Monday, July 21, 2008

An Open Letter to the Media About Michael Savage's Hate Speech

An Open Letter to the Media:

I know that it’s not considered good form for you to talk about another broadcaster, but I will ask you to consider commenting on the subject of hate speech and KNEW’s Michael Savage.

Yes, Savage has been in the news before concerning hate speech, but the fact that his broadcast last Friday from KNEW-FM (San Francisco, 910) focused on autism and he stated, “In 99 percent of the cases, it’s a brat who hasn’t been told to cut the act out. That’s what autism is.” Yes, he’s picked on kids before: he said the same thing about kids with ADD. And, yes, he never apologizes for saying things that are hurtful and untrue. The fact is, Savage is one of those rare characters who have no conscience – at least not one left if he ever had one at all. He says what he pleases about whom he pleases. That is, to an extent, his right of free speech.

But think of his recent rant this way: since Savage supposedly has up to 10 million listeners, some autistic child somewhere may get hurt seriously by people who think that he or she is “faking it.” With 10 million listeners the odds of that happening are actually pretty good. But Savage couldn’t give a rat’s ass about that. Hate sells. His ratings prove it. Talk Radio Network will never even slap him on the wrists.

I know that San Francisco City Hall has had to deal with Savage in the past: the image of San Francisco as an accepting, compassionate city is always tarnished when his name comes up. However, dealing with a lawsuit, Savage and TRN would tax the Mayor and supervisors, taking them away from equally important matters.

Isn’t there something that can be done? Or will the media be silent until it reports that an autistic child has been harmed because of his hate-speech?

Me? I’m just a person who loves America and San Francisco, and a person who doesn't want to see a child get hurt because of one man's massive ego forcing nothing but hate out of his mouth and through the airwaves to so many people.

If you have any ideas, please reply, or talk to your local Autism Society of America.


Dan Vojir