When president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, visited the United States and spoke at Columbia University earlier this year, radio talk host Michael Savage went on a predictable tirade or two about the rodent-like leader of Iran and his twisted ideas about Islam.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) lifted a few minutes of excerpts of Savage's tirades, posted the sound files on their website, and sent the sound files to Savage's sponsors in an effort to de-fund Savage and kick him off the airwaves.
Michael Savage is now suing CAIR for using copyrighted material without his permission. I haven't even fully read up on this case, and I can only take small doses of Savage on the way home from work before I need a breather, but I came across one thing tonight that really stood out, and that would be one of the most biased headlines I have seen in awhile.
Drudge linked to a story about Savage vs. CAIR, and when the Associated Press article on Yahoo News appeared, the headline might as well have had neon lights surrounding it. It says:
Radio host sues group that quoted him
Do you see what the headline did? It totally misrepresents why Savage is suing CAIR, and it gives a subtle little dig toward Savage as being some kind of dolt or bully who is suing someone for simply repeating what he said on his show.
Savage is not suing CAIR for quoting him. He is suing them for copyright infringement. He is suing them because while using this copyrighted material, they attributed what he said as applying to every Muslim instead of Muslims like Ahmadinejad, and then used those out-of-context remarks as a sledgehammer against his own show by complaining to sponsors about what he said.
I'm no legal scholar - especially when it comes to copyright law - so I have no idea if Savage has a case or not. What I do know is that the Associated Press is once again showing its bias with one doozy of a headline.
I think that Radio host sues group for copyright infringement would have been much more appropriate and neutral. Too bad the lefty media just can't help themselves.
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