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Donald Ian Rankin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-18-07 07:33 AM
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72. It's called "objectivity" - people noticed that they were applying a double standard to Imus.

Imus did *not* get off the hook, he lost his job.

And it's not true that "this has turned into a story about how black people need to clean up their acts" - there is still far more being said about Imus than about gangster rappers.

What Imus said was far, far less offensive than many things many gangster rappers say without most people raising an eyebrow.

I think that news broadcasters should be held to a far higher standard of civility than musicians, but even so the double standard is striking.
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  -How did the Imus thing turn into a story about policing BLACK language? 1932  Apr-16-07 11:15 PM   #0 
  - And that is the real question isn't it. The Necons are very good  MadMaddie   Apr-16-07 11:17 PM   #1 
  - Because Sharpton and Jackson got involved  proud2Blib   Apr-16-07 11:20 PM   #2 
  - Because the press is always waiting to hear what Jackson and Sharpton have to say  1932   Apr-16-07 11:21 PM   #3 
  - Over 20 year old news  sandnsea   Apr-17-07 01:40 AM   #23 
     - I'll give you that that is fair as regards to Jackson  karynnj   Apr-17-07 06:52 AM   #31 
     - In the case of Sharpton, its been a lot more than one  Solo_in_MD   Apr-17-07 07:02 AM   #37 
  - What is "black language"?  Katzenkavalier   Apr-16-07 11:21 PM   #4 
  - it's what my evening news is trying to police  1932   Apr-16-07 11:23 PM   #8 
     - You mean how they talk or the kind of vocabulary they use?  Katzenkavalier   Apr-16-07 11:26 PM   #9 
        - Did you watch the evening news last night?  1932   Apr-17-07 06:34 AM   #28 
  - It could be about the lack of African Americans in the media; that was  babylonsister   Apr-16-07 11:22 PM   #5 
  - Randi Rhodes covered that in detail all last week. It's the racism. It's always been the racism.  tblue   Apr-16-07 11:22 PM   #6 
  - These photos from ...  primative1   Apr-17-07 02:18 PM   #62 
  - No shit.  thecatburgler   Apr-16-07 11:23 PM   #7 
  - When will the VT shootings be blamed on rap?  thecatburgler   Apr-16-07 11:27 PM   #10 
  - LOL! True- we will soon know every CD and video game the guy ever touched.  Dr Fate   Apr-17-07 01:06 AM   #21 
  - Blame the victim  baldguy   Apr-16-07 11:28 PM   #11 
  - And out of the other side of their filthy, lying mouths...  Fridays Child   Apr-16-07 11:29 PM   #12 
  - Someone earlier posted a list of the top 6 R&B/rap songs  Warpy   Apr-16-07 11:40 PM   #13 
  - Policing of language can't be limited to Imus  sampsonblk   Apr-17-07 12:45 AM   #19 
     - Nobody policed his language but his sponsors  Warpy   Apr-17-07 10:48 AM   #55 
        - You know better than that  sampsonblk   Apr-17-07 11:21 AM   #57 
           - "Forced?"  Warpy   Apr-17-07 12:56 PM   #61 
              - Not gov't, but just as bad  sampsonblk   Apr-17-07 03:17 PM   #66 
  - When the consensus here and other places  PsN2Wind   Apr-16-07 11:44 PM   #14 
  - Bingo  sampsonblk   Apr-17-07 12:43 AM   #18 
  - You nailed it  mtnsnake   Apr-16-07 11:46 PM   #15 
  - bait and switch  AtomicKitten   Apr-17-07 12:13 AM   #16 
  - Because this Imus hysteria was plain stupid, that's why  sampsonblk   Apr-17-07 12:42 AM   #17 
  - Whether the major sources of news in the US are racist/sexist or use racist/sexist language  1932   Apr-17-07 06:32 AM   #26 
     - Wrong focus, friend  sampsonblk   Apr-17-07 06:58 AM   #34 
     - I learned on Tavis Smiley last Friday that a few years ago  1932   Apr-17-07 07:01 AM   #36 
        - That is 100% untrue  sampsonblk   Apr-17-07 07:33 AM   #53 
