ADL REPORT FINDS RIGHT-WING EXTREMISTS USE SHORTWAVE
RADIO TO TARGET U.S. AUDIENCES; ASKS FCC TO INVESTIGATE POSSIBLE VIOLATION
New York, NY, January 31...The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today presented
information to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) which documents
how extremists use international shortwave radio frequencies to target U.S.
audiences, possibly in violation of an FCC regulation. Poisoning the Airwaves:
The Extremist Message of Hate on Shortwave Radio, details how militia leaders
and right-wing extremists exploit the shortwave airways to promote their
anti-government, conspiracy-driven, racist and anti-Semitic agenda.
"Purveyors of anti-Semitism and racism have appropriated shortwave
radio as a major communications tool to disseminate their messages of hate,"
said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "The potential reach
and danger of extremists clogging the airways should not be minimized. The
tragedy in Oklahoma City showed us that there are violent elements who act
out their enmity in an atmosphere created by the hate rhetoric of some radio
hosts," Mr. Foxman added. "The American people need to be able
to distinguish between legitimate commentary and hateful hot air."
In his letter to FCC Chairman Reed E. Hunt, Mr. Foxman said, "some
of the shortwave radio stations over which you have regulatory jurisdiction
may be broadcasting to domestic listening audiences in apparent violation
of section 47CFR section 73.701(a)...Even though these stations would likely
assert that their broadcasts have an international audience, the content
of these radio shows makes this a transparent argument." Mr. Foxman
asked Chairman Hunt to conduct an investigation into ADL's findings.
Poisoning the Airwaves, identifies who uses shortwave radio to promote hate
and the stations that air them. Among those cited are:
William Pierce, leader of the neo-Nazi National Alliance and author of the
infamous racist novel The Turner Diaries, featured on WRNO Worldwide, based
in New Orleans.
Ernst Zundel, Holocaust denier and anti-Semitic propagandist who broadcasts
"Voice of Freedom" in English on WRNO and in German on WWCR (World
Wide Christian Radio).
Pastor Pete Peters, a leading figure in the bigoted pseudo-religious "Christian
Identity" movement, preaches anti-Semitism on his show, "Truth
for the Times," on WRNO and WWCR.
Col. Bo Gritz, a prominent figure in the anti-government "Patriot"
movement, whose program "Freedom Calls" airs on WWCR (World Wide
Christian Radio) based in Nashville.
Mark Koernke, a prominent figure in the anti-government militia movement,
whose program, "Intelligence Report," airs on WWCR, based in Nashville.
The 23 page report is a "who's who" of right-wing extremists on
shortwave radio and provides quotes from their broadcasts, as well as information
on their ideologies and activities.
Editors Note: The report is available online on NEXIS, search code USNWR,
and from the ADL Media Relations Department.
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