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Jihad In America Part 3 -- CAIR Goes After Talk Radio


CAIR Targets Another Michael Savage - Talk Show Host

Savage lawsuit calls CAIR 'vehicle of international terrorism

Radio Station Inciting 'Anti-Muslim Hatred,' CAIR Says

CAIR Hails Firing of Michael Graham

Michael Graham - Fired Over Muslim Comments Returning to Air

CAIR Views Conservative Commentary as 'Incitement'



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CAIR Targets Another Michael Savage - Talk Show Host

By Susan Jones
http://www.cnsnews.com/ViewNation.asp?Page=/Nation/archive/200711/NAT20071109b.html
November 09, 2007

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is pressing advertisers to withdraw their sponsorship of Michael Savage's nationally syndicated radio program because of Savage's alleged "anti-Muslim bigotry."

Savage, on his Web site, is fighting back, urging his listeners to protect freedom of speech: "Email your representative; investigate CAIR for manipulating the U.S. media," his Web site says.

On Nov. 1, CAIR urged "radio listeners of all faiths" to contact companies that advertise on "The Savage Nation" to complain about an "anti-Muslim tirade" on Savage's Oct. 29 program. (CAIR periodically issues "incitement alerts," urging its members to contact various media outlets to express their concerns about "Islamophobic attitudes.")

CAIR was particularly disturbed by Savage's "shouted anti-Muslim attacks," which it quoted as follows:
  • I'm not gonna put my wife in a hijab. And I'm not gonna put my daughter in a burqa. And I'm not getting' on my all-fours and braying to Mecca. And you could drop dead if you don't like it. You can shove it up your pipe. I don't wanna hear anymore about Islam. I don't wanna hear one more word about Islam. Take your religion and shove it up your behind. I'm sick of you.
  • What kind of religion is this? What kind of world are you living in when you let them in here with that throwback document in their hand, which is a book of hate. Don't tell me I need reeducation. They need deportation. I don't need reeducation. Deportation, not reeducation. You can take C-A-I-R and throw 'em out of my country. I'd raise the American flag and I'd get out my trumpet if you did it. Without due process. You can take your due process and shove it.
  • What sane nation that worships the U.S. Constitution, which is the greatest document of freedom ever written, would bring in people who worship a book that tells them the exact opposite. Make no mistake about it, the Quran is not a document of freedom. The Quran is a document of slavery and chattel. It teaches you that you are a slave.
CAIR also complained that Savage has a "long history of rhetorical attacks on Muslims and other minorities."

Explosive and unafraid

Savage's own Web site describes him as "explosive conservative radio talk show host" who "continues to dominate the airwaves with his brash commentary and unapologetic solutions...Savage is harder hitting than other conservatives...a media icon who is unafraid to take on the establishment."

"...In show, books and speeches, Michael Savage electrifies and galvanizes his audiences. If you're looking for someone with an opinion -- who isn't afraid to tell it like it is -- he's your man."

On Nov. 2, CAIR's Minnesota chapter announced that three companies in that state had agreed to pull their advertisements from "The Savage Nation."

And on Thursday, CAIR thanked Citrix Systems, Inc., for agreeing to drop its advertisements from Savage's nationally syndicated program. "We appreciate Citrix's principled action to disassociate itself from Michael Savage's hate-filled rhetoric," said CAIR Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin in a news release on Thursday.

"We urge other local and national companies running ads on Savage's program to follow Citrix's example in support of religious tolerance." What about free speech?

"Free speech is a precious right that we fully support and strive to protect," Rubin added. "We are not seeking to curb Mr. Savage's freedom of speech, but to demonstrate that Americans and American companies will not tolerate hatred and bigotry."

CAIR, which describes itself as America's largest Muslim civil liberties group, says its mission is to "enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding."

But conservative commentators who have been on the receiving end of CAIR's anti-Islamaphobia campaigns disagree.

Radio talk show host Michael Graham, forced out of his job in the Washington, D.C., market for refusing to apologize for remarks that offended a Muslim group, landed a new job in Boston, Mass., last year.

CAIR, which pressed for Graham's removal, said it received complaints from Muslim listeners who heard Graham say, "Islam is a terrorist organization," "Islam is at war with America," "The problem is not extremism. The problem is Islam," and "We are at war with a terrorist organization named Islam."

