WMAL host resigns over ‘muzzled mic’
Catherine Mann, the wife of former Iowa Republican Congressman and WMAL-AM morning talk show host Fred Grandy, used to appear as a guest host on the radio station’s “Grandy Group” every Friday morning. Not any more.
In a piece in the Daily Caller, Mann, a former anchor and TV show host herself, explains how she slowly began to change her focus from “family and domestic stuff” to jihad, which is apparently too touchy a subject even for a station that airs Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Mark Levin every day.
“Instead of railing against cyclists on Old Georgetown Road, Fred and I were slowly connecting the dots between the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda and the Organization of the Islamic Conference, that body of 57 Islamic states (Palestinian Authority included) that has since 1993 openly claimed in the UN that human rights policy must be subservient to Sharia law.”
After moderating a packed public forum on domestic terrorism at the Capitol Visitors’ Center co-hosted by the Heritage Foundation, the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and the Westminster Institute last month, Mann says her husband was asked by station management to “tone down” the jihad talk.
On February 25, “Mrs. Fred” reported on how four Christian missionaries had been arrested last year for talking to Muslims about their faith – in Dearborn, Michigan.
That apparently crossed the line.
“I said something that outraged our management and was dismissed,” she writes. “I’m not sure exactly what I said that they objected to, but if I had to guess, I’d guess it was how I concluded the show: ‘If I don’t return next Friday to continue this discussion, you’ll know that CAIR has successfully put pressure on WMAL — and the radical Muslims have won.’”
Mrs. Fred was dismissed – and Mr. Fred left WMAL in protest, claiming his mic had been muzzled.
“Last week, Catherine delivered a very tough indictment against stealth jihad, and for her efforts she was told she was off the show. I then told management without Mrs. Fred at the microphone, I could not remain either and have resigned,” he said in a statement.
This is the not the first time a discussion of jihad has prematurely ended a career at WMAL. Former on-air personality Michael Graham was fired in 2005 for saying repeatedly that Islam is “a terrorist organization.”