Savage suit: in a test of what constitutes free speech, far-right talk show host Michael Savage is suing the Web sites that have urged major sponsors to desert his TV show.
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Now Savage is claiming that three Web sites participating in that campaign have infringed on his freedom of speech and interfered with his livelihood--and he is fighting back with a federal lawsuit. In the suit, filed in May, Talk Radio Network, the company that syndicates Savage's radio program, The Michael Savage Show, charged that Savage-Stupidity.com, MichaelSavageSucks.com, and TakeBack-TheMedia.com are causing Savage financial harm. The company is demanding $500,000 in damages and the shuttering of the sites, one of which superimposes the likeness of Savage on a photograph of a Ku Klux Klansman.
Even antigay talk-show host Dr. Laura Schlessinger Laura Catherine Schlessinger (born January 16, 1947) is an American cultural and conservative commentator, best known as host of the popular Dr. Laura radio advice call-in show. The show is nationally syndicated and runs three hours a day on weekdays. , the subject of an advertiser boycott, by the Web site StopDrLaura.com and other groups, never resorted to legal action, noted Cathy Renna, GLAAD's news media director. "Once she got a television show, Dr. Laura really shied shied 1
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the past of shy1 or shy2 away from our issues," Renna said. "Savage has continued to go after us, and now he's trying to intimidate some who would speak out about the content of his shows."
GLAAD GLAAD Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation was not named in the legal action. "We're confident that what we're doing is well within our constitutional right to free speech," Renna said. "We hope that he would respect that we are exercising our right, just as we do his."
In fact, Savage's suit could be speaking to the effectiveness of GLAAD's campaign. Every major national sponsor has withdrawn support from The Savage Nation. On June 18, after GLAAD made Orkin Pest Control pest control n → control m de plagas
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