Graham was suspended from his job at ABC-owned WMAL in Washington on July 29, 2005, after he refused a management request to apologize for practicing what CAIR called "hate radio."

"When CAIR is able to quell dissent and label every critic a 'bigot,' the chilling effect is felt far beyond ABC Radio and 630 WMAL," Graham said at the time.

On Thursday, CAIR said radio host Michael Savage has "stepped up his attacks on Islam and Muslims in response to CAIR's advertiser campaign."



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Savage lawsuit calls CAIR 'vehicle of international terrorism'

WorldNetDaily.com
November 30, 2007

Trend-setting radio talk show host Michael Savage has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the Council on American-Islamic Relations, and has accused the organization of being a "political vehicle of international terrorism" that seeks to do "material harm to those voices who speak against the violent agenda of CAIR's clients."

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in California, seeks damages equal to the ongoing donations from CAIR supporters "who expect CAIR to act in this manner in exchange for continuing financial support" as well as "actual damages according to proof."

A spokesman for Savage indicated the top-rated talk show host would have no further comment, saying the text of the lawsuit itself would answer questions.

The focal point of the lawsuit is a series of audio clips CAIR has been using in its promotions and fundraising efforts.

Those comments from Savage's show include his criticisms of Islam and Muslims, including: "I'm not gonna put my wife in a hijab. And I'm not gonna put my daughter in a burqa. And I'm not getting' on my all-fours and braying to Mecca. And you could drop dead if you don't like it. You can shove it up your pipe. I don't wanna hear any more about Islam. I don't wanna hear one more word about Islam. Take your religion and shove it up your behind. I'm sick of you." But the lawsuit maintains such comments, taken in context, are Savage's verbal expression of the feelings of many Americans.

The audience of 'The Savage Nation' expects this type of from-the-heart outrage and when it is directed at a murderer such as Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his ilk, the piece is far more understandable and far more American mainstream. While the strength of the outrage is remarkable and a hallmark of 'The Savage Nation,' the sentiment is shared by a huge number of Americans," the lawsuit said.

"The copyright material properly viewed is a scream of outrage on behalf of the American public against beheadings, hangings of homosexuals, mutilation of women, the torture of rape victims and the thought that CAIR and other groups are trying to import these atrocities into American life," the lawsuit said.

However, it claimed CAIR has misappropriated the copyright material and reconfigured it in order to generate funds for its operations, despite being warned that its use was a copyright infringement.

Ibrahim Hooper, communications director for CAIR, told WND the group would not comment on the action until the document had been reviewed.

The lawsuit, filed by celebrity attorney Daniel Horowitz, also named as defendants "Does 1-100."

"'The Savage Nation' is unique among so-called 'Talk Radio' in that it combines serious intellectual analysis with dramatic and emotional soul baring that the show advertises as 'Psychological Nudity'. This performance aspect of the show is critical in that it conveys an emotional power and a fundamental honesty to the programming that is meaningful to the listening audience," the lawsuit said.

"There are segments of the show that are as lyrical and as emotionally powerful as live theater, poetry, rap music or other genres where a performer combines social commentary with powerful performance. In fact the start of show always begins with the admonishment: 'Warning: This show contains adult language, adult content, psychological nudity. Listener discretion is advised," the document continued.

Thus, the lawsuit maintains, when people hear Savage's comments they understand "they are hearing radio that is as cutting, raw, emotional and fundamentally honest as any programming that has ever existed on the airwaves."

Another statement targeted by CAIR, and subject of the lawsuit, was:

"What sane nation that worships the U.S. Constitution, which is the greatest document of freedom ever written, would bring in people who worship a book that tells them the exact opposite? Make no mistake about it, the Quran is not a document of freedom. The Quran is a document of slavery and chattel. It teaches you that you are a slave." CAIR, however "expropriated" Savage's comments, including those from the Oct. 29, 2007, show and used them "for fund-raising purposes" and "in a manner designed to cause harm to the value of the copyright material in the long and short term," the lawsuit said.

The lawsuit further accuses CAIR, "which is self anointed as the representative of the civil rights of Muslim Americans," of being "a political organization that advocates a specific political agenda."

"The CAIR misappropriation [of the talk show excerpts] was done for political purposes unrelated to civil rights … [but instead] to raise funds for CAIR so that it could self perpetuate and continue to the (sic) disseminate of propaganda on behalf of foreign interests that are opposed to the continued existence of the United States of America as a free nation."

