Zero Tolerance

The New York Post reports that syndicated talk show host Don Imus uttered the dreaded F-bomb on both radio and TV (MSNBC) Friday.

Imus, who’s been complaining all week about moving to MSNBC’s Secaucus, N.J. studio, went ballistic when a cue was missed. “Come on guys, goddamn it,” he said, “you’re fucking killing me here.”

The exchange aired live on radio and the MSNBC telecast of the radio show.

It is not known whether any listeners or viewers have yet filed complaints with the FCC, but Imus appears to have violated a CBS/Infinity zero tolerance policy that was put into effect after the disastrous Opie and Anthony Sex For Sam stunt. That radio stunt cost the duo their jobs at Infinity, and nearly led to a FCC license review of the Infinity owned stations that broadcast the show.

CBS has yet to respond to inquiries about whether the zero tolerance policy is still in effect or if it will be applied to the Imus In The Morning show.

[Note: I’m not arguing for or against the policy. I’m merely pointing out an incident that seems to fall within the purview of the publicized policy. It will be interesting to see how CBS explains their actions or inaction in light of the policy.]

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