Was Team Hillary Especially Interested In Removing Imus from Cable TV?

Who is happier today at Don Imus removed from MSNBC than Hillary Clinton? Who else at MSNBC would be as harshly critical of Hillary as Imus? Without Imus, Hillary's path to the White House will be smoother. This might explain why some of the Hillary-founded left-wing media-watchdogging clones were so fierce in taking Imus down. Over the last two days, The Washington Post has pulled out the harsh anti-Hillary quotes to demonstrate why she's smiling today. On Thursday's Federal Page, columnist Lois Romano reported Hillary sent an e-letter to supporters denouncing Imus for "nothing more than small-minded bigotry and coarse sexism" on his show:

Clinton said on Tuesday that she has never appeared on Imus's morning show and never wanted to. Who is surprised? Imus once referred to her as "that buck-toothed witch, Satan" and said she was "worse than" Osama bin Laden. He did pull that last one back, adding, "Well, that's a little strong."

Paul Farhi and Frank Ahrens also noted in their Imus front-pager yesterday:

In March, Imus's executive producer and longtime sidekick Bernard McGuirk said that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton was "trying to sound black in front of a black audience" during a recent speech on civil rights in Selma, Ala. McGuirk added that Clinton "will have cornrows and gold teeth before this fight with Obama is over."

The Clintons have never forgotten Imus unleashing harsh remarks at the Radio and TV Correspondents dinner in Washington in 1996.

Tim Graham
Tim Graham
Tim Graham is Executive Editor of NewsBusters and is the Media Research Center’s Director of Media Analysis