The 11-member board of supervisors in San Francisco voted unanimously on Tuesday for a resolution condemning radio talk show host Michael Savage for his comments about the immigrant community.
Savage made remarks about college students who were involved in a weeklong fast in San Francisco's Civic Center Plaza in July in support of educational benefits for illegal aliens.
Savage said on his July 5 radio program that the demonstrators should "fast until they starve to death,” according to the resolution introduced by Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval.
The resolution states that the board considers Savage's comments as "symbolic of hatred and racism.”
But Mark Masters, CEO of Talk Radio Network, which syndicates Savage’s show, slammed the resolution in a press release.
“It is unbelievable to me that a city that purportedly prides itself on tolerance could be so intolerant of Michael’s freedom of speech,” Master said.
“The efforts by the board to paint Savage’s tongue-in-cheek quip as literally urging the death of the protesters is particularly ridiculous. Savage is well known for using satire and ridicule to illustrate his political points…
“Even more disturbingly, this incident is just the latest incident in a sordid series of efforts by politicians to chill the exercise of free speech by talk radio hosts and to intimidate hosts who dare to espouse views which differ from what they wish to impose as ‘politically correct’ speech.”
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