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Michael Savage Axed by TALK 910 KNEW in San Francisco

Updated on September 10, 2009

GOOD NEWS for San Francisco--Michael Savage Axed by TALK 910 KNEW

Talk 910 KNEW announced that notorious right wing talk show host Michael Savage was jerked this week:

"Why did you take Michael Savage off the air?"

Here's your no-spin direct answer; we have decided to go in a different philosophical and ideological direction, featuring more contemporary content and more local information.
The Savage Nation does not fit into that vision.

Savage had previously been fired by MSNBC TV for homophobic remarks to a caller.

Savage has been vocally opposed to illegal immigration; a supporter of the English only movement and argues that liberalism is corrupting America. He calls himself a conservative nationalist.

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      JamesBenjaminJrMD 7 years ago from USA

      Excellent Post!

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      Barbara 7 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      I'm not familiar with his work. I'm also not big on axing free speech unless there is a really good reason for it. I might disagree but I believe the guy has a right to his opinion. As I said, I am not familiar enough with this one to know how to react to his firing. I appreciate being informed, Ralph. Thanks.

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      Merle Ann Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      What is happening to the America I have grown up in >>>> It is so sad what we have become...:O) Hugs G-Ma

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      Jorangi2112 7 years ago

      Hilarious. Clear channel has cut their own throat by axing the 3rd most popular talk show host on radio. It's not like Savage won't find a new radio home, and his audience will go with him. 910 KNEW and Clear Channel are the biggest losers in this move, as I'm sure they know. But in this era of politically correct nice-nice talk, I suppose it's better to lose money and stand up for imaginary principles than it is to support controversial talk that is, of course, the true reason why we have a 1st Amendment. I hope I someday meet the ignoramuses who run that station so I can get a good laugh at their expense.

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      Ralph Deeds 7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Storytellersus, there is an important distinction between a commercial radio station deciding to drop one of their talk show hosts for reasons best known to them and the government denying someone's first amendment rights. The radio station has every right to determine its own programming within the parameters established by the Federal Communications Commission. If the station believes an FCC rule violates its First Amendment rights it can contest the rule in court.

      How did you feel about MSNBC's decision to axe Don Imus for making on air racist remarks about the black women on the Rutgers basketball team? Here's a link to a video of his remarks.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RF9BjB7Bzr0

      I was happy to see MSNBC axe Imus, but I was quite upset when they axed Phil O'Donohue because of his opposition to the invasion of Iraq. That was a much more serious and wrong decision than axing Savage and Imus, in my opinion.

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      jexster 7 years ago

      IMUS RULZ!!!!!!

      Run down by Dirty Deeds PC Police Car full of nappy headed ho's

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      Ralph Deeds 7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Savage links Obama to Manson family.

      http://mediamatters.org/mmtv/200909090011

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      Susan Reid 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Hallelujah! One down. You know that old saying, "If we can put one man on the moon, why not all of them!"right?

      WOuldn't it be fabulous if this started a trend? Run off now,little Rush. Good-bye, Glenn. See ya later Laura. Ann Coulter -- stick a fork in it. Etc, etc. Utopian vision of our airwaves!

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      jexster 7 years ago

      "But in this era of politically correct nice-nice talk, I suppose it's better to lose money and stand up for imaginary principles than it is to support controversial talk that is, of course, the true reason why we have a 1st Amendment."

      Why do they let wingnuts vote????

      The purpose of the first amendment is stated IN THE FIRST AMENDMENT you nitwit

      "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

      It has NOTHING to do with Michael Savage's right to a job on KNEW or anywhere else.

      These fools are today's self-proclaimed defenders of the Constitution and they haven't the foggiest notion of what it says

      They just let fly the first fart that floats into their pea brains

      That Dirty Deeds is a panty waist pc puke has nothing to do with the First Amendment or any damned amendment

      Would that it were otherwise, right General Patton?

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIbhMmC9jxU

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      jexster 7 years ago

      Michael Alan Weiner

      RIP

      Die Juden Sind Unser Unglück

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      Ralph Deeds 7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Jexter, the principles aren't imaginary.

      You were happy to see Savage silenced and I was happy to see both Imus and Savage axed. But NBC's decision to take Phil O'Donohue off the air because of his opposition to the invasion of Iraq was a more serious instance of censorship, in my opinion. He was silenced for not being PC about a huge, costly government foreign policy decision. However as Jexter says, the decision did not involve the first amendment unless it could be proved that he was silenced by Bush administration. Come to think of it, he probably was. GE is a big defense contractor.

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      jexster 7 years ago

      The Don Imus morning radio show moves its television home to the Fox Business Network starting Oct. 5 - where his fans should know they will be sharing him on-screen with a whole lot of numbers.

      The radio show itself will continue to be heard 6 a.m.-10 a.m. daily on WABC (770 AM), the flagship of a syndication network that includes about 65 stations.

