July 18, 2003
More Good News!
Boston's WRKO was the first radio station to take Savage Nation off the air following MSNBC's firing of Michael Savage.
Salem Communications shelved the show at three of its stations, in a move that surprised some because of Salem's Christian orientation.
And Michael Savage Sucks.com won over Talk Radio Network in the domain-name litigation, with arbitration ruling in the website's favor.
July 08, 2003
It's all over between Michael Savage and MSNBC. The network announced that it had fired Savage for the vicious homophobic statements he made on his July 5 show. You can read the transcript of his comments here. Sample: "Oh, you're one of the sodomites! You should only get AIDS and die, you pig!"
MSNBC spokesman Jeremy Gaines said that Weiner's comments were "extremely inappropriate" and said the decision to fire Savage was "an easy one."
Savage blames the telephone call from the "sodomite" on someone from a competing talk show who "personally attacked" Savage, if you can believe that. Sheesh. But he actually did apologize to his "many gay listeners."
Funny, isn't it, how a guy who attacks just about every non-male, non-white, non-straight, non-U.S.-citizen out there can be so hurt . Pardon me while I get my gag reflex under control.
June 10, 2003
Michael Savage's Letters to Allen Ginsberg
I am not kidding, folks, there was a time when outspoken gay-basher Michael "Savage" Weiner was a fan of the very openly gay Allen Ginsberg. Radar has the letters--a must-read! I'd love it if the photo of Ginsberg and Weiner swimming together in the nude came to light as these letters have.
Predictably, Weiner calls the story a "smear campaign" directed by "gay fascists." (Scroll down to "A Savage letter?")
Update on the Lawsuit
Savage Stupidity.com has issued a press release announcing that Public Citizen, a non-profit public interest law firm, has agreed to defend them from the lawsuit filed by Talk Radio Network, Inc.
Michael Savage Sucks.com (as well as Savage Stupidity.com) has also been hit with a domain-name dispute. Go here for links to TRN's complaints and the website's responses.
Take Back the Media can use some donations to its legal fund. You can donate through Paypal.
Kari Lydersen writes about the case on Alternet, and Buzzflash features an interview with Michael Stinson, whose wife, Julie Sigwart, was served with papers in the lawsuit (Stinson and Sigwart are with Take Back the Media).
It's obvious that Weiner/Savage is trying to bludgeon into submission anyone who dares to expose him for what he is. Notice that he doesn't go after the big, more powerful organizations like GLAAD, but rather after small websites without the resources to defend themselves. What a bully--but then, we knew that ... He's hoping to make all of us afraid to tell the truth. Well, it ain't gonna happen.
I have to think the man is getting desperate--that perhaps his ratings aren't as sky-high as he likes us all to think, and that the adverse publicity is getting to him. The man is vicious. We don't need the likes of him spewing hate over the airwaves.
June 03, 2003
Thanks to Atrios for this bit of news: MSNBC, despite trying to out-Fox Fox, isn't doing so well. For the week of May 19-25 it came in dead last among news channels at 8.1% of the viewing audience during prime time, after Fox, CNN, and Headline News, in that order. It did slightly better during the day, in third place at 11.8%, a tad over Headline News with 10.8%. Still, that didn't represent an increase, while daytime Headline News actually did increase in viewers over the previous week's audience.
I guess Michael Savage just isn't pulling his weight. Maybe MSNBC will get the hint and get rid of him. Doesn't look like Joe Scarborough in prime time is doing them any good, either. Hah!
June 02, 2003
Talk Radio Network Sues Anti-Savage Sites!
Talk Radio Network is suing Michael Savage Sucks, Savage Stupidity, and Take Back the Media, web sites urging the boycott of Savage's sponsors. The lawsuits allege that the sites unlawfully allow users to play copyrighted clips of the radio broadcasts. In addition, the lawsuit accuses the site owners of making "false and malicious statements" in a campaign to induce sponsors to end their commercial relationship with Savage Nation. The lawsuit specifically mentions Culligan, the water-softener people. Culligan ended plans to sponsor Savage's show after "e-mail and letter campaigns." TRN is asking for not less than $500,000 in "compensatory damages."
In a hilarious commentary on the intelligence level of Savage's fans, another suit against Savage Stupidity claims that the site's name is confusingly close to Savage's site, Michael Savage.com.
Obviously, Michael Savage can dish it out, but he can't take it. He's whined before that those who object to his being on the air are trying to deprive him of a livelihood. The lawsuits also prove that the boycott is having an effect.
Bartcop predicts that the lawsuit will be dropped. Let's hope so. I'm still trying to figure out which of the comments on these sites could be called "false." It's Savage himself who says things so objectionable that any decent advertiser made aware of the statements would have to wonder if the company should align itself with such a person.
May 21, 2003
First it was the war, which pre-empted Savage's MSNBC show, and then real life that suspended posts to this blog. However, we're back with news and ways you can fight the savage Mr. Savage.
Write to Savage's MSNBC sponsors.
Visit GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) to e-mail three of Savage's MSNBC sponsors. The others must be contacted via phone or snail mail, but the addresses are given on the GLAAD site. Read the sample e-mail letter to get some hints on what you might say to the sponsors.
Visit Michael Savage Sucks for a list of sponsors and an e-mail form you can use to write to these sponsors. Because Savage is often shown on other programs, this site is calling for a boycott of all MSNBC advertisers. The site has some interesting articles and info on Savage; check it out.
Savage Ridicules the Autistic
Not content with his racist, sexist, and homophobic comments; not content with calling Elizabeth Smart (and other teen girls who were kidnapped and raped) a slut; Michael Savage has now taken to mocking the autistic. According to Atrios, Savage discussed the new report out of California showing a dramatic increase in cases of autism. Savage dismissed the report and, according to an e-mail from Rick Rollens, quoted by Atrios, mocked the autistic community by reading symptoms of autism and saying flippantly, '"I have that, I have that, I have that," ridiculing the seriousness of autism.
How evil is this? Go and read this (scroll down to May 16), the words of the father of an autistic child, and you'll see. Michael Savage has no shame. But then, we've said that before.
Please e-mail Michael Savage (if you have the stomach) at Michael Savage and ask him where the "compassion" of his self-styled "compassionate conservatism" is.
Also, e-mail world@MSNBC.com and viewerservices@MSNBC.com and, as Atrios says, "ask them if a man who openly mocks and scorns the disabled is someone they think should be representing their news channel."
March 21, 2003
More advertisers have pulled their spots from Savage's show: Biologic Solutions (which advertised Skintight), NBTY (maker of Puritan's Pride), Hotels.com, and Nautilus (maker of Bowflex). Still advertising are Video Professor and Cancer Treatment Centers of America. You can e-mail these holdouts at the GLAAD site--just use the link and click on "Take Action."
Even a right-winger calls on Michael Savage to apologize after Savage implied that Elizabeth Smart is a slut. Now we really know the kind of person Savage is. As I've pointed out before, though, Savage seems to be obsessed with the sexuality of young women: see this link.