Savage rant: Media Matters made up of "yokels and drunks," "cretins," "rat snitches," "snitch perverts," and "scum"

››› ››› MATTHEW BIEDLINGMAIER

On the December 14 broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio show, Michael Savage repeated his disparagements of prominent Democratic women and the residents of New Hampshire, and referred to Media Matters for America as "yokels and drunks," "cretins," "rat snitches," "snitch perverts," "snitches out of the ex-Soviet Union," and "scum."

During the program, Savage referred to two Media Matters items regarding comments he made on December 12: the first documented comments he made about Rep. Jane Harman (CA), Sen. Barbara Boxer (CA), and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA), whom he referred to as "yentas" and suggested were in office because they "have rich husbands who put them in power with their money, so they could have a little hobby in between getting their nails done"; and the second noted his descriptions of New Hampshire residents as "drunks" and "yokels." As Media Matters documented, during the December 12 broadcast, Savage also claimed that "90 percent of the people on the Nobel Committee are into child pornography and molestation, according to the latest scientific studies."

Early in his December 14 broadcast, referring to Harman, Boxer, and Pelosi, Savage said, "We were talking about waterboarding and these yentas apparently were upset that we were using waterboarding on Al Qaeda members." Savage then said, referring to Media Matters, "So they recorded everything I said. And then to the end of the recording -- they do a very good job of transcription, by the way -- when I said go home and make -- I said to my board operator, would you rather be waterboarded or be put in the same room with Barbara Boxer after a family argument?" As Media Matters noted, Savage also asked his "board operator" if he would rather "be waterboarded for 30 seconds or eat Jane Harman's ravioli" and whether he'd rather "be waterboarded or eat Nancy Pelosi's tortellini."

Savage continued to read from the Media Matters item detailing his attacks on Harman, Boxer, and Pelosi, then said:

SAVAGE: Then, listen to this. These people are so sick, at this website that attacks conservatives -- and it's a group created by Hillary Clinton, we have it on record -- they actually are so stupid that they write this: "According to the encyclopedia, Varenyky (Ukrainian) or vareniki (Russian ...) are a kind of stuffed dumpling associated with Ukrainian cuisine. Some variants are also found in Belarusian, Russian and Polish cooking, and are sometimes said to be of Turkish origin. Varenyky are similar to Polish pierogi, Siberian pelmeni, and Italian ravioli." This is how sick they are. Well, they actually looked up one of my mother's favorite dishes.

Savage then continued, reading from the Media Matters item detailing his attacks on residents of New Hampshire:

SAVAGE: "Savage replied: 'What kind of rubbish is this that New Hampshire -- a bunch of drunks up there -- and Iowa, they're going to determine the outcome of an election? Who came up with that nonsense?' " he asked. " 'That's like believing in Santa Claus. If you believe that a bunch of drunks in New Hampshire and a bunch of stamp collectors in New Hampshire and a bunch of corn farmers in Iowa really are going to predict who the next president will be, that's like believing in Santa Claus.' " I'd say, "I gotta listen to this guy Savage. He knows what he's talking about. Wow, that guy's sharp."

After Savage reminisced about his mother's verenikis, he said, "Well, I'm glad these yokels and drunks at this website now know how to make a very, very good piece of food from Belarusian, Russian, Polish or Turkish origin."

Savage then continued to read from the "Dem women" Media Matters item:

SAVAGE: "On the December 12 show, Michael Savage referred to Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA), Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) as 'yentas,' and said Harman should go home and cook verenikis." Let me tell you something. If Jane Harman could you make a veriniki, she wouldn't make the stupid statement she's making about no waterboarding. See what I'm saying? That's why I want her to go home and make a vereniki. If she could go home and learn how to make a veriniki like my mother did, she'd come out and say, "What are you so worried about how they're treating Al Qaeda? You moron. They like to kill you! Let them beat 'em with a rolling pin! That'll get the information out of them." I would think. Wouldn't you?

