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April 10, 2007
Race, Gender and the Media
What might the Don Imus controversy mean for
media characterizations of
race and gender?
Sociology experts available to
WFAN radio show host Don Imus uttered racially charged
comments about the Rutgers University womens' basketball team on the April 4
Imus in the Morning
show, sparking national outrage and controversy. At a
press conference this morning, Rutgers University President, Richard McCormick
stated, "Racism and sexism have no place in our society. We cannot stand silent
and be unfairly attacked. The team did nothing wrong to invite the words Don
Team captain Essence Carson said, "Not only has Mr. Imus
stolen a moment of pure grace from us, but he has brought us to the harsh
reality that behind the faces of the networks that have worked so hard to convey
a message of empowerment to young adults that somehow, some way, a door has been
left open to attack your leaders of tomorrow."
What does the Don Imus
controversy mean for race and the media? Sociologist Herbert Gans, Columbia
University, who has researched ethnicity and the news media, is available for
interviews and comment.
To request an interview or comment, contact Sujata Sinha at (202) 247-9871 or
via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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