The "repackaged" material suggests a hatred for Islam, but in fact, the lawsuit said, "Michael Savage has presented various views and various perspectives. The purpose of his show (among other purposes) is to present uncensored, genuine points of view that force listeners to both think and feel in ways that normal polite discourse may not allow," said the lawsuit.

"Just as all religions are free to practice in the United States, Michael Savage is free to exercise his beliefs without having someone in the opposition steal his property and convert it for their own use. The violation of the copyright and the desecration of that copyright material is a violation of the freedoms of Michael Savage to express his views," said the action.

"Michael Savage's right to speech is protected by both the First Amendment and in Savage’s view is also biblically required. “Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets. The lion hath roared, who will not fear? the Lord God hath spoken, who can but prophesy?” (Amos 3:7-8). It is essence of freedom that voices can be raised strongly and without fear of illegal retaliation," the claim continued.

"CAIR attempted to silence Michael Savage by stealing his work, misrepresenting it and then seeking to have advertisers drop his show. This is a violation of Michael Savage’s rights to speech and to his religious beliefs," the action said.

The lawsuit noted CAIR was founded in 1994 by Ibrahim Hooper, Nihad Awad and Omar Ahmad, "all of whom had close ties to the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), which was established by senior Hamas operative Mousa Abu Marzook."

And the action noted the FBI has concluded the IAP is "a Hamas front … (that is) controlled by Hamas, it brings Hamas leaders to the U.S., it does propaganda for Hamas."

The action seeks a jury trial, plus "general and special damages" for the actions that were "wanton, willful and malicious."


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Radio Station Inciting 'Anti-Muslim Hatred,' CAIR Says

by Melanie Hunter http://www.cnsnews.com/Culture/Archive/200508/CUL20050803a.html
August 03, 2005

An Islamic civil rights group Wednesday called on a Washington, D.C. radio station to address what it says is "an incitement of anti-Muslim hatred" by the station's talk show hosts.

This comes after WMAL talk show host Michael Graham was suspended without pay for comments he made calling Islam "a terrorist organization." On Friday, Graham's replacement host, Geoff Metcalf, claimed on the air that the Koran gives Muslims "permission to lie when it is appropriate."

"And by the way, let me just add a sidebar here that's significant, and everybody forgets this, but according to the Quran, believers in Islam are not required to tell infidels, and that's us, the truth. So they apparently have permission to lie when it is appropriate," said Metcalf, according to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

According to CAIR, most of the listeners who called in "expressed similar hostility to Muslims and to the faith of Islam."

"We are strong supporters of the First Amendment, but it is disingenuous to misuse it as a shield for incitement to religious hatred," said CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper in a statement Wednesday.

"WMAL needs to address the promotion of Islamophobia by its talk show hosts if the station is to maintain credibility with mainstream listeners and advertisers," said Hooper.

Upon Graham's suspension, WMAL President and General Manager Chris Berry said that Graham's statements "crossed the line," adding that "We do not condone his position and believe his statements were irresponsible."


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CAIR Hails Firing of Michael Graham

By Randy Hall http://www.cnsnews.com/Culture/Archive/200508/CUL20050822a.html
August 22, 2005

An Islamic civil rights group Monday praised the firing of a Washington, D.C., radio talk show host it criticized for claiming that "Islam is a terrorist organization."

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) welcomed Michael Graham's ouster from WMAL following his initial suspension without pay for controversial remarks against Islam.

"Just as Michael Graham has the right to hold bigoted views, so, too, does our society have the right to live free of hatred and incitement," said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad in a statement.

"We are saddened that Michael Graham would not take responsibility for his hate-filled words, but we do welcome WMAL's action as a step toward reducing the level of anti-Muslim bigotry on our nation's airwaves," said Awad.

On July 25, CAIR called on WMAL to punish Michael Graham, who had hosted a mid-morning talk show until he made such comments on the air as: "Islam is a terrorist organization," "Islam is at war with America," "The problem is not extremism. The problem is Islam," and "We are at war with a terrorist organization named Islam."

As Cybercast News Service previously reported, CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper said at the time: "Such hate-filled and inflammatory remarks only serve to encourage those who would turn bigoted views into violent or discriminatory actions against ordinary American Muslims."

The initial incident led to Graham's suspension without pay from WMAL and ABC Radio three days later "for comments deemed 'hate radio' by CAIR."

