CAIR lied about advertisers dropping Savage
The Council on American-Islamic Relations claims a raft of companies have stopped advertising on Michael Savage's top-rated radio talk show in
response to a CAIR-instigated boycott campaign, but several of the cited companies say they don't know what the Islamic lobby group is talking
In a recent announcement claiming Universal Orlando Resorts "drops 'Savage Nation' ads," CAIR stated:
"Advertisers that have already stopped airing, or refuse to air commercials on 'Savage Nation' include AutoZone, Citrix, TrustedID, JCPenney,
OfficeMax, Wal-Mart and AT&T."
But now AutoZone has told WND the CAIR campaign had nothing to do with its advertising decision, and it had chosen not to advertise on any radio talk
shows – of all parts of the spectrum – years before the CAIR effort.
CAIR officials declined to respond to WND queries about why it is listing companies as part of its boycott campaign that say they have not
participated in the boycott.
But Talk Radio Network officials also confirmed that companies including AutoZone and JCPenney never advertise on such programs.
"We do not sponsor syndicated radio talk shows," AutoZone spokesman Ray Pohlman told WND. "We have customers of all shapes and sizes and political
persuasions. For us to sponsor [any radio talk shows] wouldn't make any sense."
But that policy is years old, and wasn't changed at all by CAIR's effort, he said.
"What I will tell you is the CAIR organization did, in fact, contact the marketing department [of AutoZone.] We responded with our full advertising
policy which clearly states that we do not advertise on radio talk shows," he told WND.
He said the only way for an ad to have appeared would have been for a programmer at a radio station to make a mistake and put it on the air without
Pohlman said CAIR apparently took the company's response to mean it was instituting a specific ban on advertising on the Savage show, when in fact
the policy covers all such radio shows, and is not even a new policy.
Again, CAIR is lying, as always.
[edit on 29-1-2008 by winterass]