Watch Gwen Ifill Call Out Fellow Journalists For Not Standing Up To Racism
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As journalists pay tribute to trailblazing newscaster Gwen Ifill, who died on Monday, one particularly poignant moment stands out.
In April 2007, radio host Don Imus was under fire for calling the Rutgers’ women’s basketball team “nappy-headed hos.” He was later fired over the infamous remark, even though he’d gotten away with other, similarly gross comments.
In a roundtable discussion on NBC’s “Meet the Press” at the time, Ifill pointed out the hypocrisy of those attacking Imus despite having never taken issue with his earlier racist statements.
“There has been radio silence from a lot of people who have done [Imus’ show] who could have spoken up and said, I find this offensive or I didn’t know,” Ifill said. “These people didn’t speak up.”
Turning to “Meet the Press” host Tim Russert and fellow guest David Brooks, she said, “Tim, we didn’t hear from you. David, we didn’t hear from you.”
Ifill then noted her own experience with Imus. Years before the R
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