CAIR then announced that the talk show host's punishment was insufficient and demanded he be fired. "I have now been fired for making the specific comments CAIR deemed 'offensive' and for refusing to retract those statements in a management-mandated, on-air apology," Graham said in a statement.

"ABC Radio further demanded that I agree to perform what they described as 'additional outreach efforts' to those people or groups who felt offended," Graham said. "I refused. And for that refusal, I have been fired.

"It appears that ABC Radio has caved to an organization that condemns talk radio hosts like me but has never condemned Hamas or Hezbollah, and one that wouldn't specifically condemn al Qaeda for three months after 9/11," added Graham.

After Graham's suspension on July 28, WMAL received more than 15,000 phone calls and emails protesting his removal from the airwaves.

"It wasn't about me," Graham said. "The listeners I spoke to said they felt betrayed by my suspension because the vast majority of them agree with me on the subject of Islam. By labeling my statements as unacceptable, these listeners felt that WMAL management was insulting them, too."

Stating that he cares about his listeners, Graham added: "I could not dishonor their principled support for free speech by giving in to these demands. I cannot join ABC Radio in bowing to CAIR's wishes. And I will not apologize for my opinions or retract the truth."

Graham said that "the conversations my listeners and I had on this subject were not offensive or bigoted in the least. In fact, Ibrahim Hooper of CAIR -- who appeared on my show several times -- credited 'criticism from talk radio' in part for the recent fatwa against terrorism issued by a group of U.S. Muslim scholars.

"Ironically, it was issued the day before I was suspended," Graham added.

"When CAIR is able to quell dissent and label every critic a 'bigot,' the chilling effect is felt far beyond ABC Radio and 630 WMAL," Graham said. "If anyone is owed an apology, it is the moderate, Muslim community that has been failed once again by the mainstream media."

Calls to WMAL seeking response for this article were not returned by press time. However, WMAL has removed all references to Graham from its website.


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Michael Graham - Fired Over Muslim Comments Returning to Air

By Randy Hall http://www.cnsnews.com/Culture/Archive/200508/CUL20050824b.html
August 24, 2005

A talk show host who was fired by a Washington, D.C., radio station after saying that "Islam is a terrorist organization" is returning to the air with a one-hour weekday webcast after doing a fill-in show for a Los Angeles station.

Beginning Monday, Aug. 29, Michael Graham -- who had hosted a mid-morning talk show on WMAL until he was suspended without pay on July 29 and later fired by the station -- will begin a new program called "Michael Graham, Unleashed!" that will air at 12 noon on the Rightalk.com website.

"Finally! I'm going to be back on the radio again -- and the best part is, they'll be able to hear it in Washington, D.C.!" Graham said in a statement posted Wednesday on his website.

The host saw several advantages to his new show, including "no liberal network execs, no advertisers, not even the FCC. You'll be able to listen live, or the show will be available for podcasting or downloading every hour, on the hour.

"And that includes inside the beltway, too," he added.

"Rightalk.com has asked me to do this show, not because they necessarily agree with everything I say, but because they understand that free speech and open discourse are key elements in successful talk radio, not to mention successful democracies and thriving societies, too," Graham stated.

The host noted that he is "very excited about Rightalk.com, not just because they're fellow conservatives, but because they're on the cutting edge of the future of radio as the technology moves from an AM receiver to digital, satellite, wifi and even cellular radio technology.

"'Michael Graham, Unleashed' is going to be a very exciting experiment for me, and I can't wait to get started," Graham stated. "And yes -- you will be able to call in live during the show.

"CAIR isn't going to be very happy about this," Graham joked on his website.

As Cybercast News Service previously reported, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) welcomed Graham's ouster from WMAL following his initial suspension without pay for controversial remarks against Islam.

"We are saddened that Michael Graham would not take responsibility for his hate-filled words, but we do welcome WMAL's action as a step toward reducing the level of anti-Muslim bigotry on our nation's airwaves," said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad in a statement.

"When CAIR is able to quell dissent and label every critic a 'bigot,' the chilling effect is felt far beyond ABC Radio and 630 WMAL," Graham said after he was fired. "If anyone is owed an apology, it is the moderate, Muslim community that has been failed once again by the mainstream media."

Before beginning his new show, Graham will make his broadcast radio return doing a fill-in show for KFI in Los Angeles on Friday evening, Aug. 26.


