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Sunday, April 15, 2007
Kincaid Flip-Flops on Imus
Topic: Accuracy in Media

In an April 9 Accuracy in Media column, Cliff Kincaid pointed out that Don Imus made his remark about the Rutgers women's basketball team "only a few weeks" before the annual meeting of MSNBC parent General Electric. After noting that "Accuracy in Media will be there," Kincaid added:

Do you think GE chairman and CEO Jeffrey Immelt is going to want to answer questions in front of hundreds of shareholders about why his subsidiary puts Imus on the air? And why NBC News personalities like Tim Russert regularly appear on the show?

Sounds like Kincaid wants Imus gone and was raring to confront the suits about it, right? 

Wrong. Just three days later, after MSNBC (and CBS) fired Imus, Kincaid wrote another column calling NBC officials "cowardly" for firing Imus. He further declared that the "get-Imus campaign" because it was "designed to get [Jesse] Jackson and [Al] Sharpton more face time in the media." And, contradicting his attack on Russert for appearing on Imus' show, Kincaid now says "Tim Russert in particular ought to be ashamed of himself for not standing by his long-time friend."

So, Cliff, which is it? We're confused. 

Kincaid also calls Media Matters (disclosure: my employer) a "George Soros-funded group." It's not. Perhaps we can start calling AIM a "Richard Mellon Scaife-funded group."

Posted by Terry K. at 4:57 PM EDT

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