Monday, December 04, 2006

Jerry Klein's "Spoof"

What did Jerry Klein of WMAL Radio have in mind when he did this? (Print synopsis here)

Was Klein's purpose to expose growing hatred for Muslims? Or did he have in mind provoking his listeners to make concurring comments so as to bring in CAIR?

After all, CAIR is no stranger to WMAL Radio. According to this July 28, 2005 press release from Anti-CAIR:
ABC DISNEY BACKS DOWN TO THREATS FROM CAIR, FIRES CONSERVATIVE TALK HOST OVER STATEMENTS REGARDING ISLAM AND TERRORISM

Conservative talk-show host Michael Graham was suspended without pay today by ABC Disney after threats from the Council for American-Islamic Relations over his on-air comments regarding terrorism and Islam.

Despite repeated statements of support for Graham's free-speech rights by management at 630 WMAL in Washington, D.C. ----- the ABC-owned radio station where Graham works as mid-morning host ---- he was summarily suspended pending an "investigation."

"I honestly don't know what Disney is investigating me for, unless it's for doing a compelling talk show that gets people's attention," Graham said. "I thought that was my job."

Graham has been harshly criticized by CAIR for public comments linking the current theology and structure of Islam to the repeated acts of terror in its name. CAIR sent mass e-mails to its members urging them to contact ABC and demand the company to punish Graham for his remarks.

The statements at the heart of the controversy reflect Graham's opinion that, as he puts it, "Because of the mix of Islamic theology that --- rightly or wrongly --- is interpreted to promote violence, added to an organizational structure that allows violent radicals to operate openly in Islam's name with impunity, Islam has, sadly, become a terrorist organization. It pains me to say it. But the good news is it doesn't have to stay this way, if the vast majority of Muslims who don't support terror will step forward and re-claim their religion."

Ironically, CAIR announced today that a group of US Muslim scholars were issuing a fatwa against terrorism. According to Ibrahim Hooper of CAIR, the fatwa was issued in part due to criticism from talk radio hosts like Michael Graham.

"Nearly four years after the World Trade Center fell, CAIR is participating in a blanket denunciation of terrorism, and my attitude is "better late than never." If our conversation on 630 WMAL helped CAIR finally take this long-needed step, then we've done something good for the future of Islam," Graham said....
In contrast to CAIR's reaction to Michael Graham's comments and to his explanation thereof, CAIR is pleased with the results of Jerry Klein's spoof:
RADIO SPOOF DRAWS SUPPORT FOR NAZI-LIKE TREATMENT OF U.S. MUSLIMS

CAIR says callers' reaction is a 'wake-up call' on Anti-Muslim bigotry

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/27/06) - A parody of anti-Muslim bigotry on a Washington, D.C., radio station drew support for treating American Muslims in a manner similar to how the Jewish community was targeted in Nazi Germany.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said today that the reaction to the parody is a "wake-up call" for religious and political leaders who remain silent on the issue of growing Islamophobia in America....
The story about Jerry Klein's spoof has elicited a lot of attention, according to Klein's own statement on November 28:
I've been overwhelmed by the response to Sunday's show (click ... if you'd like to hear a recording). Besides being interviewed by the Reuters news service, and having both NBC4 and WUSA TV9 here in Washington feature this story prominently on Monday night's newscasts, I've heard that other talk show hosts and bloggers have now joined the conversation. By early Tuesday, I've stopped counting the emails you've sent me from all over the world in response to my contention that as Americans, we need to be careful that we don't allow our concerns over terrorism to push us over the line towards discrimination against all Muslims, and in fact all Arabs, whether Muslim, Christian, or any other faith. Thank you for your words of support. I'll try to respond to everyone -- but it's going to take a little time.
FYI...Jerry Klein is sort of odd-man-out at WMAL Radio, which also presents programs from Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh. The WMAL Radio web site refers to Jerry Klein as "WMAL's Favorite (Pet) Liberal?" The following is his biographical sketch from the station's web site:
Jerry Klein is 630 WMAL’s Senior Producer, and Producer for The Chris Core Show. He was born in Philadelphia, but grew up and spent most of his life in Charlotte, NC, where he was an award-winning talk-radio host, concert producer, weekly columnist, record store owner, the program director for a non-profit center for community and culture, and a psychological counselor. (Jerry says, "That’s code for I’ve led a very full and colorful life.")

He moved to the Washington area a little more than five years ago to finally marry the love of his life. Jerry has two sons, Josh and Ben, and relies on his cat, Yogi, for spiritual guidance - though, he says, "All assistance in these matters is gratefully accepted!"
Any bets as to whether Jerry Klein will be present at this meeting in Herndon, Virginia, on Saturday, December 9? Excerpt from CAIR's web site:
...The one-day conference is designed to teach Imams, community leaders and activists how to interact effectively with media professionals. Sessions will cover basic media relations skills....

