"I'm sleeping behind locked doors with a shot gun," says Michael Savage.
It's just the latest crisis manufactured by the bellicose San Francisco talker to enhance his profile and give him victim coin to spend in the outer edges of the right-wing.
Tomorrow, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors will vote on Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval's non-binding resolution which "condemns defamatory language used by radio personality Michael Savage against the immigrant community."
This is what dreams are made of for a talk radio host such as Michael Savage (KSFO's Lee Rodgers and Melanie Morgan must be so jealous).
Savage posted a response on his Web site:
...liberalism is not only a mental disorder it is fascist at its core. This schmuck says my comments are "symbolic of hatred and racism." And they want the City to sue me for "symbolism." There is no basis in American Law for such a suit but the larger point is the astonishing hate speech this putz is engaging in. To stop OPINION by threatening legal action is akin to using the power of the State to control thought and speech. This is something out of Kafka and the ex-Soviet Union. Moreover, this illegitimi is working on behalf of a foreign government AGAINST an American Citizen. Does this constitute harassment against me? My attorney will soon answer this question as I ponder suing the City of San Francisco.
Savage is calling civil rights attorneys and playing old Bob Dylan protest songs and says he expects to be Gulag-ed any minute by the jack-booted liberal thugs.
The Supervisor's resolution is just as much an empty gesture as Savage loading his imaginary shotgun. Sandoval obviously has a PR kopf as well: the call for action against Savage coincides with city supervisors considering subsidizing immigrants' green cards and citizenship. Everybody has their constituents- Savage's latest flapdoodle has him martyred across the right-wing blogosphere.
As conservatism winds down, and talk radio either fizzles out or finds a new demographic, we believe that conservative talkers will have to imitate the winning strategy of Savage to get the attention they need to maintain an audience.
It'll be more pissed-off bombast and ramped-up shock family values. It'll all be Savage clones with the sensibilities of madmen with the shits attracting the aural voyeurs and intensity junkies who'll dial in just to see what a talk host will say next. It's the circus part of bread & circuses.
By our lights, what's coming to news talk is more like Michael Savage accusing Democrats of poisoning Supreme Court Justice John Roberts or recommending sticking dynamite in the personal orifices of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib.
The reasoned debate schtick of such conservatives as Medved, or Prager is so '90's. Dave Ross? probably on his way out. Thom Hartmann should go back to one of his many other vocations.
If listeners want reason they'll go to NPR. (hell, they already have).
Savage won Talker's magazine's "Freedom of Speech Award," this year which he could not accept without turning the spotlight even more on himself in a cantankerous display of hubris and bad manners which got his big mouth into some otherwise respectable media.
In Seattle, the meaner and madder Dori Monson got- the more successful he became (today he's the king of Seattle!) KVI's Carlson & Schram (The Commentators m-f, 9a-12p) are falling because they're too nice; the snottier Sytman and Boze (KTTH m-f,5a-9p) get, the better they do.
Savage's success says it all- he's rated by Talkers magazine as #3 in
the country after Rush and Sean Hannity. We're fearful that the future
of commercial talk radio will be either the intensity of meanspirited
Savage clones or the dumbed-down celebrity-smitten drive-by drivel of Ron
& Don (KIRO m-f, 3-6p).
(This is today's Official BlatherWatch Theory of why talk radio is going down the tubes. Stay tuned, we have others.)