July 08, 2003
Savage Weiner followup

Here's a bizarre twist in the firing of Savage Mikey Weiner - the call that precipitated his finally-too-much-for-MSNBC outburst was a prank call by a troll for a competing radio talk show. Here's what the caller was saying when he was cut off and the Savage Weiner went off:

The incident that resulted in his firing began innocently enough. Savage was taking viewer phone calls about airline horror stories, and a male caller began talking about smoking in the bathroom.

"Half an hour into the flight, I need to suggest that Don and Mike take your ..." the caller said, before he was cut off and his words became unintelligible.

I'd never heard of Don and Mike, so the appearance of those names in the story meant nothing to me. Apparently, this sort of thing is pretty common; follow the links in the Media Review post for more about Captain Janks and his ability to plug Howard Stern on the air.

Anyway, what this means is that Savage Mikey knew he was being pranked, and used it as a springboard to spew venom at gays anyway - in short, he wasn't just a racist, homophobic cretin, he was also apparently an unprofessional host who lost his cool at the slightest provocation. Tell me again why MSNBC thought it was a good idea to hire this clown?

On a side note, I wonder what will become of Weiner's lawsuit against Take Back the Media, Michael Savage Sucks, and Savage Stupidity. None of them have noted his demise as yet, surprisingly enough. I expected major schadenfreude over there, but there's been nothing so far.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on July 08, 2003 to TV and movies | TrackBack

This just proves that if you give someone enough rope, they'll hang themselves.

Also, even though schadenfreude is not a Hagen-Daz competitor, in this case, it will be as sweet as a pint of Chocolate Chocolate Chip.

Posted by: William Hughes on July 8, 2003 7:58 AM

Just had another thought. Before anybody else mentions it, I think Chocolate Chocolate Chip Schadenfreude would be a great name for a rock and roll band. ;)

Posted by: William Hughes on July 8, 2003 8:05 AM

OK, my key question about Savage is how does one do a parody of him? I mean, look at his web site and that is a parody I couldn't make up.

Posted by: ArchPundit on July 8, 2003 11:56 AM