FACTBOX-Media personalities disciplined for inappropriate remarks

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Sat, 3 Mar 2012 00:36 GMT
Author: Reuters
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March 2 (Reuters) - Right-wing talk show host Rush Limbaugh has stirred controversy for branding a Georgetown University Law School student a "slut" for her outspoken support of Obama's new policy on contraception coverage.

Limbaugh's inflammatory comments are only the latest by a U.S. radio or television personality in recent years, a number of which have resulted in disciplinary actions by their employers.

Following is a sampling of prominent U.S. radio and television personalities who have been disciplined by their employers for inappropriate comments on the air.

- February 2012 - Radio personalities John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou of KFI AM 640 radio in Burbank, Calif., were suspended for a week and a half after referring to the late Whitney Houston as a "crack ho" and saying the singer had been "cracked out for 20 years." They returned to the air this week.

- May 2011 - Ed Schultz offers to take a week of unpaid leave from MSNBC - an offer the network accepts - in the wake of a furor caused by comments about Laura Ingraham, another radio host. Schultz said she was a "right-wing slut" and a "talk slut," comments that drew fire from a number of women's advocacy groups. Schultz later apologized, saying he had embarrassed his family.

- August 2010 - Laura Schlessinger became embroiled in controversy - and eventually left her show - after she used a racial epithet nearly a dozen times in responding to an African American caller on her radio show. She later issued an apology, but within a week announced her plans to end her radio show.

- February 2008 - MSNBC anchor and reporter David Shuster was suspended from on-air duties for two weeks and forced to publicly apologize after his comment that Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former President Bill Clinton, was "being pimped out" in connection with her fundraising activities for her mother, Hillary Rodham Clinton, then a contender for the Democratic presidential nomination. Schuster has since joined Current TV.

- April 2007 - CBS Radio suspended and then dropped Don Imus after the radio host created an uproar after he called the mostly black Rutgers University women's basketball team "nappy-headed hos." Imus, known for locker-room humor mixed with interviews with top stars and politicians, returned to the air later that year with Citadel Media.

- September 2005 - William Bennett, host of "Morning in America," responded to a caller to the show by saying that aborting African-American babies "would be an impossible, ridiculous, and morally reprehensible thing to do, but the crime rate would go down." President George W. Bush said Bennett's comments "not appropriate" and he was widely criticized by Democratic leaders and civil rights groups.

(Reporting By Dan Burns and Paul Thomasch; Editing by Stacey Joyce)