After Savage played an "Italian love song for a mother," he asked, "Why do the people who write Media Matters hate their mothers so much?" He added, "I don't understand it. What did she do to them?"

Later in the broadcast, a caller said, "I cannot wait to read Media Matters tomorrow to see how the morons actually transcribe Michael Savage transcribing Michael Savage." Savage said "Yeah, that should be hard for them. They may get blinded by their own mirror." The caller said, "Michael Savage said that Michael Savage said," to which Savage replied, "Michael Savage said that Michael Savage said." He then said of Media Matters, "They're very sick people. But the thing to remember about those cretins, is that they're a front group for Hillary Clinton and everybody knows that."

Savage later said that Hillary Clinton is "smart enough to know that Media Matters is now an impediment to her because if this gets out." He continued, calling Media Matters "rat snitches," "snitch perverts," and "snitches out of the ex-Soviet Union":

SAVAGE: [L]ook, I got 8, 10 million listeners? I guarantee it's closer to 20. And the more of you that send it up the Democrat Party [sic] line that Media Matters is out of control -- they're insane, they're attacking people who are -- the word I'm looking for here is independent. Not everybody listening to this show is a Republican right-winger. They may be independent. Some of them are probably Democrats. They don't like Media Matters. They don't like their tactics. It's out of the Soviet Union. They claim that they're progressives? But all they are is a bunch of rat snitches. All they do is sit and listen to somebody and rat them out and they think that they're going to bring them down? They're snitches out of the ex-Soviet Union. And the faster that Hillary Clinton drops Media Matters, the better off she will be. It's not about me. I can live -- let me tell you something. My show is not affected by them at all. They're going to find out very soon -- very soon -- that their little game is going to cost them a fortune. Very, very soon, all these little snitch perverts are going to find out that they're going to pay the piper for the fun they've had these last few years. But we'll let that go for now. We'll let it go for now. You guys have a real nice weekend. You enjoy your holiday season. Because after the first of the year, you're going to find out that all of the fun you've had, you're going to pay the piper for it.

Savage further called Media Matters "vile, disgusting, demented creatures," a "slimy, Soviet-style hate group," and a "hate group" that engages in "miserable Soviet tactics."

Savage has disparaged Media Matters numerous times before, calling the organization a "fascist front group," a "hate group," a "group of gay Mafiaso," "the homosexual Mafia," and "a gay smear sheet." On the January 30 broadcast of his show, Savage called Media Matters a "little website" and claimed, "I'm not even going to read its name anymore."As it has repeatedly noted, Media Matters is a progressive nonprofit organization and is not affiliated with any candidate or political party.

Later in the broadcast, after referring to the "militant homosexuals," whom Savage said are part of a "powerful movement" that "owns the media" and "owns Hollywood," Savage said, "Every statement I've just made is will be mocked by these scum in this organization I have mentioned, this front group for Hillary Clinton, who will drop them." He continued: "You want me to make a prediction for 2007? Here's my prediction: Within 2008, Hillary Clinton disconnects from Media Matters. She disconnects from that Frankenstein that she created. Mark my words. Mark it down right now."

From the December 14 edition of Talk Radio Network's The Savage Nation:

SAVAGE: Let's pause right here. When I come back, an insignificant group that was created by Hillary Clinton to try to destroy talk radio, who will not be mentioned, records my show daily, and yesterday they said, "Savage makes degrading comments about House Speaker and other prominent Dem women. He called Sen. Barbara Boxer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi 'yentas' and he said Jane Harman should 'go home and cook verenikis.' "

We were talking about waterboarding, and these yentas apparently were upset that we were using waterboarding on Al Qaeda members. So they recorded everything I said. And then to the end of the recording -- they do a very good job of transcription, by the way -- when I said go home and make -- I said to my board operator, would you rather be waterboarded or be put in the same room with Barbara Boxer after a family argument? Phil says, "I'm going to have to ask to be waterboarded twice." Savage laughs and the last question, "Would you rather be waterboarded or eat Nancy Pelosi's tortellini?" Newmark says, "Put a bullet in my head before I'll eat that tortellini." Savage laughs, "All right, we're on record, Phil. We'll have to find somebody willing to waterboard you."

