Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Savage Sues CAIR

...I wonder if he'll get the ACLU to take the case ;)

"...A CAIR spokeswoman, who said the audio was not a four-minute segment, but a series of clips separated by beeps, called the suit, filed in federal court in San Francisco, "bizarre, sloppy and baseless."

"Conservative radio talk show host Michael Savage sued an Islamic civil rights group on Monday for copyright infringement over the organization's use of a 4-minute segment of his show in which he called the Quran a "book of hate."

Savage said the Washington, D.C.-based Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, violated his rights by wrongfully using the segment of his Oct. 29 "The Savage Nation" show in a letter-writing campaign directed against talk radio advertisers.

In the broadcast, Savage called the Muslim holy book "a throwback document" and a "book of hate."

...We expect to prevail based on the facts, the law and the Constitution," Amina Rubin said.

The group's "repackaging" of Savage's comments was "deliberately designed to obscure the specific message conveyed by Michael Savage," according to the suit. "The actual message, while highly provocative and strongly worded, was not intended as an attack on people of faith."

CAIR claims advertisers have stopped airing or refuse to air commercials during Savage's show.

Bill Crawford, a spokesman for Talk Radio Network, which syndicates the Savage show, said "there have been advertisers who've canceled Michael's show because of the CAIR situation." Crawford refused to identify the companies or reveal the amount of lost revenue. Savage said he's lost at least $1 million in revenue.

"They took the part of Michael's show that they wanted to showcase and they turned that into an advertisement," said Daniel Horowitz, Savage's lawyer, adding that every page on the CAIR Web site that mentions Savage also offers readers an opportunity to donate to the nonprofit agency.

The suit also alleges CAIR is not a civil rights group, but a political organization funded by foreigners with ties to Hamas and other terrorist groups. CAIR denied those claims." (source)

Is this the first time that CAIR will have to defend terror allegations in a court of law? This could get quite interesting... Go Savage!

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