The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

04 April 2007

Michael Savage, Talk Radio, Nancy Pelosi


Savage's Sudden Switch Leaves Some Baffled

To say the least, listening to yesterday's Michael Savage show was a surreal experience. After less than an hour spent monitoring "The Savage Nation", it was easy to see why the syndicated host is now the darling of the Talkers Magazine clique.

So, what has become of Mr Savage? Is he ready to move into the void created by the recent failure of so many "progressive" hosts?

As your Radio Equalizer has been a Savage listener since 1994, when he was a weekend host at KGO / San Francisco, this site has a good feel for his positions on the issues. Over time, they have remained largely the same: he had been an independent conservative who didn't feel the need to suck up to the GOP.

Yes, that much we understand, but last night's show was an altogether different experience. While defending Nancy Pelosi's trip to Syria seemed odd enough, it didn't in itself set off alarm bells.

Instead, it was Savage's defense of the Syrian regime that was downright shocking. Calling the the country under the Assad dictatorship a mere nationalist Middle Eastern state in a "traditional" mold, he tried to convince listeners it was nowhere near as oppressive as Iran's government.

Ignoring Syria's role in global terrorism, its terrible human rights record and lack of overall freedom, Savage made distinctions that just didn't make sense. Yet, in terms of repression, Iran and Syria are running neck and neck, according to the annual Index of Economic Freedom.

When a caller attempted to question Savage's positions, particularly his defense of Pelosi's trip, he was ripped for having supposedly mindless, unquestioning support for the GOP. In response, the listener suggested that an imbalance of prescription medications might be to blame for Michael's seeming conversion to the left.

Isn't there a difference between promoting an independent conservative viewpoint and reading from the Democrat Party's daily talking points?

The big question: with today's release of the British hostages in Iran, will he now praise Pelosi for her supposed "role" in this breakthrough? If so, he may soon be ready to join our unhinged friends over at Air America, or the Huffington Post.

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  • C&P-loney - see you bit the bullet and didn't rely on copy-and-paste for filler this time - amazing what a little constructive criticism will do...

    However, you're blatantly dissemeniating again - when linking "her supposed role" in referencing Pelosi's visit to Syria, there's absolutely nothing whatsoever in that article that suggests Pelosi played ANY role whatsoever.

    You really can't write an entire article without an outright deliberate obfuscation?

    By Blogger TJ, at 04 April, 2007 17:36  

  • america's hands
    are dripping in the blood
    of innocents

    america causes more "terror"
    in ONE DAY
    then iran and syria combined
    could accomplish
    in a hundred thousand lifetimes

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 04 April, 2007 18:09  

  • Today we read that Syria was instrumental in getting the Brit hostages released. They clearly want to talk with us and move forward together, but are coming up against the boundless belligerance of the world-discredited neocon Bush regime and its pasty pudgy lying henchman like Baloney.

    Haven't you done enough, destroying the reputation of this country permanently throughout the world, bankrupting US, committing serial treason by lying us into a war and even outing WMD CIA specialists who won't toe your twisted line? You have already tanked your party for the 08 election with a 15 point Pew nosedive, almost nobody coming to voting age would consider voting GOP no matter how pudgy and pasty, and are stuck with candidates trying to lie to cover up positions diametrically opposite to the GOP on every social issue.

    And you want to continue to be porky bully boys? You are hanging on a revolution where the guillotine will be considered too good for the likes of your gargantuan asses.

    By Blogger gregrocker, at 04 April, 2007 19:08  

  • The "annual Index of Economic Freedom" is sponsored by the Heritage Foundation - one of the vile criminal groups called "conservative thinktanks" that has been wrong on everything related to the Iraq war.

    Continue to cite data from discredited organizations if you want Maloney, but you are only reinforcing the fact you are nothing more than a party hack.

    By Blogger Elmonica, at 04 April, 2007 22:39  

  • Oh the hate thing again.....huh who would have guessed that would be the default response.

    By Blogger Lonewatchman, at 04 April, 2007 22:51  

  • I like hash (the commentor - never had the drug) - but he immediately leaves me behind with his free-versing.

    And greg, apparently the bush admin released an Iranian diplomat being held in Iraq, which spurred the Iranians to release the brits...

    Elmonica was directly on. You can't argue with that.

    Lonewatchman - the immediate snideness of my comment aside - what about C&P-loney's consistent making up stuff (as in the last Franken article) or the part of this article that was blatantly dishonest.

    Stop hiding behind the stuff you _want_ to see, LW, and deal with some facts.

    Maybe, after you accept them, you'll understand what drives people to hold C&P-loney in such disdain.

    All of that aside,

    By Blogger TJ, at 05 April, 2007 01:40  

  • I see the lefties are passing around the hate and drugs again.

    Pelosi is nothing but an America hating traitor. She did nothing but be a useful tool for the terrorists.

    Hash, your support of terrorists is appalling.

    By Blogger PCD, at 05 April, 2007 08:40  

  • Hmmmm... Why no mention here that several Republican congressmen also were on the trip with Pelosi? Or that the trip was recommended by the Bi-Partisan Baker-Hamilton commission?

    By Blogger Justin, at 05 April, 2007 08:47  

  • i love how PCD starts off by calling out other people for their "hate" and then immediately starts hating Pelosi. obviously his memory is so short that he can't remember something he typed seconds earlier. or perhaps he doesn't quite understand what irony is. either way, keep up the good work, PCD - we always need a good laugh around these parts.

