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July 10, 2003

Flea to Michael Savage: FOAD

Colby Cosh argues for a mitigating factor provoking the words which caused MSNBC to fire Michael Savage:

It should not be overlooked that the MSNBC personality's career-suicidal Saturday tirade came in response to a caller's apparent attempt to prank the show. Savage wasn't saying "get AIDS and die" to a gay man, as such, and that's a factor that the quickie postmortems probably shouldn't be bypassing.

Cosh quotes the offending words and to me they appear to say say, as such, "get AIDS and die." This may reflect the tone in which the words were spoken. Flea-readers can judge for themselves through a link at the glaad website.

And then... Radar Magazine claims Savage may be hiding aspects of his life which throw his comments into a different, rather more pathetic, light:

I choose to override my desires for men when they swell in me, waiting out the passions like a storm, below decks.

This report would suggest Savage's anger is a projection of his own inability or unwillingness to deal honestly with himself. It is a shame MSNBC should have been complicit not only in propagating Savage's brand of intolerance but in enabling him to avoid being a man and facing facts about himself.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 10, 2003 10:11 AM


What Savage said is bad enough, but what I find downright creepy and Orwellian is the idea of a fake, media-manufactured "homophobe." I blogged about this extensively last week, as I watched the man's obnoxious rise in San Francisco in 1994 and thought people should hear about it. He is a phony through and through -- either completely without principles or (as I believed for many years) a deliberate agent provocateur.

I am fairly new to blogging and I love your blog!

Posted by: Eric Scheie at July 13, 2003 11:36 PM

Thanks for the kind words. A proper visit to Classical Values must wait until I have had my spectral beauty sleep since the Flea is about to dematerialize in the face of the Densbestian thoroughness of your prose! Is that Antinous looking down at us from the Olympian height of your title-banner?

Posted by: Nicholas Packwood at July 14, 2003 01:38 AM