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Savage ignorant remarks drawing consequences

Reported by Chrish - July 22, 2008 -

FOX News is finally, six days after the fact, reporting on Michael Savage's truly contemptible remarks about autistic children, whom he characterized as "brats" with ineffective parents. MediaMatters has been on the story since he made the comments on his radio show last Wednesday July 16th, which has earned them scathing remarks and curses from the hate-jock.

From MediaMatters (where you can find full transcripts and audio):

On his nationally syndicated radio show, Michael Savage claimed that autism is "[a] fraud, a racket. ... I'll tell you what autism is. In 99 percent of the cases, it's a brat who hasn't been told to cut the act out. That's what autism is. What do you mean they scream and they're silent? They don't have a father around to tell them, 'Don't act like a moron. You'll get nowhere in life. Stop acting like a putz. Straighten up. Act like a man. Don't sit there crying and screaming, idiot.' "

Go to MediaMatters for full timeline and action links. So far, "In response to Savage's remarks, the insurance company AFLAC announced it will no longer sponsor Savage's program, while the seven-station Super Talk Mississippi radio network has decided to drop Savage's program from its lineup."

The FOX article (tucked in among stories like "Ex-Teacher Arrested Again for Having Sex With Teen," "Shelter Takes 2 Dogs Trained to Have Sex With Women," and "Six-Legged Deer Recuperating After Dog Attack") seems to downplay the controversy by printing only partial quotes and Savage's responses to complaints, in which he mischaracterizes his initial comments. Not watching FNC 24/7 we can't say it hasn't been mentioned - it probably has - but it is not garnering nearly the attention of, say, an Obama fist-bump or a missing white girl.

Comment: This is generally outside our purview but these comments are so outrageous and so hurtful and so incredibly ignorant that we are happy to help spread the word. As several families I know are affected by autism it is shocking to me that someone would accuse them of poor parenting or of fakery to garner benefits. The struggles with an autistic child are ENORMOUS and the parents are incredibly dedicated and patient. They don't deserve this kind of hateful scorn heaped on top of all they already have to deal with.