Not All Automakers Turn Their Back on The Savage Nation
Nationally syndicated radio talk show host Michael Savage makes no bones about his antipathy towards, uh, well, I better choose my words carefully here. Because no matter what you think about Savage's views on American attitudes and policies towards Muslims, both extremist and otherwise, both here and abroad, one thing's for sure: he's got some extremely well organized opponents. To wit, The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has members throughout the U.S. listening in to his show to identify Savage's local advertisers, as part of their ongoing campaign to pressure the show's sponsors to withdraw. Automobile recently published CAIR's most recent press release, which takes AutoZone to task for allowing ads for the chain to appear on The Savage Nation. Apparently, it was a slip-up. A spokesman declared that "AutoZone has a 'Do Not Air' policy against the Michael Savage show and that has been in place for over 6 years now." When TTAC contacted CAIR and asked what automotive-related companies advertise on the program, they named Hyundai, Tom-Tom GPS and GM's OnStar. We'll see if CAIR's campaign forces a retreat…
KBW, I see you what you meant now. Not sure we are really far off on that in reality. I mean to say that my version of his point is more nuanced than his may be in reality. Still, I think most of these guys have EXTREMELY nuanced positions. That's how the trick works. At the core of their arguments there is always a sound bit which they then expound and flex in strange ways, but when challenged, they often retreat to the core, or they depend on their listeners to do it for them in their minds while they go off on a rant. Shaker, Let's agree to disagree on charisma. Educated does not, nor has it ever, meant having a belief in situational ethics. Our legal system may have different levels to describe degrees of wrongness, but those things are all still wrong. The motivation to instill situational ethics in the population is so that a ruling class can do whatever it pleases and then justify it with rhetoric. Educated people, going by the real meaning of the word, should not be fooled because they should be able to better judge the rhetoric using a knowledge of history, logic, mathematics, science and philosophy - and REJECT it. Using right and wrong to justify an agenda is perfectly legitimate. The point is that it is up to the listener to reject the description of right and wrong, and henceforward be skeptical of the source. Your definition of "religious" is offensive, and incorrect. Your description of our foreign policy is reactionary, infantile, and incorrect. Just because you are not happy with it you trash it? Perhaps you should use some of your relativism to compare our foreign policy to other countries', now and in the past. Don't make better the enemy of good. Fascist is perhaps not the correct phrase, but you do share a lot of beliefs with those who wish to control others under an oppressive government. Having nothing more than a keyboard is no defense. What did Hitler, Mao and Stalin have when they started? The beliefs you espouse are just the beginning of what inevitibly takes a country down those horrific paths. Did you read Orwell's 1984? Animal Farm?
Landcrusher: UNCLE! UNCLE! I'll just stick to automotive topics when possible... And your "talents" are wasted here, go pick a fight with someone else. I am properly humbled.
I used to listen to Savage regularly. My favorite segment: Savage's guest was a spokesman for some antipornography group, and they were talking about how important it was to get porno out of motels where it corrupted "innocent traveling salesmen". A caller sweet-talked his way on and then said: "Michael aren't you going to be at the Playboy Mansion next weekend?" Savage: "Yes. Yes I am. And I'm very conflicted about that. But we're not talking about that right now, we're talking about getting rid of pornography that is killing this country." I almost died laughing.