Thursday, November 29, 2007
Michael Savage Sues CAIR and asks for donations: But Michael, where is the $900,000 you already raised?
Right wing radio host Michael Savage, who has regularly used lawsuits as publicity stunts, says he will file one Monday against the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which has called for a boycott of Savage's advertisers for "anti-Muslim tirades."
Savage, they say, has called for making the construction of mosques illegal in the United States, and has had a history of hateful comments about Muslims.
On Thursday, on his syndicated radio show, Savage, 66, read his lawsuit, drafted by attorney Daniel Horowitz. He called it a "seminal battle that will be as big as Roe V Wade."
The suit against CAIR claims that the organization of "stealing his work, misrepresenting it and seeking to have advertisers drop from his show." He said he is suing the organization for copyright violation. He also said that he believes the tapes of his show were "stolen" by Media Matters, the media watchdog that focuses on conservative media.
"Im going to call on you next week to make donations to the Michael Savage defense fund because it's going to cost a couple of hundred thousand dollars," he told listeners.
He also lambasted other hosts, Bill O'Reilly, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity for not "drawing their wagons in a circle" and getting behind him.
On its website, CAIR has plenty of examples of Savage's hateful talk.
Savage's shouted anti-Muslim attacks included:
"I'm not gonna put my wife in a hijab. And I'm not gonna put my daughter in a burqa. And I'm not gettin on my all-fours and braying to Mecca. And you could drop dead if you don't like it. You can shove it up your pipe. I don't wanna hear anymore about Islam. I don't wanna hear one more word about Islam. Take your religion and shove it up your behind. I'm sick of you."
"What kind of religion is this? What kind of world are you living in when you let them in here with that throwback document in their hand, which is a book of hate. Don't tell me I need reeducation. They need deportation. I don't need reeducation. Deportation, not reeducation. You can take C-A-I-R and throw 'em out of my country. I'd raise the American flag and I'd get out my trumpet if you did it. Without due process. You can take your due process and shove it."
"What sane nation that worships the U.S. constitution, which is the greatest document of freedom ever written, would bring in people who worship a book that tells them the exact opposite. Make no mistake about it, the Quran is not a document of freedom. The Quran is a document of slavery and chattel. It teaches you that you are a slave."
To listen to these and other bigoted statements by Savage, click here.
The CAIR site continues:
Michael Savage has a long history of rhetorical attacks on Muslims and other minorities. In 2004, Savage stated: "I think [Muslims] need to be forcibly converted to Christianity...It's the only thing that can probably turn them into human beings." In 2006, he called for a ban on Muslim immigration and recommended making "the construction of mosques illegal in America."
Savage has a long history of hate talk against gays, immigrants and minorities. Even today, he inferred that CNN host Anderson Cooper was gay and allowed a gay "fake military" general "paid by Hillary Clinton" to infiltrate the Republican debate.
Savage was fired by MSNBC television for this antigay harangue.
Oh, you're one of the sodomites. You should only get AIDS and die, you pig. How's that? Why don't you see if you can sue me, you pig. You got nothing better than to put me down, you piece of garbage? You have got nothing to do today, go eat a sausage and choke on it. Get trichinosis. Okay, do we have another nice caller here who's busy because he didn't have a nice night in the bathhouse, who's angry at me today?
Savage also has a history of filing ridiculous suits, even though he often lambastes trial lawyers, including John Edwards, for filing frivilous suits.
In 1996 he sued the University of California at Berkeley's Journalism school for not considering him as a candidate for dean and claiming he was discriminated against because he was white. The candidate who got the job, and had journalism degrees was also white. The suit was dropped.
In 2004 he sued Websites called "Michael Savage Sucks," "Savage Stupidity" and "Take Back the Media" for $500,000 and lost the suit.
From 2000 to 2004 Savage raised $962,129 for a nonprofit he founded called "The Paul Revere Society." He claimed to take no money from the nonprofit, yet management expenses documented in his filings were $50,196; fundraising was $109, 413, according to documents he filed.
The IRS suspended his tax exempt status June 5, 2006. See the document here.
The charity's board of directors includes Savage, his wife Janet Weiner, and a chiropractor, Dr. Anthony Dincho.
The big question here is: where is the rest of the $900,000 he raised under his nonprofit exemption and why isn't Attorney General Jerry Brown looking into it?