'Intelligent discontent is the mainspring of civilization.' -- Eugene V. Debs

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

MSNBC Apologizes 

So the Council on American-Islamic Relations called on American Muslims to contact MSNBC in protest of the hate-filled statements made recently by Don Imus and Sid Rosenberg on Imus's show. Commenting on Arafat's funeral, Imus and Rosenberg said the following:

DON IMUS, host: They're [Palestinians] eating dirt and that fat pig wife [Suha Arafat] of his is living in Paris.

ROSENBERG: They're all brainwashed, though. That's what it is. And they're stupid to begin with, but they're brainwashed now. Stinking animals. They ought to drop the bomb right there, kill 'em all right now.

BERNARD MCGUIRK, producer: You can just imagine standing there.

ROSENBERG: Oh, the stench.

IMUS: Well, the problem is that we have Andrea [Mitchell, NBC News chief foreign affairs correspondent] there. We don't want anything to happen to her.

ROSENBERG: Oh, she's got to get out. Just warn Andrea, get out, and then drop the bomb, kill everybody.

MCGUIRK: It's like the worst Woodstock.

ROSENBERG: Look at this. Look at these animals. Animals!

CAIR's letter-writing campaign led to this tepid apology from MSNBC

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.

and I suppose that's the end of this story, which is truly amazing and rather sad. Imagine what the repercussions would have been had any other ethnic group been referred to as "stinking animals" on a major American television network during commentary about the funeral of one of the group's revered leaders.

[Hat tip to jews sans frontieres]

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