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May 6th, 2009
03:39 PM ET

Talk radio's Michael Savage on AM

Conservative and often controversial talk radio show Michael Savage is planning to file suit against Britain's Home Secretary Jacqui Smith after she added him to a list banning his entrance into the U.K. for allegedy fostering extremism or hatred. The list also includes a white supremacist and a member of Hamas. Read more

Smith said that the radio host was “someone who has fallen into the category of fomenting hatred, of such extreme views and expressing them in such a way that it is actually likely to cause inter-community tension or even violence if that person were allowed into the country.”

I spoke with Savage earlier today about the issue. He calls the ban an outrage and is planning to fight back.

I also challenged him about some of the things he's said about Islam, homosexuality and illegal immigration.

Be sure to watch "American Morning" tomorrow to watch the full interview and hear from Michael Savage himself at 7:15am ET.

And we'd love to hear your thoughts on the controversy.

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Filed under: Controversy
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. skilled_one

    Intellectual intelligence? LOL Ed you have no idea!
    Using negative stereotypes does not create an environment of reasonable dialogue.
    Because you think you are intelligent does not mean you can't be a racist or a bigot, an intelligent racist just means you can cover up your racism better by using idiomatic phrases and rhetorical devices. Savages talking points!!!!
    All we can do, with people like you Ed, is agree to disagree.

    May 9, 2009 at 11:42 am |
  2. Ed

    It's nice to see some intellectual intelligence vs. emotional intelligence – SAVAGE ROCKS!!! Accusing one of being "racist" is used by those who cannot engage in reasonable dialogue.
    Let's have some "tolerance" of ideological "diversity."

    May 8, 2009 at 1:33 am |

    Newjersey Holyshadow I was on and could not have the freedom to write notes or anything unlike facebook or blackplanet or myspace. When I deleted my account ,they use this mark(!) to tell me bye. ((VERY RUDE))!! I ADVISE people to stick with other sites than Praise God for freedom!!! I TRIED EVERY THING TO write to different people and I been on Twitter for almost 3 months and it is just hard to figure out. But it is not cool to tell people who leave them to say BYE! This is not right to people who might choose to come back. And since famous people like CNN.COM uses,I needed to point this out. Plus,I am a man of the cloth ((God)).

    May 7, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  4. LOL ?

    Hahaha look at all the "enlightened" progressives name calling, and look at all the America hating fools who think savage should be shut up in America. Savage is exactly right, freedom of speech was meant to protect impolite speech, polite speech needs no protection.

    Wait no, I'm wrong savage needs to worship Obama. He needs to listen to al gore, creator of the Internet, when he speaks about man made global warming. In fact savage should be more politically correct and quit expressing his opinion. Hahaha

    May 7, 2009 at 2:22 pm |
  5. Richard

    Michael... "ignorant human rights activist"... you and bernice should try and get a group rate at the therapist... he has no point... only propaganda lies and hate... he does not speak from facts... only imagined delusions...
    He and those who nurture his ideals and morals...ARE the problem in America...
    Those of us who grew up in the '60's and believed in the morality of Peace and conservation are witnessing out warnings to the world come true, poluted river, lake and oceans, deminishing natural resources, global warming, globalization, human rights...etc, etc... all the will listening to radical bible thumpers like Bernice who can't wait for the world to end, so she can go to heaven instead of making a world for everyone and taking care of it... and ultra nationalist like you who want to kill everyone who does not think like they do...
    You and your warped since of truth are the problem through out the world, be it Osama, radical Israelis or Muslims, GOP right wingers, KKK...etc...

    May 7, 2009 at 9:27 am |
  6. michael armstrong sr.

    the man has a point and its a verry true point and sooner or later people need to wake up to the reality to his point and foreget ignorant human rights activist.

    May 7, 2009 at 8:35 am |
  7. Richard

    Bernice... you should seek help...

    May 7, 2009 at 8:29 am |
  8. john

    If anyone has ever heard the evil words or ideas put forth by this man, you would know why the U.K has banned this man. As an african/ american and muslim I have felt the sting of his words on the radio. Also a word of truth to Mr. Savage about the 90% of terrorist are muslims. What about Timothy Mcvay, skinheads,kkk, etc. These groups claim to be christian. But in no way should one blend the religion with the actions of these people who use religion to fuel their hate. No these people just hate. Just like Mr. Savage.

