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  • Trump ally Michael Savage cites white nationalist website, warns college students will be shot

    Savage: “Just think of the Kent State massacre. That’s how this is going to end.”

    Blog ››› ››› MADELINE PELTZ

    In the wake of the shooting at a GOP congressional baseball team practice, right-wing radio host and Trump ally Michael Savage cited the white nationalist website American Renaissance and invoked the Kent State shootings of 1970 as a warning for anti-Trump protesters.

    On June 14, James Hodgkinson gunman opened fire on a congressional baseball practice and shot five, including Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA). The attacker was shot by U.S. Capitol Police and later died from his injuries. 

    Savage responded to the shooting by citing the white nationalist website “American Renaissance” referring to “an interactive map” they published that identifies “two hundred acts of violence and hatred against Donald Trump supporters that have taken place since he declared his candidacy.”

    American Renaissance is a online magazine, published by white nationalist Jared Taylor. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Taylor “believes black people are genetically predisposed to lower IQs” than white peoples and that black peoples “are sexually promiscuous because of hyperactive sex drives.”

    Later in the show Savage warned, “acting out children who just think that they can shoot congressmen,” by saying “it’s not going to end well” for them. In his warning to anti-Trump protesters, Savage invoked the Kent State shootings, warning “I’ve lived through this before and I know how it ends. Just think of the Kent State massacre. That’s how this is going to end.” On May 4, 1970, 4 college students were killed by the Ohio National Guard during a campus protest against the Vietnam War.

  • Trump’s media allies use attack on GOP baseball practice to delegitimize the press

    Blog ››› ››› MATT GERTZ


    Sarah Wasko / Media Matters

    President Donald Trump’s most loyal conservative and “alt-right” media allies are blaming the mainstream press's Trump coverage for Wednesday’s attack on a Republican congressional baseball practice, with one close ally to the president even calling for banning some critical journalists from the airwaves in response. This cynical campaign is the next step in their ongoing effort to delegitimize any source of unfavorable information about the president.

    The shooter has been identified as James T. Hodgkinson, a home inspector and critic of the president with a history of domestic violence.

    Paul Joseph Watson, an editor at Alex Jones’ Infowars site, was among the first to blame media coverage for the gunman’s attack, writing on Twitter just minutes after news broke that the culprit was “Trump derangement syndrome, radicalised by mainstream media hysterics.” He later added of journalists and the left, “The blood is on their hands.”

    This cynical effort to curtail critical journalism spread from the “alt-right” fringe, through the right-wing press, to Trump’s chief propagandist at Fox News. Several of the theory’s proponents specifically pointed to the media’s coverage of the investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.

    “The fake news media finally got what it wanted,” Mike Cernovich said on Periscope. “They’re getting their mass murderers. They’re getting the mass shooters. This is what they’ve attempted to incite for the past 18 months.” Cernovich, an “alt-right” provocateur and noted misogynist, spent the 2016 election cycle promoting “Pizzagate” smears, and now he has close ties to Trump’s White House and family.

    “I have foreseen this coming,” Rush Limbaugh told his millions-strong radio audience soon after the shooting. “You can’t continue to enrage people the way the left and predominantly the mainstream media has been doing.”

    Michael Savage, a right-wing radio host with a close relationship with Trump who regularly hosts the administration’s top officials, not only blamed the media for the shooting but also suggested that in response, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow and other critical journalists should be removed from the airwaves by the federal government due to their “constant drumbeat of their hatred against Trump and Republicans.” Maddow’s program is notable for its intense focus on the Trump-Russia story.

    At Fox, Sean Hannity declared that “the biggest issue we need to address as a country is what is a record level of vicious left-wing hate that is being spewed day after day, hour after hour, by a left-wing news media that wants to destroy the president.”

    Notably, the critique these pro-Trump media figures are pushing is largely bereft of concrete examples of journalists using extreme or inciting rhetoric about the president. After making his broad indictment against the press, for example, Hannity highlighted the actions of artists and celebrities, not reporters. In other instances, the claims are simply fabricated, as with Alex Jones’ declaration that a host of newspapers have called for Trump’s death.

    Instead, the president’s allies are claiming that negative coverage in general -- and negative coverage about the Russia investigation in particular -- led to violence. This is a patently cynical ploy aimed at bolstering a political strategy that the pro-Trump media have pushed for months.

    Trump has been castigating the press and seeking to delegitimize journalists since the presidential campaign. He’s declared the media the “enemy of the American people.” His allies have been bolstering that effort every step of the way.

    And now they’re using an attack on U.S. members of Congress as a new way to promote that argument.

  • Trump ally Michael Savage calls for government takeover of the media following shooting at GOP baseball practice

    Blog ››› ››› MEDIA MATTERS STAFF

    Right-wing radio host Michael Savage called for a government takeover of media following a shooting at a baseball practice of Republican members of Congress.

    Five people, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), were wounded during baseball practice in Alexandria, VA. The assailant, “identified by multiple law enforcement officials as James T. Hodgkinson II,” was killed by police after they exchanged gunfire.

