NABJ To Monitor Imus TV Simulcast
October 7, 2009 at 7:49 AM (PT)
The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLACK JOURNALISTS has announced that it will "monitor" DON IMUS' return to cable TV with his FOX BUSINESS NETWORK simulcast. The group is upset at FOX NEWS Chairman ROGER AILES' hiring of IMUS after passing on the simulcast in 2007. The NABJ did not indicate what it plans to do with the information gathered in its monitoring process.
"DON IMUS has a right to work, and ultimately the public has the right to decide if it wants to listen to him and support him," said NABJ Pres. KATHY Y. TIMES.
IMUS' first guest on the revived simulcast MONDAY was African-American writer DEBRA DICKERSON, who drew ire from the NABJ for writing a column that said Pres. OBAMA, then a candidate, wasn't really black, and IMUS also hosted fellow radio host GLENN BECK, whose comment calling OBAMA a "racist" has touched off advertiser defections. "I am disappointed that DON IMUS did not seek to make his first show on the FOX BUSINESS CHANNEL fair and balanced," said NABJ VP/Broadcast BOB BUTLER.