Michael Savage is a Hypocrite
Say what you will about controversial conservative radio talk show host Michael Savage, but very few have enjoyed freedom of press and freedom of speech more than he has.
Every so often I’ll listen into his show if I’m driving around in my car. The man’s extremely opinionated. And even though I find that I frequently disagree with what Savage has to say, I’ve always felt glad that I live in a country where even the most extreme can get on the radio and pretty much say whatever they want.
Which is why I’m especially disappointed to read in the San Francisco Chronicle today that Savage is suing an Islamic lobbying group for copyright violation after they posted a 4-minute clip of his show on their website.
The four minute clip in question contains a part where Savage reportedly called the Quran a “book of hate.” The clip was placed next to an area on the Council on American-Islamic Relation’s website where they were asking for donations and were encouraging people to boycott advertisers on Savage’s show. Reportedly, CAIR and its allied organizations were able to get “more than a dozen companies, including Wal-Mart Stores Inc., GEICO insurance company and Sprint Nextel Corp., to withhold advertising from the show.”
I don’t mind Michael Savage being a bully. But I do mind him trying to use copyright law to squash the free speech rights of a group that is trying to legitimately express their distaste for what he has to say.
As someone who has enjoyed freedom of speech in this country more than most, it’s shameful to now see Savage try to use copyright law to deny others the same basic right.