Arlington VA March 5, 2011
WMAL Host told to slow down discussions of Terrorism but resigns instead
In what has become a shockwave across the Washington DC area, Fred "Gopher" Grandy, former member of Congress, and host of the Grandy Group on WMAL- Washington, has apparently been forced to resign from his long-time morning talk show.
While Fred himself has said virtually nothing, his wife Catherine Mann-Grandy has been vocal on the subject, speaking with Fox ndews and others about their run-in with the new management at WMAL. The sudden departure immediately triggered rumors that the Council on American Islamic Relations, the country's largest Muslim advocacy group, was somehow involved -- a charge CAIR denied. Mann-Grandy said she thinks that's what happened, though she doesn't have evidence. "You're not allowed to talk about what's happening in your country," she said on FOX News.
According to the FOX News website, " Mann-Grandy, who did a regular segment called "domestic terrorism 101," hit a string of topics on their show last Friday. Though the segment was taken off the radio's site, she described it. She said that, on air, she quoted a rabbi who compared radical Muslims to Nazis, complained that President Obama was not doing enough to help Israel, warned that "Shariah-compliant" individuals work in the government and discussed several other Islam-related topics. "
"Perhaps sensing she might have stepped over a line, she warned on air about the possibility that she might not return the following week. Sure enough, she didn't. Mann-Grandy said her husband told her Tuesday that management told him she could no longer be on the show. Further, she said her husband was told to "really tone it down on the Islam stuff."
Meanwhile, Right Side News suggested a more sinister reason for his departure than a simple tiff with management. In their piece, they quote Grandy and say, " The station (WMAL), a major source of news and information for the nation’s capital, claims that popular morning host Fred Grandy resigned on his own, but Grandy (says) that he was essentially forced to leave after his wife, who is also outspoken about radical Islam, was cut from the program. "
"The growing controversy over Grandy’s departure has resulted in some Grandy supporters charging the station with being “Sharia-compliant,” a reference to Islamic law, and with bending under pressure from the Council on American Islamic-Relations (CAIR), a Muslim lobbying organization that combats what it calls “Islamophobia” in the media."
"Grandy, a former actor and Republican member of Congress, told AIM, “My wife and I have used our program over the last several months to warn about the spread of radical Islam at home and abroad. Last week, Catherine (known on the show as Mrs. Fred) delivered a very tough indictment against stealth jihad, and for her efforts she was told she was off the show. I then told management without Mrs. Fred at the microphone, I could not remain either and have resigned effective this morning.”
The station General manager also released a statement, which said, " "To be clear, at no time has WMAL told Fred that he was not allowed to discuss his views on Islam over the air," he said in a statement to FoxNews.com. "In fact, he has done so on numerous occasions. Further, WMAL has not been contacted by any organization seeking to restrict his broadcasts."
"WMAL remains committed to its goal of providing a forum for discussing a broad spectrum of issues while delivering compelling programming including Chris Plante, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Mark Levin," he added. Grandy does admit that the decision to resign was his, although it appears the principal reason is the insult to his wife, who was known on the show as "Mrs. Frede", and appeared at least twice each week.
Not the first time WMAL has buckled to criticism
Grandy told Accuracy in Media (AIM), : “We cannot affirmatively conclude CAIR or any of the prominent Islamic organizations had anything to do with this. We do know, however, in 2005 representatives of CAIR in D.C. were successful in getting midmorning host Michael Graham fired for anti-Islamic statements he had made on the radio and TV.” Graham was fired from WMAL after describing Islam as a “terrorist organization” on his program and refusing to apologize or modify the description.
James Lafferty of the Virginia Anti-Shariah Task Force blames the controversy on the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). “CAIR frequently criticized Grandy for reading FBI reports and court documents on his radio show which labeled CAIR as ‘an unindicted co-conspirator’ in the federal Holy Land Foundation terror finance trial,” Lafferty said.
CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper acted surprised by the news of Grandy’s resignation and responded: “What is their evidence for that claim?,” when informed that his group was being blamed for his departure.
Lafferty told AIM: “I heard from two very good sources that CAIR was involved in this and not only targeting Grandy but Sean Hannity.” He said CAIR’s strategy was to knock Grandy off the air and then go after Hannity, a nationally syndicated radio host carried by WMAL in the afternoon. Hannity also hosts a Fox News Channel TV show.
Lafferty has urged supporters of the Grandys to protest on Monday, March 7, and Tuesday, March 8, during “Call Out WMAL Days.” That seems like a great idea. A call to the Station General Manager, Jeff Boden -- in fact, many calls to the GM -- might make a defference.
We need to stop with this artificial political correctness and this is as good a place to start as any.