Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Michael Savage: Swine of the month

Left: Michael Savage's book, THE SAVAGE NATION, which I have no intention of reading, or even touching.

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Conservative talk-radio pit-bull Michael Savage is a very interesting person. He used to be a heavy in MY profession, if you can believe it. Yes! Michael Savage, as Michael Weiner, was a flaky lefty herbalist and nutritionist, the author of several well-known homeopathic books. I was stunned when I discovered Weiner was actually Savage. In addition, he used to hang with famous Beats and GAY people (a minority group he now openly despises) like Allen Ginsberg.

He was once a decent person, apparently, or maybe he was just a groupie. Wikipedia informs us:

Savage introduced himself to certain writers in the North Beach area of San Francisco in the early 1970s. He befriended and traveled with Beat poets Allen Ginsberg and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Stephen Schwartz, also an acquaintance of Savage from this time, reported Savage possessed a photograph of himself and Ginsberg swimming naked in Hawaii and used the photograph as sort of a "calling card." Savage maintained a correspondence with Ginsberg consisting of ten letters and a trio of postcards across four years, which is maintained with Ginsberg's papers at Stanford University. One letter asked for Ginsberg and Ferlinghetti to come do a poetry reading, so others could "hear and see and know why I adore your public image." One postcard mentions his desire to photograph Ginsberg in a provocative way, though Savage states that this correspondence is actually a forgery created by gay detractors.
As I said, interesting. In his 1980 book Weiner's Herbal: The Guide to Herb Medicine, he unequivocally stated marijuana had medical benefits, but as a reborn conservative android, dutifully renounced this position, as he has also robotically and predictably turned into a rabid, crazed homophobe.

And now, he hates autistic children, too. 99% of autism is simply SPOILED BRATS, Savage proclaims. Newsday's Carol Polsky reports:
Conservative radio talk show jock Michael Savage used his nationally syndicated show Monday to defend his controversial remarks on autism, even as outraged parents protested outside the Manhattan offices of his broadcaster, calling for his firing.

"My comments about autism were meant to boldly awaken parents and children to the medical community's attempt to label too many children or adults as 'autistic,' Savage wrote on his Web site and read on his broadcast Monday. "Many children are being victimized by being diagnosed with an "illness" which may not exist in all cases. ... Let the truly autistic be treated. Let the falsely diagnosed be free."

The original remarks that stirred the backlash aired on the July 16 broadcast of his show "The Savage Nation," which typically targets the likes of liberals, undocumented immigrants and feminists and has more than 8 million listeners.

On his broadcast, Savage called autism "a fraud, a racket ... In 99 percent of the cases, it's a brat who hasn't been told to cut the act out. ... They don't have a father around to tell them, 'Don't act like a moron. ... Act like a man. Don't sit there crying and screaming, idiot.' "

His controversial remarks drove several dozen parents and advocates Monday to protest outside the WOR-710 in Manhattan.

"That isn't just freedom of speech, it is hateful speech when you say 99 percent of children with autism are brats," said Evelyn Ain, whose 8-year-old son has been diagnosed with autism and who organized the demonstration. "I'll tell you, I wish I had a brat."
I hope they tar and feather his right-wing, hateful ass.

Moral of the story: hate and prejudice never stop with just one group. It always, always, always extends to others. If it's okay to hate people for some arbitrary characteristic, then it's okay to hate them all.

Even children. And yes, even those unfortunate kids who don't/can't say anything to anyone.

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Listening to: Foo Fighters - Erase/Replace
via FoxyTunes

18 comments:

white rabbit said...

Daisy - I'd never heard of him but already I know too much...

NEXT!

JoJo said...

Wow, what a piece of crap.

Dave Dubya said...

Makes you wonder what the hell kind of foul kool ade he drank.

I can only guess he is a born again moron with his guilt ridden closetted gayness.

He learned that hate pays more than love... at least in his sick world.

Bryce said...

closet case run amuk is my guess too

Mista Jaycee said...

Just another Hack! Well at least he got paid! Judas!
Jaycee

shadocat said...

he's a particularly heinous sort of guy....I hate these "fake liberals" that go around as if they've seen the light, and are now assholey (is that a word?) conservatives. My bet is he couldn't get the attention he wanted as a crunchy granola guy, so he switched to reactionary crank, aka, "borderline personality disorder."

annie said...

he is infamous in all the wrong ways. been around the bay area for eons. the saddest part? he has a massive audience. surprised?

Rosa said...

He makes me sick. I have had the unfortunate experience of being exposed to his radio show a couple of times. His show was on after this other show my mother would listen to, believe me it was never put on intentionally, I'd be busy doing the dishes and would get stuck hearing it. It's amazing some of the crap he'd come up with. Shit, if anyone would call and confront him on the crap he preached, he wouldn't let them talk, he'd holler over them or just cut them off. A horrible, nasty person. They shouldn't give him the airtime.

mikeb302000 said...

I've had the great pleasure of not knowing him either. It's interesting how some of them switch sides.

CrackerLilo said...

I did read that book. For research when I was writing for an LGBT paper. Utterly horrifying, but he at least hadn't been picking on kids who couldn't defend themselves yet! This is shocking and yet not at all surprising all at once.

