Supporters of former U.S. Rep. Fred Grandy blame pressure from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) for his departure from WMAL Radio in Washington. Grandy, whose resignation was announced by the station on Thursday, noted that he and his wife (a regular guest on his morning-drive program) repeatedly warned about the spread of radical Islam in the United States and abroad. After Mrs. Grandy criticized "stealth jihad" late last month, management ordered her off the air, prompting her husband to resign.
A WMAL statement about Grandy's departure was read on the air by another station host, Chris Plante, who said his own forceful opposition to radical Islam had not been curtailed in any way.
Grandy told the conservative media watchdog group Accuracy in Media (AIM) that "We cannot affirmatively conclude CAIR or any of the prominent Islamic organizations had anything to do with" his departure. He observed that in 2005, CAIR had successfully pressured for the firing of another WMAL host for anti-Islamic statements. Asked about claims that CAIR had a role in Grandy's ouster, spokesman Ibrahim Hooper professed surprise and said: "What is the evidence for that claim?"