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June 19, 2007

Why Does WCAP Still Carry Bigot Michael Savage?

by at 1:10 pm.

Michael Savage is one of the worst of the right-wing hate mongering radio talkers. And of course, Savage, who’s well known for hate speech on his show, just had to weigh in in the most reprehensible way on the gay marriage vote in Massachusetts (bold mine):

Savage characterized opponents of the amendment, including Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D), as “criminals” who told voters to “drop dead.” He added: “Gay marriage was to go before the people in an even vote … [b]ut at the last minute, the gay mafia bought the votes of state representatives up and down the line — bought them lock, stock, and barrel, like cheap tricks in a gay bathhouse.” He also called same-sex marriage “an affront to all of civilization.”

What I want to know is, does the owner of WCAP at all subscribe to this point of view, and if not, why does he still let this very hateful man spew his crap on his airwaves?

13 Responses to “Why Does WCAP Still Carry Bigot Michael Savage?”

  1. Tim Little Says:

    Lynne — Not a defense, but there’s probably a belief that vitriol = ratings = $$$, regardless of whether the owner personally shares Savage’s savagery. Whether this can be backed up with hard data is something else again.

  2. Eleanor Rigby Says:

    Actually I think the truth lies in what fees they have to pay (or not) to carry the show. I’d be willing to bet it’s a straight trade.

    I’ve never heard it, is there any local advertising on the show? If not then I’d bet that it’s on the air because it’s “free”.

  3. waittilnextyr Says:

    You can take heart in the obvious frustration progress causes him - his vile is an expression of his misery.

  4. Lynne Says:

    Eleanor: I do believe that is the way with a lot of national programming. I believe Air America operates the same way. I imagine there’s some deal about getting a percentage of ad revenues should there be any, but I’m not sure.

    With WCAP, my understanding is that there isn’t much ad revenues…it seems they don’t even bother with having much of a sales team to try and get some.

  5. Jay Booth Says:

    This guy Michael Savage comes up with stuff that’s so hateful and so dumb that I can’t even get angry, I’m just amazed.

    One time last summer I heard him propose invading Mexico so we could set up a 10 mile security “kill zone” in their land along the border to stop illegal immigration.

  6. will w Says:

    Previously, Ike Cohen (Morris’ late brother), was extremely liberal, hated Nixon, supported the news, and took a personal interest. The Savage show (and the network they use for news) are likely the cheapest alternatives. I do think that there is some community sensitivity and that 20 or 30 letters would make a difference. The other thing is advertising. Advertisers have clout. The local banks that advertised might be petitioned to consider expressing their views if you can cite some particularly nasty quotes. Someone could call into George Anthes too and make him defend the station.

    If you wanted to be confrontational, you could always picket the WCAP remote van when it goes to an event. But I’d try the letters and a sit down with Morris first.

    Will

  7. Fenton Says:

    It won’t make a difference don’t bother. You are trying to censor him. And don’t give me your pathetic argument that “hate speech” is not protected. I don’t think anyone on the far side of the political spectrum (left or right - that includes you, Lynne) should be dictating what protected speech is.

  8. Jay Booth Says:

    Hey Fenton, Lynne’s not a totalitarian lefty extremist - to find the left-wing analogue to Michael Savage’s mentality you’d probably have to go for Stalin or Mao.

    And it’s not censorship to advocate for taking an idiot off the air by contacting their advertisers, it’s the free market.

  9. Lynne Says:

    Once again, the poor poor victim claims “censorship.”

    First of all, it’s my right and the right of all Americans to boycott/demand accountability over what goes on at a commercial radio station, which uses the PUBLIC airwaves. We have a right to petition the FCC and demand accountability that way as well.

    Second of all, the alternative you suggest says that all speech is equal. Well, it’s not. Some speech is really damned unproductive and offensive. Sorry if it hurts you for people to call out Savage for the stupid waste of time and hurtful bigot that he is, but the truth stings…

    I don’t remember righties getting all uptight about “censorship” when they got Bill Maher kicked off network television through their pressure tactics. Please. Pot, meet kettle…

  10. Paul@01852 Says:

    “According to a new FCC estimate… nearly all indecency complaints in 2003—99.8 percent—were filed by the Parents Television Council, a [Conservative] activist group.” And of course the FCC, which has fined media companies millions of dollars for simple one-time slips of the tongue, is chaired by a Bush-appointee (at one time it was Colin Powell’s son, Michael but I believe he has since been replaced).

  11. Shawn Says:

    Not speaking for the station here, but…

    Last year we had a bunch of flakes try this “boycott the advertisers” thing.

    Since then, most of those advertisers have started having live remotes from their locations.

    The letters and calls proved the ratings.

    If you don’t like something, just switch over to your NPR stuff.. Its out there somewhere.

  12. Bill K. Says:

    To answer the question, probably because he’s third-ranked ratings-wise in the nation, and people want to listen to what he has to say. The business of radio requires it to have an audience. You still have the freedom to choose to listen to another station if you do not care for what this one airs. Why is it so many lefties can’t just turn the other cheek and feel the need to stifle any opinion contrary to theirs?

  13. Lynne Says:

    Hey Bill - you’re posting on a post that’s six months old. No one’s really listening.

    But if you must know, it’s not stifling opinion that’s at issue here. It’s using the marketplace to pressure bigots to lose ad dollars (you know, market forces!). It’s also about the responsibility one has when using the goddamned PUBLIC airwaves. Yes, that’s right, the public owns them, so the public gets a say in their use.

    I really hate Republicans who claim to be so much for free markets but only when it suits THEM.

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