On the June 25 broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio show, Michael Savage said that Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) was “indoctrinated” by a “Muslim madrassa in Indonesia.” As Media Matters for America has documented, this falsehood -- which the website InsightMag.com first reported, attributing the rumor to “sources close to [a] background check” allegedly “conducted by researchers connected to” Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) -- has been thoroughly debunked by several news organizations. For example, CNN reported on January 23: “Allegations that Sen. Barack Obama was educated in a radical Muslim school known as a 'madrassa' are not accurate, according to CNN reporting.” The Associated Press and ABC News have also debunked the story. ABC News noted that the purported link to Clinton's campaign is “unproven and unsubstantiated.”
The Savage Nation reaches more than 8 million listeners each week according to Talkers Magazine, making it the third most-listened-to talk radio show in the nation, behind only The Rush Limbaugh Show and The Sean Hannity Show.
From the June 25 edition of Talk Radio Network's The Savage Nation:
SAVAGE: Also over the weekend, the phony, invented candidate Barack Obama: the man whose campaign will come to nothing, as I told you. He's a creation. He's an invention. He's a nobody, and he belongs to the most left-wing of all Christian churches.
Of course he had a background, as you all know, in a Muslim madrassa in Indonesia, which has been swept aside by Moloch and the others in the media who don't want you to know about his full background. Hussein Obama is his name. He had a Muslim father. There's nothing wrong with having a Muslim father, but you should expose it.
If you're running for office, you should also say that you proudly went to a Muslim school as a youth that indoctrinated you in certain manners -- and tell us what your indoctrination was, Mr. Barack Obama. And tell us whether you believe in that indoctrination or you gave up those beliefs, Mr. Barack Hussein Obama.
A.J. Walzer is an intern at Media Matters for America.