Iamcuriousblue said...

"Stephen Schwartz, also an acquaintance of Savage from this time, reported Savage possessed a photograph of himself and Ginsberg swimming naked in Hawaii and used the photograph as sort of a "calling card.""

Oh wow, "Philosophical Whore of North Beach" Stephen Schwartz? I never knew about that connection.

Anonymous said...

Well what makes me laugh is all you guys and gals state over and over again that he "hates," yet you call him a lot of names and throw some language around? so, ummm who's the hater again? cause I'm confused. also, if you actually took time to read his books (oh wait no one reads anymore I forgot, we just take the liberal medias word for it) you would understand his viewpoints. And you think he's rude and nasty? ha, has anyone here ever watched Chris Matthew's show or any of those other shows on CNN or MSNBC? I would say Chris Matthew's is pretty darn rude and obnoxious. He hardly lets anyone talk. This is kind f a waste of time because I'm guessing people will come up with ridiculous arguments after me, but I just thought someone had to say something here.

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DaisyDeadhead said...

Anon, I allowed one asshole comment from you (since this IS a two-year-old post/thread, I found it rather amusing)...but that certainly didn't mean you have license to write a second asshole post. You people never learn when to quit do you?

All further bullshit from you will be deleted. I should know by now: people who admire rude swine are usually rude swine themselves. Now, fuck off.

Dave Lambers said...

The irony of DaisyDeadhead's comment is so thick it has to be intentional.

Velton said...

Really? Half the posts on here consist of "never heard of him" then go into their comment on how ___ he is or what a ___ he is. So Michael is the robotic conservative? Wow, so much irony in this thread its amazing. Had to comment on it.

DaisyDeadhead said...

What's ironic about never hearing of someone, but judging by the account here, concluding he is a pig? How could any moral person come to any other conclusion, Mr Irony-Expert?

Robotic conservative? Um, did you READ? He is an opportunistic asswipe who used to be a liberal, when it was cool to be a liberal... he even wrote books on homeopathy and weed and was apparently ON CALL in North Beach for Allen Ginsburg whenever he needed a blow job and then the Bush era materializes and he turns all anti-gay and suddenly becomes a conversative. How convenient! ;) (And what a HUCKSTER!)

That is not "irony", that is a hypocritical closet-case and greedy swine. You do know the difference between that and "irony" don't you, "Velton"?

Wait, Velton has no profile. Another faker. (sigh)

Why do I inevitably fall for these people as if they are real?

DaisyDeadhead said...

Dumb anonymous who needs to have things explained:

Well what makes me laugh is all you guys and gals state over and over again that he "hates," yet you call him a lot of names and throw some language around? so, ummm who's the hater again? cause I'm confused.

Okay, let's review.

Disabled children, children with autism, are not to blame for their own disabilities. To blame children for their own disabilities is pretty evil and hateful. Thus, we call such a person names, since we want this behavior eradicated. Treating disabled children badly, particularly those who cannot communicate that they are being bullied, is some of the most morally reprehensible behavior on the planet. And whoever defends a person who does this, is obvious filled with evil and/or is mentally challenged and never learned proper behavior as a human being.

This is you, yes? Anonymous is defending Michael Savage's right to hate speech against disabled children and wants to deny them services. And then he is "confused"... well of course. We can see that moral reasoning is not his strong suit. He and "Velton" thinks they deserve their God-given right to torture disabled children, bullying is FUN and those awful liberals are trying to ruin our fun again! How "ironic" is that?

"Ummmm, who is the hater?" Who is treating the children badly? THAT PERSON is the hater. Understand, now?

Should I go slower?

'also, if you actually took time to read his books (oh wait no one reads anymore I forgot, we just take the liberal medias word for it) you would understand his viewpoints.

Why do I have to read his book to understand his viewpoint? Is he too stupid to make his point on the radio? Why does he have a radio show, in that case?

I understand him fine: he thinks disabled children are spoiled brats. He repeated it several times for emphasis, whats not to understand? And you agree with him, which is why you are here.

As I said: you, Savage and "Velton" want the right to torture kids all you want, and you resent the fact that this age-old game of yours is suddenly being exposed for the bullying it is. Isn't that ironic?

And you think he's rude and nasty? ha, has anyone here ever watched Chris Matthew's show or any of those other shows on CNN or MSNBC?

I have criticized Matthews here too, of course. (You aren't criticizing me without even reading my actual blog are you? Isn't that what you said I should stop doing to Michael Savage? LOL)

I don't recall Chris Matthews making fun of disabled children though... could you tell me when he crossed the line into behaving like a total Michael Savage-like swine?

I would say Chris Matthew's is pretty darn rude and obnoxious. He hardly lets anyone talk. This is kind f a waste of time because I'm guessing people will come up with ridiculous arguments after me, but I just thought someone had to say something here.

Ridiculous arguments, like not bothering to actually addressg the TOPIC of Michael Savage making fun of and mistreating disabled children?

If you people are this stupid, why don't you try to educate yourselves instead of broadcasting your idiocy here? Aren't you embarrassed to be this dumb?