CAIR files complaint over L.A. radio show



A Islamic rights group has filed a federal complaint against a Los Angeles talk radio station and the nation's largest radio chain over a skit that suggested Iraqis want to kill Jews, marry camels, avoid bathing, and meet Japanese schoolgirls in heaven.

Meanwhile, an official for the Clear Channel Communications station, KFI-AM, said she would read an apology on the air for the March 10 broadcast by morning-show host Bill Handel, which triggered the Federal Communications Commission complaint.

"The Handel show was attempting to make a satirical point about the extremist Iraqis in Iraq," KFI Program Director Robin Bertolucci told Reuters. "In the process, we unwittingly offended a lot of people, and for that we are very sorry. That was not our intention. Our intention was to be satirical."

A representative of Clear Channel, which dumped top-rated talk-show host Howard Stern in February under a new "zero tolerance" policy toward indecency, had no immediate comment.

An FCC spokesman could not immediately be reached. Handel also could not be reached.

Sabiha Khan, a spokeswoman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said her group filed the complaint after KFI and Handel initially refused to apologize.

"We're tired of being stepped all over and being made fun of over airwaves," she said. "No American should ever have to take this type of treatment."

The skit featured Handel with an unnamed performer who put on a mock-Middle Eastern accent to pose as an "Islamic constitutional scholar" and read from the "new Iraqi constitution..."

 


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