Sunday, July 19, 2009

Michael Savage can go to England

London's Daily Mail and other British newspapers say Marin County radio host Michael Savage can now visit the UK after the government has ditched a list of people banned from Britain for supposedly spreading hate and terrorism.

Two months ago, Home Secretary Jacqui Smith listed Savage and 15 others as "least wanted" visitors. Savage (whose real name is Michael Weiner) sued Smith for libel, saying he she had no right to put him on the same list as a former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard, a skinhead gang leader and a Hezbollah militant. Savage said he also was forced to hire body guards.

Last week, Smith stepped down in the wake of a scandal over the personal use of taxpayer funds and her successor, Alan Johnson, has dropped the list, the Daily Mail said:
    The Mail on Sunday has been told that Mr Johnson believes the move was a blunder and does not propose to issue similar lists in the future. But the switch could have major legal consequences for the Government.

    Mr Savage is suing Ms Smith for libel over the list and abandoning the policy could make it impossible to contest his demand for damages.
Savage has used the ban to his advantage, frequently making it a topic on his show, heard weekdays from 3 to 7 p.m. on KNEW 910 and nationally on more than 200 stations.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I don't know why it's necessary to identify him by a name other than the one he uses professionally. Radio is filled with such changes yet I don't recall any effort to point this out except when it comes to Michael Savage. If indeed this is the new standard I look forward to properly identifying the following:

Irving Berlin
Leonard Bernstein
Rodney Dangerfield
George Gershwin
Evel Knievel
Houdini
Ralph Lauren
Joan Rivers
Artie Shaw
Andy Warhol
Frank Lloyd Wright
Spiro Agnew
Che Guevara
Gerald Ford
Bill Clinton
Gary Hart
Vladimir Lenin
Joseph Stalin
Malcom X
Nelson Mandela
Babe Ruth
Bob Dylan

Anonymous said...

Wiener milks incidents like this for publicity ... he doesn't care about going to England, he cares about making his audience feel outraged ... he's very good at playing the victim.

Anonymous said...

Yup, no one should be put out just because a country singles you out for exclusion based on speech. Freedom of speech is a concept designed to protect popular ideas while excluding unpopular ones.

Anonymous said...

Yup, no one should be put out just because a country singles you out for exclusion based on speech. Freedom of speech is a concept designed to protect popular ideas while excluding unpopular ones.