Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Michael Savage Takes On Media Matters

Claiming that Media Matters for America is guilty of improper use of a not for profit 501(C)(3) tax exemption due to politically motivated actions against the nationally syndicated radio talk show host, Michael Savage has stated that he will sue what he calls a front group for the Democratic party.

Savage states that he is going to turn the Media Matters attack of Michael Savage against them. He asks his audience to
contact them and request a copy of their financial statement. If his vast audience carries out his call to war such a thing might prove costly for Media Matters.

Savage also questions how the executives at
Media Matters can be earning such large salaries if it is indeed a not for profit group. The ball is now being returned to the court of the opponents of Michael Savage.

What will the next move of Media Matters be? Your guess is as good as mine. But if I had to put down money I would put mine on Savage by a nose. Speaking of Money,
Savage needs your help!

Stay Tuned. More of Michael Savage coming up.

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Saturday, July 26, 2008

Michael Savage Called a “Pig” by Geraldo Rivera!

During the 11:00 a.m. hour of the July 26, 2008 Larry Kudlow show aired weekly on New York Radio giant 770 W.A.B.C. Michael Savage was called a “pig” by Geraldo Rivera. Rivera had been filling in for Kudlow when he made the comment. Due to his view of how Savage hurt the families of people with autism Rivera considers the comments made by Savage to be unacceptable.

Rivera a nationally recognized news correspondent and a journalist went on to say that he considers what Media Matters has been doing in attacking Savage as a proper response to the on air comments of
Michael Savage.

During the first segment of the hour Rivera fielded a few calls but seems to have cut the calls a little short, perhaps because each call was in support of Dr. Savage. But for what ever the reason, time constraints notwithstanding Mr. Rivera remained rigid in opposition to the words of Savage.

The few callers which were given the opportunity to speak to the issue spoke along the lines of the following:

Caller Mike: Identifying himself as a special education teacher agrees that most of the kids that he has worked with who are diagnosed as autistic are not. The caller supports the position of Savage. Strangely even though the caller supports Savage, Rivera seemed to have little to say in defense of his own “pig” comment.

Caller Tom: When speaking to the issue the caller stated that he supported the Savage position. Again Rivera doesn’t seem to believe that people could be speaking out in support of Savage.

Caller Vincent: Takes great offense at the comments made in derision of Michael Savage.

It seems that Michael Savage has loyal listeners who are always ready and able to come to his defense. This man just might have the most loyal listenership in talk radio.

Sadly it sounded to me that Geraldo Rivera a man who I have admired over the years, must be counted among those who have made up their mind on the issue without giving fair and balanced consideration to both sides of the issue.

Whether his position is due to the reporting of
Media Matters for America or is based upon his own bias towards Savage, I find it insulting to his audience and especially to Mr. Kudlow to air such negative views of a fellow radio personality on the program of another person.

If Geraldo Rivera wanted to make such strong statements, which is absolutely his right to do, he should have done so in his own venue. Geraldo overstepped the bounds of propriety in abusing the airwaves on loan from another talk show host.

I believe that all parties would be well served if Geraldo Rivera were to speak directly to Michael Savage on air after having first listened to the last few broadcasts of Michael Savage in which Savage clarified his earlier comments regarding his opinion on the majority of people diagnosed with autism.

The issue as pointed out by Dr. Savage is of such importance that it should not be reduced to an issue of name calling. Considering that Geraldo Rivera made his mark by his expose’ of the
Willowbrook State School, on Staten Island, New York in the 1970’s one might think that he would want to join forces with Dr. Savage in exposing what might possibly be one of the largest scandals in modern American medical history.

You can bet that anyone who has a vested interest in this story including as I stated in a past article, Big Pharma, some segments of the medical community, certain segments of the educational establishment and others would surely want to put the lid on this story.

I believe that the trade term for such an agenda is “Spike the story.” For that reason alone a newsman with the reputation of Geraldo Rivera should want to get his teeth into the story of how Big Pharma is manipulating the medical diagnosis of children for purely financial reasons.

That is precisely what Savage had been attempting to do in his failed attempt to make a point. Sadly due to a lapse in word craftsmanship mixed with a good dose of passion Dr. Savage dropped the ball. If Savage owes any form of apology to anyone he owes it to his syndication network for a brief lapse of professionalism.

Strangely, Geraldo Rivera played a large role in the closing of Willowbrook, the conditions of which he himself described as horrific. At the same time Savage states that his severely retarded brother was placed in a place that he can only refer to as a “hell hole.”

Could it be that these two men’s lives have in some strange way crossed paths in a way that demands that these same two men stand together as one in an effort to protect children from harm?

I say to Geraldo Rivera you need to get all the facts before you call Michael Savage a pig. As a professional you owe that much to your audience. And Michael Savage owes it to his audience to invite Rivera onto his program in an open dialogue that will possibly result in a healing of something which has been blown way out of proportion by the detractors of Michael Savage.

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Michael Savage Autism Debate Continues

Apparently the syndicators of the Savage Nation and Michael Savage have been in serious discussion regarding the recent issue of autism and the meaning behind what Savage said. After all related issues were considered it has been concluded that the only thing which Savage might be guilty of is a failure to make his intended statement about autism and how it is being enlarged into the “autism spectrum” more clear.

