On the July 15 broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio show, Michael Savage referred to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) as “Nancy Mussolini." As Media Matters for America noted, during the June 27 broadcast of his program, Savage similarly referred to Pelosi as “the Mussolini in a skirt,” “Nancy Pelosi Mussolini,” and the “Mussolini-like woman of the day.” During the June 27 show, Savage also said of Sen. Barack Obama: “We don't know whether he'd be more like Mussolini or Stalin, but one of the two would work.”
Talk Radio Network, which syndicates Savage's show, claims that Savage is heard on more than 350 radio stations. The Savage Nation reaches at least 8.25 million listeners each week, according to Talkers Magazine, making it one of the most listened-to talk radio shows in the nation, behind only The Rush Limbaugh Show and The Sean Hannity Show.
From the July 15 broadcast of Talk Radio Network's The Savage Nation
SAVAGE: The question is what happens after November. Well, we have a twilight period between November of the election and January, when one of the -- two of the candidates becomes president. Then what happens to radio? Well, Obama will go along with Nancy Mussolini who wants to ban talk radio. Nancy Mussolini, the great liberal, wants to ban free speech because she finds it offensive. Will John McCain join those in the Republican-conservative wing of the party who want to continue free speech in America by banning the so-called Fairness Doctrine? Has anyone asked the great John McCain that question, where he stands on that? Until I know where he stands on that, I don't know where I stand with him.
Zachary Aronow is an intern at Media Matters for America.