Then, listen to this. These people are so sick, at this website that attacks conservatives -- and it's a group created by Hillary Clinton, we have it on record -- they actually are so stupid that they write this: "According to the encyclopedia, Varenyky (Ukrainian) or vareniki (Russian ...) are a kind of stuffed dumpling associated with Ukrainian cuisine. Some variants are also found in Belarusian, Russian and Polish cooking, and are sometimes said to be of Turkish origin. Varenyky are similar to Polish pierogi, Siberian pelmeni, and Italian ravioli." This is how sick they are. Well, they actually looked up one of my mother's favorite dishes. Thank you, guys. I'll be right back.

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"Savage referred to residents of New Hampshire as 'drunks' and 'yokels.' " Again, this meaningless little blog that attacks conservatives has a real thing for me -- this is funny, because it actually makes sense to me. If I didn't know who Michael Savage was and read this, I'd say, "You know, I gotta listen to this guy, he makes sense."

"On the December 12 broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio show, while discussing the presidential primary system, Michael Savage asked, 'What kind of rubbish is this that New Hampshire -- a bunch of drunks up there -- and Iowa, they're going to determine the outcome of an election?' Savage also referred to the residents of New Hampshire as 'yokels' and 'stamp collectors' and the residents of Iowa as 'corn farmers.'

"Savage interjected: 'First of all, who cares what they think in Iowa? That's number one. Why are we still running elections like it's the 19th century, where New Hampshire determines the election? A bunch of yokels in New Hampshire are going to determine the election as much as my dog is going to determine the election.' " And he went on: " 'But I'm sick of this 19th century model being used to tell who's going to win the election.' Savage went on to say, The people know that it's all fraudulent and that both parties are part of the same scam.'

"Later, a caller stated, 'I'm just calling to say you're absolutely right about Iowa.' " Of course I'm right about Iowa. The woman moderator who said that we're not going to talk about immigration or Iraq has been roundly condemned throughout America, but these schmucks here at this website don't even know that I was right. They don't know when I'm right. They don't know what I'm talking about. Boy, was I right.

"Savage replied: 'What kind of rubbish is this that New Hampshire -- a bunch of drunks up there -- and Iowa, they're going to determine the outcome of an election? Who came up with that nonsense?' " he asked. " 'That's like believing in Santa Claus. If you believe that a bunch of drunks in New Hampshire and a bunch of stamp collectors in New Hampshire and a bunch of corn farmers in Iowa really are going to predict who the next president will be, that's like believing in Santa Claus.' " I'd say, "I gotta listen to this guy Savage. He knows what he's talking about. Wow, that guy's sharp." Yeah. What else do we got? Play Elvis Presley, 09. Go ahead.

[audio clip: Presley's "That's All Right (Mama)"]

SAVAGE: Aw, I don't have a mother. I wish I had a mother. I'd be nice to people.

"Varenyky (Ukranian)" -- hold it. According to an encyclopedia, "Varenyky [is] (Ukranian) or vereniki (Russian...) are a kind of stuffed dumpling" -- can you imagine -- I said Jane Harman and Barbara Boxer should just go home -- get out of politics and go home and cook verenikis, so they went and looked up vereniki. Some variants are also dumplings associated with Ukranian cuisine. I didn't even know that. "Some variants are also found in Belarusian, Russian and Polish cooking, and are sometimes said to be of Turkish origin." How do you like that? I was multicultural and didn't even know it.

