Tuesday, May 20, 2008


Michael Savage celebrates by playing Dead Kennedys

by Larry Geller

Thanks to Justin Cole of MediaMatters for America for alerting me to this article.

As you probably have heard, Ted Kennedy was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor, according to today's news. I'm sure that most of you were terribly saddened.

But not Michel Savage. He rejoiced on his program today.

Please view the article on the MediaMatters webpage. There's an awful audio clip if you have the stomach to listen. Dead Kennedys over and over again, mixed up with his obnoxious remarks and more.

Michael Savage plays Dead Kennedys song "in some respect for" Sen. Kennedy

Summary: On the day it was announced that Sen. Ted Kennedy had been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor, nationally syndicated radio host Michael Savage opened his show by interspersing audio of Kennedy singing "Ay Jalisco No Te Rajes" with clips of news reporters discussing Kennedy's diagnosis and audio from Kindergarten Cop in which Arnold Schwarzenegger's character says, "It's not a tumor." Later, Savage played the Dead Kennedys song "California Über Alles" after stating: "The poor guy's been suffering for years, you know? Unfairly he's been accused of alcoholism, but we see now that it was something much more deep-seated. And so, to cut this out in some respect for Ted Kennedy, here's a tune coming at you from the Dead Kennedys. Go ahead and play it, please."

I'm having fun today. I'm not celebrating. I feel good.

For years, I mean, to be honest, Kennedy didn't seem sane to me. Forget about the drunk stories and all that -- anybody can drink. The guy sounded like he was off for years, I'm sorry.

The article includes contacts you can use if you are offended by this guy. There are phone numbers, fax numbers and emails.

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It is to the right wing's disadvantage that they seem obsessively fixated on personal attacks.

This is becoming more and more prevalent, it seems to me. Rather than critique ideas and systems in any intelligent way, the right prefers the "gotcha!" and the personal smear, intending I suppose to fatally discredit an individual and somehow by extension a point of view, position or movement.

It's perfectly in keeping with a rightist individualistic paradigm based on competition and self-interest, I suppose.

Funny thing is, it's an incredibly ineffective tactic when used against a leftist perspective based on the importance of the common good, equality, and diversity.

I just watched "Cocalero," an excellent documentary covering Evo Morales's campaign for the presidency of Bolivia. One of the most interesting moments portrays his deft maneuvering in a TV interview with a clearly right-wing reporter trying the "gotcha" tactic.

In the end, they just look like undignified bloodthirsty fools as they dance in the streets when one of their nemeses (Fidel, Kennedy, whoever) lays ill.

Personally, I welcome the sight of their dissolution.

Hasta victoria.

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