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      Ralph Deeds 7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Well, I hope he's learned to clean up his act. By the way, Jexter, in Imus's case was not a matter of political correctness but rather moral correctness. I learned that in the second grade not far from where you grew up. Apparently you were not so fortunate.

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      Cyclophile 7 years ago

      Wow.. glee much? This is terrible news. God forbid that there is a voice of dissent in 'frisco.

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      Ralph Deeds 7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Not dissent--hatred, racism, lies.

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      Doc Snow 7 years ago from Atlanta metropolitan area, GA, USA

      It's the lies that bother me the most. Hatred and racism are cancers on society, and racism is essentially a huge lie in itself.

      But the free pass writers of "opinion" get when they outright lie to us distorts our realities. So much so that one Congressman felt he must interrupt the President with a baseless and distasteful accusation.

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      JAMES WILLIAMS 7 years ago

      MAN, I DON'T KNOW WHERE IN THE HELL MICHEAL SAVAGE WAS COMING FROM. ONE STATEMENT HE SOUNDS LIKE HE HAS SOME SENSE AND THE NEXT MINUTE HE'S IN LEFT FIELD. I, NOT TO LONG AGO, WAS A TAXI DRIVER AND I WOULD LISTEN TO HIM AND AT TIMES HE MADE SENSE AND THE NEXT THING YOU KNOW HE WOULD GO OFF BASE AND SOUND CRAZY. I HEARD SOME OF THE THINGS HE WOULD SAY ABOUT THE PRESIDENT, AND, BEING A MILITARY MAN, I ALWAYS SUPPORT THE PRESIDENT AND I WILL GO AGAINST ANYONE WHO DON'T RESPECT THAT LEADERSHIP. I CAN UNDERSTAND WHY SAN FRANCISCO LET HIM GO WITH THAT LARGE GAY COMMUNITY. HE REALLY DIDN'T FIT IN WITH THEM.

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      Ralph Deeds 7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Doc & James, Thanks for your comments. I agree.

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      Percy Dee 7 years ago

      Good hub Ralph. I must say that I agree with Storytellersus. I don't believe in stifling anyones right to free speech either. However, unlike Storytellersus, I am familiar with Michael Savage, and the 'savage nation'(Shudder). usually I can only listen for a couple of minutes before I start screaming at the radio though, Then I perform my own act of censorship, and switch the channel.

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      Ralph Deeds 7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Thanks, Percy, for the comment. My understanding of the right to free speech doesn't include the right to say outrageous things on the public airwaves, or at least it doesn't require the radio or TV stations to keep them on the payroll. Savage can exercise his free speech in a public park, write another book or get another talk station to hire him.

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      mega1 7 years ago

      Wow, dude, you ccccan make me laugh! 50 seconds of you is better than ANY drug. NOT that I'd know. but, so, well, you are so WELL rehearsed! This ACT of yours! WOW. And are you MARRIED? love, peace, and all that.

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      Ralph Deeds 7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Thanks for the comment, mega1. I'll check out some of your hubs. Yes, I'm happily married.

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      Jorangi2112 7 years ago

      Jexster:

      I believe that if you look into it, you'll see that radio stations--like television stations--make their decisions about programming based mostly on ratings.

      Michael Savage's program is enormously successful and popular, even in the hard-left loony zone of Northern California. To axe the #3 most popular host on radio automatically makes the radar go bleeeep!! Can't say it was about ratings, can they? Nope.

      But Savage has been often besieged by the radicals in San Fran. They've tried to get him off the air for years now. Yes, the station has every right to take him down, but let's not pretend it was about anything but the PC police taking their case to 910 KNEW. KNEW caved, and as a society we're worse off for it, as will be KNEW when they lose a great many listeners.

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      Ralph Deeds 7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Radio station programming is affected greatly by ratings. However, as in the cases of Imus and Savage (I've never heard him) the stations or their advertisers may decide that objectionable comment is not consistent with the image they want to project to the public. Content which is offensive to minority groups (e.g, African Americans, gays) with significant numbers and buying power discourages off commercials from consumer products companies. Imus went over the line with his comments about the African American women on the Rutgers basketball team. Hate speech doesn't sell ads, except for Confederate flags, Nazi regalia and the like, even though it may attract a lot of viewers.

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      Things Considered 7 years ago from North Georgia Foothills

      I have nothing against reasoned arguments from opposing viewpoints. I'm sure the conservative base could win more support for some of their issues if they tried it more often. It's the outrageous lies, hate language, willful misunderstandings and purposeful misrepresentations that I think are damaging to the American viewpoint. Both our own and others. Frankly, you cannot blame people for thinking conservatives in America are crazy when so many of them put themselves and the conservative issues forth in these unethical ways.

      That's my reasoned comment. My smartie comment is that he'll probably end up on Fox and gain a larger audience.

