June 24th, 2008
07:01 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Oops, he did it again....

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/24/art.donimus.jpg caption="Don Imus appears on the Rev. Al Sharpton's radio show in New York, April 2007."]
Morning folks...Don Imus appears to be in hot water, yet again....

Months after returning to the radio with a pledge to mend the wounds caused by his comments about a women's basketball team, Don Imus is once again defending on-air remarks regarding race. During an on-air conversation Monday about the arrests of suspended Dallas Cowboys corner back Adam Jones, Imus asked, "What color is he?" Sports announcer Warner Wolf said, that Jones, who used to be nicknamed Pacman, is "African-American," Imus responded: "There you go. Now we know."

WELL...those six words have put Imus back in the hot seat. Imus said late Monday that he had been misunderstood. "I meant that he was being picked on because he's black," and just now on his show he said "i know some people want to get me...but this is ridiculous..." Well, we will see where the wind takes this story and bring you the latest tonight...

AND in other radio news...As Barack Obama broadens his outreach to evangelical voters, one of the movement's biggest names, James Dobson, accuses the likely Democratic presidential nominee of distorting the Bible and pushing a "fruitcake interpretation" of the Constitution...that criticism will be heard on Dobson's Focus on the Family radio program....So, we will see if those statement have any ripple effects and Tom Foreman will bring you that, too, tonight....

Out on the trail today...John McCain teams up with California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for an Energy efficiency and conservation Discussion...Obama will be talking energy, too, but in Las Vegas. YET, once again stealing the headlines this am is Hillary Clinton...Her presidential bid may have ended two weeks ago, but Hillary Clinton is still on the hunt for campaign cash. Clinton is well over $20 million in debt, nearly half of which Clinton loaned herself personally earlier in the year when her campaign was virtually broke and faced life-or-death primary contests. How will she come up all that cash? Maybe Bill will help? Speaking of Bill...why hasn't HE endorse Barack Obama. Hillary has, Al Gore has, Bill Richardson has, John Kerry has...almost every single top Democrat has gotten behind Obama...but NOT Bill. WHY NOT? We are hoping Candy Crowley explores that today...

AND the story that we just cannot get enough of...The Gloucester pregnancy pact...Yesterday, the city's mayor  said "we cannot confirm a pact." WELL, TIME Magazine, who originally broke the story, stands by their reporting..."After a controversy erupted in late May over a proposal to distribute contraceptives at Gloucester High School, principal Dr. Joseph Sullivan said he was surprised no reporter had approached him for his take on the matter. If they had, Sullivan told TIME on June 11, he'd have explained straightaway that 'a lack of birth control played no part' in a quadrupling of the number of teen pregnancies at the school this year compared with last. 'That bump was because of seven or eight sophomore girls,' Sullivan told TIME. 'They made a pact to get pregnant and raise their babies together.' Sullivan has not spoken publicly about the teen pregnancies since he told TIME earlier this month that several girls repeatedly requested pregnancy tests at the school clinic and that some had reacted to positive test results with high fives and plans for baby showers." PLUS TIME is saying "Pathways for Children CEO Sue Todd, whose organization runs the school's on-site daycare center, told TIME on June 13 that its social worker had heard of the girls' plan to get pregnant as early as last fall...." The plot thickens...Randi Kaye deciphers the "he said -she said" for us tonight...

AND FINALLY...Sean Callebs tells us the tale of Patrick Kennedy... On March 2, 1998 an 8-year-old girl was raped in a Harvey, LA, a New Orleans suburb. Patrick Kennedy, her step father was the rapist. A family abuse specialist testified it was the worst sexual attack he’d ever seen. On August 14, 2003 a Jefferson Parish jury found Kennedy guilty, in spite of no physical or DNA evidence linking him to the crime. He was sentenced to the death penalty, the first time in decades a person was sentenced to death for a rape. In April the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the case. Kennedy is sitting on death row in Angola State Penitentiary made famous by the movie Dead Man Walking. Kennedy’s lawyer, local sex crimes prosecutors, and the girl’s family all talked to Callebs before oral arguments were heard….Does the punishment fit the crime? Well, the Supreme Court is expected to rule on Kennedy's fate tomorrow...


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  1. Jeff DeJong

    Why is it when cantankerous Imus says something that he doesn't elaborate on we have an instant racial firestorm led by Al Sharpton? Also on the news this morning was a freestyle rap where Shaq implies Caucasians to be inferior to Afro-Americans with his reference of profanity and then "white boys." But this disparaging and derogatory rhetoric is ok, the only thing said about his remarks was that there is some tension between Kobe and he. Such is the double standard of acceptable behavior and what can be said in America. It sickens me to witness such hypocrisy in this country and the only thing happening by such hypersensitivity is increasing racial tensions because of this double standard. The hypersensitivity is so bad I can't even order toast at a restaurant anymore because if I like it light I'm racist, if I prefer it dark I'm racist. Grow up people it’s not 1950 anymore. It's too bad people didn't take the energy and effort they put forth on these witch hunts into something productive. The world is full of idiots, you can't police idiots.

    June 24, 2008 at 10:39 am |
  2. stan

    GOD BLESS DON IMUS... I think a lot of people (UNINFORMED JERKS) have NO idea about the amount of good IMUS has done in raising money, with telethons, for things like the Fallen Heroes Fund, San Antonio Veterans Hospital, Kids With Cancer Ranch, and many other WORTHY causes... We're talking about MILLIONS of dollars.. Meanwhile, people like Sharpton and his bunch are producing NOTHING, NOTHING but hate and discontent, only because they want to keep themselves in the limelight.

