Kathy Shaidle

Top 5 Craziest Leftwing Attacks on Conservative Talk Radio Hosts

Posted on January 23 2011 9:00 am
Kathy Shaidle blogs at FiveFeetOfFury, now entering its 11th year online. Her latest book is Acoustic Ladylandkathy shaidle, which Mark Steyn calls "a must-read."

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#2 Michael Savage banned, then un-banned, then banned again from the UK (where his show doesn’t even air)

In May 2009, the British Home Office released a list of individuals supposedly so evil and dangerous that they must never be allowed to enter the U.K. People like actual Muslim terrorists. Oh, plus one… Michael Savage.

I was baffled, and so was almost everyone, even people who aren’t fans of the outspoken talk show host.

Since when do the British even know who Michael Savage is?  If they’ve listened to his show on the internet (and that’s the only way he reaches English listeners) how will banning him from setting foot on British soil make any difference?

Naturally, Savage used the banning to garner millions of dollars in free publicity. He was interviewed by countless reporters, wrote a book about the controversy, and his latest title, Trickle Up Poverty, is a New York Times bestseller. The funny guys at The People’s Cube spoke for many of us media nobodies toiling in the trenches: “I Want To Be Banned From England Like Michael Savage.”

Well-meaning American fans attributed the banning to the Labour government then in power. Sure enough, after a flurry of embarrassing outrage, they changed their minds.

Then things got slightly weird: when the Conservatives took over (admittedly, as part of a coalition government), they reinstated the ban. (As a Canadian who currently lives under a “Conservative” government, let me assure you: having “Conservatives” in power doesn’t make as much difference as you’d think…)

Anyhow, as Savage notes in his inimitable way, he wasn’t even planning to go to England anyhow:

Next: the Rush to judgment…

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