I submitted this complaint to the FCC
on May 14th. I never heard back from them. Maybe because they only listen to the Parents Television Council who are responsible for 99.8%
of all complaints to the FCC.
Since hate speech with intent to incite violence is protected speech(why?)but language that describes patently offensive excretory organs
is not, I focused on putting that part of his hate tirade in this FCC complaint.
Remember Kids, the FCC themselves say, Filing a Complaint with the FCC Is EASY
. Just remember, Violent hate speech is okay, so watch for those dirty words and exposed nipples and prepare to be offended!
I would like to file a complaint about a recent Michael Savage broadcast.
On May 11, 2004, during his regularly scheduled broadcast between 4 pm to 7pm PDT on radio station KNEW 910 am broadcast in San Francisco, CA -- I heard the following comment by Michael Savage regarding the prisoners held in Abu Ghraib, Iraq.
Instead of putting joysticks I'd like to have seen dynamite put in their orifices and they should be dropped from airplanes. How's that? You like that one? Go call someone that you want to report me to, see if I care. They should put dynamite in their behinds and drop them from 35,000 feet, the whole pack of scum out of that jail.
--Michael Savage on The Savage Nation
heard on KNEW radio, broadcast in San Francisco, CA.
I find his comments repulsive and obscene. In addition to inciting lawless, horrific violence be committed by American soldiers to the men, women and children detained in Abu Ghraib, Iraq,
his comments may also be indecent, The FCC has defined broadcast indecency as language or material that, in context, depicts or describes, in terms patently offensive as measured by contemporary community broadcast standards for the broadcast medium, sexual or excretory organs or activities.
I have attached the clip of the specific comments I'm referring to.
In order to hear them in context, I've also attached a clip of the comments before and after the comments in question. Other clips and transcriptions can also be found at Media Matters.
You may note that KNEW's owner, Clear Channel, has recently instituted a zero tolerance policy for indecent content.
Mays said the company will institute a zero tolerance policy for indecent content which will include company-wide training and automatic suspensions for anyone that the FCC alleges has violated indecency rules on the air.
If the FCC accuses us of wrongdoing by issuing a proposed fine, we will take immediate action, Mays said. We will suspend the DJ in question, and perform a swift investigation. If we or the government ultimately determine the offending broadcast is indecent, the DJ will be terminated without delay, Mays said.
John Hogan, Chief Executive Officer of Clear Channel Radio added, If a DJ is found to be in violation of FCC rules, there will be no appeals and no intermediate steps. If they break the law by broadcasting indecent material, they will not work for Clear Channel. In addition, the company announced that all of its contracts with on-air performers are being modified to ensure that DJs share financial responsibility if they utter indecent material on the air.
Below is the address of KNEW 910 am and it's program schedule in San Francisco, CA showing the hours that he broadcasts.
Talk 910 KNEW
340 Townsend Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
Business Line: 415.975.5555
Monday through Friday
Michael Savage-- Pre-Show Warm Up
4 PM - 7 PM:
Michael Savage -- The Savage Nation
7PM - 10PM:
Thank you for your consideration of this matter.
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cc: Carl Levin, Senator Michigan, Armed Services, Ranking Member
Howard Berman, Congressman 28th District California, member FCC oversight committee
Lowry Mays, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Clear Channel
Andrew W. Levin, Executive Vice President for Law and Government Affairs and Chief Legal Officer, Clear Channel
Ed Krampf Regional Vice President for Clear Channel Radio
60 Minutes II, CBS News
Mark de la Viña, Mercury News
Jack Messmer, Executive Editor, Radio Business Report
Don Asmussen, San Francisco Chronicle,
Cass R. Sunstein, Karl N. Llewellyn Dist. Service Prof. of Jurisprudence, Law School, Dept. of Political Science and the College
University of Chicago Law School