I was on the phone talking with Chris last night - she put me on speaker phone so she could tend to cooking. I did some internet research then went upstairs to feed the cats, clean up a bit in the kitchen and put out the garbage. I got to thinking about the good old days when telephones and the talkers on them were tethered. I remember how I'd sit for hours, absentmindedly twirling a random lock of hair, drinking a coke and crunching on potato sticks, lighting a cigarette from time to time, talking on the phone. I said to Chris, hey, I should blog about this tomorrow. I was going to but then I opened my e-mail and there was a post from Media Matters. Trumped again. You can listen to the audio here or just read the quote:
On the March 31 broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio show, Michael Savage stated, "Cops are getting knocked off all over the country because of the rules of engagement, written primarily by the scummiest class in America, the vermin of vermin, which are the left-wing lawyers who should be put in Abu Ghraib with hoods over their head, as far as I'm concerned." He then stated: "If I had the power by executive order, I would round up every member of the ACLU and of the National Lawyers Guild, and I'd put them in a prison in Guantánamo and I'd throw the key away. Or I would reopen Devil's Island and I'd put everyone in the ACLU into -- onto Devil's Island." He added, "But, you see, I fanaticize (sic). That's one of my flaws is I live in a fantasy land that can never be." Devil's Island is a former French penal colony off the coast of French Guiana.Michael Savage and Dan Savage = Chickenshit and Chicken Salad
As Media Matters for America has documented, Savage has a history of attacking the ACLU. On the May 19, 2004, broadcast of The Savage Nation, Savage called the ACLU "the most dangerous organization in the history of America" and advocated that "these big-mouthed, phony scum of the ACLU ... should be put into Abu Ghraib prison."
Talk Radio Network, which syndicates Savage's show, says that Savage is heard on more than 350 radio stations. The Savage Nation reaches more than 8 million listeners each week, according to Talkers Magazine, making it one of the most listened-to talk radio shows in the nation, behind only The Rush Limbaugh Show and The Sean Hannity Show.