Rep. John Culberson has come to the defense of embattled talk-radio host Michael Savage in his quest to have his name removed from a list of undesirables banned from Britain.
In a Nov. 17 letter to Secretary of State HiIlary Rodham Clinton obtained by Inside the Beltway, the Texas Republican requests Mrs. Clinton to “use all diplomatic tools at your disposal” to remove Mr. Savage from the list, which includes terrorists and muderers. British officials had accused Mr. Savage of hate speech and placed him on the list last year.
Mr. Culberson call the designation “defamatory and disturbing,” saying the ban “demeans and diminishes” Britain as a free and open society.
“Michael Savage is a loyal American, and he is passionate about protecting America, which is why I enjoy listening to him,” the lawmaker continues. “I have never heard him encourage hatred or incite anyone to engage in violence.”
Mr. Culberson suggests Mr. Savage be granted a travel visa forthwith and says he will be working with colleagues in Congress to protect Mr. Savage’s First Amendment rights.
“If he were at the fringe of society like the other people on the U.K. list, he would not have a nationally syndicated radio show,” Mr. Culberson adds.
And we do mean “mean.” In a report released Tuesday, the Culture and Media Institute analyzed 69 recent stories on Sarah Palin that were broadcast on CBS, NBC or ABC to reveal that 37 of the stories were negative, two were positive, and 30 were neutral.
Most telling: Not a single evening news show ran a positive story about Mrs. Palin, they found.
“The networks have been so intent on assassinating Palins character that they have turned for added ammunition to sources they normally ignore - conservative columnists and comedians,” the report said.
“MSNBC had to apologize for running a fake photo of Palin in a bikini holding a gun. Al Gore’s Current TV called Palin a ‘Gun-Ho and worse. The Associated Press used 11 separate staffers to fact-check the book. But one of the most ridiculous examples of bias and misogyny was Newsweeks cover image of Palin in shorts that originally appeared in Runner’s World magazine,” Dan Gainor, vice president of the Virginia-based group, tells Beltway.
“This journalistic feeding frenzy shows how desperate the old media are to discredit a conservative woman who doesnt embrace the left-wing ideas of the press,” Mr. Gainor says.
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