's the Critics Who Will Get Burned.

David Kiley

Don Imus, as obnoxious as he can be some mornings on his syndicated radio show, does a lot of good work. And if he's guilty of anything reported in today's Wall Street Journal, it's probably indulging his own sense of how he and his wife, Diedre, want to do good works rather than listen to other people tell him what he ought to do and how he should do it.

A month or so ago, Imus mentioned that he spends $1.8 million a year to host 100 sick kids a year at the Imus Ranch in New Mexico. "Wow," I thought. That's $18,000 a kid so they can ride some horses and pet some chickens. Surely, there must be more kids that could be helped with all that money? I thought about doing a story on it. What I mostly found, though, was that as indulgent as spending that much money per sick kid may be, Imus was doing exactly what he said he wanted to do in 1999 when he began raising millions of dollars. He wanted a real, working cattle ranch where kids would learn responsibility and a sense of purpose as he did when he was a kid. Imus admitted to me Thursday that he can see how people would view it as indulgent. But he doesn't care. That's honest. One of the reasons they only handle 100 kids--ten kids per week for ten weeks, from May to September--he and Diedre told me, is that summer break is the only time the kids can come. Seems logical.

The Imuses are adamant in pursuing the anti-McDonald's strategy of ministering to sick kids. It's Diedre who invokes the McDonald's analogy of emphasizing quantity over quality. The Imus ranch, she says, is about giving kids in-depth constructive experiences, organic food, and a comfortable place to sleep and eat. Charity professionals say a lot more kids could be helped with the $20 million start-up costs for the ranch and the nearly $2 million a year operating costs if it was spent another way. "I reject that," says Imus. The Imuses say their ranch is a different proposition than a summer camp where kids "eat junk food and sleep on army cots."

Besides the kids, advertisers who have ponied up millions, including Readers Digest, The New York Stock Exchange, American Express and others have gotten much mileage out of their donations. One sponsorsing executive who said he didn't want to be named because of the current dust-up told me: "It's marketing for us. We've gotten much more in positive chatter about our brand than if we had bought the air time on his show."

The DJ says some have suggested to him that attention to the Ranch's tax filings from New York Attorney General Elliott Spitzer and now the WSJ story may have been provoked by angry pharmaceutical companies who want him to give up the mercury cause. That seems dodgy. I was first attracted to the story by Imus himself. And I doubt Spitzer, who is running for Governor of New York, would be swayed by Big Pharma. He knows that to win, he won't want Imus running against him on his show every morning. A supportive Imus will be worth far more to Spitzer than a million or two dollars from Big Pharma. He who takes on Imus pretty much always comes out on the worse end of the stick.

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IF MORE WEALTHY PEOPLE WOULD CONTRIBUTE LIKE THE IMUS DO,WE WOULD ALL BE BETTER OFF.GIVE THE PEOPLE DON AND DIEDRE CREDIT THY ARE CARING AND GENEROUS

Posted by: CAMERON GALLUP at May 3, 2005 09:32 PM

It sounds to me like these ranch owners have a great scam going on. They get a free cattle ranch with money that is supposed to go toward sick kids? I'm envisioning the "Holes" story here,but with sick children in place of the juvenile delinquents.What would a sick child get out of this experience? Aren't they just being used to help take care of the cattle and ranch? Why send a sick child to a camp for the purpose of them to learn responsibility by working? This doesn't make any sense. It seems to be an exploitation of the vulnerable, if you ask me. Don't think it doesn't happen.This is an obvious misuse of funding!

Posted by: Karin at June 7, 2005 12:44 PM

I think this idea is stupid. Why should kids not go to the FREE RonaldMcdonald solution. how in the world can this guy get away with this.

Posted by: james y at June 7, 2005 12:53 PM

Don and Diedre Imus are going where "angels fear to tread" and good for them. The large picture is that they are helping all of us who have been adversely affected by chemicals and they have the fortitude and the ability and the passion to withstand the sometimes vicious criticism aimed at them. They definitely deserve our praise and our thanks for that and for bringing a ray of light and normality into the lives of our children,whatever the cost.

Posted by: Barbara Talbot at June 23, 2005 12:20 PM

I can see and hear the tendercare for the children when Don Imus speaks about his son, and the "Little Knotheads". I immediately know this is not just a supportive husband of a wife's good cause", but that he is fully on board.

Just to see the New Mexico sunrise and hills on t.v. is healing for me. You have to understand that to walk through a cool adobe house and experience the dry weather and warm colors of the Northern New Mexico sky and hills, is different from any other place. To be on a Ranch that is private after all the "eyes" of a hospital and have two people as ruggedly in control, yet gentle and tendercaring pulling for you is simply priceless.