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      Ralph Deeds 7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Tnx for both comments.

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      William R. Wilson 7 years ago from Knoxville, TN

      I've said it many times, if I ever meet Michael Savage I'm punching him in the nose.

      Last summer, a gunman entered the Unitarian Church in Knoxville, TN. He killed 2 people before he was wrestled to the ground (good thing for him I wasn't there).

      His stated goal was to kill liberals.

      He had a copy of a book by Michael Savage, titled "Liberalism is a Mental Disease", as well as some other conservative writers. I'm sure he was a regular Savage listener as well.

      The vile hatred that Savage spews should not be on the air, anywhere. It is not a "counter" to anything - it is hate filled, disgusting nonsense.

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      William R. Wilson 7 years ago from Knoxville, TN

      I don't care if it's healthy. Do you think it's healthy for Savage to tell a gay caller to get aids and die? To call liberalism a mental disorder?

      http://www.billionquotes.com/index.php/Michael_Sav...

      Michael Savage is hatespeech, pure and simple. He's a coward who hides behind a microphone. I'd like to see him say some of those things to my face.

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      William R. Wilson 7 years ago from Knoxville, TN

      So are you defending what Savage says? Are you defending the guy who shot up my friends' church?

      You have insulted me by calling me a violent little punk. Since you are behind a keyboard you can feel free to do so.

      But since you've made it personal, this conversation is over.

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      Ralph Deeds 7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      I deleted tskensei's insulting comments from this Hub. He is not welcome to make these kinds of comments on any of my Hubs. He is welcome if he has something to contribute other than invective.

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      MFB III 7 years ago from United States

      The following comment is a wee bit harsh but comes no where near to the slander and cruelty of the current talk show puppets an their masters. They lost, Their party is out, they need to get over it and

      offer some constructive critiques, get involved in the programs, rather then

      endlessly trying to destroy everything

      that the president is trying to institute. He has worked harder in 9 months, then Bush did in eight years. I defy anyone to make me a list of good things that Bush did in office, besides helping Africans with aids. So if this offends, I am sorry, but it is meant in the spirit of educating those who have been manipulated by lobbyists and their radio mouthpieces. The lobbyists are our actual enemies, not Obama, or any other politician, we need to demand the removal of all lobbyist...today!

      Enjoy....

      Snippets From The Rape Of Truth-

      Live At Town Hells Everywhere.

      They stand with angst filled faces

      screaming out the jism of a handful of

      radio-activist talking sore heads,

      all the blathering foul mouthed pieces

      of the Republi-can't party stirring up

      the uneducated rabble rousers and the

      paid stooges of big business interests.

      These puppets parrot the twisted

      rhetoric of isms, socialism, communism,

      totalitarianism, without offering any

      real wisdom to explain how it applies to what they

      call the Obama-nation forced upon them.

      They ignore the facts that Medicare

      and National Education were not

      socialistic, or communistic,

      and that Great Britain and many other

      countries with National Health Care

      are democratic nations simply fixing

      a serious problem amidst their masses.

      They spout Hitler and Obama

      in the same breath, as if soon their

      precious grandparents will be lined up

      and gassed when they are no longer needed.

      They seek to perpetuate George Dumbya's

      government of fear, shaking their fingers

      with agitated terror wrists at those

      who seek to heal a nation, for the people,'

      by the people, and of the people.

      They whine about the cost of taking care

      of the needy and their children,

      after their own commander-in-grief

      failed to institute any health care plan

      for over eight years and chose instead

      to throw away billions of dollars,

      on Haliburton, blackwater and

      two useless, un-won wars.

      They are mostly composed of hired

      deceivers working in the interests

      of a major lobbyist, A.K.A.

      America's Health Insurance Plans,

      who sent out over 50,000 employees

      to disrupt town halls in over thirty states.

      They simply want to keep the status quo

      of gouging the less fortunate

      thereby granting them great gain

      and denying FAIR AND BALANCED

      coverage to all Americans.

      Add to that the fact that Obama's

      health care reform does not

      even go into effect until 2013

      which gives him four years to perfect it,

      So why are they out screaming now??

      That answer of course is easy,

      it's called mid-term elections,

      and the minority of disgruntled

      repuglican's want to simply run roadblocks

      in front of whatever Obama does

      all the way to the ballot boxes.

      They hold tea parties,

      with their all white labels

      hoisted high in the air,

      as wrinkled old bags

      and strung out conservatives,

      take a long deserved drenching

      in the last place cups of sore losers.

      They bristle at being called racists,

      while boasting of their

      sympathy for Black Americans,

      but their sign language

      nailed on crosses of wood

      and paper spew venomous hate.

