Liberty Loses a Voice

On Thursday, February 18, one minute before the conclusion of his four-hour morning radio show on KSFO in San Francisco, conservative talk show host Lee Rodgers was fired. Rodgers was under contract until July, but it didn’t matter. Rodgers wasn’t allowed to gracefully say goodbye to his listeners. By the next day, KSFO evening host Brian Sussman had taken over the morning job. Rodgers’ forty-plus-year radio broadcasting career is over, at least for now


What is most worrisome for the conservative movement is the unspoken reason behind the KSFO firings: It appears that the station ownership, Citadel Broadcasting, led by CEO Farid Suleiman, may be “bowing” to complaints from liberal activists and Muslim sympathizers.  Rodgers would rant about “Mooslims” and radical Islam on his show, and he frequently mentioned that the Council on American Islamic Relations was complaining about his views. He hinted at this in a blog posting on Melanie Morgan’s website this week after his termination:

I WILL tell you, in all candor, that thanks to Mr. Suleiman’s Citadel management, I could no longer proudly say that the company had never told me what to say or what not to say.  There was an obvious cave-in to some ultra-left and pro-Muslim groups, making it unlikely that I would have ever renewed my contract with the company, anyway

Read more: The American Thinker


March 2, 2010 - Posted by | 398 |

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