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ADL Letter to Imus in the Morning

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Don Imus
Imus in the Morning
WFAN-AM
Kaufman Astoria Studios
Astoria, NY 11106

 
     December 8, 2006

Dear Mr. Imus,

We were greatly disturbed by your November 30 broadcast of "Imus in the Morning" where you and your co-hosts unctuously referred to the "Jewish management at whoever we work for, CBS" whom you later referred to as "money grubbing bastards," a classical anti-Semitic epithet.

The entire discussion between you and your co-hosts was deeply offensive, resulting in a barrage of phone calls, letters and e-mails to us from other listeners and viewers who were as offended as we.

While we try to give some latitude to your brand of entertainment and understand that you are an "equal opportunity offender," this kind of unvarnished Jew-baiting clearly crosses the line from shock radio into anti-Semitism.

Regardless of the intent, we ask you to consider the potential impact of such words in the "real world" where, our surveys show, nearly 35 million adults harbor unquestionably anti-Semitic attitudes, including the notions that "Jews have too much power in the business world" (19% of the population) and "Jews control Wall Street" (17%).  These are classical anti-Semitic stereotypes; therefore, it was particularly unnerving to hear them being bandied about on your program.

We believe a public acknowledgement that you crossed the line is in order.


  Sincerely,

Abraham H. Foxman
National Director




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