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Latino Daily News

Sunday October 9, 2011

Clear Channel Cancels Meeting with Latino Leaders to Discuss Hispanic Hate Rhetoric on Its Show

Clear Channel Cancels Meeting with Latino Leaders to Discuss Hispanic Hate Rhetoric on Its Show

Photo: Latino Leaders Want John & Ken Show Off the Air

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The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) is asking the Latino community to join in the “Take John and Ken off the Air” Campaign. Supporters are asked to call and write letters to Clear Channel, parenting company of KFI.

For years the John and Ken Show have created an atmosphere of hate and intolerance in Los Angeles, with their incendiary rhetoric legitimizing violence and discrimination against people of color and others. John and Ken habitually use unsubstantiated claims, divisive language, flawed argumentation and dehumanizing metaphors to shock and anger their audience.

All too often this sparks violent behavior from John and Ken’s listeners.  Therefore NHMC called for a meeting with Clear Channel leadership and got one they thought.

Now, Greg Ashlock, the President and Market Manager of KFI and Clear Channel’s other seven Los Angeles radio stations, has called off a meeting he had scheduled this past week with local and national Latino leaders to discuss the hate speech targeting Latinos.

Clear Channel’s refusal to face Latino leaders for a civil conversation about the ramifications of John and Ken’s actions has left NHMC and its allies with no choice but to ask the show’s advertisers to cease their support.