Best Hate Mail Ever

Tossing out old papers in preparation for an upcoming office move, I came across what was probably the best hate letter I’ve ever received. It came in response to FAIR’s work on talkshow host Bob Grant–who, after FAIR had documented his bigoted, violent rants and promotion of white supremacy, had been fired by Disney’s ABC, and prompty hired by rival station WOR. The unsigned fax contained a page of doggerel:

Hey, “FAIR,”

Bob’s still here.

Your little plan didn’t work so well, so all of you can go to Hell.

Bob Grant lives, he talks, he rules,

And you look like a pack of mules. Or ghouls?

This is the Land of Liberty & it’s what I take free speech to be.

When you monitor one, you monitor all, you have some gall,

To single out one to take the fall.

Bob’s real name is Bob Gigante,

Don’t try to be a vigilante.

It won’t work, don’t be a jerk,

As you lurk, to find a quirk, in everything he says.

Black & white is not the issue,

A pleasant day I do not wish you.


I wrote “FAIR’s Bob Grant Success” (Extra! Update, 6/96) pretty much in response to that poem. But while I disagreed with the critique of our work, I did appreciate the style with which it was expressed. And I do try not to be a vigilante.

About Jim Naureckas

Extra! Magazine Editor Since 1990, Jim Naureckas has been the editor of Extra!, FAIR's monthly journal of media criticism. He is the co-author of The Way Things Aren't: Rush Limbaugh's Reign of Error, and co-editor of The FAIR Reader: An Extra! Review of Press and Politics in the '90s. He is also the co-manager of FAIR's website. He has worked as an investigative reporter for the newspaper In These Times, where he covered the Iran-Contra scandal, and was managing editor of the Washington Report on the Hemisphere, a newsletter on Latin America. Jim was born in Libertyville, Illinois, in 1964, and graduated from Stanford University in 1985 with a bachelor's degree in political science. Since 1997 he has been married to Janine Jackson, FAIR's program director. You can follow Jim on Twitter at @JNaureckas.