The Media

Banned from the UK

I'd like to officially join Oliver Willis and Steve Benen in condemning the UK's decision to ban Mike Savage from entering the country.

Make no mistake: Savage is a crazy bastard of the highest order, but he shouldn't be sanctioned like this unless he, in some way, broke the law. And so far, I don't see any evidence that his radio show is in violation of any statutes -- domestic or international.

I kind of thought it was a given that people shouldn't be punished by the government for saying crazy things (short of slander), and this sets a terrible example for the rest of the world, especially a world in which more and more regular people can express their opinions in public via the internet. Where does the banning end?

Adding... Thanks, England. Thanks a lot. Thanks for forcing us to defend jagoffs like Savage.