CNN explained how conservative radio personalities have created a climate that allowed extreme Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) to become the party's front-runners. In turn, Cruz and Trump have frequently praised far-right radio hosts and recycled their talking points.
Conservative pundits are bickering over Donald Trump's campaign, especially after National Review's "Against Trump" issue and the backlash it engendered. On one side are pundits who want to stop Trump's candidacy in its tracks. On the other are conservatives who are lauding Trump's candidacy, even if they have not officially endorsed him. Media Matters breaks down exactly who is on which side (click for the full-sized image):
El locutor de radio de extrema derecha Michael Savage le dijo a Donald Trump que los Hispanos apoyarían su campaña presidencial ya que "la cultura Hispana es una cultura machista. A los hombres no les gusta obedecerle a una mujer". Trump no refutó la caracterización que hizo Savage de la cultura Latina y más tarde le dijo "Aprecio su apoyo, usted ha sido tan maravilloso".
Durante la edición del 11 de enero de su programa radial The Savage Nation, Savage le comentó a Trump que "la razón por la que los Hispanos van a votar por usted -- y voy a decirlo, no voy a preguntarle -- es porque, para ser honesto, y es muy claro, la cultura Hispana es una cultura machista. A los hombres no les gusta obedecerle a una mujer. Es simplemente la forma de ser de esta cultura. Y preferirían tener a un hombre como presidente que a una mujer". Savage luego le preguntó a Trump, que no refutó o respondió a la caracterización que Savage hizo sobre los Hispanos, sobre el estado de sus encuestas con votantes Hispanos:
Traducido del programa de Michael Savage:
SAVAGE: Le estoy preguntando sobre las audiencias que normalmente no creeríamos que votarían por usted. En este programa, Donald, la semana pasada yo dije que la razón por la que los Hispanos van a votar por usted -- y voy a decirlo, no voy a preguntarle -- es porque, para ser honesto, y es muy claro, la cultura Hispana es una cultura machista. A los hombres no les gusta obedecerle a una mujer. Es simplemente la forma de ser de esta cultura. Y preferirían tener a un hombre como presidente que a una mujer. ¿Qué dicen sus encuestas sobre el apoyo de los votantes Hispanos?
TRUMP: Nos está yendo bien. En Nevada acabamos de llegar y estamos en 34 o algo así, número uno, el estado de Nevada, que es bastante Hispano. Y como usted sabe tengo miles de personas que trabajan para mi que son Hispanos. Y decenas de miles a través de los años que son Hispanos y de México y de diferentes lugares y son gente fenomenal. Y usted sabe, ellos francamente, no quieren gente que venga al país de manera ilegal a quitarles sus empleos.
Trump añadió después que fue a él a quien se le "ocurrió" deshacerse de los "bebés ancla" en el país, alegando que "la gente viene, tienen un bebé, y ahora tenemos que cuidar del bebé por los siguientes 90 años. Es ridículo". La Associated Press hizo notar que es "extraordinariamente raro que inmigrantes vengan a EE.UU. solo para tener bebés y conseguir la ciudadanía. En la mayoría de casos, vienen a los EE.UU. por razones económicas y mejores hospitales, y terminan quedándose a criar a sus hijos".
Numerosas encuestas han demostrado que Trump es en realidad extremamente impopular con los Hispanos. Una encuesta reciente de ABC News/Washington Post reveló que "la tasa de favorabilidad de Trump es únicamente del 18 por ciento entre los Hispanos y los Afro-Americanos, versus el 44 por ciento de blancos".
Savage alabó a Trump por comenzar el debate sobre el tema migratorio y le dijo "francamente, la máquina Demócrata entera vive del voto de los ilegales. Sin el voto de los ilegales, no creo que estuvieran donde están ahora".
Trump halagó enormemente a Savage durante la entrevista, declarando al principio que "siempre es un honor" estar en su programa y al final de la entrevista diciendo, "Aprecio su apoyo, usted ha sido tan maravilloso, y realmente se lo agradezco muchísimo".
Savage es una de las personalidades radiales más extremistas del país. El locutor sindicado de Cumulus Media se ha referido al autismo como "un fraude, un alboroto", ha dicho que los pacientes de desórdenes de estrés postraumáticos (PTSD por sus siglas en inglés) y de depresión son "perdedores", le ha aconsejado a la gente que no se inyecten vacunas contra la influenza porque no se puede confiar en el gobierno, ha compartido su teoría de que los liberales se han vuelto locos debido a las burbujas del agua carbonatada, ha alegado que el Presidente Obama estaba tratando de "infectar a la nación con ébola" y una vez le dijo a un radioescucha que era un "sodomita" que debería contagiarse con "SIDA y morirse".
Trump ha aparecido como invitado en The Savage Nation repetidas veces y ha dicho en una aparición previa que habría "sentido común" si pusiera a Savage a la cabeza del Instituto Nacional de Salud de volverse presidente.
Far-right radio host Michael Savage told Donald Trump that Hispanics will support his presidential campaign because "the Hispanic culture is a macho culture. Men don't like reporting to a woman." Trump did not refute Savage's characterization, and later told him "I appreciate your support, you've been so amazing."
