April 11th, 2008 15:04 EST
Coalition Challenging Hate Radio Launches New Website
The Hate Hurts America Community and Interfaith Coalition (HHA), a group of religious and civic organizations seeking to challenge hate speech on talk radio, today announced that it has launched a re-designed website.
HHA was formed as a result of talk show host Michael Savage's rhetorical attacks on religious and ethnic minorities. Coalition members are calling on advertisers nationwide to stop airing commercials on Savage's nationally-syndicated program.
The redesigned website features articles and videos highlighting Savage's bigotry, a list of advertisers that have dropped or refuse to air ads on his program and practical steps listeners can take to challenge on-air hate speech.
SEE: Hate Hurts America
"We hope our new look and added information assist Americans of all faiths who wish to keep bigotry and intolerance from taking over the public airwaves," said HHA Coordinator Nedda Salimian.
Late last year, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) called on radio listeners of all faiths to contact Savage's advertisers to express their concerns about the host's anti-Muslim bigotry. CAIR is a member of the Hate Hurts America Community and Interfaith Coalition.
SEE: National Radio Host Goes on Anti-Muslim Tirade (CAIR)
To view a list of advertisers that have already stopped airing or refuse to air commercials on "Savage Nation," go to: http://www.hatehurtsamerica.com/?cat=5
Savage has a long history of rhetorical attacks on a variety of minority groups. He says he has lost at least $1 million in revenue because of the advertiser campaign.
SEE: Michael Savage (Media Matters)
The Hate Hurts America Community and Interfaith Coalition includes public officials and civil rights advocates, as well as representatives of the Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Latino, and Asian communities.
CONTACT: Hate Hurts America Community and Interfaith Coalition Coordinator, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org