NPR’s Chicago Affiliate WBEZ Does Puff Interview of Lefty Hatemonger Dan Savage
Controversial sex columnist and liberal political activist Dan Savage was treated to a hero’s welcome—courtesy in part to taxpayer funding— by NPR’s mega-affiliate (staff of 55) WBEZ in Chicago. He appeared June 28 on WBEZ’s interview program "Afternoon Shift" to promote his most recent book on politics, "American Savage." WBEZ business reporter and interim Host Niala Boodhoo acted more like an adoring fan than an impartial journalist.
Even though the 24-minute interview was primarily about political matters, never once did Boodhoo challenge the incendiary Savage. She didn’t ask him about his many outrageous actions and statements over the years (such as wishing cancer on Sarah Palin, calling the Pope obscene names, and calling for political opponents to perform sexual acts on him; see NewsBusters' archive for a partial list), or about him then broadly painting all opponents of same-sex marriage as “haters.” In fact, Boodhoo sympathetically brought up what Savage calls “Bigot Christmas,” where Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage went to Savage’s house for dinner (and debate).
"Speaking of bullying, I wanted to ask you one last question. Mason on Facebook was asking how you get motivated, to keep from being demoralized when, uh, you know, people on the opposite side of you are sort of attacking you, and I was thinking of your Bigot Christmas story that you have in the book. (Savage laughs quietly.) And if you could share briefly who you invited over for dinner at your house, but I'm curious about how you engage people that you feel like disagree with you, and how do you do that?"
Savage replied "I get a lot of grief, not just from right-wing fanatics on the far side of sanity." He said the winner of the dinner-table debate with Brown was his "husband" Terry. Boodhoo then cooed, "I will not share that because everyone will have to pick up a copy of 'American Savage' to read the end of that chapter."
Boodhoo began by asking how Savage wrote about Obama's "moving" admission in 2012 that "your family exists." Savage boasted that the Left would eventually, and quickly win everywhere: "As I like to say, this fight for marriage equality, it's not over until we say it's over, and we're not going to say it's over until we've won in all 50 states."
When it came to some defeats for the gay Left, Savage said "a single victory for the haters, for the other side, a defeat for marriage equality, is not the end of the story." When he was asked about backlash from the Supreme Court decision, Savage suggested that murders, rapes and violence happen when the forces of "institutionalized bigotry" lose.
Savage can do and say almost anything, yet still be treated as noncontroversial by journalists. Others have made far less incendiary remarks (such as Rush Limbaugh), yet are treated to far more hostile interviews than what lefty Savage faces. He was so accustomed to be treated with kid gloves by journalists that prior to the WBEZ interview he tweeted to some critics a photo of a pro-Obama mug in the studios of the NPR affiliate he was using for the remote interview. Why shouldn’t he after NPR puts its imprimatur on one of its top reporters promoting his latest hateful political book?
PS: WBEZ can easily demonstrate its preference for the "rainbow" lobbyists on their Facebook page right now: