Debate on the Role of Talk Radio in Tense Times

September 14, 2001

Source: Orlando Sentinel

On September 14, 2001 the Orlando Sentinel reported that "as Central Floridians crawled through morning traffic Thursday, a talk-radio host told his listeners that Muslims at 'the mosque on Goldenrod' were celebrating Tuesday's terrorist attacks on America... A talk-show caller related the tale of a melee at the University of Central Florida prompted by rejoicing Arab-Americans... Neither incident occurred. There was no celebration. And there was no fight... The airing of anonymous callers making unchecked claims about local Muslims celebrating terror has prompted a debate on the role of talk radio at a sensitive time... Muslims say they are receiving death threats prompted by the shows and false notions that they support or had something to do with the attacks."