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  • Clear Channel responds to Jim Quinn's defamatory remarks on HIV/AIDS

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    Clear Channel has released a statement to the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation stating that they do not condone radio host Jim Quinn's recent defamatory comments on people living with HIV/AIDS and stating that they have spoken with Quinn about the "seriousness" of his remarks. On January 14, Quinn said that thanks to the "homosexual AIDS lobby," "[w]hen 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."

    From GLAAD:

    Following our Call to Action, GLAAD allies wrote numerous e-mails to Clear Channel executives and demanded that Jim Quinn be held responsible for his outrageous comments.

    As a result, Clear Channel's Chief Communications Officer, Lisa Dollinger, released the following statement to GLAAD:

    Clear Channel doesn't condone Jim Quinn's remarks and we don't share his view. Clear Channel has raised considerable funds and positive awareness for HIV/AIDS and the GLBT community over the years and we will continue to do so. We've spoken with Mr. Quinn about the seriousness of this incident.