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Michael Graham - Fired Over Muslim Comments Returning to Air

By Randy Hall http://www.cnsnews.com/Culture/Archive/200508/CUL20050824b.html
August 24, 2005

A talk show host who was fired by a Washington, D.C., radio station after saying that "Islam is a terrorist organization" is returning to the air with a one-hour weekday webcast after doing a fill-in show for a Los Angeles station.

Beginning Monday, Aug. 29, Michael Graham -- who had hosted a mid-morning talk show on WMAL until he was suspended without pay on July 29 and later fired by the station -- will begin a new program called "Michael Graham, Unleashed!" that will air at 12 noon on the Rightalk.com website.

"Finally! I'm going to be back on the radio again -- and the best part is, they'll be able to hear it in Washington, D.C.!" Graham said in a statement posted Wednesday on his website.

The host saw several advantages to his new show, including "no liberal network execs, no advertisers, not even the FCC. You'll be able to listen live, or the show will be available for podcasting or downloading every hour, on the hour.

"And that includes inside the beltway, too," he added.

"Rightalk.com has asked me to do this show, not because they necessarily agree with everything I say, but because they understand that free speech and open discourse are key elements in successful talk radio, not to mention successful democracies and thriving societies, too," Graham stated.

The host noted that he is "very excited about Rightalk.com, not just because they're fellow conservatives, but because they're on the cutting edge of the future of radio as the technology moves from an AM receiver to digital, satellite, wifi and even cellular radio technology.

"'Michael Graham, Unleashed' is going to be a very exciting experiment for me, and I can't wait to get started," Graham stated. "And yes -- you will be able to call in live during the show.

"CAIR isn't going to be very happy about this," Graham joked on his website.

As Cybercast News Service previously reported, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) welcomed Graham's ouster from WMAL following his initial suspension without pay for controversial remarks against Islam.

"We are saddened that Michael Graham would not take responsibility for his hate-filled words, but we do welcome WMAL's action as a step toward reducing the level of anti-Muslim bigotry on our nation's airwaves," said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad in a statement.

"When CAIR is able to quell dissent and label every critic a 'bigot,' the chilling effect is felt far beyond ABC Radio and 630 WMAL," Graham said after he was fired. "If anyone is owed an apology, it is the moderate, Muslim community that has been failed once again by the mainstream media."

Before beginning his new show, Graham will make his broadcast radio return doing a fill-in show for KFI in Los Angeles on Friday evening, Aug. 26.


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CAIR Views Conservative Commentary as 'Incitement'

By Susan Jones http://www.cnsnews.com/Culture/Archive/200707/CUL20070703b.html
July 7, 2007

An Islamic advocacy group is urging its supporters to call a Washington, D.C., radio station to "express your concerns about the Islamophobic attitudes" expressed by conservative columnist and author Cal Thomas.

In a commentary on news-talk WTOP radio Monday morning, Thomas discussed the car-bomb terror attacks recently thwarted in the United Kingdom. The eight Muslims arrested in connection with the plot include several physicians.

"How much longer should we allow people from certain lands, with certain beliefs to come to Britain and America and build their mosques, teach hate, and plot to kill us?" Thomas asked.

He also compared Muslims to a "slow-spreading cancer" that must be stopped.

In its message to supporters, the Council on American-Islamic Relations described Thomas''s remarks as "incitement." The message included the name and work telephone number of WTOP's vice president of programming.

In recent years, CAIR has issued a number of "incitement watches" which CAIR''s critics view as efforts to squelch free speech.

On Tuesday, July 17, CAIR plans to host a panel discussion in Washington on "the increasing anti-Muslim rhetoric within the conservative movement in the United States."

The panelists will include David Keene, chairman of the American Conservative Union, and Parvez Ahmed, CAIR chairman.

The discussion will focus "on the negative impact of [anti-Muslim] views on religious tolerance in America and on relations with the Muslim world," CAIR said.

"Ironically, I'm filling in for John Zeigler, whose new book is 'The Death of Free Speech,'" he noted. "Perfect timing."

CAIR called on area Muslims to contact WMAL advertisers and "express their concerns" over Metcalf's remarks. CAIR also urged people of all faiths to get a free copy of the Koran.

A number of conservative talk-show hosts have had first-hand experience with what they describe as CAIR's efforts to squelch free speech. Some have accused CAIR of waging a pressure and intimidation campaign to quell legitimate criticism of Islamic extremism.
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