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Live From Freddy’s Fashion Mart

April 9th, 2007 - 1:34 pm

Mark Finkelstein writes:

If George Allen turned up on Good Morning America to protest an incident of alleged anti-white bigotry, what are the odds the GMA host wouldn’t mention Allen’s macaca moment? I’d say they’d be a Dylanesqe “Love Minus Zero.”But when GMA aired a clip this morning of Al Sharpton expressing his outrage over Don Imus’ recent comments about the Rutgers women basketball players, not a discouraging word was heard about Sharpton’s history of racially-charged statements and actions that go far beyond the former senator’s gaffe.

And it’s certainly not the first time that’s happened, a trend I described a couple of years ago in a piece titled, “M For Fake“.

Update: Bryan Preston has video of Imus’ appearance on Sharpton’s radio show (where Michael Richards also appeared, immediately after his own racial meltdown last November) and writes:

Freddy’s Fashion Mart.Tawana Brawley.

Go-to guy to apologize for making racist comments. What a world. Don Imus may well be and probably is a bigot, but Rev. Al Sharpton is worse no matter how you look at the situation. But now he gets to be Imus’ judge and jury. What a world.

Well, what a media world, at least.

Meanwhile, Greg Pollowitz spots the ozone layer of MSNBC management dramatically distancing themselves from Imus’ show…

At MSNBC, where the radio program is simulcast on television, officials offered Imus no support.”‘Imus in the Morning’ is not a production of the cable network and is produced by WFAN Radio,” said a statement from the network. “As Imus makes clear every day, his views are not those of MSNBC. We regret that his remarks were aired on MSNBC and apologize for these offensive comments.”

…despite his show frequently serving as a promotional launching point for other MSNBC talent, and having its own MSNBC website.

Another Update: Ed Morrissey places Imus’ gaffe into context alongside career-enders from those in the Sports Industrial Broadcasting Complex.

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