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‘Hate Radio’ Host Drops Suit Against Muslim Group

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/14/2008) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) announced tonight that syndicated “hate radio” talk show host Michael Savage will not re-file his lawsuit against the Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy group.
Savage’s attorney today filed a “Notice of Plaintiff Michael Savage’s Decision Not to File an Amended Complaint as to Rico Cause of Action” with the U.S. District Court – Northern District of California.
SEE: Talk Show Host Drops Lawsuit Against Islamic Rights Group (SF Chronicle)
Last year, Savage sued CAIR after the group posted audio clips from his October 29, 2007, program on its website. In those clips, Savage, whose “Savage Nation” program airs on more than 300 radio stations nationwide, screamed attacks on Muslims, Islam and the Quran. CAIR called on radio listeners of all faiths to contact companies that advertise on the program to express their concerns about the host’s anti-Muslim bigotry.
SEE: National Radio Host Goes on Anti-Muslim Tirade
In a ruling issued on last month, U.S. District Judge Susan Illston said members of the public are entitled to take excerpts from programs like Savage’s in order to use them for comment and criticism. Judge Illston also dismissed a bizarre racketeering claim against CAIR in Savage’s lawsuit, but allowed for an amended filing by August 15.
SEE: CAIR Welcomes Dismissal of Savage’s ‘Retaliatory’ Lawsuit

In a statement reacting to Savage’s decision to drop the lawsuit, CAIR stated:
“It is obvious that Mr. Savage finally came to realize that his bizarre and frivolous smears would not stand up in a court of law. It is a pity that he does not show as much common sense while spewing invective daily against religious, ethnic and even medical minorities on his ‘hate radio’ program.”
CAIR said it expects Savage to try and explain his decision to drop the suit, which he told listeners would be taken all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, with equally frivolous and defamatory on-air claims.
A community and interfaith coalition called Hate Hurts America (HHA) was formed in response to Savage’s rhetorical attacks on Muslims and other minority groups. A number of advertisers responded to the CAIR and HHA campaigns by either dropping or refusing to air commercials on “Savage Nation.”
Savage has a long history of on-air bigotry. Parents of autistic children were outraged by comments Savage made on his July 16 program in which he claimed that 99 percent of autism cases are fraudulent.
He called autism a “phony disease” and autistic children “brats.”
SEE: Savage Loses Advertisers Over Autism Remarks
SEE ALSO: Michael Savage (Media Matters)
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 35 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. 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.
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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: ihooper@cair.com; CAIR Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787, E-Mail: arubin@cair

 

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