On the February 27 broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio show, Michael Savage responded to a Media Matters for America item that quoted him saying: "I don't like a woman married to a woman. It makes me want to puke. ... I think it's child abuse." In his response, Savage said, "I don't know why they're attacking me for what I believe in," and added, "I stick by every word I wrote." Savage, although reading directly from the Media Matters item, did not refer to Media Matters by name, calling it instead "a gay website that attacks me every day." On his January 30 show, Savage vowed, "I'm not even going to read [Media Matters'] name anymore."
The Savage Nation reaches more than 8 million listeners each week, according to Talkers Magazine, making it the third most-listened-to talk radio show in the nation, behind only The Rush Limbaugh Show and The Sean Hannity Show. The Creative Artists Agency, one of the world's leading talent and literary agencies, recently announced that it had signed Savage for "representation in all areas," including television and film.
From the February 27 broadcast of Talk Radio Network's The Savage Nation:
SAVAGE: So here are some of the stories that you have not responded to: "Savage on gay marriage, parenting says it makes me want to puke, I think it's child abuse." That's reported by a gay website that attacks me every day. I don't know why they're attacking me for what I believe in.
"On the February 26 broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio show, after playing an audio clip of the beginning of singer Melissa Etheridge's acceptance speech at the AA [Academy Awards] in which she thanked her wife and four children, Michael Savage said: 'I don't like a woman married to a woman. It makes me want to puke. ... I want to vomit when I hear it. I think it's child abuse.' Savage later similarly stated, quote, 'I want to puke when I hear about a woman married to a woman raising children because, frankly, I think that it's child abuse to do that to children without their permission. What does a child know? Ask them when they're 16 whether they want to be raised by two lesbians or two men.' Savage added: 'What are the two men doing behind the other wall? You think the children don't hear it?' "
Well, it's exactly -- on the same broadcast, they write, in response to a caller who asked, "How do we answer our kids when we're forced to -- listen to this homosexuality being inflicted upon us?" And the man was calling, remember when he said he was listening to -- here it is [reading from Media Matters transcript]:
CALLER: My wife was sitting on the couch with our 7-year-old daughter when Etheridge got up and did her piece thanking her wife and four kids, and our daughter looked over at our -- at Mom and said: "Was that a man?" And how do we answer our kids, Michael, when we're forced to listen to this homosexuality, which is inflicted upon us?
SAVAGE said: I will tell you how you answer it: You say there are people who are sexually confused, who think that they're men when they're women. They're not normal. Normal people are not like that. Normal people are like Mommy and Daddy. Mommy and Daddy are normal. There are people who are not normal, who have a confusion in their head, and they think they're a man even though they look like a woman. That's what you have to say to them otherwise the child will grow up confused.
CALLER: Yeah, that caused confusion. Thanks for your input, Doctor.
SAVAGE: I guess they didn't like this. I guess they don't like what most people think about this subject.
[Again reading from Media Matters transcript] Then Savage added: Yeah, I mean, why be ashamed to tell your child what reality is? You can't tell a child what reality is? Maybe in a few years you won't be able to tell your child that. Maybe they could turn you in like in Nazi Germany -- "Mommy told me that two women are not normal." Maybe the police will come and take your child away in a few years if these scum-sucking vermin continue this brainwashing garbage.
Everywhere I turn I've never seen anything like it. From the high to the low, from the top to the bottom, from East to West, the vermin are brainwashing all of you all the time. I am one of a few, and there are some really good people out there, with the last bridge of reality.
SAVAGE: I'm Michael Savage. I stick by every word I wrote. I'll be right back.