Bad week for Weiner
It’s been a bad week for comedian Michael Weiner, whose national broadcasts as “Michael Savage” from a San Francisco studio have dirtied the airwaves for several years. First his network was forced to clarify and backtrack on his July 16 comments that children with autism are likely just “brats” who should be told to “act like a man” and “told to cut the act out.”
Protests against Weiner continued Sunday with a demonstration in front of San Francisco station KNEW, where he records his nationally syndicated program.
Meanwhile, a federal judge late Friday tossed out Weiner’s suit against a Muslim organization that used short clips from his broadcasts to show he was bigoted. The judge said the clips were covered under fair use and that Weiner hadn’t documented claims that their use by the Council on American-Islamic Relations took money out of his pocket.
None of this would add up to a bad week for the former Alan Ginsburg groupie, who like others of his ilk thrives on bad publicity. What hurt was that he lost a sponsor, as well as distribution in the state of Mississippi. Stations in Ohio and Virginia also canceled Weiner’s program, according to Media Matters for America.