Broadcaster of King attack denies racism

Jan. 17, 2011 at 2:39 PM
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GREELEY, Colo., Jan. 17 (UPI) -- A Colorado school board member is broadcasting a man's attacks on Martin Luther King Jr. on his radio station, but disavows the reputed racist.

Brett Reese, who owns KELS 104.7 FM in Greeley, has been running excerpts from Kevin Strom's "The Beast as Saint: The Truth about Martin Luther King," twice daily for the past two weeks, the Greeley Tribune reports. The commentary calls King a sexual degenerate, an America-hating communist and a plagiarizer.

Reese, a member of the Greeley school board, said he is only promoting freedom of speech, critical thinking and debate, not racism.

At the end of the commentary, Reese directed listeners to the Stormfront Web site, but he stopped doing so after learning of its neo-Nazi connections, he said.

Strom has never been directly connected to white supremacist activities and denies any connection, but multiple sources accuse him of links to the National Alliance, one of the largest U.S. neo-Nazi organizations, the newspaper said. In 2008, he admitted one count of possessing child pornography in a plea bargain and served prison time.

Strom has defended Reese's free speech rights, but Reese says he knows nothing about him. "I distance myself from that," Reese said.

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