26 Comments:

At 12/04/2006 8:25 AM, Blogger The Merry Widow said...

I would say that the distrust shown by the 1/3 of Americans, shows a healthy respect for the dangers inherent with mohammadins! Doesn't smack of racism(silly thought) but self-preservation!
Good morning, G*D bless and Maranatha!

tmw

 
At 12/04/2006 8:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i sorry about the merry. merry was a good lady. what hapens to her?

 
At 12/04/2006 10:21 AM, Blogger Brooke said...

...The one-day conference is designed to teach Imams, community leaders and activists how to interact effectively with media professionals. Sessions will cover basic media relations skills....

A little OT, I know (sorry!) but I immediately thought of this.

 
At 12/04/2006 10:25 AM, Blogger Mr. Beamish the Instablepundit said...

We shouldn't treat Muslims like the leftist Nazis did the Jews.

We should instead instigate reverse Shariah:

No Muslim's word has merit in a court of law unless two non-Muslims testify on his behalf.

No new mosques may be built. No repairs may be done to existing mosques, even if non-Muslims set them on fire.

All Muslim men must wear burkhas and cover their faces.

And so on.

 
At 12/04/2006 11:35 AM, Blogger Mr. Ducky said...

Seems that the controversy is with Disney not CAIR. Disney has been way out front in politically correct nonsense for some time.

They don't want to risk losing the right wing family values crowd.

It is getting a little dicey for right wing talkers these days. Locally they canned one rightard moron for calling the Green gubernatorial candidate a fat lesbian.

Not that civil discourse is returning anytime soon.

 
At 12/04/2006 12:49 PM, Blogger American Crusader said...

The first word Muslims learn when coming to America is 'bigot'. It's undoubtedly CAIR's favorite charge. Scream it loud enough and long enough and the charge will stick.
As for Jerry Klein, I wouldn't put it past him to have rehearsed the incoming phone calls. In general, radio show talk hosts aren't known for their morals. Why not add a couple of plants to make Americans look like bigots..I'm sure CAIR would approve.
I still think the six imans were purposely trying to get themselves thrown off the airlines.

 
At 12/04/2006 1:22 PM, Blogger Mr. Ducky said...

I think you missed this American Crusader.
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Klein says the comments were disturbing. A spokesperson for the Council on American-Islamic Relations commended Klein for exposing bigotry against Muslim. They say it is further evidence that anti-Islamic sentiment is growing in America.

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The people behind the suspension are Disney executives and only Disney executives.

 
At 12/04/2006 1:27 PM, Blogger Mr. Ducky said...

As an aside. Scan this list of members of the Iraq Study Group and tell me what's missing and why the recommendations will fail as a result of the omission:

Players:

Baker
Hamilton
Edwin Meese
Lawrence Eagleburger
William Perry
Vernon Jordan
Sandra Day O’Connor
Alan Simpson
Chuck Robb
Leon Panetta

 
At 12/04/2006 2:36 PM, Blogger Farmer John said...

Giuliani, the next US President is no longer on the list?

Bob Gates, the new SECDEF is no longer on the list?

I give up. Harry Reid? Nancy Pelosi? Chuck Schumer? Marshall Petain?

 
At 12/04/2006 2:37 PM, Blogger Farmer John said...

Oh, George W. Bush & Osama bin Laden... cuz they're the only ones who can really authorize a cut 'n run?

 
At 12/04/2006 3:09 PM, Blogger Mr. Ducky said...

Actually, Farmer, what I was getting at is there aren't any Iraqis on the list.

Right wingers just never learn.

 
At 12/04/2006 3:12 PM, Blogger Farmer John said...

Which Iraqi's would you have added? The Sunni, Shi'a, Kurds, Seculars? Da'wa Shi'a, SCIRI Shi'a or Sadrtist Shi'a? Enquiring minds want to know.

 
At 12/04/2006 4:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard about that show up here. Too bad he didn't mention placing microchips in rabid Communists. I like the policy of cavity checking people like John Brown before they get near an airport.Fealty to class genocide and theft is a baaaaaaad thing.

 
At 12/04/2006 8:16 PM, Anonymous Exile From Hillary's Village said...

It's not surprising that CAIR is happy about Mr. Graham's suspension. After all, Muslims. like Liberals, only believe in freedom of speech until someone criticizes or disagrees with them. To give the Libs their due, they only throw pies, as opposed to Muslims, who throw grenades and other assorted explosives at innocent people.

Oh, and Duckwad? As far as things "getting a little dicey for right wing talkers these days", Rush Limbaugh isn't in bankruptcy proceedings. Air America is.

