Hannity Dumped Cumulus, Cumulus Turned to Savage in Revenge Play

On Friday, Inside Music Media reported the inside story behind Sean Hannity’s split with Cumulus Media, owned by the Dickeys:

Sean Hannity, the popular conservative radio and TV talk show host, turns down a recent Cumulus offer to renew his contract to continue airing his show on 40 of their stations….Cumulus tried as recently as the past few weeks to re-up the show but it was Hannity who rejected it. And you know what happens when you reject a Dickey. Hannity and his syndicator Clear Channel-owned Premiere asked Cumulus for a release so they can negotiate a new deal but to date Cumulus has failed to respond. By contract, Hannity can’t renew his syndication deal with Clear Channel until late October even though Cumulus knows that renewal will be completed in a New York minute….Hannity and Rush Limbaugh will leave Cumulus-owned WABC for Clear Channel’s WOR January 1, thus eviscerating whatever ratings WABC had left.

According to the report, recognizing the fact that Hannity had turned them down, the Dickeys decided to unleash oft-boycotted talks how host Michael Savage, who announced via Mediaite that he would be replacing Hannity in the 3-6 PM EDT time slot. “I predict, right here, right now, that I Michael Savage and the Savage Nation is going to take over The Sean Hannity Show time slot by the end of the year,” Savage said.

As Inside Music Media points out, Lew Dickey told investors that Cumulus’ revenue drop was due to Rush Limbaugh and conservative talk radio skewing older. But Savage is 71 years old and has been boycotted for, among other things, suggesting that virtually every child with autism was “a brat who hasn’t been told to cut the act out.” He also lost a show on MSNBC after suggesting that a caller was a “sodomite” who should “get AIDS and die.”

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‘Death by Obama’

The radio shows of broadcasting giants such as Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Michael Savage and many others could be drastically changed if Barack Obama wins a second term in office, says a brand-new book forecasting the president’s agenda through 2016.

According to “Fool Me Twice: Obama’s Shocking Plans for the Next Four Years Exposed” by Aaron Klein and Brenda J. Elliott, Obama’s advisers are so adamant about silencing voices who oppose their position on man-made global warming, they are “outrageously” recommending Obama “reinstate the anti-free speech Fairness Doctrine in order to shut up some of global warming theory’s most effective challengers.”

The Fairness Doctrine required broadcasters to give equal time to opposing viewpoints on controversial issues, effectively making political talk radio unsustainable for any local station.

Critics charge the doctrine is as an attempt to regulate news and talk radio, thus violating First Amendment rights.

It was brought to an end in the 1980s under the direction of President Ronald Reagan’s Federal Communications Commission.

But in 2011, the Presidential Climate Action Project report resurrected the idea.

Reads the PCAP report: “National discourse today is tainted – and in some cases poisoned – by unbalanced ideological use of the public airwaves … To improve and better inform public discourse, it is time for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine.”

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Obama ‘most evil’ president ever

Any doubt Americans may have had that Barack Obama is a Marxist should be alleviated now after hearing his rhetoric in a speech in Virginia over the weekend, top-radio host Michael Savage told his listeners last night.

Asserting that it is governments and not individuals who create jobs, Obama told entrepreneurs Saturday: “If you’ve got a business – you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”

“You didn’t get there on your own,” the president said. “I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart.”

After playing the audio of Obama’s remarks, Savage offered a blunt assessment.

“So there’s communism,” he said. “That’s Karl Marx Obama. That’s Hugo Chavez Obama. That’s Joseph Stalin Obama. This is a very dangerous man.”

Savage, noting he has studied dictatorships, recalled that tyrannical regimes “begin with innocent remarks like this.”

“This man is the most dangerous, most divisive, most evil – I’ll use the word evil – president in the history of America.”

Savage acknowledged he was “stepping up” his own rhetoric, because the situation requires it, and no one else will.

“Things don’t start the way they end,” he warned, drawing lessons from history. “They start with the most innocent remarks like this.”

The elected Nazi dictator, Adolf Hitler, whose rhetoric originated with 19th century French anti-Semites, did not start with death camps but with relatively benign racial purity laws, and no one stopped him, Savage pointed out.

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And they say Rush Limbaugh is ‘hate’-filled?

Rush Limbaugh

Limbaugh was disgusted by the abuse being heaped upon actor Brad Pitt’s mother, Janet, who is being hounded by angry leftists for daring to criticize Obama.

“Democrats on Twitter are demanding that she die or be killed,” Rush explained. “They are calling her names like the B-word and the C-word and so forth. All she did was send a letter to the editor of the local newspaper in Springfield, Missouri. She’s come out against gay marriage. She has come out against Obama and Obamacare, pretty much everything Obama stands for.”

Limbaugh also made a bold prediction regarding CNN’s failing ratings fortunes, after it was revealed that the once all-powerful cable news giant’s ratings had slipped to a 20-year low.

“I think they’re gonna move further to the left,” Rush told listeners, “to try to even ‘out-left’ MSNBC.”

Michael Savage

The new Talk Stream Live “Power 50″ has just been released, and once again, Michael Savage defeated 48 other talk radio hosts for a prestigious spot on the list.

Talk Stream Live “sampled over 1.2 million listeners during the first 6 months of 2012 to produce The Power 50 Report – the 50 most influential talk show hosts on the Internet and on mobile devices.”

“We are proud to report that Rush Limbaugh is No. 1 and Michael Savage is No. 2,” said TSL. “These are the most listened-to talk show hosts in the world.”

