In an open letter to the NAB, Orkin says he was "enormously proud" to have been inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2002 in "such distinguished company as Edward R. Murrow, Robert Trout, Paul Harvey, Jerry Lewis, Bob Hope, Red Skelton, William S. Paley, Ronald Reagan, just to name a few." He continues, "Apart from 'leadership' recognition, it seemed to me that at the core of the selection criteria was also the essential 'humanitarian' character of the chosen inductee."
Orkin notes that Limbaugh has been a member of the NAB Broadcast Hall of Fame since 1998 and says, "Although my political views were not in line with his, I agreed with many in broadcasting, including my longtime friend Eric Rhoads of Radio Ink, that the uniqueness of his controversial radio style and performance made Limbaugh an appropriate choice."
But, Orkin continues, "that initial opinion has been gradually eroding over the last few years and has dramatically changed for me recently with the capper coming during the disaster that struck Haiti last week."
Orkin says Limbaugh has in recent broadcasts "blasted the giving of aid to Haiti" and has characterized President Obama's endorsement of $100 million in relief as "a cheap political effort with the U.S. black community." Orkin says he agrees with those who say Limbaugh "still fits the leadership and performance criteria of the NAB award," but adds,"I am also fully aware that he reveals a reckless insensitivity to one of the most horrific human tragedies of our time." He calls on "caring radio broadcast leaders" to censure Limbaugh or "remove this dangerous hatemonger from the airwaves."
Orkin concludes, "Therefore, if there will be neither censure or removal, then I respectfully ask the NAB to remove my plaque from the Hall of Fame. I am embarrassed that my award, as well as those of others I so highly respect, is in the company of this perfidious human being."
Source has the full letter.
Ebert tweeted this and I thought it was amazing, so I figured I'd share. Not that i think much will come of it, but it would be awesome if other broadcasters took this way as protest to Limbaugh being a vile human being.