The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

16 August 2007

Anti-Michael Savage Protest Held In San Francisco


Only 60 Hotheads Turn Out For SF Anti-Savage Event

A planned protest against syndicated talk host Michael Savage drew just 60 people, according to Bay Area news media reports.

Held outside the studios of KNEW-AM, where Savage is carried in Baghdad- By- The- Bay, it featured unhinged Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval, who recently sponsored a condemnation resolution against the talker. The San Francisco Sentinel has posted photos of the event here.

Meanwhile, Savage himself is clearly laughing all the way to his next ratings book, as the protest provides yet more free publicity for his show. On his own website, the issue has been placed front and center.

From the San Jose Mercury- News, note the slanted "undocumented" language used in the story:

Protesters seek firing of radio host Savage


By Javier Erik Olvera

About 60 people Wednesday gathered outside the San Francisco radio station that broadcasts radio host Michael Savage's talk show to call for his immediate termination.

The demonstration was prompted by a show last month in which Savage said Latino college students should "starve to death" after they fasted to call attention to a proposed law that would provide a path to citizenship for children illegally brought to the United States by their parents.

The college students, including several from San Jose, were among the group with signs that read, "Wishing for someone's death is not free speech" outside KNEW-AM (910) on Townsend Street.

"He's promoting hate," said Francisco Alvarado with Student Advocates for Higher Education at San Jose State University and a fast organizer. "We want them to take responsibility for what he said."

Neither officials with the station nor the Oregon-based Talk Radio Network that syndicates "The Savage Nation" to 8 million listeners across the country could be reached for comment.

Savage made the statement on his July 5 show, three days into the fast meant to urge lawmakers to pass the legislation, which also would help undocumented students attend college through loans.

"I would say, let them fast until they starve to death, then that solves the problem," Savage said on air. "Then we won't have a problem about giving them green cards because they're illegal aliens."

More than anything, this effort has succeeded in bringing disaffected conservatives back into Savage's fold, who had recently been put off by some of his on- air rhetoric. Who knew the "Hey Hey, Ho Ho!" crowd could be so useful?

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  • Great site!

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    By Blogger commoncents, at 16 August, 2007 10:55  

  • Bringing back disaffected conservative?!? I have been listening to Michael straight through for almost four years. It is guys like Rush, Sean, and Levin that I cannot stand to listen to anymore. They are clearly in the pocket of the republican party. The terms conservative republican and rino are almost meaningless as most republican now are what would be called rinos and very few are truly conservative. I've lost all respect for Levin when he berated a truly adoring fan of his (Levin's) because she asked Mark about the possibility of a good conservative third party candidate. He showed what a phoney he truly is that night.

    By Blogger John from Texas, at 18 August, 2007 10:56  

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