Howard Kurtz discusses Imus' comeback

10/18/07 Mitch E. Perry
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There's still no official word from WABC radio in New York City about when Don Imus will start his new morning show.

Published reports have indicated Imus will resume his radio career in early December on the Citadel broadcasting station.

The National Association of Black Journalists and the National Organization for Women, who called for Imus’ dismissal in the spring, had urged Citadel Chairman and CEO Farid Suleman not hire Imus.

In April, Imus lost both his nationally syndicated radio and television show after offensive remarks he made about the Rutgers womens basketball team set off a fury of protests. Longtime advertisers quickly dropped support for his show, and he has not been publicly heard from since that time.

The Rev. Al Sharpton, one of Imus' biggest critics, said yesterday on the Today Show that he has always said Imus has the right to work, but “we had a right not to support adversiers who support people who offend us.”

Howard Kurtz reports on the media for the Washington Post and CNN. He told WMNF today it will be interesting to see if Imus has learned from his fall to grace when he returns to the airwaves.

Kurtz is author of the new book Reality Show. Stay tuned to the evening news the next few nights as we broadcast the rest of our interview with Kurtz. We will get his thoughts on Keith Olberman, Bill O’Reilly and how the broadcast networks struggle to keep their nightly newscasts relevant in the 21st century.

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