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Thursday, August 23, 2007

You Can Take Away the Savage, But Not the Ph.D.!

By John W. Lillpop

There must have been a point in that commentary by Joseph Honick (August 23 HSN, 'When Silliness and Arrogance Collide').

Pity the author's intended point was obscured by Ph.D. envy, Weiner wrath, anti-Savage savagery, or a combination thereof.

For those interested in the unvarnished facts, simply "google" the name Dr. Michael Savage and you will discover 2,060,000 entries.

Yes, many refer to individuals who practice medicine and are not even close to being radio talk show luminaries.

But scores of hundreds refer to the man humbly known to millions of loyal listeners as Dr. Michael Savage. Or the General in the Bunker.

Anyone who has actually tuned in to the Savage Nation will immediately associate those monikers with America's most exciting talk show host.

Google results for Dr. Michael Savage include the following Wikipedia

"Michael Savage is the pseudonym of Michael Alan Weiner a controversial American Conservative talk radio host, author, and political pundit. He holds master's degrees in medical botany and medical anthropology and earned a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in nutritional ethnomedicine. As Michael Weiner, he has written a number of books on herbal medicine and homeopathy.

As Michael Savage, he has written four New York Times bestsellers: The Savage Nation (2003), The Enemy Within (2004), Liberalism Is a Mental Disorder (2005), and The Political Zoo (2006). His nationally syndicated radio show, The Savage Nation, reaches more than ten million listeners on over 400 stations throughout the United States, ranking third in number of stations syndicated nationwide and third in nationwide audience behind Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity."

By Jove, that is indeed the good Dr. Michael Savage that Americans have come to know and respect from well over a decade of courageous, in your face broadcasting.

As to the notion that Dr. Michael Savage walks in lock step with George W. Bush and the Republican party, the truth is exactly the opposite.

Fact: Dr. Michael Savage was Honored with the Freedom of Speech Award by TALKERS Magazine in June 2007.

In conferring this prestigious honor on Michael Savage, the magazine described Savage as "Being the first major conservative radio talk show host to criticize President George W. Bush on his policies and encourage hosts of all political ideologies to remain independent of partisan loyalties."

Yep, that is the good Dr. Michael Savage all right!

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Because of his outspoken speech, Dr. Michael Savage has always been, and will always be, controversial and a target for those who disagree with his ideology.

But while disagreement is as American as baseball, hot dogs (Weiners?), apple pie, and Toyota, attempting to use the power of government to silence free speech is not.

Which is why I say shame on Gerardo Sandoval and fifteen other members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors who tried to squelch the right of Dr. Michael Savage to engage in free expression.

And God Bless Ed Jew, the lone Supervisor whose vote against the likes of Sandoval upheld and preserved Dr. Michael Savage's first amendment rights!