New Mexico is the place I wanted to go to heal. It is perfect for the children.

Posted by: Clydene Chinetti at August 16, 2005 03:45 PM

This is the greatest ripoff since Ponzi.

The kids are dyiong and Mrs Imus says: No hamburgers, no candy, no ice cream. I am a vegan and we do not approve.

Her husband, who is ow an old 65, will now have a great retirement home paid for by unsuspecting business people and the taxpayers.

How many corporations did he threaten for donations?

A disgace.

Give the money toe the American Camcer Society.

Posted by: james whalen` at September 21, 2005 11:53 PM

I too was raised on a Ranch in Arizona and worked for 20 years in Radio as an On Air Jock in several major cities and worked on the railroad(best job I ever had),HOWEVER,I NEVER considered getting the public to buy ME a multi-million dollar ranch in the name of a FEW kids.....IMUS has pulled off the ultimate scam.

Lets get real here...

Honest ranch people suffer because of greedy New York City clowns like IMUS that soak the public for donations to get themselves a FREE ranch.

I am sorry to say I grew up on a REAL RANCH not far from Mr.Imus in Western Arizona.

The American Cancer Society is still the SAFEST and BEST BET for your money

Posted by: Richard Cox at September 25, 2005 03:38 AM

I only know what I hear and read about the ranch and I would not make a stupid comment unless I have first hand knowledge. You cannot always believe what you read or hear.

Posted by: Jim in Connecticut at November 1, 2005 07:38 PM

If you don't like it, don't send your sick child there and mind your own damn business.

Instead of speculating about Imus' motives, why not ask the kids who've gone there if they liked it or not? I don't buy the vegan thing and the mercury thing sounds a tad woo-woo, but if 100 kids have an experience where they actually LIVE life on a cattle ranch and enjoy it, then Bravo Zulu Don Imus.

Posted by: Dave Kay at November 22, 2005 08:59 AM

I watch Imus every morning.

Imus and his wife give so much.The scandel started because that worthless Howard Stern.I'm glad Stern is gone over to satellite radio!

Spitzer dismissed claims against the imus ranch.

Imus has been on for years and I hope he will be on for many more.

Keep in mind,part of his griping and whining is part of his "act".Enjoy the satire!

It's much better then watching Katie and the crew! (and funnier too!)

Keep up the great work I-Man!Love ya!

jessejames14

Posted by: jessejames14 at December 10, 2005 01:17 PM

What a great scam i'll have to try it too.It's not a working cattle ranch cause they don't slaughter the animals. My picture is more like "stalag imus".

The kids come back home saying "i do what ever you say mom please don't sent me back to that hell hole"

Posted by: michael clark at January 12, 2006 08:06 AM

I find it reprehensible that every time someone tries to do something for the good of his or her fellow human beings, someone else, almost always unqualified, stands ready to perform a character assassination. The benefactors of the Imuses' charity are testament enough to their philanthropy; Imus doesn't need further validation than that. From a historical perspective, Imus isn't the first (or only) person to be crucified for doing the right thing. You're in good company, I-man.

Posted by: Stephen DeBock at January 13, 2006 01:04 PM

What's with all the cynics? If Imus wanted a 4,000 acre ranch he could just buy one. Yeah, he is a jerk. Yeah, he is offensive. But yeah, he can sit on his butt in Manhattan during Thanksgiving and Christmas, too. He is 109 years old so why not just stay in NY all summer? Come on. It is not some big scam. He makes millions anyway. If he really wanted to, he could just buy himself a ranch and not suffer any criticism from anybody.

Posted by: NH Rick at February 23, 2006 11:17 PM

When all of the critic of the Imus Ranch put up as much of their own money as the Imus's have, then maybe, and only maybe, can they begin to be critical. Want to take swipes at "charitable" organizations, look at the Red Cross.

Posted by: Brian in Vt at March 31, 2006 10:40 AM

Each child stays one week. At $2,000,000 per year and 100 kids total that comes to $20,000 per week. For one quarter that money couldn't they go on a full summer world-wide cruise? Far more interesting, educational, fun and cheaper.

Posted by: TKM at April 11, 2006 01:31 PM

I listen to IMUS every day and it makes me sick to read the garbage about his working cattle ranch. Him and his wife are doing a trmendous service to sick kids. I wish more wealthy people would spend their money on the homeless, sick kids and other situations where money would help instead of themselves.

I wish the Imus family much ssuccess.