During his January 11 program, Savage remarked to Trump that "the reason Hispanics are going to vote for you -- and I'll say it, I'm not going to ask you -- is because, to be honest, and it's very clear, the Hispanic culture is a macho culture. Men don't like reporting to a woman. It's just the way the culture is. And they'd rather have a man than a woman as president." Savage then asked Trump, who did not refute or respond to Savage's characterization of Hispanics, about his polling with Hispanics:
SAVAGE: I'm asking you the questions about the audiences that we normally don't think would vote for you. On this show, Donald, last week I said the reason Hispanics are going to vote for you -- and I'll say it, I'm not going to ask you -- is because, to be honest, and it's very clear, the Hispanic culture is a macho culture. Men don't like reporting to a woman. It's just the way the culture is. And they'd rather have a man than a woman as president. What are your poll numbers amongst Hispanics?
TRUMP: Well we're doing well. In Nevada we just came in and we were at 34 or something like that, number one, the state of Nevada, which is very heavily Hispanic. And you know I have thousands of people that work for me that are Hispanic. And tens of thousands over the years that have been Hispanic and from Mexico and different places and they're phenomenal people. And, you know, they frankly, you know they don't want people coming into the country illegally and taking their jobs.
Trump later added that he's the one who "came up with" getting rid of "anchor babies" from the country, claiming that "people come over, they have a baby, now we have to take care of the baby for the next 90 years. It's ridiculous." The Associated Press noted that it's "extraordinarily rare for immigrants to come to the U.S. just so they can have babies and get citizenship. In most cases, they come to the U.S. for economic reasons and better hospitals, and end up staying and raising families."
Numerous polls have shown that Trump is actually extremely unpopular with Hispanics. A recent ABC News/Washington Post poll found "Trump's favorability rating is just 18 percent among Hispanics and blacks alike, vs. 44 percent among whites."
Savage praised Trump for starting the debate on immigration and said "frankly, the entire Democrat machine lives off the illegal alien vote. Without the illegal alien vote, I don't think they'd be where they are today."
Trump heavily praised Savage during the interview, stating at the beginning that it was "always an honor" to be on his program and ending the interview by saying, "I appreciate your support, you've been so amazing and I really do, thank you very much for it."
Savage is one of the country's most extreme radio personalities. The Cumulus Media-syndicated talker has called autism "a fraud, a racket," said PTSD and depression sufferers are "losers," advised people not to get flu shots because you can't trust the government, theorized liberals have been driven insane because of seltzer bubbles, claimed President Obama was intentionally trying "to infect the nation with Ebola," and once told a caller he was a "sodomite" who should "get AIDS and die."
Trump has repeatedly appeared on The Savage Nation and said in a prior appearance there would be "common sense" if he appointed Savage to head the National Institutes of Health if he became president.
From Pope Francis' encyclical on climate change, to the establishment of the first-ever federal limits on carbon pollution from power plants, to a landmark international climate agreement, 2015 has been full of major landmarks in national and global efforts to address global warming. Yet you wouldn't know it if you inhabited the parallel universe of the conservative media, where media figures went to ridiculous and outrageous lengths to dismiss or deny climate science, attack the pope, scientists, and anyone else concerned with climate change, and defend polluting fossil fuel companies. Here are the 15 most ridiculous things conservative media said about climate change in 2015.
Donald Trump told right-wing radio host Michael Savage there would be "common sense" if Trump appointed him head of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as president. Savage has called autism "a fraud, a racket," said PTSD and depression sufferers are "losers," advised people not to get flu shots because you can't trust the government, theorized liberals have been driven insane because of seltzer bubbles, claimed President Obama was intentionally trying "to infect the nation with Ebola," and once told a caller he was a "sodomite" who should "get AIDS and die."
El Papa Francisco está haciendo su primera visita a Estados Unidos esta semana. Antes de su visita, figuras de los medios conservadores han atacado sus esfuerzos para combatir el cambio climático y la desigualdad, calificándolo de "marxista" que es un "peligro para el mundo".
Pope Francis is making his first visit to the United States this week. Prior to his visit, conservative media figures have attacked him over his efforts to combat climate change and inequality, labeling him a "Marxist" who is a "danger to the world."
Despite the crowded field of Republican presidential candidates, conservative talk radio seem unified on their favorite: Donald Trump.
Thanks to talk radio, Buzzfeed News' Rosie Gray noted in her August 27 article "The Real Media Machine Behind Trump: Conservative Talk Radio," "you can almost listen to pro-Trump News all day." Gray pointed how "some of the biggest names in conservative talk radio -- Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, Laura Ingraham, Sean Hannity, and Savage -- have praised Trump and his bashing of the politically correct left and Republican establishment":
Unlike cable news, conservative talk radio speaks directly to the disaffected conservative base fueling Trump's rise. Rush Limbaugh's is still the most-listened-to talk radio program in the country, pulling in 13 and a quarter million weekly listeners, according to estimates in Talkers magazine, an industry publication (Limbaugh himself has estimated it in the past at 20 million). Talkers puts Sean Hannity in second, with 12.5 million. Mark Levin ties with Glenn Beck (a Trump critic) for fourth, with 7 million. Savage has more than 5 million, according to Talkers' estimates.
