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Imus and the financial press

April 13, 2007

Posted by Chris Roush

Forbes.com columnist Gary Weiss says goodbye to fired CBS Radio host Don Imus by remembering how he personally attacked a Wall Street Journal reporter on his show for writing a story about his New Mexico ranch for kids.

Don ImusWeiss wrote, “Apart from his record of rampant racism, it mustn’t be forgotten that he personally attacked Wall Street Journal reporter Robert Frank in 2005 for the sin of doing his job.

“As CBS pointed out at the time:

“When the Wall Street Journal ran a story that raised questions about the operation of the radio icon’s New Mexico ranch for sick children, Imus took his beef to the 3.25 million weekly listeners of his show, ‘Imus in the Morning.’

“Imus devoted more than half of his 4 1/2 hour program on Thursday to a denunciation of the story, which he called a ‘hatchet job.’ The author fared no better. Imus described veteran Journal finance reporter Robert Frank as ‘a dishonest punk.’

“It’s not about political correctness. It’s about an arrogant SOB who should have been fired years ago.”

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