Accuracy in Media

WASHINGTON, December 10, 2007 — Accuracy in Media editor Cliff Kincaid is urging Americans nationwide to contact the companies which have been identified as dropping advertisements from The Savage Nation radio program featuring Michael Savage. The ultimate question, Kincaid said in a recent column, is: “Will Sharia law or the First Amendment prevail in the U.S.? The fate of Michael Savage will provide the answer.” 

Savage is being accused of making anti-Islam comments and has been found guilty of “hate speech” by a radical Muslim group that calls itself the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). As part of this campaign, CAIR has urged advertisers to drop their support of the show. But experts say that CAIR is attempting to impose Islamic-style Sharia law on the U.S. “This is a religious test being applied to talk show hosts and it is un-American,” Kincaid said.  

The companies are Citrix Systems, Inc., Trusted I.D., Office Max, JCPenney, AutoZone, AT&T, Wal-Mart, Universal Orlando Resorts, and Sears. These companies may not understand, Kincaid said, that they are being used and exploited in a campaign to impose Sharia law in the U.S. “They must be urged to reinstate their advertising on The Savage Nation and proclaim their support of the First Amendment,” Kincaid said.   

As for CAIR, Kincaid said that the organization “pretends not to understand the American tradition of free expression and political liberty. Its apparent preference for Sharia law in the United States must be exposed and stopped. Those companies which have bowed to its pressure campaign against Michael Savage should be educated — and quickly — about the need to resist the imposition of Islamic-style foreign law on America.”  

“It is entirely proper for Americans to boycott U.S. products, services and personalities in order to make a political point,” Kincaid went on to say. “But this case involves a special interest group with foreign connections that wants to place its own holy book, which itself contains many hateful utterances, above well-established American traditions and principles. We must do everything in our power to stop them. Our Constitution hangs in the balance.” 

Contact information for companies: 

1) Mr. Brett Caine, President
Citrix Online
5385 Hollister Avenue, Santa Barbara, CA 93111
805-690-2911
(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) 

2) Scott Mitic, CEO
TrustedID
555 Twin Dolphin Drive, Suite 610, Redwood City, CA 94065
888-548-7878 

3) Mr. Sam K. Duncan, Chairman and CEO
OfficeMax
263 Shuman Boulevard, Naperville, IL 60563
630-438-7800
(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)   

4) Mr. Myron E. Ullman, Chairman and CEO
JCPenney Company, Inc.
6501 Legacy Drive, Plano, TX 75024
972-431-1000 

5) William C Rhodes, Chairman, President & CEO
AutoZone, Inc.
123 South Front Street, Memphis, TN 38103
901- 495-7185
(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) 

6) Randall L. Stephenson, Chairman and CEO
AT&T
175 E. Houston, San Antonio, TX 78205
210-821-4105
(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  

7) H. Lee Scott, Jr., President and CEO
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Bentonville, AR 72716-8611
479-273-8446 

8) Tom Williams, Chairman and CEO
Universal Orlando Resort
1000 Universal Studios Plaza, Orlando, FL 32819-7610
407-363-8000
tom.williams@universalorlando.com 

9) Aylwin B. Lewis, President & Chief Executive Officer
Sears Holdings Corporation
3333 Beverly Road, Hoffman Estates, IL 60179
847-286-8371 

Accuracy in Media is a citizens’ media watchdog organization whose mission is to promote fairness, balance, and accuracy in news reporting.  Founded in 1969, AIM is the oldest non-profit press watchdog group in America.  For more information, please visit www.aim.org

To arrange an interview with AIM editor Cliff Kincaid, contact Sarah Schaerr Norton at (202) 364-4401 ext. 107 or (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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