Posted by: Anne Falewitch at April 19, 2006 03:40 PM

The big picture is how many more kids could be helped with that money. I believe with all good intentions the ranch is a wonderful idea, but once again, extreme idealism is not economically correct. I don't think that the you can put a price on the health or well being of a child, but I do think that when you focus so many dollars on so few kids you will be scrutinized and critizied and rightfully so. So there are three choices, deal with the negitive press, stop doing what your doing,or change the way you do it. Imus has chosen the first choice, and he gets away with it, with all good intention. Noboby is twisting arms to raise the money and the doners should know what they are putting THEIR money into, so be it. Look it's been a year since the story was writen, and we are still talking about these kids, maybe the press this story got for the kids is worth the dollars spent.

Posted by: Ted of VT at May 11, 2006 07:45 AM

People like Mr Cox are truly needed in this world.

There has to be someone who is negative on good things. The American Cancer Society is a very good cause to donate to, but so is the Imus Ranch.

It is obvious to me that those who speak of the negative things about the ranch have not spoken with any of the children. They need to do so and they will get a very different outlook.

Go ahead take the challenge, talk to the children who have been to the ranch. No they probable won't. They would then have nothing bad to say.

As the man said Bravo-zulu I-man.

Posted by: craig at June 20, 2006 12:23 PM

I have to believe this is a scam indeed. Although, Imus is a weathly man, he figured out a way to get other people to pay for this ranch of his. These kids who go there must plead with there parents to not ever go back!! Seems like its nothing but work, not much fun. Imus gets these kids to work at the ranch all day long. The kids should be enjoying whatever time they have left, instead of going there. All that money being spent is a joke to. These kids could spend the summer on a nice vacation for much less & not having to work from sun up to sun down!!

Posted by: wayne b at June 23, 2006 08:40 AM

I bought some Imus Ranch coffee he pumps on the radio and will bet my house it's Chase and Sandborn that they bag to make it appear like Starbuck's, and charge accordingly. This swill, plus maybe plagiarising recipes from the chef they fired for their cookbook sways my opinion on this charity. Little lies, big lies.

Posted by: Munberg at July 10, 2006 08:37 AM

The guy is a real piece of work. What a criminal.

Enjoy the labour of those kids who are going to die you talentless Stern wannabe.

Posted by: Machinator at August 15, 2006 02:30 PM

KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK IMUS, MY HUSBAND HAD A A GRANDSON WHO DIED AS A RESULT OF NEUROBLASTOMA AND WHAT A WONDERFUL GIFT THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN FOR HIM TO PARTICIPATE IN...YOURE GOING TO HEAVEN FOR SURE

Posted by: DINA M PIERCE at October 21, 2006 07:33 PM

Those of you who take such a negative point of view of the Imus's work sound jealous. Your assumptions about the Imuses intentions only make it seem like you would love to have the opportunity to swindle a charity out of millions of dollars for your own personal benefit. Why else would you so easily assume that this is the intent behind all of the hard work that they have put into this project. Your negative aspursions not only serve to hurt the mission of the ranch but they also expose you as someone who has such decadently irresponsible consumerist desires that you dream of having millions and millions of "free" dollars to satisfy them.

I realize that not everybody who had something negative to say about the ranch were doubting the Imus's motives and this is good. I too can play the comparison game, and see that per dollar of my own donations, cancer research in a hospital might be the most beneficial use of my hard earned money. That is why I have a choice about what charity I want to donate to. This does not make the ranch a bad cause and it certainly does not mean that the Imus's motivations are bad. If you don't like it, fine, don't donate but just because you wouldn't find it worthwile to donate does not make the Imus's or their cause bad.

Posted by: Will Taylor at October 30, 2006 02:17 PM

I know many "well off" people who simply enjoy their success and contribute nothing to those less fortunate.

Oddly, as one attains some measure of success and wealth, the thing they have the least of is time. Its easy to write a check. People who truly understand the importance of giving something back, identify a worthy cause and give their time as well as their money.

The Imus family gives both their time & money. They are a good example for all of us lucky ones. Keep up the good work!!

Posted by: Dave Walter at November 23, 2006 09:28 PM

Small town small minds,people need a education on the Imus,My son has All Leukemia been treated for two years five months,had chemo and radation to the head.All the kids love them walk in our childrens shoes and then be judge and jury. Im so tired of people talking about the Imus like there drill sergents there HEARTS are in the perfect place, they say caregivers of children with cancer have a direct stair to haven, I know the Imus are first in line,Thank -u IMUS for giving our children a smile and love for the short time ther with u.We are very blessed for the work u do. Tina Galfo NJ mom to a child w/cancer

Posted by: tina galfo at December 13, 2006 08:40 PM

Props and more for the Imus family for giving these kids a chance to, not only, have organic, healthy food and be away from toxic cleaners and laundry products, but to have a moment in the sun winning belt buckles, enjoying life and escaping the every day of the cancer fight. 100% of the Imus Ranch products go to helping these kids--unless there is something I'm missing, What's not to like??? I'm sure Imus can afford a ranch on his own, but these people seem real to me in their efforts to do something positive, and if it also serves them a little, so what--they made the effort.