    Responding to the shooting, Savage questioned whether Trump should “take control of Twitter” and asked, “Is it time for the government to take control of the out-of-control pirates on social media ... who do not monitor left-wing haters?” He also advocated for removing Rachel Maddow and others from the airwaves by the federal government, citing “their constant drumbeat of their hatred against Trump and Republicans, calling for, among other things, resistance with their sneers every night.”

    Savage later argued that CNN and MSNBC were “practicing a silent form of jihad against America” and demanded that Republicans “call a hearing a make the heads of CNN and MSNBC answer to them as to what they are doing to curtail the sneering hatred of Rachel Madcow (sic) in particular.”

    Savage concluded his tirade by warning that the violence created by the media’s “jihad” “is only the beginning,” arguing that the shooter was inspired to violence by “the hatred for Republicans and Trump” of the media.

  • Here's how right-wing media have reacted to months of setbacks for Trump's Muslim bans

    ››› ››› NINA MAST

    As President Trump's executive orders banning immigration from first seven, then six, majority-Muslim nations have moved through the U.S. court system, they've been met with a series of legal setbacks and direct action and have drawn extensive media coverage. What follows is a timeline of events surrounding the ban, with a focus on right-wing media hypocrisy, denial, and defense of the president's increasingly indefensible policy. This post will be updated.

  • Trump ally Michael Savage calls for "World War II-style internment camps" following London attack

    Mike Pence and other Trump officials have appeared on Savage's show recently, and Savage has partied with Trump at Mar-a-Lago

    Blog ››› ››› MEDIA MATTERS STAFF

    Michael Savage, a radio host whom, according to Vice President Mike Pence, President Donald Trump “appreciates ... respects and admires,” echoed Fox contributor Nigel Farage’s suggestion that “World War II-style internment camps may be the answer” to terror attacks, noting that he “said the same thing a few weeks ago.”

    Savage, a bigoted conspiracy theorist, has a close relationship with Trump, frequents his Mar-a-Lago Florida property, and once claimed that he was "the architect of Trump’s messaging." Savage, who has previously called for “kill[ing] 100 million” Muslims, was one of the first right-wing media figures to openly and repeatedly question former President Obama's birthplace and religion and has a history of promoting bizarre conspiracy theories about murder and diseases.

    On his June 5 radio show, Savage reiterated how he “had a big hand in helping Donald Trump ... get his message across and, therefore, getting him elected, and advocated for “World War II-style internment camps” as “the answer” to recent terror attacks. Despite acknowledging that “it is true that most [people interred in WWII] were innocent,” Savage later asked “why don’t you intern” the “1,000” people on the DHS watchlist, adding “how do we know that the internment in World War II didn’t help us win the war?” (emphasis added):

    MICHAEL SAVAGE (HOST): Should the government regulate Twitter, Facebook, and the other sites that are being used to communicate by the rats in dirty headscarves who are killing our children? What would you do to stop this? Should Islam immediately be banned from prisons? Well, you can't ban Islam. Isn't it just like Christianity, and Judaism, and Buddhism? No, no it is not.

    [...]

    Ariana Grande gave another concert in Manchester and raised money for -- I don't know what the money was for. Is that a way to fight Islamism? Having another concert? Is that the answer? Of course that's not the answer.

    Well, what is the answer? Well, one London politician, one politician from England said we have to put them in camps immediately, and of course CNN wouldn't go for that. British politician says suspected terrorists should be put in camps. Now that will get all of the good liberals in New York very frightened. Nigel Farage, the former UK Independence Party leader, UKIP, said “Britain has been so weak on border control and clamping down on radicalization that World War II-style internment camps may be the answer.” I said the same thing a few weeks ago.

    [...]

    Now, I said the same thing last week. Why are we going soft on Islamists when they're going hard on the West? I'm asking you a question. How much longer are we going to tolerate them killing us and killing our children? The answer is, a very long time, because America is a weak nation, it has been poisoned by many, many different sources. 

    SAVAGE: Yes, it’s true I had a big hand in helping Donald Trump and get his message across and, therefore, getting him elected. There’s no question about that.

    [...]

    I’m sticking to the subject matter of today: What needs to be done to stop Islamists who are on the watchlist in America right now. We were told there were over 1,000 active cases, that was a few months ago when the FBI was run by what’s his name again, I forgot. The guy who is no longer there, I forgot his name already, Mr. Comey, Mr. Comey. He said he had 1,000 active cases, or DHS did. What does that mean, 1,000 of them are on the list, or there’s more than 1,000? Why don’t you intern all of them before they run people over on a bridge, or stab people in the street? It was done during World War II.

    [...]

    How do we know that the internment in World War II didn’t help us win the war?

  • Fox & Friends offers Trump administration a platform to mislead about the link between climate change and asthma

    Blog ››› ››› CHRISTOPHER LEWIS


    Sarah Wasko / Media Matters

    Fox News’ Fox & Friends gave members of the Trump administration a platform to attack former Secretary of State John Kerry after Kerry pointed out that the president’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord will hurt children with asthma. Research has in fact demonstrated a connection between worsening climate change and the prevalence of asthma.