    June 24, 2008 at 10:22 am |
  3. michelle: Ont,Canada

    Hi Ac staff and Ac!
    Don Imus has done it again he just can't seem to stay out the spotlight . I f people are so offended by this racially charged remarks why are the listening?Are they gluttons for punishment ?It's hust so obivious he is a racist and he just accidently keeps slipping up .
    He just back tracks with things like oh ,i was just being a smart alec oh ,well that's 's his story and he's sticking to it !

    June 24, 2008 at 10:01 am |
  4. Dolores, Austin Texas

    Racism is so ugly, I can't stand Don Imus, he should never be allowed to work on the air again. Misunderstood, yea right. On another horrible subject, a while back I read the story regarding the little 8 year old girl that was raped by her step father. I think the punishment fits the crime, Inocent children become victims everyday by these monsters. Kudos to the state of Louisiana for sentencing this creep to death. Let's just hope that the Supreme Court doesn't over turn the conviction.

    June 24, 2008 at 9:48 am |
  5. Iris Lange

    Don Imus; is a prejudice person towards Africian American's...there is just no other way to say it. personally Hes a snob looks and acts like one...No person like him should be a public speaker or reporter.

    June 24, 2008 at 8:57 am |
  6. Annie Kate

    I hope we don't hear much on Imus tonight – the other news you wrote of is much more interesting. I'm especially interested in Dobson's charge that Obama has a “fruitcake interpretation” of the constitution – that is a truly interesting charge and I'd love to hear what Dobson thinks is fruity.

    On Bill Clinton not endorsing Obama – what's the rush? Obama seems to have enough endorsements as it is, not that endorsements buy you anything. I think Clinton was pretty much over politics when this race started and only got involved because his wife was running. Once she dropped out he made a beeline right back to his foundation and took up where he left off – his foundation seems to be his central focus now and perhaps endorsing candidates just aren't on his priority list. He'll probably get around to it but why make a big deal of it in the meantime?

    The pregnancy pact – its believable to me that there was one. I'm looking forward to hearing Randi report more on this one.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    June 24, 2008 at 8:31 am |
  7. Cindy

    Well it seems that no matter what Imus just can not stay out of trouble! Honestly I think that he thrives on it really! And after hearing what he said about Pacman Jones I do believe that he made a racist remark alluding to Pacman being black as to why he is always in so much trouble. Seems to me that Imus has a bit of a racist mindset to think that someone's color makes them more apt to commit crimes. He is ridiculous!!

    I think there was a pregnancy pact by the girls in Gloucester, the officials just don't want their town to look bad. But the reality is that they already do. Enough with the spin...they need to try to fix the problem so no other girls get pregnant! Thy should be caring about that not what the rest of the country thinks of their community.

    I think that Bill Clinton really has some intensely bad feelings for Obama and that is why he won't endorse him. But can you blame the man after what was said and done to his wife by Obama and his henchmen! If Bill does endorse him it will be purely because of Hillary and not because he likes him.


    June 24, 2008 at 8:25 am |
  8. pread

    did he? who knows what he (imus) meant. with sharpton editing every
    word, imus is up against a pro. who better than sharpton can
    twist words, build false tales and get his face on every camera in america.
    how about johnny miller (of golf fame) and his offensive comments?

    is there a double standard here?

    June 24, 2008 at 8:24 am |
  9. Kurt

    I heard Sharpton is going to speak against Imus today. Where was Sharpton when Rev Wright and Pastor Phlager were spewing hate?

    June 24, 2008 at 8:03 am |
  10. Kristen- Philadelphia, PA

    Hey AC folks I have a question, well two questions. First, is there a place on this site for viewers to ask questions then yall respond? Don’t know if there is so I will post mine here….

    About Hillary and her request to pay of all this campaign debt. Is this unprecedented? I have never heard of a candidate after having lost the nomination requesting people to donate and help relive their campaign debt, but then again I am only 21..haven’t been around that long. Thanks in advance if yall do answer 🙂

    June 24, 2008 at 7:45 am |
  11. Rahni Connecticut

    Don Imus has hatred in his heart. He made numerous racist remarks but they (Broadcasting) continue to hire this idiot. Why can't Don Imus put a white pointy hood on his head and burn a cross on someone lawn. We all know what Imus stands for!!

    Rahni, Connecticut

    June 24, 2008 at 7:40 am |
  12. Kristen- Philadelphia, PA

    Morning yall...Don Imus is an intelligent man. He knows good and well what he is doing and that is why people hire him. I am not surprised by his comments and neither should anybody else. If people were so outraged by him and consistent racist remarks then folk’s should stop tuning into his programs. Until then he has no reason to stop doing what has been and will continue to do.

    I have never heard of Dobson, but politicians and church just don't seem to mix all that well together. I keep having a hard time staying up past ten but your reporting is so interesting I think again tonight I will have to watch this one. What exactly did Obama say?

    I am just over the pregnancy pact already. At this point the adults directly involved seem to be just as clueless as the girls making this pact and my heart goes out to the babies being born into this mess of a situation. I pray these girls will see what a life changing thing they have done and start shaping up, having a baby is not the same as playing house.

    I don't really think the punishment fits the crime. With no physical or DNA evidence sentencing someone to death is too permanent I think. While I have no tolerance for child abuse of any kind, why does this case get the death penalty and not others?

    Have a great day everyone… 🙂

    June 24, 2008 at 7:38 am |