Posted by: Sarah at January 5, 2007 02:36 PM

It sounds rather extravagant when you hear the dollor amounts spent per child, but it really is great for these children to have a sense of purpose and discipline, which all kids could benefit from in today's world. It probably promotes their self asteem, and certainly their immune systems, and normalcy in a setting where they are protected but treated as though they have abilities instead of disabilities, amongst their peers. It is a shame more could not benefit. My hat's off to the Imus'.

Posted by: PCHIFFON at January 8, 2007 08:21 AM

Who wants to listen to a semi-literate buffoon when you can listen to world's number one liar Mush Dimbaugh!

Bush is next choice. He is so bad you get good laughs.

Posted by: clarence swinney at January 17, 2007 01:35 PM

The ranch, the yearly charity marathon for kids, the recent $10 million for a VA hospital that the government wouldn't even front to care for dismembered veterans returning home, and other recent charity projects and hefty spontaneous donations just too numerous to mention -- who else is that generous? Stern?

Posted by: Jim at January 21, 2007 12:42 PM

Keep up the wonderful work Mr. and Mrs. Imus. Your efforts will be held close to the hearts of those you help the rewards beyond belief.

For the critics, eat S@*%. Put your money where your mouth is and help someone instead of critizing. How about donating your next summer to helping any charity. Bet you don't!

Posted by: David at March 19, 2007 11:08 PM

I think it's inspirational that Imus and his wife are trying to help SOME children. As an adult with a disability, I am so fortunate to have daily encouragement by my wife. With her pushing me beyond my comfort zone, I'm able to imagine and pursue a life that's as normal as possible for me. These kids need to be enouraged. They get into a "system" that breeds discouragement, and it's healthy for them to try to work on a working cattle ranch. In addition, it's not an inexpensive proposition to keep a ranch like this going year 'round. To Imus' financial dealings, he has to be able to sleep at night with himself, so I'm assuming his conscience must be clear. But what about the people who never TRY to help someone else? We live in a selfish and cynical world. The US is the richest culture in history. How many more kids could be helped if each one of us helped do the job? It's easy to criticize someone else, when we're not doing anything ourselves!

Posted by: Roger at March 21, 2007 04:48 PM

Have only watched Imus in the a.m. since Dec. Wish I'd been listening and watching for many years, but our area doesn't have his radio show. He's got the best a.m. show there is. It's everything that the other shows are not. I LOVE the humor, the honesty, the opinions....and even though the Ranch comes under the gun - the cause lives on and it makes us feel good that SOMEONE is actually doing for those who have been forgotten...Similarly the veterans & hospitals. Thank you, Imus - you have a real and good heart and obviously A GREAT WOMAN BACKING YOU UP!!

Posted by: marsha at March 26, 2007 07:26 AM

I was astounded when recently watching the big bad I-Man squirm and wiggle his way out of taking a trip to Iraq to visit our military. What a phoney. I will now forever refer to him as the CHICKEN MAN with no balls. He should now and forever be known as the C-Man.

Posted by: Robert at March 29, 2007 06:21 PM

Imus comments about the Rutger women's basketball team deserve for him to lose his job.

His other media colleagues in the past have lost their jobs for a lot worse. It is time for Imus to go, because he shows a very intolerant attitude toward blacks and women. If it was a conservative radio DJ, you media boys would fry them at the stakes. Let's be fair and do the right thing and get rid of Mr. Baloney Imus. There are many others in the media chain that could do a better and more tolerant show.

Posted by: Lee Harmon at April 7, 2007 11:31 AM

Don Imus is in a great deal of trouble. He needs our help. He helps so many people. His crusade for children with cancer, with autism and now cycle-cell anemia is legendary. He helped wounded veterans by raising the funds for the new rehab center in Houston, while our government stood by and did not help. We need to stand by this man. He made a mistake and is sorry. If it were white women he insulted would there be such a fuss. Have we become so unkind that we can't forgive someone who said something without thinking. I know a lot of bigots, he isn't one of them.

Posted by: arline at April 9, 2007 08:04 PM

It's getting more than tiring watching/listening to all of the negative comments regarding Imus. How can we question his comments? This is a person who hassles people for a living! And - we ALL Love It!! We know that Imus is both a serious guy, and an entertainer. And - I, for one, am a CPA who manages a public practice, and I clearly enjoy whatever time I can get with "Imus In The Morning" before I go to the office. I know that I will always enjoy some hilarious humor, a lot of serious information from the best commentators in the world through their interviews with Imus, and I can start my day with all that in hand. If black people, i.e. maybe some of the "rappers" had made the comments it would have been okay. I'm absolutely not racist, nor do I believe that Imus is - and more than that, black people make the same comments. That is racist - when if the comment comes from a white person - it's hell to pay. But - if it comes from a black person, it's okay? There's something wrong with that picture!! It's time we all got along - there's only one world - and it's flatter every day!! You Go, Imus!! We all Love You!!

