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the Imus controversy.. are the big issues being ignored?

I think Imus is an old crank and his show was offensive, but most of all it just got boring. I think it is great that we are having a discussion about race and language.. but kids in the inner city still get terrible education from the public school system for the most part. Partial solutions like charter schools are under huge attack from the teachers unions. Overall it seems like the teachers unions are only out for themselves-- and this is possibly a problem hundreds of times more important than Imus. And of course there are great teachers in the cities, but the unions agenda does not seem to include the kids.

Thu. Apr 12, 6:55pm

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I am tired of the news "creating" stories.....it's just a bunch of people talking, and Imus leaving the airwaves is not going to make the world a better place.
This is the new Anna Nicole, OJ, _________ fill in the blank of some meaningless person whose life has become a media obsession) These people really have nothing to do with the real problems in our country. The only good thing I can see coming out of this is 1) a more critical eye towards misogyny in rap lyrics-how can the males in the white community be made to value women of color when the men in their own community treat them so poorly? (and make money off their images of degradation). 2) Black college girls are getting some visability (not enough-,but more than usual) and need to be heard-



Thursday, April 12, 2007, 11:35 PM

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Yes, I'm sick of it all. News has become "infotainment" and people are watching more of it. Finding out what else is really going on it getting harder and harder. You really have to turn to internet sources so you can be selective.

Friday, April 13, 2007, 6:14 AM

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The only thing that really bothers me about the Imus controversy is that the media is focusing on the racism and ignoring the sexism in his remarks.

Friday, April 13, 2007, 9:40 AM

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if people were trying to eradicate the language that he used from the common vernacular, i would have more of an understanding about the uproar. but both of the "offensive" words he used are prevelant in many peoples' vocabularies on a regular basis. this whole ordeal has been a waste of time. if his remarks have helped spark a "new" debate centering on racism in this country, i think he should be applauded, not fired.

Friday, April 13, 2007, 9:49 AM

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I wish CBS and NBC would get a little heat. They let this guy sit on the air for over 30yrs (these types of comments didn't start this week or last week). CBS and NBC gave him a 2 week suspension until sponsors said they were going to pull their ads and then the media outlets fired him. CBS and NBC are dispicable. Imus should have gotten fired years ago.

Friday, April 13, 2007, 10:22 AM

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2 words for you: first amendment.

Friday, April 13, 2007, 10:30 AM

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it was just a bad joke gone wrong

Friday, April 13, 2007, 10:39 AM

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if the words he said are the most offensive comments that people have to put up with, they should consider themslves lucky.

Friday, April 13, 2007, 10:41 AM

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I hate when people blame the teachers in the inner city schools for the problems with inner city schools! Those teachers are overworked and underpaid, working in sometimes unsafe, often unpleaseant conditions. There are shortages of teachers in all major cities. There is nothing glamorous about being a teacher in the inner city, so all of the teachers are there because, on some level, they want to be there.

Teachers unions may not be ideal, but they are set up to protect the teachers, not the students. They cannot be blamed for trying to serve the teachers. That is the purpose of a union, in any field.

The school system would be improved if more good teachers wanted to work there. But it's peoples' preconceptions of all of these racial issues that keep well-educated people from wanting to teach there. Oh, and, the pay is terrible, despite the unions trying to protect the teachers.

Friday, April 13, 2007, 11:50 AM

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how is the above comment relevant to the current discussion?

Friday, April 13, 2007, 11:54 AM

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