Talk Radio Network’s Michael Savage was condemned this week by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for exercising his freedom of speech in a manner the Board improperly "deemed" to be "symbolic of hatred and racism".
During his syndicated show, Savage dismissively criticized the attention then being given to reports of illegal alien students fasting in support of educational benefits for illegal aliens by quipping: "I would say, let them starve to death, then that solves the problem."
Said TRN in a statement: "The Board’s condemnation of Savage’s exercise of his free speech right to comment critically on protest fasts supporting illegal immigration was disturbingly combined with a ‘Whereas’ clause immediately before the ‘Resolved’ clauses noting that ‘community organizations and immigrant rights groups’ were planning action in front of the San Francisco station broadcasting The Michael Savage Show to urge the Show’s termination, which clearly implied active support by the Board of Supervisors."
Said TRN CEO Mark Masters: "It is unbelievable to me that a city that purportedly prides itself on tolerance could be so intolerant of Michael’s freedom of speech. This is how he makes his living and they would try to take this away from him…Savage is well known for using satire and ridicule to illustrate his political points, and clearly no more actually intended the death of fasting protesters by this quip than would a parent responding to a child threatening to refuse to eat vegetables with the statement ‘so starve to death’."
Savage indicated that he considers this to be "dry run" against freedom of speech in America. He states: "I am the target of this dry run. They want to see how far they can get in silencing a voice of freedom in the United States of America."