Posted by: Jeannie Huckstep at April 9, 2007 10:33 PM

[Skinny DeVille]

I broke a dollar down the gutter (?) the dime, quarter, penny, nickel

Flipped the 25 to 50 cent, now watch the bitch triple

Game simple, ya here today, tomorrow ya ain't

Now who the hell gon' save it right

That ain't gon' change the way you think

I took a buck fifty, ballin on a budget, bought a Dutch

Quickly spilled it and I stuffed it with that chunky from Kentucky

Man that blunt did it, sour then McDonald's make the world pick

(If any nigga got it) Shit Skinny finna get it

(Get it) While it's gettin good and hold it for a minute

Let that shit bubble, weigh it up and chop it when it's finished

(We gon' drop it when it's finished) for some dollars and some pennies

Like a dime relentless, Nappy niggaz all about the Benji's

(Benji?) Not the dog naw, we're talkin bout the dead prez

Slaw, with the hog mall, chicken wing and fed bread

Dough like the cash flow, finna keep my fo-cus

Spinnin like a twenty picture Skinny in a cold pit

(Spinnin like a twenty picture Skinny in a cold pit?)

Boy yeain't know that money make the world go

Hustlin for pennies, nine-four for it real slow

[Chorus]

[Stille] Dime, quarter, nickel, penny

[Skinny] Damn, ain't it funny how we all about the Benji's?

[Stille] Dime, quarter, nickel, penny

[Scales] Won't you give me a dollar since ya got so many

[Stille] Dime, quarter, nickel, penny

[Skinny] Damn, ain't it funny how we all about the Benji's?

[Stille] Dime, quarter, nickel, penny

[Scales] Won't you give me a dollar since ya got so many

[B. Stille]

(Whatchu want man?)

(?) said a hundred for that

Super happiness, a blunt and a sack

Who could we feel like this, I don't need no crack

Weed smoke comin out the front of the 'Lac (chrome)

Gun in the lap and a gun in the back

Come to realize we was goin that fast

I blink my eyes, follow runnin my tags (get out the car)

Next time I travel somewhere dirty I'ma come in a cab

[Scales]

I can't knock all the rocks you rock

How I'ma cop all them yachts ya got?

You get props on the bop-she-bop

Let's keep it all the way Nappy, when you hot you HOT!

Burn up a dime, sell a nickel at the corner

Throw a penny in the jukebox, damn it's outta order

Spinnin air, fumes blowin, silver spoons (Rick Shroeder)

The dollar value gets shorter as you get older

Hey come here for a minute

Don't tell nobody I told you but uh...

The dollar value gets shorter as you get older

[Chorus]

[R. Prophit]

Aww, y'all boys done up and done it, spun it, flaunt it

Jump my motorbike doin about a hundred, one gun and I'm blunted

Everybody fend for they self - they tell me strong-arm

while it's only ten on the shelf (watch out! watch out!)

Like this, Galloping Ghost flow ferocious

Break down bones like osteoperosis (ohh!)

Prophit's in a coma, back stuffed with explosives

Postage to the White House, fuck all that bullshit

It's kinda funny, everybody love money to death

Not that, 3% control America's wealth

Need some help? Look at yourself, sure ya do

Y'all feel like "fuck the world?" me too

(?), can't get rich being complacent

Know ya gotta rebel when ya can't make a payment

Water like ice cubes for big faces

Face it, we're livin with racists, outrageous

Wild, host-ile, shake up stages, contagious

Young baby don't have patience, what my name is?

R. Prophit (yes sir?) sing the cadence

[Chorus]

Dime, quarter, nickel, penny...

Dime, quarter, nickel, penny...

Dime, quarter, nickel, penny...

Artist: Nappy Roots

Album: Watermelon, Chicken & Gritz

Title: Dime, Quarter, Nickel, Penny

Posted by: Keep It Nappy! at April 9, 2007 11:59 PM

Those who have watched Don Imus every day for at least eight years, as I have, know him.

There are those who will vilify him just for face time on T. V. It is obvious and it is repulsive.

If Afro Americans can call each other names and nothing is said...why all the fuss over a jest for effect that is the comedy aspect of the Imus show

He is a stand up guy. He did not start the conversation in which the "nappy ho" remark was made. But he is taking the full brunt of the scathing furor.