 
At 12/04/2006 8:17 PM, Anonymous Exile From Hillary's Village said...

It's not surprising that CAIR is happy about Mr. Graham's suspension. After all, Muslims. like Liberals, only believe in freedom of speech until someone criticizes or disagrees with them. To give the Libs their due, they only throw pies, as opposed to Muslims, who throw grenades and other assorted explosives at innocent people.

Oh, and Duckwad? As far as things "getting a little dicey for right wing talkers these days", Rush Limbaugh isn't in bankruptcy proceedings. Air America is.

 
At 12/04/2006 8:58 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Regarding CAIR's involvement with the firing of Michael Graham....CAIR did not pressure Disney directly. Rather, CAIR put pressure on the radio station's sponsors to withdraw their financial support; one sponsor--a car dealership--did not withdraw their support and made public that fact, thus putting CAIR on the hot seat as CAIR denied any involvement. At least, such is my recollection.

Oh, and at first, WMAL said that Graham would definitely not be fired. Did Disney go along with that early on? I don't recall exactly, but my recollection is that at first Disney wasn't going to have Graham dismissed.

Jerry Klein's little spoof almost immediately drew in CAIR. An accident? A coincidence? I doubt it. Does CAIR sit around all day and listen to every radio station? Highly unlikely.

As to rightwing radio being in trouble, I don't know as I rarely listen to talk radio. But it IS interesting that Klein's show (the most liberal of the broadcasts, I believe) is on the air at an off-peak time (Sunday afternoons), whereas Hannity and Levin (sp?) are on during the Monday-through-Friday evening commute, the time period in which the most listeners tune in.

 
At 12/05/2006 12:59 AM, Blogger Mr. Beamish the Instablepundit said...

As an aside. Scan this list of members of the Iraq Study Group and tell me what's missing and why the recommendations will fail as a result of the omission:

What's missing is someone with enough intellectual firepower to fill a thimble.

Don't tell me we agree on this, Ducky.

 
At 12/05/2006 10:00 AM, Blogger Mr. Ducky said...

Come on AOW, this has very little or nothing to do with CAIR.

Disney is the crew that is so politically correct that they won't issue "Song of the South" (a pretty good animation) on DVD.

No need to bring CAIR into this especially when they went out of their way not to object but to voice a certain amount of support.

 
At 12/05/2006 3:55 PM, Blogger American Crusader said...

No...I saw that ducky.
I'll stick with my charge that he purposely provided "plants" to call in and make the show more controversial.
Of course CAIR commended his efforts. Anything that allows them to depict Americans as bigots will always get their "Seal of Approval".

 
At 12/05/2006 3:59 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Duck,
they [CAIR] went out of their way not to object but to voice a certain amount of support.

=CAIR certainly didn't support Michael Graham, whose comments in the summer of 2005 were nowhere near as offensive as what Klein had to say on the air.

Crusader,
I don't know if Klein used "plants," but I agree with you on the following:

Of course CAIR commended his efforts. Anything that allows them to depict Americans as bigots will always get their "Seal of Approval".

 
At 12/05/2006 10:37 PM, Blogger kuhnkat said...

Little Che Sucky the Greenie Weenie Fascist exclaimed:

"Actually, Farmer, what I was getting at is there aren't any Iraqis on the list.

Right wingers just never learn."

Please name the RIGHT WINGERS who selected the people on the Iraqi Sellout Group??

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

 
At 12/07/2006 1:14 PM, Blogger Mr. Ducky said...

Well, AOW, I'm not sure what the whole story was behind Graham's canning.

He was on air here in prime drive time but only for a short time and got moved due to poor ratings.

Sometimes these controverises are simply excuses. John "Pinhead" DePetro lost his rabies radio job for calling the Green gubernatorial candidate a fat lesbian, but his ratings were terrible and this was a convenient way to dump him without severence.

Radio's a business. You have the ratings and you can say pretty much anything.

 
At 12/08/2006 6:54 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Duck,
As you know, I'm not into talk radio. But from what I can glean, CAIR went after Graham. The better move would have been for CAIR's reps to have come on the air and to have debunked what he said. The way that WMAL handled the incident with Graham left a bad taste, I think.

 
At 12/08/2006 7:27 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Brooke,
...The one-day conference is designed to teach Imams, community leaders and activists how to interact effectively with media professionals. Sessions will cover basic media relations skills....

Strategy planning for future media events, IMO.

 
At 1/01/2007 3:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

it is not a secret, all Americans are racist, specially white Americans.

 
At 1/01/2007 8:26 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Anonymous,
All Americans? That's an absolute. And absolutes are almost always wrong and reflect the bigotry of the speaker.

 

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