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IMUS BACK ON MORNING AIRWAVES
The new-model Don Imus returned to Gotham's airwaves Monday, sounding a lot like the old-model Imus but with a big dollop of humility and a promise to mind his words more carefully from here on out.
Imus signed on to his "Imus in the Morning" drive-time show on WABC-AM by revisiting the situation in April that led to his firing by CBS Radio and MSNBC, after he referred jokingly to the Rutgers women's basketball team as "nappy-headed hos."
"In thinking about what happened -- and most of you know I haven't talked to anyone and didn't see any point in going on some sort of 'Larry King' tour to offer a bunch of lame excuses for making essentially a reprehensible remark about innocent people who did not deserve to be made fun of -- I think what happened is about what should have happened," Imus said, as he opened his show in a special staging at Manhattan's Town Hall theater.
CONGRESS PROBES FCC CHAIRMAN
Having recently angered almost everybody, Federal Communications Commission chairman Kevin J. Martin is now the target of a congressional investigation into whether he is abusing his authority and if his leadership has led to "a breakdown in proper procedure at the FCC."
Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.), head of the House Commerce Committee, sent Martin a letter Monday stating: "Given several events and proceedings over the past year, I am rapidly losing confidence that the commission has been conducting its affairs in an appropriate manner.
"While this is certainly not true for every commission proceeding, a trend appears to be emerging of short-circuiting procedural norms, suggesting a larger breakdown at the agency."
The move is unusual, but offers more proof that the Democrat-controlled Congress is ratcheting up its pressure on Martin -- and insiders say it's only going to get more intense.