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Taking a Stand: Feedback on Savage

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By Vice-President/General Manager Debbie Bush

As part of my job as General Manager at WFIE, I am required to do editorials.  These are meant to be thought provoking and interactive.  And, I received plenty of feedback on our editorial on radio host Michael Savage and his comments on autism.

If you remember, Savage has been under fire for his broadcast about autism and if it is real in most diagnosed cases.  Our stand was if you don't like comments on radio...or TV...turn it off.  The station will get the message through ratings.  We received a couple of positive e-mails, but most were negative.

Doug wrote:  "Your editorial depicting Michael Savage as a person belittling autistic children was typical media response to an individual who expressed an educational observation that is open to debate.  Obviously, you have not listened to his program or you would never make the comments you did."

"J" says, "I understand most logical people find Mr. Savage coarse, biting and mean in comments he has made or will continue to make.  The problem with American in general is the want to pick and choose portions of a whole story to benefit an agenda..."

And finally, Moe writes, "Although some of your editorials are somewhat interesting, your attack on Michael Savage is not a good one.  I believe that because he is a conservative talk show host, his views are too much for some liberal stations as yours to grasp."

Others just told me they would take my advice and turn ME off.  If you'd like to read some of the responses, they are posted in the taking a stand section of our website.

To respond to this editorial, send an e-mail or call 812-253-0107.  You can send a letter to me at: Debbie Bush, WFIE-TV, and P.O. Box 1414, Evansville, IN 47701.

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