If he is fired MSNBC and CBS et al will lose viewers in droves.

I say to all his critics; crawl off the bandwagon. You disgust me more than what he said via a slip of the tongue. The remark was made about the Rutgers team, not about you. Let them castigate him, if any one. Certainly NOT you!!!

Just SHUT UP!

Posted by: M. Haase at April 10, 2007 08:55 AM

Imus should let the Rutgers girs run the news or comedy or whatever he calls it each week, be monitered and read only scripts written by them, then watch the ratings go up.

Posted by: J. Mcquinn at April 10, 2007 02:53 PM

I just read where Staples and Procter & Gamble has pulled their ads from Imus. Everyone should boycott these two cowardly companies forever for giving into the likes of Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson who are doing their usual grandstanding over the remarks Imus made about the rutgers Basketball team

Posted by: Dan Brown at April 11, 2007 09:13 AM

I AM SO DAMN MAD AT THE CRUSADE AGAINST DON IMUS. HE AND HIS WIFE DO SO MUCH TO HELP THE CHILDREN OF THIS COUNTRY. I DON'T SEE AL SHARPTON STEPPING UP FOR ANY CHILDREN. HE IS A FAT BLOWHARD AND HAS NOW FOUND HIS NEXT BONE TO CHEW ON UNTIL IT IS ALL EATEN UP AND SWALLOWED. THERE ARE MUCH BIGGER THINGS TO WORRY ABOUT IN THIS WORLD THAN A DUMB AND STUPID REMARK MADE FROM MR. IMUS. I DON'T KNOW WHAT ELSE THE GUY CAN DO. HE HAS APOLOGIZED SO MUCH I AM SICK OF HEARING IT AND I LIKE THE GUY!!!! I AM HAPPY THE RUTGERS TEAM AGREED TO MEET WITH HIM AND I KNOW IN MY HEART A BETTER UNDERSTANDING WILL COME BETWEEN THESE GIRLS AND MR. IMUS. P&G WILL REGRET THEIR DECISION TO STOP ADVERTISEMENTS ON HIS SHOW AND GE-HOPEFULLY WILL MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION-THAT REMAINS TO BE SEEN. I AM BEHIND MR. IMUS 100%. WHEN THIS ALL COOLS DOWN AS IT WILL THEN MAYBE WE CAN GO AFTER THE HIP-HOP ARTISTS THAT DO NOTHING BUT DEMEAN THEIR WIVES, GIRLFRIENDS AND ALL WOMEN IN GENERAL {WHITE OR BLACK}. SEEMS TO ME THAT IS CALLED EITHER A DOUBLE STANDARD OR HYPOCRITICAL. I JUST CALL EM' AS I SEEM EM' AND THIS INCIDENT HAS PLAINLY BEEN SO BLOWN OUT OF PROPORTION IT MAKES ME SICK. AS TO HAROLD FORD JR-WHERE ARE YOU AT BUD? HIDING UNTIL THIS ALL BLOWS OVER? SO MUCH FOR FRIENDS!!! NICE GOING HAROLD!!!!!

Posted by: JUDY GOURLEY at April 11, 2007 09:15 AM

Imus isn't so dumb. he has bought a ranch and had others pay for it. He gives a few kids free meals during part of the year and gets more publicity for this?? what have we become???

Posted by: waldo at April 11, 2007 01:12 PM

Hi,

In regard to Don Imus' recent statement regarding the Rutger's Girl's BB Team, it was wrong. However, if we're going to attack Don Imus, we must attack the RAP industry (mostly black artists), who are continuously putting women and their own race down with their vulger, highly sexual and suggestive language. This type of music and its language is influencing our youngest generations. So, if we're going to get serious about this kind of verbage and conduct,let's look at the whole picture, where it's going, and take action with everyone involved.

Posted by: Denna Bennett at April 11, 2007 01:35 PM

For all of you standing up for Imus, let him call your mother, daughter and or wife a whore on national radio and see how lightly you take it. I am sure if Al Sharpton got on the radio and called anyone other than a black person a whore or anything out of their name people would be calling for his job. Stop making excuses for wrong, he was wrong and needs to answer for it.

Posted by: lparker at April 11, 2007 01:52 PM

Why would a vegan be raising cattle? Is the ranch a home for old, un-eatable cattle? And what about withholding meat from sick children. What's up with that!

Posted by: arizona jimmy at April 11, 2007 02:15 PM

You are wrong, Lparker. We couldn't call for Sharpton's job, or Jackson's for that matter, simply because neither of them has one....other than promoting racism and trying to keep blacks stirred up for their donations......talk about a scam!

