MSNBC apologized for racist commentary on ImusNovember 29, 2004 12:17 PM EST ››› JULIE MILLICAN
On November 23, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) announced that MSNBC had apologized for racist commentary delivered on radio host Don Imus's Imus in the Morning. In its apology, MSNBC stated: "The views expressed on the program are not those of MSNBC. Having said that, it was unfortunate that these remarks were telecast on MSNBC. We sincerely apologize to anyone who was offended by these remarks."
CAIR's press release highlighted a November 19 Media Matters for America item that documented the anti-Arab and anti-Muslim comments. These included a guest on the November 19 edition of Imus -- parodying General George S. Patton, Jr. -- referring to a deceased Iraqi insurgent as a "booby-trapped raghead cadaver," and regular guest and sports anchor Sid Rosenberg describing Palestinians on November 12 as "stinking animals."
CAIR, a controversial organization identifying itself as "America's largest Muslim civil liberties group," has filed a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission over the November 12 Imus comments.