Imus: "I said a bad thing"

  1. I have sisters who spend time and money on their hair. I've learned not to have an opinion about how they wear it unless it is a compliment.

    I think the question for the FCC is, "What are the standards?"

    Imus: "I said a bad thing"

    ...Imus issued another apology for referring to members of the team as "nappy-headed hos."...

    ..."Somewhere we must draw the line in what is tolerable in mainstream media," Sharpton said Sunday....

    From liberal media -

    Article about a lawsuit and a debate about whether the commission (FCC) is too strict or too lax in policing the airwaves. -

    Current regulations-

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  2. 74 Comments

  3. by   Tweety
    I'm not sure the FCC needs to get involved. However, I'm quite happy to see him in the hot seat for his big mouth. Maybe was have gotten to lax, had he sad that in the 80's he would have been fired.
  4. by   SuesquatchRN
    Gee. A shock jock said a nasty, rude thing.

    Yeah, I'm shocked. Not.
  5. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Guy's a dirtbag. I doubt he really is sorry. I am sorry for those who are hurt by comments (on either side of the aisle) like these. Hate mongers abound.
  6. by   donsterRN
    Everyone says stupid stuff sometime. But this is beyond that. There is no way this creep does not know that this isn't appropriate. I feel he deliberately said what he did to test limits, or check boundaries or something. And I don't doubt that he's remorseful, not so much for what was said, but for the uproar it caused. He can say and do whatever he needs to do to get beyond it, but he knew exactly what he was saying.
  7. by   ZASHAGALKA
    Free speech doesn't protect cuddly, soft conversation.

    It protects speech that you detest.

    I find it scary that the all powerful Federal gov't would even THINK it had the right to get involved. I find THAT prospect more scary than I do ANYTHING Imus or anybody else could say.

    Don't we have an amendment about that, or something?

    Our local talk radio station runs an ad that says, "You have to wonder, when they talk about the fairness doctrine, exactly what Hillary would call Rush?"

    I do think the FCC might have a small role in protecting against crude speech at reasonable hours, in some mediums. That isn't about censorship of ideas, but rather, about ensuring civility/language for young listeners. That also follows my line of reasoning that you can get across practically any idea you like without resulting to crude language. Failure to do so does not address freedom of speech so much as it addresses poverty of thought.

    Even so, I'd much rather that be an issue of the financial interests of the stations, themselves. For example, the FCC had almost nothing to do with the fallout over the Superbowl halftime flesh show a few years ago. Public outrage drove the fallout.

    Or, take THIS example. Imus probably didn't mean his apology at all. But, the market dictated not only that apology, but likely, a future change in behavior. Before the FCC even felt it should get involved.

    Last edit by ZASHAGALKA on Apr 9, '07
  8. by   sunnyjohn
    What to hit Imus where it hurts? Stop buying the products of his sponsors. If the dollars stop flowing he will be gone in a flash.

    As an AA woman who for years was called "nappy" I choose to turn it into my own glory. My nappy head is my crowning glory.

    Imus is an idiot. So are the rappers and others who use the same hateful words. Stop the money, stop the hate.
  9. by   Soup Turtle
    I had never heard of this guy and now he's all over the news. I'm guessing that was his goal and it looks like he achieved it.
  10. by   CHATSDALE
    sometimes i would watch him from under the covers but never as a regular basis
    he was stupid and hurtful now faces two weeks suspension by msnbc,,i wish that abc would do the same with rosie

    two peas in a pod
  11. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    I find it scary that the all powerful Federal gov't would even THINK it had the right to get involved. I find THAT prospect more scary than I do ANYTHING Imus or anybody else could say.

    Don't we have an amendment about that, or something?
    We have an amendment for free speech, we have yet to have an amendment on verbal displays of a person's stupidity.
    Last edit by Marie_LPN, RN on Apr 9, '07
  12. by   pickledpepperRN
    New regulations were propagated after that Super bowl scandal.

    I will say that this is not merely a “shock jock” because he has candidates for President and other offices as guests as well as those currently serving in elected and appointed positions.
    I don’t think that means he should be censored. His remarks only prove HIS sad lack.
    …The FCC may revoke a station license, impose a monetary forfeiture, or issue a warning if a station airs obscene, indecent, or profane material….

    … The FCC has defined broadcast indecency as “language or material that, in context, depicts or describes, in terms patently offensive as measured by contemporary community standards for the broadcast medium, sexual or excretory organs or activities.” Indecent programming contains patently offensive sexual or excretory material that does not rise to the level of obscenity.
    The courts have held that indecent material is protected by the First Amendment and cannot be banned entirely. It may, however, be restricted in order to avoid its broadcast during times of the day when there is a reasonable risk that children may be in the audience….

    … The FCC has defined profanity as “including language so grossly offensive to members of the public who actually hear it as to amount to a nuisance.”
    Like indecency, profane speech is prohibited on broadcast radio and television between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. …

    … In making obscenity, indecency, and profanity determinations, context is key. The FCC staff must analyze what was actually aired, the meaning of what was aired, and the context in which it was aired….
  13. by   mercyteapot
    I know very few of you have any sympathy for Howard Stern, and I agree he's a little piggy, but he would've had a huge fine socked on him if he had said something like this back in his terrestrial l radio days. Even more distasteful than I find censorship in general is censorship that's applied to get back at people on the ''wrong'' side of the political aisle according to the powers that be.

    I hate Rush Limbaugh with every fiber of my being, but the only way I'd like to see the windbag get taken off the air would be by him losing all his listeners. I don't need anyone to censor him to protect me, though. I just don't tune in.
  14. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Howard Stern is a poor excuse for a human being.