This story about Imus' track record in Media Matters was written about a month ago, before the current controversy started, so it's a sort of baseline by which to gauge today's reactions. Are people being unfair to Imus? Hardly.
On Imus, McGuirk said that "bitch" Clinton will "have cornrows and gold teeth"The story goes on to detail a long track record of racist on-air comments. The Rutgers outburst was hardly the first -- more like the end of a story that has dragged on far too long. Imus repeatedly promised to stop making racist remarks about black athletes and failed to do so. How many second chances does someone need? Or get? No wonder national advertisers started bailing out in droves. It's time.
On the March 6 edition of MSNBC's Imus in the Morning, executive producer Bernard McGuirk said that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) was "trying to sound black in front of a black audience" when she gave a speech on March 4 in Selma, Alabama, to commemorate the 1965 "Bloody Sunday" civil rights march. McGuirk added that Clinton "will have cornrows and gold teeth before this fight with [Sen. Barack] Obama [D-IL] is over." Earlier in the program, in reference to Clinton's speech, McGuirk had said, "Bitch is gonna be wearing cornrows." McGuirk also said that Clinton will be "giving Crips signs during speeches." The Crips are a Los Angeles-based street gang.