PHILADELPHIA (May. 18)
A spokesman for the local Anti-Defamation League office said the ADL had rebuffed an invitation to take part in a radio program which has aired “blatant anti-Semitism.”
The program is WXUR’s “Freedom of Speech” and the invitation was extended by Edward Roper vice-president of WJUR Media. Samuel L. Gaber, director of the ADL regional office here, called the bid “a belated attempt” to give “a false picture of impartiality” to support disavowal “of biased presentations.” He questioned the right of the station to keep its license.
The ADL official cited as “anti-Semitic hate-mongering” a WXUR program of August 16, 1965 in which the then moderator, Tom Livzey “engaged in and encouraged the broadcasting of anti-Semitic canards.” He added that anti-Semitism was “no more debatable than is pornography or Communist propaganda” and that broadcast of such material by a radio station indicated failure to comply with the legal standard “of serving the public convenience, interest or necessity.” He said a copy of his letter was sent to the Federal Communications Commission.