Jul 7 2003

Savage Fired by MSNBC

Michael Savage’s MSNBC show, The Savage Nation, was cancelled today because of homophobic remarks made by the host on the July 5 edition of the show, according to an Associated Press (AP) report. Those comments–labeling a caller “a sodomite” and telling him to “get AIDS and die”– were the subject of a FAIR action alert earlier today.

MSNBC spokesperson Jeremy Gaines told AP, “His comments were extremely inappropriate and the decision was an easy one.”

Over the past five months, FAIR activists have written more than 2,000 individual letters to MSNBC expressing their concerns about Savage’s record of bigotry and hate, and criticizing the network for hiring a host who routinely traffics in slurs while firing host Phil Donahue over his anti-war views.

Savage can still be heard on some 300 radio stations across the country.