"Varenyky are similar to Polish pierogi, Siberian pelmeni, and Italian ravioli." Do you see how multiculti I am when I make a reference like that to have to even look it up? And I gotta tell you, my mother's verenikis, which she only made when she was young, is a very hard dish to make right. Let me explain how it's done. You know I have the recipe somewhere. I should try it in honor of her, like, this weekend. Well, basically what it is -- it's a -- it is, it's rolled dough -- she rolled the dough with the pin, the rolling pin, the board. Oh, did I -- you know those days I'd stand in the kitchen and watch her cook were the best days of my life, when you think back. Who knew it? You'd sit and chat over this and that. She's with the rolling pin, they throw a certain flour on the board so it didn't stick. You didn't even pay attention to the little things. Today you get schmucks that go to a cooking school. You ever see them with a rolling pin? It falls out of their hand. And they got a book on how to roll the thing -- my mother never went to a school. I don't' know how she did it. She'd roll the dough, then she'd cut it a certain way, not with a pre-mold, but she had a knife she used, an actual knife. Every one was different, in other words. She didn't need a consistent vareniki. The wrapper -- didn't matter to her if it was precise, she wasn't making it in a factory. And then, but her stuffing was potato and onion. There was no grease in it, no butter. I loved it. It was a potato ravioli, in essence. And they were large. They were the size of a baby's fist, let's say, and she floated them in water. They were boiled. Oh my God, I can just taste it to this day. When they came out of that water, still hot -- it's like an Italian ravioli in that sense. I like them when they're almost burning out of the water. I like to eat them when there's still hot water on them. You know, slurp them down. Man, there was nothing better. Well, I'm glad these yokels and drunks at this website now know how to make a very, very good piece of food from Belarusian, Russian, Polish or Turkish origin. But the recipe isn't in there. You know, one of these days I'm going to have to put out the recipe book, my own recipe book.

"On the December 12 show, Michael Savage referred to Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA), Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) as 'yentas,' said Harman should go home and cook verenikis." Let me tell you something. If Jane Harman could you make a veriniki, she wouldn't make the stupid statement she's making about no waterboarding. See what I'm saying? That's why I want her to go home and make a vereniki. If she could go home and learn how to make a veriniki like my mother did, she'd come out and say, "What are you so worried about how they're treating Al Qaeda? You moron. They like to kill you! Let them beat 'em with a rolling pin! That'll get the information out of them." I would think. Wouldn't you?

What else do I want to tell you? Favorite Mama Savage moments. Were there any? It wasn't always good. I mean, you know that. But how can you not love your mother? You can dislike her. But you can't not love her, you know what I'm saying. Coming home late, late in Queens, let me think -- the mailbox, the key is in the mailbox, how about that? Three in the morning, taking off your shoes, but you know she's up somewhere, and you get caught, but never mad, never mad. She knew where you were, at the dance, smoking a little pot with the guys, drinking a little too much. I've told you all this before. Big deal. And I'm not running for office. Look at the stupidity -- that someone smoked a joint when they were a teenager. They're making that into an issue. You know we're a juvenile, moronic nation that we care if a guy smoked a joint when he was a teenager. That's a presidential issue? It's crazy. We're like idiot children. We don't even deserve a country with this kind of stupidity. At least -- I mean, I'm telling you, I can't take this anymore. If I were running, I wouldn't put up with this. The only one who stood up like a man was Fred Thompson. He's the only one who stood up to that loser hack in Iowa. The Des Moines Register editor and moderator Carolyn Washburn who said, "We're going to focus on issues that Iowans say they still want to know more about. We won't talk a lot about issues like Iraq or immigration." People were infuriated by her pomposity, Carolyn Washburn. What a moron. Everybody has been condemning her except this blogosite that they run here. I was 100 percent right. She dis -- you know, she disrespected the Republicans, and the only one who put her down properly, was when she asked him a question and he tried to answer it and she wouldn't give him time -- was Fred Thompson, said "I'm not going to answer that." He was the only one who stood up to her. Play this -- this woman.

