Of all the right-wing radio talk show hosts, Michael Savage, host of “The Savage Nation,” is the worst of the worst. His viewpoints are SO right-wing extreme that he makes Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh look like card-carrying members of the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Savage, who can be heard in my home area of Dallas on a small-time AM station KSKY (660 AM), spews the most infected kind of political bile, but on May 16, it went WAY over the line of good taste or clear thinking.
“SAVAGE: Israel is the canary in the mine. Tell me that Israel is not committing national suicide … The rockets are flying in, Israel does nothing, doesn’t lift a hand. Israel offers to give back 93 percent of the West Bank, and Jimmy Carter, the communist, anti-American, anti-Semitic bastard that he is, comes out and says, ‘Israel is evil for giving back 93 percent of the West Bank. They’ve got to give back 100 percent.’ That anti-Semitic bastard.
CALLER: Unfortunately, many of our senators are in the same …
SAVAGE: Jimmy Carter is a Jew-hater through and through. Jimmy Carter is who caused worldwide Islamic terrorism to proliferate around the globe. Jimmy Carter undermined the shah of Iran. Jimmy Carter encouraged (Ayatollah Ruhollah) Khomeini to come back from exile in Paris. As a result, Khomeini spread his Islamic poison around the globe. Jimmy Carter is a war criminal. Now, Jimmy Carter comes out and writes a letter today, and says that Israel, by giving back 93 percent of the West Bank, is being evil, it’s the Jews again tricking the Palestinians. Jimmy Carter is like Hitler with the double talk on top of it all. I can’t take this crap any more. Why is he even taken seriously? Why don’t the Jews get up and spit in his face?”Lovely, isn’t it?
Oh, but it gets better. From the broadcast the day before:
“They have a new racket. They don’t call it affirmative action. The racket works like this: First, they give you a written test, which you can’t cheat on. So if the white guy gets, let’s say, a 98 or 100, they then give him what’s called an oral exam. The oral exam is conducted preferably by a lesbian and a person of color who usually gives the white man a 30 or a 20 on the exam for not being properly communicating. [sic]
“Then, of course, if they get a minority in there who got a 30 or a 40 on the written exam, they give him a 100 or a 150 on the oral, and so the minority winds up with a higher aggregate score and he becomes the captain in the police department. That’s called communism.
“There is a hostile takeover of the United States of America by Mexico. Affirmative action is being used to purge our police departments of white males -- particularly heterosexual, Christian white males are being purged from state departments, state police departments, and from police departments. They are only putting in women -- particularly women who are not married, let’s put it to you that way, in a nice delicate manner, unless they’re married to a turkey baster, illegal aliens who have become citizens by nefarious means, and, of course, people of color. White males need not apply. This is all connected to the flood of illegal aliens swamping America.”
Delightful and SOOOOOOO entertaining, too.
This kind of hateful rhetoric, done merely to incite listeners into doing … whatever … never seems to come under the scrutiny of the Federal Communications Commission. Instead, the FCC seems content to examine the content of folks like Howard Stern or some fool named Opie or when Janet Jackson flashes a little breast on television.
Sex seems to be the only item on the agenda for the FCC while deliberate hate speech, like that employed by Savage, goes unheeded.
Why? A simple question. Why doesn’t anyone, seeking moral punishment for watching “The DaVinci Code,” protest such statements by people like Savage?
Why? Not even Pat Robertson has said something THIS stupid and outrageous and the Reverend does it as frequently as Albert Pujols smacks home runs.
Why? Why do political leaders permits such trash to lie in the street of American politics without removing it immediately and working to see that it never gets placed there again?
Why, you ask? Because there is NO incentive (usually financial) to do so. And in the United States, THAT will be its downfall. No will, no way.
Because of people like Michael Savage and the idiots that support him and listen to him. And who believe him.