Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Michael Savage Contracts Case Of Convenient Amnesia

I am so used to seeing injustice and unfairness in this world that I am often at a loss on how to react when justice is served.

Michael Savage, hateful fascist, has been banned from entering Britain. In doing so, he joins a small and select list of Russian mobsters, Hamas leaders, Israeli settlers, and white supremacists, for "fostering extremism or hatred."

The really funny part? Savage's reaction:
Savage told The Chronicle that being included in such a crowd is no laughing matter -- and he is now preparing legal action against Smith, he said.

"This lunatic ... is linking me up with Nazi skinheads who are killing people in Russia, she's putting me in a league with Hamas murderers who kill Jews on busses," he said. "I have never advocated violence ... I've been on the air 15 years. My views may be inflammatory, but they're not violent in any way."

He said he has been defamed and endangered by the British government action. "She has painted a target on my back, linking me with people who are in prison for killing people," he said. "Does she not think people might hunt me down?"


I will let you, loyal readers of Rs.5, judge whether or not Savage's views cross the line from "inflammatory" to "violent". In 2004, as the Abu Ghraib torture story was breaking, he had
this to say:
Lately, as the Iraq torture scandal has dominated the headlines, he has taken to calling Arabs "non-humans" and has called for the U.S. to kill "thousands" of Iraqi prisoners and nuke a random Arab capital.

And:
Savage moved on to another of his favorite topics: bombing the bejeezus out of Iraq. Just a few days before the Uncensored event, he'd been ranting on the radio about dropping fiery death on civilians throughout Iraq and the Middle East. "I don't give a damn if they hide behind their women's skirts," he foamed. "Wipe the women out with them! Because it's our women who got killed on 9/11! And it's our women who are gonna get killed tomorrow unless we get rid of the bugs who are destroying us!" Tonight, Savage continued to elaborate on this disturbing vision of how to win the war in Iraq. He said he fantasized of being woken up by the sound of B-1 and B-52 bombers flying over his house on their way to the Middle East. Imagining bombers overhead at 4 a.m., he gushed about these nocturnal missions, "It's better than an orgasm -- it is an orgasm!"

This is Savage on Hispanic-Americans:
"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"

On student volunteers distributing food to homeless people in San Francisco:
Discussing student volunteers distributing food to the homeless in San Francisco, Savage declared that "the girls from Branson [school] can go in and maybe get raped... because they seem to like the excitement of it. There's always the thrill and possibility they'll be raped in a dumpster while giving out a turkey sandwich".

To a caller to his own show on MSNBC:
In an incident that got him fired from MSNBC, he told a caller, "Oh, you're one of those sodomites. You should only get AIDS and die, you pig. How's that?"

On Autism:
On his nationally syndicated radio show, Michael Savage claimed that autism is "[a] fraud, a racket. ... I'll tell you what autism is. In 99 percent of the cases, it's a brat who hasn't been told to cut the act out. That's what autism is. What do you mean they scream and they're silent? They don't have a father around to tell them, 'Don't act like a moron. You'll get nowhere in life. Stop acting like a putz. Straighten up. Act like a man. Don't sit there crying and screaming, idiot.' "

On Islam:
Then, a few weeks ago, Mr. Savage uncorked a cascade of invective about Islam. Among his on-air comments: the Koran is “a book of hate”; some Muslims, at least, “need deportation”; and adherents of Islam would do well to “take your religion and shove it up your behind” because “I’m sick of you.”

Savage, I must emphasize, is free to say whatever he wants. But hateful speech should invite public shunning. This is a start.

6 comments:

foolsparadise said...

Wow, this Savage guy seems to be a complete retard same as Mr Bigelow of "bigelow aerospace", with his Genesis-I and Genesis-II he wants to send us all in space to live their in "habitable Balloons", Scary ;-(.
Oh Yes, its funded by NASA.

Omar said...

With reference to your last sentence in the post.
...
Interestingly enough, while hate speech is technically protected under US constitution, "fighting words" i.e. words that may be used to disturb the peace, incite violence are not protected. The encouraging thing is that a lot of states are now acting and making legislation against 'hate speech' under that constitutional guideline.

While the debate rages over whether 'hate speech' deserves protection under the First Amendment, it's encouraging to note that at least some sort of action is being taken to prevent idiots like this from getting airtime.

bubs said...

Ahsan: I think the public shunning should come from listeners of his show, the media and the general public, not the British government. The smartest thing for Savage to do would be to take a flight to Britain, get detained and deported and become a martyr. This also sets a dangerous precedent where countries will refuse entry to anyone who holds repugnant views. It's already happened in the US with Tariq Ramadan.

Omar: The US judicial system applies fighting words in a very rigid manner. If Savage calls for nuking Iraq and the US government goes ahead and does it, it would not constitute fighting words on his behalf. And the debate over whether hate speech is protected by the First Amendment is over, unless you get nine Supreme Court judges willing to overturn decades-old precedent.

Omar said...

Bubs: The US judicial system is loathe to restrict anyone's speech on the basis of it's content and you're right, the 'fighting words' law is applied very rigidly. But that doesn't mean that institutions and state governments aren't trying to get around it.

What many universities are doing is lumping together "hate speech" into a broader category of codes that ban harassment and emotional distress, which is initiating fresh debate on campuses.
And while the Supreme Court may strike down attempts to censor speech because of its content, it has upheld things like the prosecution of employers for tolerating hate speech in the work place under harassment codes.
I guess my point is that people like Michael Savage won't always be allowed to get away with their kinda shit under the First Amendment all the time because people are still looking for ways to restrict it.

Anonymous said...

Bubs,

I know who you are.

-Me

Anonymous said...

He must be adored by the contributors to this blog. The blind love of the west and hatred of Islam correspond exactly