But when taking into consideration that Savage always speaks extemporaneously, it is difficult to imagine that he or any other person will not sometimes say things which can be misunderstood by his vast audience.

Adding to that is the possibility that he has political enemies who look for any possible opportunity to gain an upper hand by taking things out of context and twisting them. I have to admit that I myself after hearing his comments was left somewhat annoyed by what he seemed to be saying.

In all fairness Michael Savage as any other person has the right to explain himself. Savage has the right to clarify those statements, and any reasonable person should be willing to listen and give due consideration to that explanation. Clearly Savage has made that defense of his position and when heard in the proper context the explanation is both reasonable and satisfactory.

Of course the enemies of Savage, the enemies of truth will find no explanation either reasonable or satisfactory. For those individuals with an agenda it is not possible to make explanation. Indeed those individuals have set about to destroy Savage. But will that happen to Savage? As an old man once said to me about pigs flying, “that ain’t going to happen any time soon.”

So since the syndicator will now provide, as a mea culpa in my opinion free P.S.A’s about autism, the opening has been made for much more discussion on this topic. Clearly those afflicted with autism deserve both the loving concern of the public as well as their support.

But the issue that Michael Savage has begun should not be permitted to be swept under the rug because it is too controversial. Savage should not be kept from speaking on this subject. Though it is good to have a dialogue about the seriousness of this ailment, it should at the same time become a discussion of what is and what is not true autism.

As
Barbara Anderson said to me in correspondence “Since nobody has a definitive answer as to the cause of autism, I think it is good to have a forum on it where we can all share opinions and even anecdotal evidence.”

I would agree with that thought and hope that by the actions of Dr. Savage some good will come out of this debate. Those with autism, the true autism deserve the help of society in solving the mysteries of autism.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Michael Savage Takes on Big Pharma

In what possibly began as a vendetta against syndicated radio talk show host Michael Savage by Media Matters might be found the seeds of a call to governmental officials to gain control over the actions of big pharma.

According to Savage the multi billion dollar pharmaceutical industry working in conjunction with the medical industry is responsible for the extreme increase in the diagnosis of autism. Savage is supported in his views by many listeners. He is supported as well by a physiatrist.

Dr. Peter Breggin, an expert in the field has much to say in agreement with Dr. Savage Ph. D, author of several books on nutrition and child welfare. Breggin not only supported the view of Savage that much potential harm is being perpetrated by the medical community but amplified that viewpoint.

It appears that this issue is going to take on a life of its own now that Savage has opened the door to this growing controversy. Of course since the old media is owned by the merchants of media manipulation don’t expect to see much fair and balanced reporting of this story.

Unless the blogging community takes up the truncheon and is able to work with Savage in conjunction with this important issue it will be faded to the short memory of the average American.

It is clear that Dr. Savage in his capacity of radio host has done well in defending his position which
Media Matters appears to have attempted to twist to their advantage. In doing so he has created a new issue looming on the horizon of the health care industry.

Educators as well, according to Savage play a large roll in this issue as they also have used the autism diagnosis brand to impact the behavior of a growing segment of the student body. As Savage points out schools stand to benefit financially by having students certified as being in the growing autism spectrum.

This shall prove to be an interesting issue to follow. The one question which I have, as I am sure many others do as well is, does Michael Savage have the stamina to fight the fine fight.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Michael Savage on Autism

Recently, Syndicated Radio Talk Show host Michael Savage made some comments on the issue of autism and it’s over diagnosis by the medical community as well as those not qualified to make such diagnosis.

Those comments seem to have created a small firestorm of controversy which Savage attributes to his enemies at Media Matters. Is the criticism of Savage well founded? Savage himself says no!

So outraged was Savage by the reaction that he has received that he dedicated an entire program to the subject. In that program he defended himself stating that what he said was taken out of context.

It is true that Savage has defended those who are unable to defend themselves. He in fact had a brother who was severely handicapped never uttering a spoken word in his life. Savage has also spoken out against Howard Stern in the past because of the way Stern uses handicapped people to simply get a laugh.

Looking back to the original program in which Savage spoke about the issue of autism Savage clearly spoke about the over diagnosis of autism and how people were using it as a means to gaining funding from the public trough.

That is as I understood his original comments as I listened to that program. Yet thinking back I do seem to recall Savage in his zeal stating that [there is no such think as autism.] I remember it since I have a dearly loved nephew who is autistic.

My thought at that time was well Michael if there is no such thing as autism then what is wrong with my nephew? That is why I find some of the defense of his position indefensible.

Dr. Savage I believe that you need to go back to the comments which started this firestorm and relive the moment. If indeed you did make the statement which I believe that you made then even though you are clearly not the monster that Media Matters would make you out to be you might just owe all of us a small and humble apology.

Clearly Michael Savage spends countless hours in front of the microphone and in that time it is possible for anyone to make a statement that is not quite on target. Savage now states his position so that the record is straight. Now Savage must simply to put all cards on the table for the sake of his loyal listeners. Please Michael, get everything out in the open.

If in fact you did overreach your viewpoint in the original comments then just state that you in your sometimes bellicose style got a little carried away by pure emotion. We love you Savage and we will understand. After all your confrontational manner is what makes you the great host you truly are.

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