November 17th, 2007 04:49 EST
JCPenney to Probe Why Ads Aired on Savage Program
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today said JCPenney, one of the nation's leading retailers, is investigating why some of its radio advertisements aired on Michael Savage's "The Savage Nation" radio program despite strict instructions to the contrary. A number of advertisers have recently dropped their ads from that syndicated program because of the host’s anti-Muslim views.
After being contacted by many concerned listeners, a JCPenney official wrote to CAIR:
“Thank you...for bringing to our attention that apparently some of our radio ads are running during the Michael Savage Show...JCPenney has very strict guidelines prohibiting our advertising from running on any politically or religiously driven shows. It is unacceptable to us that this has occurred. Please know that JCPenney will immediately look into this situation and get it corrected.
“As a company servicing half of America’s families for over 100 years, our customers have come to know JCPenney as their trusted retail partner. We do not tolerate discrimination on any front.”
“We thank JCPenney for its strong stand against discrimination and intolerance of all kinds,” said CAIR Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin.
CAIR recently reported that Savage, whose "The Savage Nation" airs on more than 300 radio stations nationwide, screamed attacks on Muslims, Islam and the Quran, Islam's revealed text, 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.
Companies that have dropped ads from Savage's program include Citrix Systems Inc., a global leader in application delivery infrastructure, and OfficeMax, leading office products retailer.
CAIR, America's largest Islamic 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.
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