Thursday, April 19, 2007

First Imus, now Savage? Protest Friday

Protesters ranging from La Raza Centro Legal and the Bay Area Lawyers Guild to representatives of public stations KPFA and KQED plan to demonstrate against right-wing talk show host Michael Savage outside KNEW radio on Friday (April 20), according to a report in the San Francisco Daily.

"To remove Don Imus from the radio and not remove people like Michael Savage is hypocrisy," protest organizer Steve Zeltzer told the SF Daily. "Michael Savage is much more flagrant in his racist, sexist and homophobic comments."

Savage (pictured), whose real name is Michael Weiner, has attacked Muslims, Jews, transgendered people, immigrants and many other goups, Zeltzer said.

"We support the First Amendment but we don’t support the public airways being used in this manner," said Zeltzer, who hosts his own cable access program.

KNEW program director Bob Agnew said he had no comment about the demonstration. Savage's show is based in San Francisco and is syndicated by an arm of Clear Channel Communications to more than 400 stations nationwide.

The protest is planned for 5 p.m. — during the middle of the Savage’s afternoon drive-time program — in front of KNEW’s studios at 340 Townsend St., near 4th Street.

The protest comes amid talk by Democrats of restoring what was known as the Fairness Doctrine, which required broadcasters to give opposing political points of view equal time. The FCC scrapped the rule in 1987. A year later, Rush Limbaugh started his national program, followed by a number of other conservative hosts.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

as much as I dislike savage, if his ability to speak is silenced, it can happen to anyone else ... yes, i know some (most) would say he's not responsible in his speech ... but the answer to objectionable speakers isn't less speech, it's more of it ... and people who don't like him always have the option of changing channels. ... Air America went into bankruptcy because of low ratings.

A. Christensen Johnson said...

It is not the responsibility of government to impose "fairness" in speech, especially when it concerns private enterprise like radio. Let the consumer decide when enough is enough. Every American has the right to spew hate out of their mouth, as well as pearls of wisdom. People ought to be able to decide for themselves what's offensive and what's not. I'm open for debate, so check out http://blogoftheunion.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

Savage has advocated killing 100 million Muslims and he called the Duke rape victim a "drunken slut stripping whore." I think that crosses the line between reasonable political discourse and hate speech. -- K.W., San Francisco

felix said...

Imus was brought down by Team Hillary for snubbing her and opposing her Senate re-election. His racial comments were a pretext. He's been saying things like that for years.