"Here’s what I’ve learned: that you can’t make fun of everybody, because some people don’t deserve it," Don Imus said on the radio this morning. "Because the climate on this program has been what it’s been for 30 years doesn’t mean it’s going to be what it’s been for the next five years or whatever because that has to change, and I understand that."
Imus was referring to the latest outrage over racially insensitive remarks; last week he referred to the Rutgers University women’s basketball team as "nappy-headed hos."
YOU CAN WATCH THE REMARKS HERE.
"I’m not a bad person. I’m a good person, but I said a bad thing," Imus said today. "But these young women deserve to know it was not said with malice."
Imus has called the comments "completely inappropriate…thoughtless and stupid" and POSTED HIS APOLOGY.
As David Carr wrote in TODAY’S NEW YORK TIMES.
"This isn’t the first time that Mr. Imus has trolled these waters: he once called Gwen Ifill, then working at the Times, ‘a cleaning lady’ and described one of the paper’s sports columnists, William C. Rhoden, as a ‘quota hire.’ Both of those journalists are black, but Mr. Imus’s defenders like to point out that he is an equal-opportunity misanthrope whose show displays 360-degree offensiveness toward all sorts of ethnicities, sexual orientations and religious affiliations."
Carr also points out that regardless of these comments, many media elite continue to visit his show.
Rev. Jesse Jackson and the RainbowPUSH Coalition in Chicago today are protesting Imus’s continued employment by MSNBC outside the offices of NBC.
Do you remember when Imus told Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., to "stop talking" last year after his "botched joke"?
Imus will appear today on the radio show of Rev. Al Sharpton, who has also called for Imus to be fired.
What do you think? Is an apology enough? Or enough is enough?