Posted by: Gene at April 12, 2007 08:38 PM

And who named those two hypocrites of Sharpton and Jackson to be the 'moral compass' for the country?

They seen Imus on the ground, but approve of the music that introduced to us the term 'hos'? The I-man was wrong, but even worst is the double standards these two individuals maintain. They don't represent me, nor do they speak for me. If I found Imus offensive, I can turn the dial! And how do you classify NBC and CBS? As cowards. Nothing more but nothing less. Both of these two 'clowns' have made "mistakes" and but they were allowed to keep their jobs. Why couldn't the I-MAN?

It is really shocking that CBS and NBC can be so easily manipulated by these two individuals.

Imus has the right, in his program, to say whatever he wants to say. I have my right NOT to listen to it if I don't want to. But now I DON'T have MY right because Al determined that an expression originated not by Imus but in the black community and its music, degrades black females. Al, Jesse turn the radio on! Listen to the lyrics. Buy the books and read the lyrics. It wasn't Imus.

He may have said it in jest and in the context of his commedy show that apparently not many understand, but those of us who do, love.

XM? Sirius? ABC? Although Imus has said many times that he doesn't need the job, it is a sad day for the freedom of speech 'right' we value so much. Specially when it is trampled on by two individuals with the blessing of cowards as are the heads of CBS and NBC.

Posted by: JBarr at April 12, 2007 11:06 PM

The question is what have we become? Posted by Waldo on April 11th.

Well we don't have Corporal punishment in schools anymore because today's parents say that kids should not be spank. Any mass school shootings in the 1970's? "Hint, Hint." (I?? sure there may have been one)

Since Imus got fired for what he said, then when ANY "African-American" calls another "African-American" the "n" word on TV or radio or songs, then the advertisers should do the exact same thing!

If you want to stop racism... Well out law the KKK, (yes I know the first amendment), also no more Ebony or Jet magazines, no more United Negro College Funds, no more Latino magazines, no more NAACP (for those who don't know the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), no more neo-Nazi??, out law hate groups and all those support groups for a particular color of your skin or gender. Do this and you have solved the problem. Just remember that those groups who support the color of your skin or gender will also say that they are a minority and somehow that makes it ok. Even though the census says that African-Americans will out number European-Americans (mostly white people) in 2010. If that is the case should we not do what Andy Rooney said on 60 mins, come out with magazines named Cloud or something similar or the United White People college fund?

What Don Imus said was wrong and yet we claimed that we are a mostly Christian nation. If so then forgive and move on. Otherwise he who is without sin cast the first stone. Thank you MSNBC and CBS for being without sin!

Posted by: David at April 13, 2007 01:19 AM

what imus said was not bad have you watched broadcast tv some pretty bad things where aLWAYS said about whites and its classified as "comidic" and gotten away with it so why is this any diffirent

Posted by: anthony johnson at April 13, 2007 02:41 AM

enough about imus how about some comments about http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamau_Kambon

Posted by: john supanik at April 13, 2007 08:30 PM

The cost associated with kids with cancer at the Imus ranch should be compared to a stay at any hospital.

Imus the man is a product of the culture and enviornment, his sardonic manners are part of the genre and accepting this conduct is normal in entertainment.

The use of offensive and demeaning language angainst these young girls was inconsiderate and unfortunate.

Posted by: Jim Mc Guire at April 14, 2007 10:39 AM

Wary is a word used to describe me and my contributions to charitable causes in the past. I've always thought that 30 to 50 percent of the monies went to the suit & ties running the charitable funds. Wary is a word that has been tossed into the trash can in the past 15 years, I have been making donations to causes suggested by the Imus Family. The Imus family , Don and his bride, are like a filter for the causes that are worthy of my money. I worry that I will be "wary" of giving if people like the Imus families are not around to prod me on into good causes for the children of this planet.

Like my teacher , of driver's education , once stated to me; "You have to allow for the mistake's of others or you will get nowhere on this earth". Pat O'Neill

Posted by: Patrick O'Neill at April 14, 2007 05:52 PM

Here's a funny satirical song about the whole Imus affair:

http://cruxy.com/info/8961

How is it that Kanye West can have a top ten hit with a barely blipped out N-Word, but Imus gets canned over a "ho" comment, which is very common in the national slang circles

Posted by: Jed Marlin at April 14, 2007 07:10 PM

Don,

Thanks a lot for spending $28k per kid for a week of riding horses so people will pay for your ranch.. You're our kind of hero!

Keep up the bilking of America!!

Posted by: waldo at April 15, 2007 01:33 AM

I loved the Imus show regardless of off color remarks he has made. It seems to me what has happened with this fiasko is make more people angry at each other.Blacks against whites & whites against blacks. Now if WalMart,Best Buys and all the other stores would stop selling gangster Hip Hop perhaps some things would change. Sharpson and Jackson should crawl back ito the woodwork.

