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    Imus now a four-letter word: Yielding to increasing pressure, CBS fired Don Imus yesterday. In a statement CBS head Les Moonves said: "In our meetings with concerned groups, there has been much discussion of the effect language like this has on our young people, particularly young women of color trying to make their way in this society." NYT: Imus "an old-school radio guy caught in a very modern media paradigm," says David Carr. Salon: Whatever the motives, NBC and CBS upheld common decency - and goddamn the excuses to the contrary. Meanwhile, WSJ has a nice exegesis of the "digital brushfire" - beginning with the sharp-eared Media Matters - that lead to Imus' firing: "On the morning of the original broadcast, there was little response to Mr. Imus's slur...The next day, top news outlets didn't mention the incident." [Full disclosure: we totally cribbed this format from mediabistro - whether or not we also share childhood library memories remains to be seen].

  • What does Mr. Point of View have to say now, huh? Jon Friedman takes a wee poke at Frank Rich, who a few days ago pulled a Newsweek and said he wasn't sure if he'd go back on Imus. Somewhere, Ana Marie Cox is breathing a small sigh of relief. Et tu, Maureen? [MarketWatch]

  • Mistakes were someone else: "Apologies, regrets, saying I'm sorry, are in fashion. For actors, comedians and glorified disc jockeys." However, mea culpa's from the press have not been forthcoming: "[the American media] collapsed...disastrously in its response to the biggest issue of the generation." Do as I say, not as I do, it's a proverb right? [NeimanWatchdog]

  • BBC reporter still missing: Leading news reporters BBC, Sky News, CNN and al-Jazeera joined together in a simulcast calling for the release of BBC reporter Alan Johnston, who is now the longest held foreign captive in Gaza. [Guardian]

  • Tucker Carlson puts on his gameface: The bow-tie wearing, former pundit is set to host a new CBS game show called "Who Do You Trust." No word yet on whether Jon Stewart will make an appearance. [TVNewser]

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