Imus Show -- On TV -- Draws CRTC Rebuke
January 30, 2006 at 6:14 AM (PT)
DON IMUS' radio show isn't aired on any Canadian stations, but his TV show -- the video version of the radio show -- is carried on MSNBC CANADA and managed to run afoul of the CRTC, which called comments on IMUS' NOVEMBER 12, 2004 show about Muslims "abusive."
Palestinians were called "brainwashed," "stupid to begin with," and "stinking animals" in the segment, which drew a complaint to the CRTC wondering why AL JAZEERA is subject to restrictions by the CRTC to guard against anti-Semitic slurs but MSNBC is not subject to similar restrictions against slurs about Muslims.
The ruling does not impose any penalty on the cable network, with the CRTC noting that MSNBC has previously issued apologies for separate U.S. complaints about the same show.