Corporate responsibility? What's that?
There's a term you don't hear every day, if ever.
One Wisconsin Now believes that Journal Communications, the behemoth that owns a big chunk of Milwaukee's media outlets, should demonstrate that it has some standards and responsibility besides trying to fatten up dividend checks.
Case in point is Michael Savage, a syndicated slimeball whose radio show is carried in the late night slot on WTMJ-AM, Journal Broadcast's flagship station, which afternoon host Jonathan Green likes to call "the biggest stick in the state."
Savage, described on the station's website as an animal-loving compassionate conservative, is anything but.
One Wisconsin Now(OWN) offers a few examples of his compassionate commentary:
He has said that former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is a "traitor" who "should be hung." Savage commented that two CNN hosts "would have pushed Jewish children into the oven" and that they are trying to "curry favor with the turbaned hoodlums." He has also declared that the U.S. Senate has become "more vicious and more histrionic than ever, specifically because women have been injected into" it. Savage also suggested that the Voting Rights Act reauthorization would "put voting machines in crack houses." And, not surprisingly, he has called for a "militarization of our children," saying teaching our sons to fire a gun is better than teaching them to swing a baseball bat.OWN has a petition asking CEO Steve Smith to give Savage the ax. Use this link to sign up and offer your comments.
My theory is that Savage is intended to make the local wingnuts seem moderate. But he certainly tarnishes the corporate image with a layer of slime.