Skip to comments.EXCLUSIVE: Politico Tries to Manipulate Hannity Comment on Michael Savage
Posted on 01/26/2014 10:50:59 PM PST by Nachum
On Friday, Politico was set to release a puff piece on Michael Savage, the polarizing host tapped by Cumulus to replace iconic talker Sean Hannity on its affiliates. In the process of putting together that puff piece, Politico contacted Hannity for comment. After attempting to manipulate Hannitys comments repeatedly, Hannity withdrew them. Now, they appear exclusively at Breitbart News.
Hannity has moved to Premiere Radio Networks, a division of Clear Channel, shifting stations in many markets. As reported by Breitbart News last year, Hannity parted ways with Cumulus last year to move to Premiere, retaining his major markets and reportedly ripping the Dickeys as the single worst operators in the history of radio. The Dickey brothers, who own Cumulus, had criticized Rush Limbaugh, among others, stating that they were too controversial. Hiring Savage is unlikely to quell controversy, given Savages history of boycotts: he was thrown off of MSNBC after suggesting a caller was a sodomite who should get AIDS and die; he was boycotted after suggesting that autism was overdiagnosed and that a child with autism was a brat who hasnt been told to cut the act out.
Savage has long targeted Hannity, deriding him despite trailing significantly in audience and following; as of January 2014, according to Talkers magazine, Hannity was the second-rated host in the country, with 13.25+ million listeners per week. Savage trails far behind at 3.50 million. Savages jealousy for Hannity is well-known in the industry. In late December, Savage said that Hannity works from Republican Party talking points. He says he doesnt any more, but he does. I dont. You cant drone on about the Bill of Rights.
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hannity has been going after Savage now, too.
I don’t think it helps Hannity. Especially if he has more listeners.
At least Hannity didn’t give the maximum political donation to democrat Jerry Brown.
>> I dont think it helps Hannity.
It’s not in his nature. Plus, Savage is a better street fighter. It’s one thing for Levin to attack Savage, but not Hannity. There’s no reason for it.
I very familiar with all three radio voices.
Years ago I liked Savage, but he turned into a broken record, over and over again..
Maybe he has changed?
It ain't our fathers' Buicks anymore.
It looks to me like the leftists are doing everything they can to derail Savage, who is not afraid of telling the truth. The evidence is the lack of context in attacking Mike Savage.
Savage is the best conservative talk show host in the world. The pure and unrelenting hate on the left is a testament to that claim.
Hannity is a smart businessman, and he seems to be pretty lucky, too.
I question youor definition of ‘best’ and ‘conservative’
Savage jumped the shark when he supported Trayvon Martin and called for the conviction of George Zimmerman. That is Black KKK Racist and not excusable
Both Hannity and Savage are too PhonyCon for me....but Hannity has a much larger audience...and you never dump a show to replace it with 10 million fewer listeners
Those are not his names. Wiener is the name he was born with, but John and Doc? The man's first name is Michael, to the best of my knowledge.
Oh, the “Doc” you refer to may be his title as having a Phd.
You must not listen to Savage very much. Other conservative talk show hosts are sissies compared to Savage in terms of subject matter, range of interesting discourse (from dogs to food and recipes, political analysis, Biblical references, and awesome insight into the soul of people).
Other talk show hosts are somewhat predictable, self-centered, and do not have the intellect and range of general knowledge about history and its relationship to today's events, socio-political context, support for the Catholic Church, support for our military, and ability to convey scientific understanding.
For example other conservative talk show hosts will not or cannot address the vicious unfairness of Savage's ban from Britain.
I must admit that I get bored with Rush sometimes, been listening to him since 1988. There is no contest between the intellects of other conservative talk show hosts and Savage. Savage towers over all of them!
Have you ever listened to Savage? He is a leftist. Gees, and seems to be a deranged one at that. I'm not a Hannity fan, never have been, but this move had to be initiated by Hannity. Nobody in there right mind would replace him with Savage, unless they felt they had no options.
“...but he turned into a broken record, over and over again..”
Whenever I happen upon him on the radio (not much), he is the same old AOE.
Why did Savage give money to Jerry Moonbeam Brown?
Did you hear that he could not gain access to Great Britain? Did you hear that he grew up in NYC? Did you hear he has a PhD? Did you hear he lives in San Francisco and eats Italian? Did you hear he is trying to boast his “INTERNET” ratings by trying to provoke Rush and Hannity?
if you have, you will not need to listen to him for the next 36 months.
