Radio huckster Michael Savage has dropped his suit against the Arab American organization CAIR.
You can read an objective account of the news here. www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi
As a blogger, I have serious questions about Savage and his smarmy attention-seeking attorney, Daniel Horowitz.
This is the third apparently frivilous suit Savage has dropped after getting rebuffed by the courts. In the last one he sued the University of California for not hiring him as the dean of its journalism school, a ridiculous waste of legal time, considering he had no credentials for the job. Savage also lost suits against Web sites Savage Stupidity and Savage Sucks, trying to shut them down.
In his retraction of this suit, his lawyer casts aspersions on CAIR, acting as if Savage was afraid of some other repercussions. To an objective observer, CAIR's use of Savage's sound bites was in keeping with fair use, the same fair use that Savage uses in playing sound clips from other media on his own show and on his Web site.
The bigger question is this: where is the money he raised? He claims on air that it cost $150,000 to file his actions, a figure that seems exhorbitant at best. And he claimed on air that thousands of listeners donated. One wonders just how much was raised and where it went.
Savage has a questionable history with donations: he raised close to $1 million as a tax exempt entity for his Paul Revere Society. The tax exemption was pulled by the IRS and the State of California, and there has been no public accounting since 2004 of where the money went, and to what non-profit ends.
One can't help but wonder why Attorney General Jerry Brown,who received $5,600 of donations from Savage, hasn't investigated this.