Gwen Ifill, senior correspondent for “The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer” and the moderator of “Washington Week,” writes on the op-ed page of today’s New York Times that she was told years ago that Don Imus had said of her: “Isn’t The Times wonderful. It lets the cleaning lady cover the White House.” She continues:

I haven’t talked about this much. I’m a big girl. I have a platform. I have a voice. I’ve been working in journalism long enough that there is little danger that a radio D.J.’s juvenile slap will define or scar me. Yesterday, he began telling people he never actually called me a cleaning lady. Whatever. This is not about me.

It is about the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. That game had to be the biggest moment of their lives, and the outcome the biggest disappointment. They are not old enough, or established enough, to have built up the sort of carapace many women I know — black women in particular — develop to guard themselves against casual insult.

Members of the Rutgers’ women’s basketball team said today they were “highly angered” and “deeply saddened” by the comments Imus made during an on-air exchange his producer, Bernard McGuirk, during which he referred to the players as “nappy-headed hos.” The players plan to meet privately with Imus. Here’s the full text of remarks made this morning by Essence Zurich, the team captain.

Plus: Don Imus and language was the focus of “Talk of the Nation” (NPR) today. Host Rebecca Roberts interviewed columnists Rochelle Riley of the Detroit Free Press, whose most recent column is titled “Get Rid of Imus – and Sexist Rap, Too,” and Clarence Page, who got Imus to promise — back in 2000 — to cease with the racist language.

During an “On the Media” episode in 2001, host Brooke Gladstone led a discussion about Imus and the pledge, and how Imus keeps attracting big-name guests despite a history of racist and sexist jokes.

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