I did hear a mellow Savage say, “Hannity’s a nice guy but he doesn’t know what he’s talking about...his TV show’s OK but his radio show is boring”. In Boston neither host is heard
other than from nearby cities (WRKO having replaced Savage with Jim Bohannon—they were tape delaying Savage)
A big talk radio realignment happened at the start of the new year with Savage going to 3-6 pm, prog talk stations changing to conservative talk or Spanish lang in LA, SF, and NY; Cumulus got rid of Huckabee and put Dennis Miller in 12-3 pm ET slot, Rush and Hannity to WOR in NY while WABC went local up till 3 pm with Savage etc
I think Savage has nicknames for other hosts—as far as I know, The Golfer= Rush?; Harvey Wallbanger= Hannity;
The Leprechaun= Bill O’Reilly,or is that one for Hannity?
BOR went off radio (other than commentaries I think) as it is.
I know he has his fans but I have joked a station could run a loop of him saying, “Borders, language, culture, buy my new book, I’ll be right back,” and people won’t know the difference :) Ah, I kid.
Hannity is angry at Savage because he lost his WMAL Washington DC slot to him. I cannot listen to Hannity anymore because he repeats himself over and over.
Savage, is he still around?
Savage is an unlistenable broken record braggart.
“I made up that saying! I made up that word! That was my idea! I don’t care if all the other talk radio hosts steal my ideas...that’s all...now, onto meatball recipes.”
Repeat for hours.
They are both lame. There are dozens of 2nd tier hosts who are far superior to both of them. Both are coasting on name recognition.
What Savage obviously doesn't know is that about a week after WJR dropped him, rival network 1400 a.m. as well as an FM station picked him up in the same time slot, but with an extra hour......LOL!
I don't know all the contractual ins and outs but WJR's move wasn't related to Hannity's popularity. In terms of listenership, WJR is going to regret losing him........
“Did you hear that he could not gain access to Great Britain? Did you hear that he grew up in NYC? Did you hear he has a PhD? Did you hear he lives in San Francisco and eats Italian? Did you hear he is trying to boast his INTERNET ratings by trying to provoke Rush and Hannity?
if you have, you will not need to listen to him for the next 36 months.”
Got wore out on Savage years ago.
Yea, virtually every day.....I think what keeps him mad is the fact that neither Hannity nor Rush give the nut the attention he is desperately craving.
I glad to see Hannity finally speak up about him.....And it will probably be the last time too. Which will tick Savage off even more.....LOL!
FYI: in case we all have forgotten:
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Michael Savage (born Michael Alan Weiner; March 31, 1942)
I can a least listen to Savage once and while if there is nothing else. Hannity gets boring after about 2 minutes. Hannity’s show is designed for attention deficit women who have no idea how government works.
I really like Savage and Levin and Hannity. They all have their own unique style. Their fighting, both subtle and outright, makes me really uncomfortable, though, while listening. It’s a side of them I don’t care for, and I wish they’d keep it off the airwaves. It’s beneath all three.
>> I cannot listen to Hannity anymore because he repeats himself over and over. <<
I can’t listen to Hannity most of the time, because his station in the DC-NoVA-MD area (WWRC, 1260 AM) has a really horrible signal.
If you did get it and listened eight months later you would hear the same show.
>> If you did get it and listened eight months later you would hear the same show <<
And the problem with that is _____ ?
I mean like, I can listen to any Beethoven symphony or any Back fugue over and over again, for years and years. And they just get better every time!
I listen to these shows to learn. Hannity, Rush, and others are told they have the most informed listeners. Hannity spread himself to thin and did not put enough time into his show prep. Doing the same show day after day is worthless.
I hope the station changes for both Rush and Hannity work out.
It’s funny how they openly complain about each other — I’m thinking about Savage and Levin.
That statement is not true. Hannitys contract with Cumulus expired and he dumped them for Premier, owned by Clear Channel . WMAL is owned by Cumulus and since no contract, no Hannity. Savage is under contract with Cumulus thus he was inserted in the time slot.
The same thing happened here in Detroit; Hannity was on WJR, which is also owned by Cumulus, in the 3:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. time slot so Savage was inserted in his place.
Hannity was immediately picked up by both WDTK AM 1400 and WDTK FM 92.7 with a third hour instead of the two with WJR. This was a major bonus for Hannity in Detroit.
While Savage can brag about replacing Hannity in major markets, the reality is that hes still the second string quarterback
Yes, but Hannity is still un-listenable.
I once heard Savage just raging for a San Francisco ordinance to outlaw private fireplaces because of the smell & pollution.
And he got his wish: