by Randolph T. Holhut
Chief of AR Correspondents
September 27, 2012
AS GOP EMBRACES PLANTATION POLITICS, THE SOUTH RISES AGAIN
BRADENTON, Fla., Sept. 27, 2012, 9:55am -- Fox News talk-show host Sean Hannity has been complaining lately about supposedly vicious remarks being made by Democrats in the course of the 2012 presidential campaign, but one by a controversial Mitt Romney supporter appears to have them all beat.
Don Imus, the once-fired host of CBS's "Imus In The Morning," who now appears on a show of the same name on the high-definition Fox Business News channel, referred to the President as "the pimp with a limp" in a live Fox news broadcast in the 7am hour this morning.
The drawling host, wearing a black cowboy hat and chatting aimlessly about the presidential campaign, abruptly referred to President Barack Obama as "the pimp with a limp," an apparently conflated reference to President Obama, who appeared with a Miami radio host who uses that moniker on Sept. 11.
The President made news as he was criticized by some for not mentioning the 9/11 anniversary on that show.
The offending phrase is used to describe the Miami, Fla., talk show host La-Z. But there was no indication Imus was referring to La-Z. The comment appeared to make reference to the fact that Obama is black and to extend the description to the President.
Imus was fired by CBS in 2009 for referring to the top-ranked all-black Rutgers women's basketball team - the 2009 U.S. national champions - as "nappy-headed hos."
"Ho" is a slang word for a whore, or prostitute.
Imus used the insulting phrase to disparage Obama as the talk-show host segued into a bit about GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, whom Imus - following release of the "47%" video - has frequently called "a dope, "an idiot" and "a loser" in recent days - while also saying he intends to vote for the Romney-Ryan ticket.
No one on his regular broadcast, who today included Fox News former Reagan-era national security advisor K.T. McFarland, singers Lyle Lovett and James Hiatt, business newsman Roger Gray and newsman/commentator Bernard McGuirk, took exception to the remark.
The men on the show had argued fiercely with Imus before the show began, Imus said on the air as the morning's 5am-9am broadcast began. Imus, a Christian, also said that in concert with Jews around the world that he had fasted 24 hours for Yom Kippur, and noted that he might be cranky, as he often is.
Viewers of his show are accustomed to caustic remarks by Imus, a self-styled cowboy who operates a charitable organization for children that gives them an opportunity to enjoy life on a working ranch. His candid and humorous comments are an important source of the show's appeal, often at others' expense.
Imus'es wife, Deirdre Imus, also appeared this morning on a show that included some sophomoric humor about genitalia from a comedian pretending to be former Beatle Ringo Starr.
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