Anti-Hate Activists Win S.F. City Media Resolution

The Hispanic/Latino Anti-Defamation Coalition, along with the National Hispanic Media Coalition (8/11/09), “applauds” the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for being “the first elected body to take a stand against hate speech in media” by having

approved unanimously a resolution urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to conduct a comprehensive investigation on hate speech in media, allowing public participation via public hearings, and for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to update its 1993 report the “Role of Telecommunications in Hate Crimes.”

The Supervisors responded to grassroots activists in the Bay Area who have organized to call attention to the alarming increase of patently false and hateful language in media. For the last three years, the Hispanic/Latino Anti-Defamation Coalition SF has organized annual protests held at Clear Channel Communications.

Clear Channel is specifically “selected as the protest site due to the corporation’s record of promoting some of the most virulent purveyors of hate and intolerance, including Michael Savage and Glenn Beck, who denigrate communities, groups and individuals.”

Read the resolution on the City of San Francisco’s website.

Also check out the profiles of Savage, Beck and other media hatemongers on FAIR’s site–and see FAIR’s magazine Extra!: “Hate Speech, Media Activism and the First Amendment: Putting a Spotlight on Dehumanizing Language” (5/09) by Candice O’Grady.