WASHBURN [audio clip]: We're going to focus on issues Iowans say they still want to know more about. We won't talk a lot about issues like Iraq or immigration --

SAVAGE: Aw, shut up. Go milk a cow. Get off my show. Get off my show. Go milk a cow without gloves. I'll be right back.

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SAVAGE: Beautiful. Italian love song for a mother. You hear this? Go laugh at it, you sick -- I'd like to say things I can't say on the show right now. I just wish I were at a bar with friends. I'd tell you what I really think. Why do they hate their mothers? I don't understand it. Why do the people who write Media Matters hate their mothers so much? I don't understand it. What did she do to them? Thank you, Jerry. [claps] That's all.

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SAVAGE: Houston, Texas. David, you're on The Savage Nation, go ahead, please.

CALLER: Yeah, Dr. Savage, I cannot wait to read Media Matters tomorrow to see what the -- to see how the morons actually transcribe Michael Savage transcribing Michael Savage.

SAVAGE: Yeah, that should be hard for them. They may get blinded by their own mirror.

CALLER: Yeah, Michael Savage said that Michael Savage said --

SAVAGE: Yes. Michael Savage said that Michael Savage said. They're very sick people. But the thing to remember about those cretins is that they're a front group for Hillary Clinton and everybody knows that. You've heard my tape where Hillary boasts that she created Media Matters?

CALLER: [unintelligible]

SAVAGE: Listen. Hold it. Play the tape. Here's Hillary Clinton.

CLINTON [audio clip]: I just wish that we had this active and fighting blogosphere about 15 years ago, because we have certainly suffered from over the last years a real imbalance --

SAVAGE: Stop it right here. You cut the wrong part. You gotta move it up to where she says she created Media Matters, which we'll do in the next segment. It's a front group for Hillary Clinton and my prediction is she's going to drop them like a hot potato because everybody is on to them. They're like Tikkun was.

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CLINTON [audio clip]: These two things that I helped to start and support, like Media Matters and Center for American Progress --

SAVAGE: OK, so you've got it on record now, and I've repeated this. Everyone listening to this should capture this and replay it over and over again. Anyone in radio who wants to borrow it, we will give it you. I think we need to finally show the connection between Hillary Clinton and this disgusting, demented group, and I'll tell you why. Because once -- see, she's dropping in the polls, for good reason. She's gotta get rid of all the negatives. They're the most negative appendage hanging from her. They're vile, disgusting, demented creatures. They think that by attacking me and a few others in radio, they're going to get somewhere in life? What she needs to do is drop them immediately.

See, when she was vice-whatever or co-president, she was hoodwinked by a fraudulent rabbi here in Berkeley, California, a self-professed fraudulent rabbi who made himself into some guru. And he talked his way all the way up Democrat Party circles. And he wrote some crappy magazine they called Tikkun and he started advising her. What happened was, she dropped him after a year after she found out the guy was what he was. Now, this man, in my opinion, has single-handedly polluted Israel and almost destroyed the nation. He brought the peace-now movement from Berkeley to Israel and demoralized the entire nation. You don't know how powerful some evil can be. But in my opinion, people are like viruses. A single virus could unravel a man. A single bad man could unravel a nation.

She dropped him. She was a smart enough politician to drop him. And she's smart enough to know that Media Matters is now an impediment to her because if this gets out -- look, I got 8, 10 million listeners? I guarantee it's closer to 20. And the more of you that send it up the Democrat Party line that Media Matters is out of control -- they're insane, they're attacking people who are -- the word I'm looking for here is independent. Not everybody listening to this show is a Republican right-winger. They may be independent. Some of them are probably Democrats. They don't like Media Matters. They don't like their tactics. It's out of the Soviet Union. They claim that they're progressives? But all they are is a bunch of rat snitches. All they do is sit and listen to somebody and rat them out and they think that they're going to bring them down? They're snitches out of the ex-Soviet Union. And the faster that Hillary Clinton drops Media Matters, the better off she will be. It's not about me. I can live -- let me tell you something. My show is not affected by them at all. They're going to find out very soon -- very soon -- that their little game is going to cost them a fortune. Very, very soon, all these little snitch perverts are going to find out that they're going to pay the piper for the fun they've had these last few years. But we'll let that go for now. We'll let it go for now. You guys have a real nice weekend. You enjoy your holiday season. Because after the first of the year, you're going to find out that all of the fun you've had, you're going to pay the piper for it. Play the Grateful Dead now. I want to hear some Grateful Dead or whatever. That's what I need.

