Friday, April 13, 2007

The World Beyond The Foot In Imus' Mouth

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Former CBS Radio and MSNBC TV host, Don Imus

Okay, in the wake of the recent shock-jock Don Imus saga of: "I said a bad thing and I’m really sorry, sorry, sorry, sorry..."(which I truly believe at this point -- he is), contrary to the opinions of some, I think his good deeds toward people in need and especially his Imus Ranch For Kids with Cancer should also be remembered. As far as the mega "tax write-off" comments that keep circulating regarding Imus, his wife, Deirdre, and their commendable works on behalf of several worthy causes -- one would argue that they could very simply write a check and still be eligible for such a write-off. Instead, they donate countless hours of their time as well as money to these worthwhile efforts.

Read more here about Big Y Foods' decision to pull Imus Ranch Foods from its supermarket shelves in connection with the firestorm surrounding Don Imus' recent remarks.

This, of course, in NO way excuses Imus’ thoughtless words describing the beautiful women of the Rutgers University Women’s Basketball Team, whose academic excellence, by the way, is unparalleled. Nevertheless, after the meeting that has now taken place between Imus and these admirable young women, hopefully, Don Imus can move on to Satellite Radio (come on now... was there ever any doubt he just might wind up there after the termination of his 30 plus years for CBS Radio, crass remarks and raunchy satire in tow??) and we can focus on other important issues of the day.

One such issue, is the ongoing situation in Darfur, and how we can help.

On Sunday, April 29th, Dining for Darfur 2007 will be held to coincide with the release of Don Cheadle and John Prendergast's new book, Not on Our Watch: The Mission to End Genocide in Darfur and Beyond .

This year, the charity dine out event will take place in restaurants in New York City and across the country. All DFD restaurants have pledged to donate 5% of sales for one night to the lifesaving humanitarian work in Darfur and Chad. So remember, mark your calendars to eat out -- and make a difference to thousands of survivor's lives.

Read more about this event here.
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