      Congressman Joe Wilson

      let his true colors show

      when he pointed a finger of slander

      at President Obama, but never pointed out

      the fact that he is a fool fledged

      member of the Sons Of the Confederacy,

      and also sought to keep the rebel flag

      flying high and proud over his

      districts in South Carolina.

      He also recanted his apology.

      Just some little known

      background to peruse.

      And what about the Mexicans

      who landscape America,

      pick these peoples produce,

      care for their elderly,

      and work on all the

      minimum dirt wage jobs

      so that the capitalist

      can save a buck.

      God forbid that one of these

      non-citizens working here daily

      by the thousands

      should become gravely ill,

      and no longer of any use

      to those who use them.

      All of those pious

      who are dissenting now

      and demanding that such folks get

      no free care if needed,

      no illegal immigrants

      should be cared for.

      isn't that discrimination?

      Is that not a form

      of death paneling?

      Is that not racist?

      What is Christian

      in anyway !!

      about this attitude

      of screw them all?

      Such whiners no longer have

      any power in Washington,

      so they stomp around

      in exaggerated numbers

      and throw tantrums much

      like toddlers denied their way,

      a way that over eight years

      got us into this mess.

      They do not investigate,

      they simply instigate

      with faces of contempt

      spewing out falsifications

      in hopes to sabotage the

      current leader of the

      country they claim to love.

      They will soon be aborted,

      by the sharp sword of truth,

      leaving their party in shambles

      when their actions and claims

      prove that they were simply

      snippets from the rape of truth.

      Sucked in daily by the radio tubes,

      and made patsies like Dick Cheney's

      infamous puppet "Dumbya"

      while this country will go on just fine

      without them, and their lame input.

      So sit back and watch the clowns,

      made up to look patriotic,

      with Emmet Kelly expressions

      that barely hide the racism,

      as they run around

      miming the tomfoolery

      of the Rush Limbaugh freak show,

      dancing on marionette strings

      doing the Bill O'Rielly foxtrot.

      Or get active, reactive, proactive,

      man the phones and make some calls,

      Speak out, speak up, speak intelligently.

      Put some hush on the

      bloated rhetoric of Rush....

      let your sharp minds

      ravage Michael Savage,

      Phone in an endless stream of

      phone lights flashing with

      triple-decker hecklers

      and make a wreck of Glen Beck.

      Let's get wily With O'Reilly,

      and put some true sanity

      into the rantings of Hannity.

      Let's drown out the dirges of Medved,

      until he's an un-grateful deadhead.

      It's time to give them

      a strong dose of their own medicine.

      then we will begin to see just

      how many hangups these guys truly have.

      Call those Congressmen and Senators

      and Representatives that you did not

      vote for and let them know that they

      had better get behind the president

      before they fall far behind in the polls.

      Before they wind up as useless chads

      hanging around uncounted by the masses.

      It's way past time for some Glee parties,

      to counteract the tea parties, we won folks,

      we hold the majority, and it cannot be silent.

      start calling today, and soon enough

      you will institute change and bring about true hope.

      Mainly because....

      The circus is in town,

      open daily at our town halls,

      but they are simply spreading

      a long trail of elephant dung,

      that will soon mark their brief passing.

      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~MFB III

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      Ralph Deeds 7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Great stuff! The best yet on HubPages. Reminds me of Alan Ginsburg.

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      Voice of Reason 7 years ago

      I agree that at times Savage seemed logical and some of his observations were pretty right on. For the past year he has gone off the deep end with ACORN and Banned in Britian, his books are dribble and I do not understand how he insults the people listening to him and no one seems to "get it". However if Savage was silenced due to what he was saying, I believe that this is wrong.

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      Ralph Deeds 7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Do you also feel it was wrong to silence Don Imus for calling the all-black Rutgers girls basketball team "nappy headed ho's?" Seems to me the owners have a perfect right to determine the programming on their radio or TV station. I've never heard Savage, but he reportedly has made equally offensive remarks about gays and other groups. He has no right under the law to be allowed to continue making offensive remarks on the air. The things he and Imus and others have said on the air are, in my opinion, much more offensive than the occasional four letter word or bare breast which the FTC makes such a fuss about.

      Thanks for your comment.

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      jiberish 7 years ago from florida

      20 years ago I worked for several radio stations and ratings were everything. Many personalities were replaced and moved to different time slots based on Abriton ratings.

      Any company has the right to terminate an employee based on that companies values, but some in radio, and other media have sacrificed for the love of money, ie: Howard Stern. But Savage, a little over the top even for me, has the right to say whatever he likes, just not on certain radio stations. I also think it was wrong for the Uk to ban him and put him on the terror list given the fact that they allow so many other terrorist in.

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      Xenonlit 5 years ago

      I don't care how old this is. I am just glad to know that it happened. That man was a psychopath. We have to do something about psychopathy in the field of talk radio.

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      Ralph Deeds 5 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      I agree. Thanks for your comment.

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