For the curious but unwilling or unable to watch…
Kerry Lauerman watches and reports on MSNBC’s newest jackass, so you don’t have to.
Here’s the show in a nutshell:
On Saturday’s show, the only callers allowed to talk to Savage were his most exuberant fans. According to Pellegrino, “I told the screener that I was upset about these bozo liberals like Martin Sheen, these movie stars, and who do they think they are to talk, blah blah blah, and I said, ‘I love Michael Savage, I think he’s so great.’ And she said, ‘Oh, great!'” No other caller challenged him on anything.
That makes MSNBC’s statement last week, defending the show as a “a legitimate attempt to expand the marketplace of ideas,” particularly dishonest. But it also creates a show without an ounce of spontaneity or conflict. As a result, the most obvious problem with “Savage Nation,” based on its debut, is one not even the strongest critics of “The O’Reilly Factor” or “Hannity & Colmes” could hurl at those Fox shows: It’s excruciatingly dull.