And now, from the left side of the dial …

Mike Malloy is “certifiably nuts. That isn’t in dispute” – so says Radio Equalizer blogger Brian Maloney, and after hearing this latest outrage from radio host Mike Malloy, it’s hard to disagree.

Conservative media mogul Andrew Breitbart might have passed away, but many progressives are still obsessed with the social media pioneer, to the point of lunacy. This week, Malloy “phoned Satan” to check up on the late author and activist. You see, in Malloy’s mind, Breitbart – who left behind a wife and four children – must have ended up there, since he’d dared to question Obama’s greatness (FREE audio).

“The liberal movement is nastier than ever,” notes Maloney, so much so that the crazy radio hosts’ meltdowns “don’t stand out as much as they used to.”

What a sad commentary on how far high-profile Democratic Party supporters have sunk.

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‘Freedom just met its death panel’

Rush Limbaugh

Limbaugh’s response to the Supreme Court’s Obamacare decision was predictably bold.

He declared, “Our freedom of choice just met its death panel: the Supreme Court of the United States.”

“What we get today with the Obamacare ruling,” Limbaugh continued, “is the largest tax in the history of the world, [and it] is going to be paid by the uninsured, the very people Obama is supposed to help”.

Michael Savage

Many were shocked to learn that Chief Justice John Roberts had cast the deciding vote in favor of Obamacare. However, after talking to a friend who also happens to be a neurologist, Michael Savage thought he had an explanation: “It’s well known that Roberts, unfortunately for him, has suffered from epileptic seizures. Therefore he has been on medication.”

Savage said, “If you look at Roberts’ writings, you can see the cognitive disassociation in what he is saying. He said the law is a tax, but if the law wasn’t written as a tax, how can he say it’s taxation?”

Savage offered advice for conservatives that came straight from the pages of his bestseller, “Trickle Up Poverty”: use religious freedoms to challenge Obamacare.

Savage noted, “Obama has made religious exemptions for healthcare insurance,” including the Amish and Christian Scientists.

“If they can make exceptions for these religious groups,” Savage continued, “let’s find other religious groups that they’ll have to find exceptions for until there are so many people exempted from the system, they won’t possibly be able to pay for it.”

Sean Hannity

Hannity joked that once again, he found himself trying to “coax conservatives off the ledge,” this time following the Obamacare ruling.

“I am far more resolved now than I have ever been,” he told listeners. “The Supreme Court essentially ruled that while it believes Obamacare is constitutional, it also validated that the president’s bloated health-care law is indeed a tax increase on the citizens of the United States.”

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Romney following McCain’s losing strategy

The political gurus who advised Mitt Romney to condemn a plan by a “super PAC” to use Barack Obama’s influential relationship with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright against him in the 2012 campaign will lead the presumed Republican nominee to the same fate as John McCain four years ago, said talk-radio host Michael Savage.

“Romney’s finished,” Savage told his “Savage Nation” audience yesterday. “He’s a fall guy. I’m the only one in the media who told you.”

Savage said Romney was “being misdirected by the very same people who misdirected McCain – who should have won the last election.”

“McCain said, ‘No, I won’t go there, I won’t do that,’ and lost the election.”

Republicans in 2008 naturally voted for McCain, Savage explained, but the independents who decided the election “did not come out for him, because he was nothing but a two-faced RINO,” a Republican In Name Only.

“I can only conclude Romney doesn’t even understand what he’s doing, or Romney is a straight-out fall guy for the Republican establishment, offered a huge payout at the end of the term in the form of contracts, books, lecture tours or whatever,” Savage said.

In an interview with Townhall.com, Romney said, “I repudiate the effort by that PAC to promote an ad strategy of the nature they’ve described.”

Romney said he wants his campaign to “focus on the economy, on getting people back to work, on seeing rising incomes and growing prosperity – particularly for those in the middle class of America.”

McCain told Fox News four years ago that he didn’t believe Obama should be held accountable for the things that Wright said from the pulpit.

But Obama once counted Wright as his chief spiritual adviser, the man who led him to Christian faith, married him and his wife and baptized his family. Obama, who attended Wright’s church for two decades, insisted he never heard the pastor spew the anti-American, anti-white venom now well-known through video clips of sermons played on news shows and posted on the Internet during the 2008 campaign.

But Wright’s adherence to the Marxist-based Black Liberation Theology that animates his preaching is well documented, and it’s implausible that the published clips were anomalies.

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Was Breitbart assassinated?

Noting that the cause of Andrew Breitbart’s unexpected death yesterday was being examined by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office, talk-radio host Michael Savage raised the question of whether the conservative media powerhouse – who recently announced he had videos that could politically damage President Obama – was murdered.

On his top-rated show today, Savage played an audio clip of Breitbart telling an audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington last month that he had obtained videos that shed light on Obama’s ties to radicals in the early 1980s who helped propel him to the presidency.
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“Maybe my overly active imagination kicked into overdrive,” Savage told his listeners of his decision to raise the question. “But you heard what Breitbart said – he has videos … we’re going to vet the president.”

Breitbart reportedly was walking near his home in Brentwood, Calif., just after midnight this morning when he collapsed. A neighbor saw him fall and called 911. Emergency crews tried to revive him and rushed him to the emergency room at the UCLA Medical Center.

It’s entirely plausible, Savage acknowledged, that Breitbart simply collapsed of a heart attack because of overwork and a reported history of health problems.

“I’m asking a crazy question,” Savage said, “but so what? We the people want an answer. This was not an ordinary man. If I don’t ask this question, I would be remiss.”

Breitbart told the CPAC crowd last month that the videos would reveal Obama during a time when he was meeting a “bunch of silver ponytails” – referring to Weather Underground terror group members Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn.

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