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People for the American Way calls out NPR for featuring hate-monger Bryan Fischer

Bonus: Check out Peter Montgomery’s summary of this AM’s Values Voter Summit batsh*t goings-on at Right Wing Watch, “Strong Morning Tea for Values Voters.”

Alvin posted this AM about the American Family Association bigot Bryan Fisher, its “Director of Issue Analysis” who is polluting the air with his anti-gay, anti-Muslim rants at the Values Voter Summit. It’s one thing for us to talk about this guy in the coffeehouse, but NPR has NO business featuring this man on Morning Edition as an expert on anything.

People for the American Way President Michael B. Keegan contacted NPR’s Ombudsman, Alicia Shepard, to present the facts about Fischer; the AFA tool has racked up an incredible list of offensive statements.

Dear Ms. Shepard:

I was surprised yesterday to hear the voice of Bryan Fischer, Director of Issue Analysis at the American Family Association, on Morning Edition. I wonder if the show’s producers knew of Mr. Fischer’s record of extremism and hate speech against Muslim Americans and gays and lesbians.

People For the American Way’s blog tracks Fischer in his roll as a blogger and radio host for the AFA, where he makes no attempt to disguise his extremism. Just in the past year, Fischer has:

Yesterday, in response to People For’s call that GOP leaders distance themselves from Mr. Fischer, he repeated his comparison of gay men to domestic terrorists. On Tuesday, Mr. Fischer defended his call for deporting Muslim Americans, saying “we are doing them a favor by repatriating them to their homeland where an entire nation shares their values.”

Of course, Mr. Fischer has the right to air his opinions, no matter how hurtful. However, he should not be given air time by a nonpartisan news organization without some disclosure of his record of hate speech.

I also hope that Mr. Fischer is not, as Morning Edition implied, representative of the Tea Party movement as a whole.

This weekend, he will be appearing this weekend alongside leaders of the Republican Party, including Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint, and 2012 presidential hopefuls Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich, and Mike Pence. We have alerted these public figures to Mr. Fischer’s record and urged them to denounce Fischer’s remarks lest they lend credibility to his extremism.

Similarly, I urge NPR to resist lending credibility to an extremist like Fischer by providing him with a national platform without alerting audiences to his record of vocal bigotry.

Thank you for your time,

Michael B. Keegan

President, People For the American Way

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