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New Interfaith Coalition Will Urge Advertisers to Drop ‘Savage’ Spots

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/26/2007) – On Tuesday, November 27, the newly-formed Hate Hurts America Community and Interfaith Coalition, a group of religious and civic organizations seeking to challenge hate speech on talk radio, will hold a news conference in San Francisco, Calif., to call on advertisers nationwide to stop airing commercials on Michael Savage’s syndicated “Savage Nation” program.
Coalition representatives will also call on other faith-based and community groups to join the national campaign against hate rhetoric on talk radio targeting minorities.
WHAT: ‘Hate Hurts America’ Coalition Calls on Advertisers to Drop ‘Savage Nation’ Spots
WHEN: Tuesday, November 27, 10 a.m.
WHERE: Outside Talk 910 KNEW, 340 Townsend Street, San Francisco, CA
CONTACT: Hate Hurts America Community and Interfaith Coalition Coordinator Sabiha Khan, 407-430-3747
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.
The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has 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.
SEE: National Radio Host Goes on Anti-Muslim Tirade
Advertisers that have already stopped advertising or refuse to place their ads on Michael Savage’s program include AutoZone, TrustedID, Citrix, OfficeMax, and JCPenney.
SEE: More Advertisers Refuse to Air ‘Savage Nation’ Spots
JCPenney to Probe Why Ads Aired on Savage Program
OfficeMax Drops Michael Savage Ads Over Anti-Islam Bias
Advertisers Withdraw From Radio Show ‘The Savage Nation’ (Detroit News)
Hateful Words Beget Hateful Deeds (Kansas City Star)

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