Snarkista is gonna take off her snarkhat for just a moment, and get out her can of whoop-ass. And she’s gonna open that sucker UP on Michael Savage. For the past 9 years, my daughter and I have worked as volunteers with the disabled. We have watched with alarm and shock at the DRASTIC rise in the number of autistic children we see every year.
On July 16th, controversial radio host Michael Savage characterized nearly every child with autism as â€œa brat who hasnâ€™t been told to cut the act outâ€. Savage also called autism â€œa fraud and a racketâ€ during his syndicated show, and went on to label children with the disorder as â€œidiotsâ€ and â€œmorons.â€
Savage said in a telephone interview today that he stood by his remarks and had no intention of apologizing to those advocates and parents who have called for his firing over the matter.
My main point remains true. It is an overdiagnosed medical condition. In my readings, there is no definitive medical diagnosis for autism.
On his show, which is broadcast every weekday, Mr. Savage suggested that â€œ99 percent of the casesâ€ of autism were a result of lax parenting. He told his audience: â€œThey donâ€™t have a father around to tell them, â€˜Donâ€™t act like a moron. Youâ€™ll get nowhere in life.â€ Among the other admonitions he felt children with autism should be hearing, he said, were: â€œ â€˜Straighten up. Act like a man. Donâ€™t sit there crying and screaming, idiot.â€™ â€ Yeah. Tell that to Jenny McCarthy.
But he said he was proud to have prodded discussion on the subject, and planned to give over his entire show on Monday â€” broadcast live from Northern California from 3 to 6 p.m., Pacific time â€” to parents and other callers who wished to disagree with him and to educate him.
Many people aren’t waiting until today’s edition of Mr. Savageâ€™s show, â€œThe Savage Nation,â€ to register their outrage. In New York City, Autism United, a coalition of organizations that advocate on behalf of children with autism and provide services to them, staged a protest Monday outside the studios of WOR (710 AM), which carries Mr. Savageâ€™s program weeknights from 6 to 9 p.m., Eastern time.
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