    May 7, 2009 at 8:29 am |
  9. Bernice

    I have not one racist bone in my body! Most people would laugh at that statement, knowing me! I have alot of friends who are of different races, and they also agree! The "racism" as you call it, is caused by our country not proteting our borders. PERIOD! There is a huge difference between racism and reality! When they make it across the border and do more harm on our soil, then tell me that! And no... it should just be ok to spout off racial comment about us white honkey trash! We are the ones being racially abused! We have become the minorities these days, with not as many rights as the rest!

    I do agree with you about one thing however! Its not hatred! Its immoral! BUT, days are now numbered! God will soon wipe this world of the wickedness in which it has become, and the righteous will reside and live on the earth...forever! Christians just look forward to the return of the "morality" that we seemed to have lost! Satans fools will just perish with the masses. Is that not what the "good book" says? He is not a God of hate! He is a God of sincere love. He just had better intentions for his people and one day he will achieve it. I pray for that day to soon come.

    May 7, 2009 at 8:11 am |
  10. Ed Sandres

    Your clueless interview with this slime ball was in the same level as a "Hannity" type softball interview. Have you listened to the Michael Savage radio show? Pure hateful ugliness and racist comments. Shame on your naivete on this sorry excuse for a human being.

    May 7, 2009 at 8:10 am |
  11. Bernice

    I have not one racist bone in my body! Most people would laugh at that statement, knowing me! I have alot of friends who are of different races, and they also agree! The "racism" as you call it, is caused by our country not proteting our borders. PERIOD! There is a huge difference between racism and reality! When they make it across the border and do more harm on our soil, then tell me that!

    May 7, 2009 at 8:04 am |
  12. Bryan

    I'm disgusted by the interview and the man himself. He brushed off his insensitive and highly offensive comments as jokes. He's said many times that gay people should die of AIDS and worse. Frankly, I'm disappointed in CNN for even doing this's weeks old and frankly there are better things, and better people to talk about.

    May 7, 2009 at 7:53 am |
  13. Richard

    To Bernice... listening to Savage is not education or the truth... your statement is exactly why he should be banned... it is packed with lies and misinformation you've gathered via the internet... propaganda spewed by radicals, not facts... there is one fact that shows up in ypour post...your racist...

    May 7, 2009 at 7:44 am |
  14. Richard

    Michael Savage should be banned from US radio along with Rush Limbaugh... They are no different than the religious radicals that insite hate... it's time for the world to change it's thinking...
    It's no longer OK to spout hate against, blacks, gays, or others...
    The American public will no longer tolerate it and the few remaining old school Americans who nurture hate ideology, their days are number...
    If you want to see how this is speading hate worldwide go onto XBox live, on to one of the game sites and listen to the hate and bigotry being spewed by kids who have no idea what the truth is, only what they have been told via parents or hate radio like Savage....

    May 7, 2009 at 7:37 am |
  15. skilled_one

    I can't believe you have this person on TV! To give this racist bastard a voice without really grilling him on facts is crazy. Listen to this man's show, he is a racist nationalist and I am glad England banned him from their country.
    And to BERNICE, you have to be kidding! Have you ever lived in England? You think we are more educated than English people?! Please!!!!!! They had stories and articles in England that never made it to the US because our news agency would not pick them up. Wonder why? Maybe you should get out more and educate yourself!!!!

    May 7, 2009 at 7:35 am |
  16. Steve from Florida

    What it comes down to is that Michael Savage is not a British citizen, and he has no entitlement to enter the UK. For him, it's a privilege.

    They don't care for his opinions, and unfortunately his first amendment rights do not extend beyond our borders.

    May 7, 2009 at 7:27 am |
  17. Bernice

    I believe that England just does not want its citizens to be educated on the reality of world news! I also believe that the country of England should add to its "list" the names of just about EVERY American!!! Most everyone in this country agrees with what these people are saying. Its news! Our people has the right to know, just as thiers should! I also believe that America will be the next country to strip Americans out of its Freedom of Speech. Its not hate! Its an exhaustion of efforts to protect our country, while knowing that our country protects those who harm us Americans. Heck...Look at the Latinos!! They steal our ID, use it illegally, and are exhaunerated in a court! Its no wonder there is a growing hatred when our own president will not even protect us from thieves! WE THE PEOPLE have to learn how to soon be protecting ourselves! Our govt. won't! Go "get em" Michael Savage! Thier people need to know the truth also! Cherry coating the news??? U need alot of cherries here, Ms. Smith!!! A cherry festival could not even hide the truth. They need to do as most Americans now do. Log on to any computer and find the truth for yourself, because most of the worlds govts WILL hide the truth while telling you lies! LOOK! You may just be highly surprised! Educate yourselves!

    May 7, 2009 at 6:28 am |