And if you're someone who listens to a lot of talk radio, you can go from Ingraham to Limbaugh to Hannity or Savage to Levin in a day and hear nary a word of displeasure with Trump.
Though many hosts have avoided a formal endorsement, they've heaped praise on the candidate and signaled to their listeners that Trump is their guy.
Indeed, Limbaugh has spent the summer praising Trump for tapping into the base Republicans need to win and for his "ability to illuminate" issues. Hannity has lauded Trump as "impressive and refreshing," while Ingraham has claimed he resonates with voters because he's willing to say what "no one else is saying."
It's not mere compliments spewing from talk radio -- the conservative pundits are championing Trump's offensive and dangerous proposals. And as Gray noted, "[i]f Rush Limbaugh or Mark Levin or Sean Hannity or Laura Ingraham decide that birthright citizenship is going to be a big issue, then lo, it becomes the issue of the week, or month." She went on:
And right now, Trump's embrace of hardline immigration ideas like ending birthright citizenship matches up perfectly with the policies that some of these hosts have been promoting for some time. The Trump-inspired debate over immigration is allowing them to mainstream ideas that once didn't have much purchase, the birthright citizenship question being a notable recent example. Both Levin and Limbaugh have seized on a quote by Sen. Jacob Howard, the original sponsor of the Citizenship Clause, that they're using to bolster their case that the 14th amendment doesn't guarantee citizenship to the children of people in the country illegally. Laura Ingraham has also referenced it.
Limbaugh has bragged that Trump's smear of Mexican immigrants as "rapists" and criminals is similar to what he's been saying on the radio for years. On birthright citizenship, Limbaugh applauded Trump's call to end the constitutional right, saying Trump "has people standing up and cheering." Hannity and Levin joined forces to declare that "Trump was right" on the 14th Amendment.
The praise should come as no surprise, as Trump's call to end birthright citizenship is itself taken from right-wing talk radio talking points. For years, Ingraham and Levin have been demanding an end to birthright citizenship, which Levin dismissed as a "nut-job policy" and Ingraham attacked as "nonsense."
Conservative media have long alleged that progressives are waging a "war on Christianity" in the United States. Now many of these same media figures are waging their own war on the man who leads the world's largest Christian denomination, the Catholic Church's Pope Francis, for addressing the urgent issue of climate change.
Conservative media haven't had the best luck in recent years when choosing which fringe protests or figures to elevate into the national conversation, often mistakenly tying themselves to extremism and bizarre conspiracy theories. In 2013, Fox News, Glenn Beck, Drudge, and other conservatives helped promote a rally of truckers planning to clog the Beltway to protest the government. The protest -- which eventually fizzled -- turned out to have been organized in part by someone who thinks President Obama and Osama bin Laden are literally the same person.
This year, conservatives threw their weight behind a Nevada rancher fighting against the federal government over grazing fees, only to be burned when he was videotaped giving his thoughts on "the Negro." 2014 also featured an unhinged conspiracy about President Obama trying (and apparently failing) to spark a domestic Ebola outbreak and a staggering amount of outlandish comments from Fox News contributor Allen West.
Media Matters looks back at the year on the fringe.
Last week, Michael Savage leveled his latest in a long string of attacks on Americans with mental illness and the medical community that works to help them. After a veteran caller with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) expressed support for the city of San Francisco naming a bridge after the late Robin Williams, the right-wing radio host announced that he is "so sick and tired of everyone with their complaints about PTSD, depression," asserting that it's a sign of a "weak, sick, broken nation."
According to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), approximately 5.2 million adults have PTSD within a given year. As of 2012, mental illness was the leading reason for active-duty hospitalizations in the military, and the VA estimates that up to 20 percent of veterans who served in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars since 2001 suffer from PTSD. For veterans who left the military between October 2002 and July 2011, nearly 200,000 had a provisional diagnosis for PTSD, not including those who went undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. And the Institute of Medicine reported in June that "PTSD is the third most common major service-connected disability after hearing loss and ringing of the ears."
PTSD isn't just a combat-related injury. It can result from various traumatic incidents, ranging from child abuse to car accidents to muggings to sexual assault. A fight-or-flight response can be triggered by things that remind the survivor of her trauma, or things that catch the person off-guard, like bright lights or loud noises. Often those with PTSD experience flashbacks, where memories and feelings associated with past trauma come rushing back as if the trauma was happening all over again.
Conservative radio host Michael Savage accused those who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression, including military veterans, of being "weak," "narcissistic," "losers." Savage added that "we're being laughed at around the world. No wonder ISIS can defeat our military."
As Right Wing Watch's Brian Tashman documented, Savage began an October 14 segment by complaining about a plan to rename a San Francisco tunnel after the late comedian Robin Williams. Savage called Williams "a depressed clown who was so selfish he choked himself to death with a belt." He added: "What is this sick, backwards area I live in?"
After getting into a heated argument with a caller who said he suffered from PTSD while in the military, Savage went on an unhinged rant in which he explained why he is "so sick and tired of everyone with their complaints about PTSD, depression":