CFRA Host's Comments On Muslims 'Abusive,' Rules CBSC
February 9, 2009 at 4:28 PM (PT)
The CANADIAN BROADCAST STANDARDS COUNCIL has ruled that CTV GLOBEMEDIA/CHUM MEDIA Talk CFRA-A/OTTAWA host LOWELL GREEN violated the CAB Code of Ethics by making what it termed "abusive and discriminatory" remarks about Muslims on DECEMBER 3rd, 2007.
GREEN was discussing the case in which a teacher in SUDAN was brought up on charges for allowing her students to name a teddy bear "MOHAMMED," and his question of the day was "Is there something inherent in the Muslim faith that promotes violence and oppression of women?" GREEN said that "almost every act of terrorism around the world today ... is carried out in the name of Islam ... Don’t tell me this is the work of a few fanatics."
The CBSC called GREEN's comments "a sweeping, abusive and unduly discriminatory criticism of Islam. It was uninformed and unfair ... GREEN did not merely disagree with opposing points of view; he mocked, ridiculed and insulted their interlocutors. Using terms like 'silly' and 'baloney,' he denied to callers that which is potentially best in talk radio: fair, interactive dialogue." The decision was made on OCTOBER 22nd and released FRIDAY.
Caller Didn't Directly Threaten Guest On CHNI, Says CBSC
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