[audio clip: Grateful Dead's "Casey Jones"]

SAVAGE (over music): This song is dedicated to the core base of the Democrat Party.

Thank you, guys. Give them some rat poison and we'll see them in Hades.

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CALLER: I called in specifically to talk about the command you have on the topic of the body of knowledge that's out there on the militant homosexuals. And, having heard an interview you had with an author -- first name Anne, I cannot remember --

SAVAGE: Anne Hendershott, who wrote, I forget the name of her book, great book, The Politics of Deviance. Yes, yesterday. She's brilliant. So, what's on your mind, Rooney? Let's do it. A minute or less.

CALLER: Well, there are several things on my mind. But if you can apply your singular knowledge to this topic, and combine with her to co-author a guidebook on this subject, the world could be saved from the militant homosexuals.

SAVAGE: Well, it's a very powerful movement, Rooney, that you're talking about. It owns the media. It owns Hollywood. It owns the agencies that pick the actors for the roles in Hollywood. It owns virtually everything that happens in Hollywood, Rooney. You got to understand that all the imagery, without variance, almost every image is vetted by this particular subculture. Do you understand that? This cult determines what images will go out to the world. And that's the problem we're having right now, Rooney, and it's too big a topic for me to deal with at this time on the last day of the radio for this year. I don't mean to cut it. It's a great topic. Trust me. It's a great topic.

But everything I've just said is verifiable. Every statement I just made will be mocked by these scum in this organization I have mentioned, the front group for Hillary Clinton, who will drop them. You want me to make a prediction for 2007? Here's my prediction: Within 2008, Hillary Clinton disconnects from Media Matters. She disconnects from that Frankenstein that she created. Mark my words. Mark it down right now. She'll disconnect from them the way she did from that fake rabbi in Berkeley, who almost destroyed her and Bill Clinton's connections to the Jewish people because he was such a lunatic. I knew this guy, I met him in Berkeley. The guy picked up a knife and tried to stab one of his girlfriends. He used to foam at the mouth. That was the rabbi she picked, you hear this, to represent the Jewish people. So I know where these people come from. So when I tell you, "Liberalism is a mental disorder," I'm not just making it up. I'll be right back.

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SAVAGE: Free speech is at stake. So if you have an extra 10 bucks, send it to us. I can guarantee you that it will go to a very, very good cause. And it goes well beyond this one man and this one case. And I have stopped talking about it for a couple of days, but I don't want you to stop thinking about it. We're gonna update you regularly on our rights, which are at stake in the Michael Savage case, on a regular basis.

Hillary is sinking like a rock. Eventually, she'll come to understand that it's not just her negatives, it's not just her husband, it's not just her attack on Barack Obama -- it's the fact that people are onto her. It's also the fact that she's deeply connected to groups like Media Matters, and most independents do not like the connection to this slimy, Soviet-style hate group.

And the faster she gets up there and says, "I've disconnected from the group I helped form, Media Matters," I think her campaign, frankly -- although I'm not a fan of Hillary's, I certainly, you know, respect her right to run -- I think the faster she disconnects from this hate group, Media Matters, and disavows them for their miserable Soviet tactics, I think she'll do better as a result of that.

On my website, Muslim prison converts wanted to kill Jews and other military persons. They were radicalized in jail by a Pakistani. That's right.

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