Posted by: Marilyn Camacho at April 15, 2007 10:17 AM

In respnse who would deprive sick children of meat. Factory farmed animals that are slaughtered and processed for human consumption is in my opinion the leading cause of cancer. Taking the burden of digesting dead animal full of hormones, chemicals, antibiotics, fillers, feces and unhealthy microorganisms and putting children on a pure unadulterated diet will allow their bodies to cleanse and purify. The body can then devot its energies to curing the cancer, or at the very least putting it in remission.

Posted by: Anna at April 15, 2007 12:45 PM

i hope this is not the end of the imus legacy

over the years i have seen imus bring attention

to our political discourse and to cut thru the

political bs that both parties try to force on

the populace. his voice must not be silenced.

his dedication to charity and actually

participating in this is an example

other millionares should follow. I feel personnaly

insulted by his guests abandoning him.

his crime is that his political influence has

so threatened the clintons and pharmacutical

companies they railroaded him.

Imus buy your own radio station,do it with a stock offering and I and the rest of your supporters will be waiting to invest.

I will remember the treatment that cbs and msnbc

gave you and will retalliate in kind.

how come no media has reported the 3.5 million

raised in the telethon after your suspension and

termination. I am sure that these organaization

will have to pay off your contract.

Posted by: don soukup at April 15, 2007 03:01 PM

Separate issues. The ranch is one, and the negative comments another. Mr. Imus does not get a, "free pass for charity." A ranch house with a 14,000 square foot home sounds to me like personal pleasure, and the ranch is used 10 weeks per year for the kids? That leaves 42 weeks of personal use, (holidays, etc.). So much for charity! The remarks stand, and were hurtful. The advertisers had their voice, and so did the employees of MSNBC. Moving forward, he'll do well on radio. Beth

Posted by: Beth Kirkland at April 15, 2007 04:13 PM

Injustice has prevailed once again

The firing of Don Imus brings back frustrating, and sad memories that hit all to close to home.

My father was radio personality Bob Arthur, of KABC?? morning talk radio program ??he Ken and Bob Company? It aired from 1969 to 1990 in Los Angeles, the second largest market in the United States. His show was never below 3rd place in the Nielson ratings for 17 years, and often at number one, which at that time, and in that market was a remarkable record. His awards consist of a Star on the Hollywood Walk of fame, numerous California Gold Medals, three Golden Mics, and congressional appreciation for a lifetime of achievement, to name a few. He was one of the most respected and dignified news anchormen in the industry.

In August of 1990 he was called into the office of KABC’s president and general manager, and was told he had one of two choices, either retire, or be fired. When asked why, his boss hinted that he was getting too old.

My dad chose to go out with dignity, and went off the air on September 14, 1990. He was 69.

I realize the circumstances surrounding the firing of Don Imus are dramatically different. While my father was fired due to his age, Don was due to his mouth. Nevertheless, injustice prevailed in both counts.

Why wasn’t Don Imus at least given the opportunity to go out gracefully, after such a remarkable career? Why didn’t CBS and NBC keep the suspension in place, and then tell Don Imus to resign? We know why . . . money! That’s why.

If sponsors such as GM, American Express, Sprint, and the like had not pulled their advertising dollars out of the equation, Don Imus would still be on the air.

Sure, the president and CEO of each of the networks, and others may claim it’s because of Al Roker’s article, or other employee’s outrage, but they’re not fooling anyone.

Al Roker is under contract with NBC, nothing more (despite his self-proclaimed belief that his is “America’s most loved weatherman”). To even suggest that he has “all mighty power and influence” over the networks is silly at best.

The fact of the matter is, if enough people found Al Roker offensive for any given reason, and complained to the sponsors of the “Today” show, he’d be out on his ear before he could say “stormy weather”.

There is only one thing that drives the networks and that’s ratings, which equals sponsors, which equals dollars. It was that way when my father was on the air, and it will be that way until the sun explodes. Take away the dollars, and the individual is worthless.

One day, I’m afraid Mr. Roker, may have to learn that hard fact for himself.

I’ve also heard many say that this issue has nothing to do with the first amendment, claiming that as long as your words are not hurtful, nor racial, then freedom of speech applies.

I believe a little clarification is in order. The Bill of Rights states;

''Every freeman has an undoubted right to lay what sentiments he pleases before the public; to forbid this, is to destroy the freedom of the press: but if he publishes what is improper, mischievous, or illegal, he must take the consequences of his own temerity.”

It does not say, that you can not utter illegal or improper statements (if it did, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson would be in a heap of


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