Michael Savage will be the poster child for the “Fariness Doctrin.”
Bay Area illegal immigrant advocates say radio host Michael Savage should be fired for using hate speech when suggesting supporters of an illegal immigration reform bill who fasted in San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza last week should continue their fast and starve to death.
During a July 5 broadcast of “The Savage Nation,” his nationally syndicated talk show, Savage said, “I would say let them fast till they starve to death … because then we won’t have a problem about giving them green cards because they’re illegal aliens.”
A dozen or so protesters denounced Savage and the on-air remarks outside San Jose City Hall on Thursday and said his comments should not be disregarded on the basis of constitutional free speech.
The group, which included San Jose State students who participated in the hunger strike and a variety of community activists, called on radio stations such as Clear Channel Radio’s KNEW 910 AM in San Francisco to apologize for airing vile language and hate speech and cheered in support of the immigrant students who fasted.
Calls to several members of Savage’s production team at Talk Radio Network and Clear Channel were not returned Thursday, and an assistant contacted in the afternoon said Savage would not be available for comment until after his show, which airs until 7 p.m.
The immigrant students fasted to show support for the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, which would make higher education or military service a part of the path to citizenship for young illegal immigrants. The DREAM Act was introduced in Congress in 2001 and most recently stalled in June as part of the Senate’s hotly debated immigration reform bill.
Mark Silverman, an attorney with the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, said Savage’s comments were as offensive as those of controversial radio host Don Imus, who was fired from CBS after making racist remarks about the Rutgers women’s basketball team earlier this year.
“I think wishing the death of people is just beyond belief for someone who has access to 10 million listeners,” said Silverman, a longtime immigrant rights advocate.
San Francisco city council members are trying to force taxpayers to pay for immigrants’ green cards and citizenship – and to bolster their case for the new tax, they’ve introduced a resolution condemning national radio talk-show host Michael Savage for what they call his “defamatory language … against immigrants.”
Supervisor Chris Daly, reacting to the new and significantly higher federal fee structure for immigrants seeking citizenship, imposed last week by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, complained that the fee hikes raise concerns that immigrants “cannot obtain safe pathways to legal immigrant status and citizenship” and “further exacerbates pressures on families, increasing stress,” according to the San Francisco Examiner.
Under the new fee structure, the cost to apply for a green card is now $930, up $605 from the old fee. Citizenship applications went from $330 to $595. On Tuesday, Daly asked the city attorney to draw up legislation that would subsidize immigrants applying for citizenship, green cards and petitions for relatives and workers.
On the same day, apparently to further generate sympathy for immigrants and bolster Daly’s bailout effort, Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval introduced a resolution condemning popular radio talk-show host Michael Savage, a mainstay of the San Francisco airways for years. Since he was syndicated nationally by Talk Radio Network, Savage has become one of the nation’s most-listened-to radio talkers.
Sandoval’s resolution calls Savage’s comments “symbolic of hatred and racism,” according to the Examiner.
“I really for the life of me cannot understand why there is not more media outrage to what Michael Savage said,” Sandoval said in the Examiner report, which added that Sandoval plans to hold a press conference on the steps of City Hall Tuesday just before the entire Board of Supervisors votes on his resolution against Savage.
“The intolerant and racist comments of Michael Savage demand a strong condemnation,” Sandoval insisted.
However, almost all of the Examiner’s readers who posted comments on the newspaper’s website after the story sided with Savage.
Representative responses included these:
“Hey Sandoval, we are not outraged at Michael Savage because we agree with him … check the polls on immigration, lame-o.”
“If we had more Michael Savages and less milk toast leaders we wouldn’t be in this situation. They are taking over and bringing our country down to a 3rd world level. Thank God for the Michael Savages and the other true AMERICANS.”
“Screw Sandoval and the illegal alien criminals who continue to invade this country. It’s people like him who are causing the downfall of the west. Savage is 100% right on! My mom came here LEGALLY – FROM MEXICO … I have every right to be totally nuclear about these illegal aliens bringing their bankrupt culture from Southern Mexico.”
“The Mexican illegal immigrants think they don’t have to obey our laws and are taking advantage of our health care system and robbing our Medicare, emergency rooms at hospitals and then have the gall to mail there American dollars back to Mexico!!! I listen to your talk show every night Mr. Savage and can’t wait to listen to you tell it like it is …”
“God Bless M. Savage. Down with La Raza “The Race.”
“Making me learn your language (Spanish) to even get a job isn’t racist? C’mon, we the legal citizens are tired of the catering to the illegals. Come here legally and follow our laws, that is all we ask. Michael Savage is the voice of the true Americans, not the scum (politicians) who get bought off to cater to lawbreakers.”
“Savage is a true man of the people of this country. That is, the people of this country who live here legally. The rest can go to hell – or starve to death.”
Sources: Savage Nation, WorldNetDaily, SFGate.