ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Media Research Center President Brent Bozell today praised MSNBC for firing host Michael Savage for wishing death to a caller into his show over the weekend. But he also pointed out the hypocrisy: The same media turn a blind eye to liberals in the media who spew the very same hateful venom at conservatives.
MSNBC was right to fire Michael Savage. His comments have no place in civilized debate. But neither did comments that have come from liberal icons of television such as Bryant Gumbel, Nina Totenberg and Julianne Malveaux - all of whom have said hateful things about conservatives, and none of whom has had to answer for it, Bozell said.
Liberal Hate Speech: Where Was The Outrage Then?
From Inside Washington, WUSA TV, Washington D.C., July 8, 1995:
Host Tina Gulland: I don't think I have any Jesse Helms defenders here. Nina?
ABC News/NPR Reporter Nina Totenberg: Not me, I think he ought to be worried about what's going on in the Good Lord's mind, because if there is retributive justice, he'll get AIDS from a transfusion or one of his grandchildren will get it.
From To The Contrary, PBS, November 4, 1994:
USA Today Columnist/Pacifica Radio Talk Show Host Julianne Malveaux, on Justice Clarence Thomas: You know, I hope his wife feeds him lots of eggs and butter and he dies early like many black men do, of heart disease. Well, that's how I feel. He is an absolutely reprehensible person.
From the Early Show, CBS, June 29, 2000:
Host Bryant Gumbel, caught on national television after concluding an interview with the Family Research Council's Bob Knight, who defended Boy Scouts refusal to allow homosexual scoutmasters: What a f***ing idiot.
Not one of these hatemongers ever apologized, nor did the networks they were affiliated with take any action, Bozell said.
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