Sharpton Sets 'Steps' For Imus Return
August 20, 2007 at 5:30 AM (PT)
The NEW YORK DAILY NEWS gives Rev. AL SHARPTON a forum to set forth his "five steps" he believes DON IMUS "should take to prove that he has learned from the experience (of getting fired) -- and not simply waited for the furor to die down."
SHARPTON's requirements include paying RUTGERS player KIA VAUGHN (and any other player who decides to sue) a settlement for her defamation suit, a statement that IMUS understands not to "tak(e) cheap shots at women and blacks or any other group," pledge to "refrain from attacks on innocent people who cannot defend themselves and who may not have the coping mechanisms to deal with being ridiculed on the airwaves," set aside an on-air slot every week for an "ombudsman" from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLACK JOURNALISTS, and "encourage all corporations, including the record industry, to stop subsidizing and promoting people who engage in racist and misogynist language, even in the name of entertainment."
"It was not and is not our desire to interrupt the life of DON IMUS," the column concludes. "We just want to ensure that he does not interfere with ours."