           - The few times I listened to Imus, he talked about news & politics the entire time.  1932   Apr-17-07 07:56 AM   #54 
              - Current events, including politics  sampsonblk   Apr-17-07 11:18 AM   #56 
                 - "I think the country wants a boss like that, you know? A little bit of fascism there."  1932   Apr-18-07 12:18 AM   #71 
     - One of the best posts of the month  mtnsnake   Apr-17-07 06:58 AM   #35 
  - Easy for them to do, considering he was imitating lyrics from rap songs.  Dr Fate   Apr-17-07 01:05 AM   #20 
  - Gee, ya think??  sandnsea   Apr-17-07 01:38 AM   #22 
  - It's amazing  mtnsnake   Apr-17-07 06:57 AM   #32 
  - Reality sometimes bites back  sampsonblk   Apr-17-07 07:03 AM   #38 
     - About hate radio and the lying corporate media???  sandnsea   Apr-17-07 12:06 PM   #58 
        - I agree with your view of the media  sampsonblk   Apr-17-07 09:55 PM   #69 
  - Obama: Rappers using same language as embattled radio host Imus  w4rma   Apr-17-07 06:20 AM   #24 
  - Two separate issues  sandnsea   Apr-17-07 03:06 PM   #64 
  - It's called framing and dems better learn it and how to reframe.  mmonk   Apr-17-07 06:28 AM   #25 
  - Don Imus is not only not off the hook, he lost his job. He lost two, in fact,  Old Crusoe   Apr-17-07 06:34 AM   #27 
  - I think the media is occluding why he lost his job and why this is an issue  1932   Apr-17-07 06:40 AM   #29 
  - Honestly, I'm not getting that at all. CBS sacked Imus. That's  Old Crusoe   Apr-17-07 06:45 AM   #30 
     - I am reacting to a story on my local news last night.  1932   Apr-17-07 06:57 AM   #33 
        - I can't speak for your local news station but feel that Bob Herbert  Old Crusoe   Apr-17-07 07:03 AM   #39 
        - I have a feeling that local news coverage is going to frame people's perception  1932   Apr-17-07 07:08 AM   #41 
           - The words are the same. It's not a black this or white that issue.  Old Crusoe   Apr-17-07 07:10 AM   #42 
              - ?  1932   Apr-17-07 07:17 AM   #44 
                 - Possibly the point is not Imus but the words themselves.  Old Crusoe   Apr-17-07 07:20 AM   #46 
                    - I'm not sure that post responds to the points I'm trying to make.  1932   Apr-17-07 07:27 AM   #49 
                       - Herbert's column ran in the paper of record yesterday; Angelou's  Old Crusoe   Apr-17-07 07:31 AM   #52 
        - Rest Easy ...  primative1   Apr-17-07 07:06 AM   #40 
           - Imus is no more of a war crtic than any other journalist engaging in CYA  1932   Apr-17-07 07:14 AM   #43 
              - Either way ...  primative1   Apr-17-07 07:17 AM   #45 
                 - The Republican strategy for winning 2008 will be to crticize the war.  1932   Apr-17-07 07:21 AM   #47 
                    - I wouldnt bet on that ...  primative1   Apr-17-07 07:22 AM   #48 
                       - I would comfortably bet money on that.  1932   Apr-17-07 07:28 AM   #50 
                          - Seems like there are numerous arguments ..  primative1   Apr-17-07 07:30 AM   #51 
  - Thank you for spotting that obvious point.  MH1   Apr-17-07 12:22 PM   #60 
  - Hi to you, MH1, and a good afternoon also. I'm embarrassed to say  Old Crusoe   Apr-17-07 02:32 PM   #63 
  - We aren't talking about Savage, Beck & Limbaugh though  sandnsea   Apr-17-07 03:07 PM   #65 
  - because white men wear this reflective shield that sends criticism  donsu   Apr-17-07 12:12 PM   #59 
  - Double true.  1932   Apr-17-07 09:49 PM   #68 
  - "I would definitely prefer hip hop to be more about politics"  Zhade   Apr-17-07 06:44 PM   #67 
  - Because after calling Rutgers "Nappy Headed Hoes" he said ...  bamacrat   Apr-17-07 10:12 PM   #70 
  - It's called "objectivity" - people noticed that they were applying a double standard to Imus.  Donald Ian Rankin   Apr-18-07 07:33 AM   #72 

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