(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/19/2007) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today announced that two more advertisers have joined a growing list of companies that have stopped advertising or refuse to place their ads on Michael Savage’s nationally-syndicated radio program.
CAIR said AutoZone, a leading retailer and distributor of automotive parts and accessories, is investigating why its ads recently aired on at least two stations during Savage’s program.
In a letter to CAIR, an AutoZone official wrote: “…AutoZone has a ‘Do Not Air’ policy against the Michael Savage show and that has been in place for over 6 years now…There have been instances that stations did not want to delete us from just one program on their station, so we took such drastic measures as to cancel all advertising dollars on those particular stations, as well as their sister stations. We take this very seriously and go to great lengths to ensure stations adhere to our ‘Do Not Air’ policy.”
A representative of TrustedID, an identity theft protection company, wrote to CAIR: “We have already cancelled all our advertising on Michael Savage’s radio show last month and our last radio spot ad will run this Monday.”
Savage, whose program airs on more than 300 radio stations nationwide, screamed attacks on Muslims, Islam and the Quran during his October 29, 2007 program.
To listen to Savage’s bigoted statements, click here.
SEE: National Radio Host Goes on Anti-Muslim Tirade
The Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy group called on radio listeners of all faiths to contact companies that advertise on Savage’s program to express their concerns about the host’s anti-Muslim bigotry.
Other companies that have dropped ads from Savage’s program include Citrix Systems Inc., a global leader in application delivery infrastructure, and OfficeMax, a leading office products retailer. JCPenney, one of the nation’s leading retailers, is investigating why some of its radio advertisements aired on Savage’s program.
SEE: Advertisers Withdraw From Radio Show ‘The Savage Nation’ (Detroit News)
CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 33 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.
CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR Communications Coordinator Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail: email@example.com; CAIR Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787 or 202-341-4171, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org