There\’s a Fine Line

Between very savage satire and being sick. Methinks this crosses it.

On the day it was announced that Sen. Ted Kennedy had been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor, nationally syndicated radio host Michael Savage opened his show by interspersing audio of Kennedy singing "Ay Jalisco No Te Rajes" with clips of news reporters discussing Kennedy\’s diagnosis and audio from Kindergarten Cop in which Arnold Schwarzenegger\’s character says, "It\’s not a tumor." Later, Savage played the Dead Kennedys song "California Über Alles" after stating: "The poor guy\’s been suffering for years, you know? Unfairly he\’s been accused of alcoholism, but we see now that it was something much more deep-seated. And so, to cut this out in some respect for Ted Kennedy, here\’s a tune coming at you from the Dead Kennedys. Go ahead and play it, please."

No, I\’m not a fan of the Senator either but that really is beyond the Pale.

20 comments on “There\’s a Fine Line

  1. Au contraire, I don’t think he went far enough. Kennedy is a fat, odious shit who should have been wearing a high-voltage chair, not sitting in the Senate all these years.

  2. If you object to Kennedy because of his politics, then yes, Savage went too far. However, a lot of people object to him because of his alleged actions concerning a sinking car and a dead woman. In that case, celebrating his death seems more understandable.

  3. Agree about Kennedy.

    I’m of the “hate the message, not the messenger” point of view. Kennedy represents a political point of view that I don’t support, but I’d rather see him embracing the Friedman/Hayek philosophies (as David Mamet seems to have recently) than wish him dead.

  4. The fact that almost all the people, Savage included, who claim to hate Kennedy over Chappaquiddick rather than over his policies happen to be very right wing is, I’m sure, coincidental.

  5. Of course it’s not coincidental, John: those who agree with his politics and want to see him keep the power to enact policy are more likely to let him off the hook for his alleged wrongdoing. See also left-wing feminists forgiving Clinton for sexual molestation.

    (I realise I should clarify my earlier comment, by the way. When I say “a lot of people”, I don’t mean “including me”.)

  6. He doesn’t even provide a joke of this quality:-

    Upon hearing that Randolph Churchill had had a non-malignant tumour removed, Waugh complained: “It was a typical triumph of modern science to find the only part of Randolph that was not malignant and remove it.”

  7. “The fact that almost all the people, Savage included, who claim to hate Kennedy over Chappaquiddick rather than over his policies happen to be very right wing is, I’m sure, coincidental.”

    It may very well be. Don’t know about other people and know nothing about his policies because haven’t kept up, but as someone who was in the US during the Chappaquiddick incident and his shenanigans even before, I loathe him because he’s a coward and sleazebag.

  8. Now I think of it, there was an episode of Law & Order, whose makers aren’t exactly about to contribute to National Review, in which a thinly-disguised Ted Kennedy was portrayed as a coward, sleazebag, and murderer.

  9. @ S2 – don’t worry, I’m not classifying you as “very right wing”.

    Do you not think that “if you are politically sympathetic towards a public figure, you are likely to assume that unsubstantiated negative rumours about them are baseless; whereas if you are politically unsympathetic towards a public figure, you are likely to assume that unsubstantiated negative rumours about them are true” is a better explanation for attitudes towards both Clinton and Kennedy than “OMG the left are hypocrites”?

  10. [also, I’d rate Law and Order as one of the more right-leaning dramas on US TV – I mean, it’s all about Brave Policemen Battling Liberal Judges And Corrupt Defence Lawyers To Lock Away Evil Criminals, which is certainly more of a Daily Mail view than a Guardian view…]

  11. john b,

    Dick Wolf who is the creator and executive producer of the Law and Order franchise is one of the few prominent hollywood republicans and is personal friends with both President Bush and Fred Thompson (even before his role on L&O). Of course I would still have to assume that most of the writers for the franchise are your typical hollywood liberals.

  12. Normally, I’d say leave the personal stuff to the left with their Bush assassination fantasises and the like, but in so far as Ted Kennedy owns a Portuguese Water Dog called ‘Splash’, I’m thinking an exception is due in this case.

  13. Regarding Michael Savage (who’s real name is Michael Alan Wiener and has written roughly a dozen herbal medicine books under that name), he’s a onetime radical leftist who switched in the late 70’s or early 80’s to an extreme right winger, so he seems to be one of those people who gets attracted to extreme views. He says and does disgusting and outlandish things all the time (that’s why his TV show was dropped by MSNBC). This is really nothing new for him, and in fact I’m somewhat surprised he didn’t do even more.

  14. Is Dick Wolf a Republican? I had no idea. And then Michael Moriarty left the show in disgust at Wolf’s craven attitude to Janet Reno’s attempt to censor them. Sometimes things just don’t add up, I suppose. I think ZH is right: it’s down to the writers. There are noticeably different political attitudes in different episodes. So bad example, me.

    > it’s all about Brave Policemen Battling Liberal Judges And Corrupt Defence Lawyers To Lock Away Evil Criminals

    Yeah, absolutely, apart from the episodes where the prosecution lock up the wrong guy or a police officer turns out to be corrupt or a judge refuses to overturn a guilty verdict against a man just because he’s been proven innocent. (Can you tell I watch the show quite a bit?)

    Anyway, back on point….

    > “OMG the left are hypocrites”

    Well, I gave a left-wing example ’cause it happened to spring to mind, but one could just as well talk about Iran-Contra or something. Politicians and their supporters are bloody hypocrites right across the political spectrum.

    While not knowing enough about the incident to go all out and call the man a killer, it is not fair to call an offense to which he pled guilty an “unsubstantiated rumour”. Most of the controversy is essentially over whether he should have received a hell of a lot more punishment for it.

  15. “Most of the controversy is essentially over whether he should have received a hell of a lot more punishment for it.”

    I would say ‘surely his conscience is punishing him enough?’…

    …then I remembered who’s under discussion.

  16. I’m of the opinion that TK was some fair distance from the car when it went off “the bridge not far enough,” on foot, with never a chance to have saved MJK’s life.

    It adds up that way from the testimony of the only “witness”–the deputy sheriff who saw the car parked beside the road and went to investigate, judiciously parking quite some distance behind and walking up while playing his flashlight on the parked vehicle.

    The water was only chest-deep. If Kennedy had been there and gotten out, it would have been simple to get her out through the same opening. The Kennedys were all excellent swimmers, at least when sober, and none were known for physical cowardice. But if she’d gone down in an overturned car with windows closed, it would have been difficult indeed to get her out. Even at a meter deep, a car door would probably present a couple tons of water-pressure resistance to opening.

    I think that TK simply chose the least worst of the bad stories he could tell and stuck with it. If I’m correct, it’s actually quite an irony that he suffers deservedly from stories unfairly pinned on him.

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