I hadn't heard of Michael Savage until yesterday, when the news was filled with stories that he was on a list of people banned from entering the United Kingdom. Savage apparently hosts a popular talk-radio show, and he was on the NPR program Talk of the Nation yesterday, where he grumbled and shouted and made ignorant comments. Host Neil Conan was more than civil, but after Savage insulted the first caller by saying, "I have better things to do than to listen to a patient calling in from a mental institution," Conan invited him to go and do those better things, whereupon Savage hung up.
I don't believe in limiting anyone's free speech, but the UK does not have a First Amendment and their rationale is that Savage's hate-filled commentary might initiate violence. After hearing the guy for five minutes yesterday I think it's rather depressing that anyone wants to listen to him at all. Today he's talking of filing a lawsuit against the UK government, and he's asking his listeners to boycott products made in Britain. I am going to go out and purchase as many UK goods as I can.