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March 12, 2003

Michael Savage is a right-wing racist and zealot who also happens to have his own daily talk radio show. He is also supposed to have a TV talk show on MSNBC in the near future.

Take Back the Media tells us the scary tales behind Savage's rise to fame.

Michael Savage (real name Michael Weiner. I mention it only because it's funny) achieved success when his show was picked up by Talk Radio Network. I am having trouble finding concrete numbers, but TRN seems to be a series of stations owned and operated by one Roy Masters (real name Reuben Obermeister. Again, the funny), with over 300 affiliated stations. I couldn't help but notice that TRN hosts some of the nuttiest right-wing fruitcups in the nation. People like Bob Dornan (stark raving mad former Congressman) and Lucianne Goldberg (Monica Lewinsky-wiretapper turned ideologue).

Now things start to get wierd.

Roy Masters, is not only the head of TRN, but also of the Foundation for Human Understanding. Which is a cult.

Near as I can figure, FHU is some mixture of Christianity, hypnosis, mediatation, psychology, and paying money to FHU. It also may or may not involve wearing Cool Whip on your head (c'mon, check out his picture and tell me it doesn't look like he's got a mound of whipped cream on his noggin!).

So in other words, Microsoft and General Electric (owners of NBC) are working together to broadcast a regular TV show by a mean-spirited racist homophobe who's radio shows are heard on a radio network owned by a cult leader.

God bless America.

If you want to join the GLAAD-sponsored boycott of Savage/Weiner's show, click here.

Posted by Jake at 01:37 AM

Savage has decided to sue TakeBackTheMedia, SavageStupidity.com, and MichaelSavageSucks.com for $500,000 plus punitive damages (and to try and seize the domain names of the latter).

Check out all the details on the SavageStupidity.com web site at http://www.savagestupidity.com/

Posted by: Thomas Leavitt at June 6, 2003 05:44 AM

Thomas Leavitt, you are much sicker than those you write about. Hypocrites laugh now, the truth laughs at you forever.

Posted by: Randy at July 2, 2003 12:26 PM

thomas leavitt, you speak on matters you really no nothing about. your comments are assumption. GET HELP. maybe you should start with a 12 step program or something. because you are not well. you are sick. you are living a life of lies and delusion. wake up - your own soul is at risk! laugh if you like, but in your heart of hearts you know its true.

Posted by: paul barron at October 12, 2003 11:44 AM
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November 16, 2004

Tales of Media Woe

Senate May Ram Copyright Bill- one of the most depressing stories of the day that didn't involve death or bombs. It's the music and movie industries' wet dream. It criminalizes peer-to-peer software makers, allows the government to file civil lawsuits on behalf of these media industries, and eliminates fair use. Fair use is the idea that I can use a snippet of a copyrighted work for educational, political, or satirical purposes, without getting permission from the copyright-holder first.

And most tellingly, the bill legalizes technology that would automatically skip over "obejctionable content" (i.e. sex and violence) in a DVD, but bans devices that would automatically skip over commericals. This is a blatant, blatant, blatant gift to the movie industry. Fuck the movie industry, fuck the music industry, fuck the Senate.

Music industry aims to send in radio cops- the recording industry says that you're not allowed to record songs off the radio, be it real radio or internet radio. And now they're working on preventing you from recording songs off internet radio through a mixture of law and technological repression (although I imagine their techno-fixes will get hacked pretty quickly).

The shocking truth about the FCC: Censorship by the tyranny of the few- blogger Jeff Jarvis discovers that the recent $1.2 million FCC fine against a sex scene in Fox's "Married By America" TV show was not levied because hundreds of people wrote the FCC and complained. It was not because 159 people wrote in and complained (which is the FCC's current rationale). No, thanks to Jarvis' FOIA request, we find that only 23 people (of the show's several million viewers) wrote in and complained. On top of that, he finds that 21 of those letters were just copy-and-paste email jobs that some people attached their names to. Jarvis then spins this a bit by saying that "only 3" people actually wrote letters to the FCC, which is misleading but technically true. So somewhere between 3 and 23 angry people can determine what you can't see on television. Good to know.

Reuters Union Considers Striking Over Layoffs- will a strike by such a major newswire service impact the rest of the world's media?

Pentagon Starts Work On War Internet- the US military is talking about the creation of a global, wireless, satellite-aided computer network for use in battle. I think I saw a movie about this once...

Conservative host returns to the air after week suspension for using racial slur- Houston radio talk show host (and somtime Rush Limbaugh substitute) Mark Belling referred to Mexican-Americans as "wetbacks" on his show. He was suspended for a couple of weeks, and then submitted a written apology for the racial slur to a local newspaper. But he seems to be using the slur and its surrounding controversy to boost his conservative cred with his listeners.

Stay Tuned for Nudes- Cleveland TV news anchor Sharon Reed aired a story about artist Spencer Tunick, who uses large numbers of naked volunteers in his installations and photographs. The news report will be unique in that it will not blur or black-out the usual naughty bits. The story will air late at night, when it's allegedly okay with the FCC if you broadcast "indecent" material. The author of this article doesn't seem to notice that Reed first claims that this report is a publicity stunt, but then claims it's a protest against FCC repression. I'd like to think it's the latter, but I'm not that much of a sucker.

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