    By Blogger liberal outlaw, at 05 April, 2007 09:11  

  • LO, I can't help that you insanely giggle at what normal people say.

    Justin, just because THAT commission recommended something doesn't make it a good idea, and what Pelosi did was just being a Tool for terrorists. Pelosi has got to learn that her delusions and lies will be front page news when she hallucinates about what heads of state say.

    Oh, Justin, I've said on other blogs that those 3 RINOs need to be jailed, too.

    The Hypocrite Democrats keep their criminals in office, the GOP dump theirs. Oh, Hash, Bush is not a criminal, although you are getting close to be a criminal in your deranged slander of him.

    By Blogger PCD, at 05 April, 2007 11:35  

  • Even the hate monger himself Savage , has 1.8th of a brain. He understands diplomacy works.

    Good for Savage, he has the ability to think for himself.

    PCD, you are a degenerate 20%er rejected by your own country. Note, several Republicans went to Syria as well. Do they hate America for trying diplomacy?????????????

    You are simply retarted. As sick as Savage sounds most of the time, he gets this issue, it is called diplomacy.
    Of corse if the Republicans were in charge and say Hassart went to Syria, cons would be on the top of their lungs shrieking "see our policy is working", since it was Nancy, it is considered "treasonous".
    PCD, you are all alone clutching Roveian talking points, when the rest of America developed thinking ability, even Michael Savage!!!
    All alone, Brian and PCD, clutching onto Rove's talking points, desperatly longing for 2001 once more, when you were not irrelevant

    all 20%ers should seriousy at this point be deported, Maloney, PCD, enemies of America, enemies of the will of the people, friends of the rogue administration which the entire nation rejected.

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 05 April, 2007 11:44  

  • PCD

    you take Bush over America. You are an enemy of America.

    Get the hell out of our country, Bush freak.

    America would rejoice if Bush was removed from office, rejoice in the streets. You filthy, little piece of human excrement.

    you are all alone
    on a hill, all alone
    clutching Rove's RNC talking points
    waiting by the radio for Marc Levin
    You are all alone PCD
    your own country has rejected your failed ideology
    You are all alone defending Bush over America
    All alone craving endless wars, calling everybody terrorists
    Your own nation has rejected you, you dirty little freak

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 05 April, 2007 11:47  

  • PCD







    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 05 April, 2007 13:53  

  • PCD is to be ignored...his goal here is to create his own version of Monty Python's "Argument Clinic" - the automatic but pointless retort is what brings him joy.

    Like C&P-loney, he has little interest in fact, but great interest in pointless partisanship.

    By Blogger TJ, at 05 April, 2007 14:10  

  • as a non-partisan follow-up, MoP is pretty much to be ignored, as is hash when he's in free-verse mode.

    By Blogger TJ, at 05 April, 2007 14:24  

  • What's the matter TJ? I treat the right the way they deserveto be treated. Do you think anyone should show any respect for these filthy degenerates? Remember 2004, that attitude resulted in Bush for 4 more years. I say
    expose them
    mock them
    question their patriotism
    call them enemies of America

    I'm about saving this country, not "civil debate". No way to peacefully debate filthy liars.
    Take Aim against the right
    No need to pacify them, and treat them with dignity, treat them for what they are SCUM
    I'm tired of being on the losing end and having these freaks destroy America. When you act civil with them, they get away with the LIES.
    When will you get it?

    Treat them with civility? Why? They will spit right in your face, call you a traitor, terrorist, and smear their way into an election victory. This is a WAR, it is a WAR to save America from the radical right. Scew civil debate, Kick em, trash them, expose them, mock them, insult them, fire with fire.

    Your atitute is the exact reason why they controlled congres for 12 years, and got this freak into office again. Insted of taking AIM, you let these filty freaks get away with endless smear, slime and lies. Ask Kerry about where civil debate gets you with Rapeublicans.

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 05 April, 2007 15:11  

  • MoP - you won't get this, as it deals in reality (neither will PCD for that matter).

    But - I'll try anyway.

    Anyone - ANYONE - who says that "only my side is right - only my way is right" is LYING when they say they are trying to "save this country" or that they put country before partisanship.

    That means you, MoP - that means C&P-loney. that means PCD.

    So - if you're really interested in what is best for this country, debate the "other side" about the facts.

    Otherwise, don't expect me to take you seriously.

    You simply don't want to be taken seriously, and don't deserve any attention - any more than PCD does.

    By Blogger TJ, at 05 April, 2007 15:22  

  • So - if you're really interested in what is best for this country, debate the "other side" about the facts.

    The other side is not interestedin facts, they are interested in ad-hom attacks. So I return the ad-hom attacks. This brings RESULTS, not kissing ass and debating LIARS.

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 05 April, 2007 15:47  

  • MoP - I'm a bit stunned you don't get it.

    If they don't debate facts, don't debate them.

    The extremists of all ilks are the minority - you are wedging yourself in with the minority.

    You have fun in that pointless, reward-less land of yours (and PCDs) - you two deserve one-another.

    I'll just have fun calling C&P-loney on his bullshit - the main reason I'm here, anyway.

    By Blogger TJ, at 05 April, 2007 15:48  

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