February 26, 2003
Protest MSNBC's hiring of hate-radio jock Michael Savage!
Many of us have been shocked to learn that radio shock jock Michael Savage (real name Michael Weiner) has been hired by MSNBC and given a weekly hour-long slot in which to showcase what president Erik Sorensen calls his "compelling opinion and analysis with an edge."
Do the following quotes, taken from Savage's radio show, represent "compelling opinion" or "analysis with an edge," I wonder?
"I'm beginning to think that women should be denied the vote. Their hormones rage; they are too emotional."
"You open the door to [third world immigrants], and the next thing you know, they are defecating on your country and breeding out of control."
"With the [Latino] population that has emerged, since they breed like rabbits, in many cases the whites will become a minority in their own nation... The white people don't breed as often for whatever reason. I guess many homosexuals are involved. That is also part of the grand plan, to push homosexuality to cut down on the white race."
Savage also routinely refers to non-white countries as the "turd world" (it's embarrassing even to write it).
It's time we refused to pretend that these kinds of comments have anything to do with thoughtful analysis or defensible opinion.
How can you debate with a man who uses phrases like "turd world," calls the Chinese "devils" and calls for Chinese-Americans to be put into internment camps, and says that children killed by guns aren't kids, "they're ghetto slime"? This stuff is out-and-out racism, sexism, homophobia, and xenophobia, the kind of commentary one would not have seen anywhere on television a few years ago, let alone on a purported news channel. Obviously, this is a move on the part of MSNBC to lure some of FOX's viewers. What a low, pathetic maneuver it is, and we shouldn't let them get away with it.
What can you do about it?
First of all, tell MSNBC and Erik Sorenson what you think of the decision to hire Savage:
Erik Sorenson, MSNBC President
Neal Shapiro, NBC News President
President, NBC News
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10112-0002
President and General Manager, MSNBC
1 MSNBC Plaza
Secaucus, NJ 07094-3500
Politeness is always more effective, although after you read up on Savage, it may be hard to keep up a veneer of civility (links below).
Also in the works is a boycott of MSNBC advertisers. Sign the petition! (This petition originated with Savage's syndicated radio show; I expect it to be expanded at this time to include MSNBC sponsors, but to date have not seen a list.)
Daughter Hannah, who enlisted my help when she got mad enough to do something about this situation, has been trying to find addresses of MSNBC sponsors and has written a sample letter. She's also written to Mr. Sorenson. We'll be putting up some sample letters in the next day or so. We want to make it easy for you to let MSNBC know what you think of Michael Savage and of MSNBC for hiring him. Meanwhile, go here to get the addresses we have to date.
Check back often for news on what's happening!
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