    In response to President Donald Trump, Kerry said to NBC’s Andrea Mitchell that by pulling out of the agreement, Trump “is not helping the forgotten American. He's hurting them.Their kids will have worse asthma in the summer.” Kerry added that the decision is “one of the most self-destructive moves I’ve ever seen by any president in my lifetime.”

    The next day, counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway appeared on Fox & Friends, and host Abby Huntsman highlighted Kerry's comments about asthma for Conway. Conway called Kerry's full statement “a very disappointing assessment,” saying it “tells you why he lost when he ran for president.” From the June 2 edition:

    Later in the program, host Ainsley Earhardt also cited Kerry's warnings about children's asthma in her interview with Vice President Mike Pence, who asserted, “It is disappointing to hear the hot rhetoric”:

    Conservative media have a history of attacking the fact that climate change can have negative impacts on people with asthma. Despite research showing that lower emissions reduce asthma attacks and would create an overall healthier society, conservative media figures such as Michael Savage, Rush Limbaugh, Tammy Bruce, and Sean Hannity have relentlessly mocked the science and misinformed their audiences.

    According to a study published in the Journal of Asthma and Allergy, “Trends in the incidence of childhood asthma worldwide have paralleled the sharp increase in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, over at least the last two decades. The prevalence of asthma in the United States has quadrupled over the last 20 years in part due to climate-related factors.” Additionally, “As atmospheric CO2 levels have risen and global temperature fluctuations have increased, so has the incidence of childhood asthma. According to one CDC-based survey, the number of children under 17 years of age with asthma increased from almost 40 to 60 per 1000 from 1980 to 1993.”

  • Trump regime courting Michael Savage, fringe radio host who claimed autism, PTSD, and depression are fake

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI

    Vice President Mike Pence and Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt are appearing on Michael Savage’s radio program in the wake of criticism surrounding the administration’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. Savage is a climate change denier who has used his radio program to attack people with autism, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and depression, and has advocated for killing “100 million” Muslims.

    Savage has no credibility to talk about anything of substance, as Media Matters has documented. He’s called autism "a fraud” and “a racket"; said people with PTSD and depression are "losers"; advised people not to get flu shots because you can't trust the government; theorized that liberals have been driven insane because of seltzer bubbles; and claimed that the “asthma epidemic amongst minority children” is actually "a money racket" because “the children got extra welfare if they were disabled.” Like President Trump, Savage believes that manmade climate change is a “scam” and a hoax.

    He has also pushed numerous conspiracy theories and has advocated killing “100 million” Muslims. The radio host once worked for MSNBC but was fired when he told a critical caller to "get AIDS and die.”

    In 2008, he warned, “I fear that Obama will stir up a race war … in order to seize absolute power.”

    Savage also claimed that Obama “wants to infect the nation with Ebola” and the then-president was gearing up the government to “fight a war against white people.” Savage accused Obama of engaging in “genocide” against the white race during the last year of Obama’s presidency.

    Pence is scheduled to appear on Savage’s radio program The Savage Nation later today. He previously appeared on Savage’s program in early March and was urged by the radio host to limit immigration before the country turns into “a one-party state” like California. During that interview, Pence said that he knows how much Trump “appreciates and respects, and admires you and your voice in the national debate.”

    Pruitt appeared on Savage’s June 1 program, where they both praised Trump’s decision to remove the United States from the Paris accord. During the interview, Savage falsely claimed that “much of the science today that’s being quoted” on climate change is “fake science.” Pruitt, a climate change denier, agreed with Savage by saying that the “American people deserve truth” and suggested there should be a debate about climate change science. Savage concluded the interview by thanking Pruitt for driving the debate “in the right direction.”

    Savage said in February that he “sat with the president for well over an hour, alone” at Mar-a-Lago” and related that he told Trump “the story about global warming” by pushing junk science about climate change. (Savage's wife, Janet, is a member of the club.)

    Trump has been a repeat guest on Savage’s program and told him (according to Savage) that “without you I wouldn’t be president.”

  • Trump Radio Ally And Mar-a-Lago Guest Michael Savage Is A Huge Duterte Fan Too

    Savage Has A History Of Praising The Authoritarian's Support For The Extrajudicial Murder Of Suspected Drug Dealers

    ››› ››› NICK FERNANDEZ

    According to news sources, President Donald Trump invited alleged human rights abuser President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines to visit the United States during an April 29 phone conversation. Just days before, Trump ally and radio host Michael Savage promoted Duterte on his radio show and has previously applauded the Philippine leader for “killing drug dealers” and arguing that “a lot of people wouldn’t be too unhappy with that” in the United States. Trump and Savage have a long and close relationship including Savage frequently hosting Trump on his radio show and the pair partying together at Trump's Florida property, Mar-a-Lago.