January 21, 2010 – On the January 14 edition of Clear Channel's nationally syndicated radio program, “The War Room with Quinn and Rose,” host Jim Quinn made outrageous and defamatory comments about people living with HIV/AIDS and what he called the “homosexual AIDS lobby.” Quinn erroneously compared contagious tuberculosis patients to people living with HIV/AIDS and went on to say, “When you get AIDS, pal, the door opens up to you. You have got all kinds of government goodies, including a maid to clean your house, transportation - I mean it's - there's just a wealth of wonders that come.”
Media Matters For America released audio of the comments: http://mediamatters.org/mmtv/201001190032
You can read a full transcript of the Media Matters recording here:
“Oh, and by the way, last night -- was it Savage last night talking about how the - yeah-how the Obama administration is looking toward allowing AIDS patients to come to America. Now, there was a big flap a couple days ago about a US Air flight where a guy got on the flight with tuberculosis - he was on the uh no-fly list because he had tuberculosis - after all, we don't want an epidemic of tuberculosis. So everybody was going nuts-o over that, and in the meantime you want to bring in AIDS patients. Do you know why? Here I'll tell you why -- because tuberculosis is a disease, AIDS is a civil right. Thanks to the homosexual AIDS lobby, AIDS is a civil right. When you get AIDS, pal, the door opens up to you. You have got all kinds of government goodies, including a maid to clean your house, transportation - I mean it's - there's just a wealth of wonders that come. And of course, the more AIDS patients we have in America, why the more dependent people we have and, of course, isn't that the goal of government, everybody depend on them? So this is a wonderful class of people to bring in because they'll be dependent on the government. And, by the way, as an added bonus they'll vote democrat every time. We've elected the enemy.”
Quinn’s attempts to compare HIV/AIDS to tuberculosis are grossly inaccurate and appalling. His overall comments defaming people living with HIV/AIDS are also beyond the pale.
These statements are particularly troubling given similar comments by Quinn in the past. In November 2008, GLAAD issued a call to action after Quinn made defamatory remarks about marriage for same-sex couples in California, saying, “Gay marriage doesn't produce anything that the state has an interest in. Gay sex produces AIDS, which the state doesn't have – or should have an interest in. They should charge homosexuals more for their – for their health insurance than they charge the rest of us.'"
At that time, GLAAD called on Clear Channel executives to reprimand Quinn and stop providing a national platform for these kinds of defamatory attacks.
Click here to read our past Call to Action: http://www.glaad.org/calltoaction/110708
“The War Room with Quinn & Rose” is based in Pittsburgh and syndicated by Clear Channel Communications. The program can be heard on 17 stations across the country in Colorado, Alabama, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont, and nationally on XM Satellite Radio.
Take Action Now: GLAAD urges you to contact Clear Channel Communications and voice concerns about Jim Quinn’s latest reprehensible comments. Ask Clear Channel Executives why Quinn is still being allowed this platform to perpetuate hatred, fear and misinformation.
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