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MSNBC Apologizes for ‘Imus’ Remarks


(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/23/04)- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
announced today that MSNBC cable television network has apologized for
anti-Arab/anti-Muslim remarks made on its “Imus in the Morning” program.

CAIR filed an FCC complaint over comments on a November 12th ‘Imus’ program that
referred to Palestinians as “stinking animals” and suggested that they all be

SEE: Palestinians Called ‘Stinking Animals’ on MSNBC’s ‘Imus’

In a November 19th segment commenting on the apparent execution of a wounded
Iraqi in Fallujah by a U.S. Marine, a fictitious “Senior Military Affairs
Advisor” to the program justified the killing by referring to a “booby-trapped
raghead cadaver.” The fictitious advisor also said the killing provided an
“Al-Jazeera moment” causing the “Muslim masses to respond with their routine
pack of rabid sheep mentality.”

SEE: MSNBC ‘Imus’ Segment Refers to ‘Raghead Cadaver’

SEE ALSO: Imus anchor on Palestinians: “Stinking animals”

In response to hundreds of e-mails prompted by CAIR action alerts, MSNBC stated
in part:

“The views expressed on the program are not those of MSNBC. Having said that, it
was unfortunate that these remarks were telecast on MSNBC. We sincerely
apologize to anyone who was offended by these remarks.”

CAIR National Communication Director Ibrahim Hooper thanked all of those who
took the time to express their dismay over the offensive comments made on
MSNBC’s “Imus in the Morning” show.

Earlier this year, CAIR announced a “Hate Hurts America” campaign designed to
counter hate speech on talk radio.


CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, is headquartered in
Washington, D.C., and has 29 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its
mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil
liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice
and mutual understanding.

CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail:;
Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail:


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