Furor Over Imus Remarks Differed from Past

CBS's decision to fire talk-show host Don Imus came after growing protests against the controversial radio host. Imus was joking with a producer on the air last Wednesday when he made racist and sexist comments about the Rutgers women's basketball team.

While Imus had previously attracted criticism for his antics, the amount — and quality — of the outcry was different, says Ken Auletta, media critic for The New Yorker. And part of the offense, Auletta says, was that Imus "was picking on teenage girls" who played for New Jersey's state university.

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