Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Savagely Stupid

Radio host Michael Savage has said many controversial things in the past, but this is just downright stupid.
WOR radio talk show host Michael Savage, who makes a good living being outrageous, found himself in the middle of a new firestorm Monday after he branded most autistic children fakers who just need tougher parenting.

"In 99% 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?" Savage said last week in remarks that lit up the Internet over the weekend.

"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.'"

A few dozen parents protested outside WOR Radio, demanding Savage be fired.

They called it ironic that a loudmouth known for rants about immigrants, Jews, Muslims, gays, Democrats and nonwhites would go after innocents who often can't even verbalize.

Ed Moffitt, 75, proudly showed a picture of Bob, his 8-year-old grandnephew. "Bob can't speak. He never called Savage any names," Moffitt said.

"We are dying to hear him say 'Mommy' or 'Daddy.' And [Savage] says that he is just acting out?" said the boy's grandfather, retired NYPD officer Bob Moffitt. "It hurts me."

WOR said they couldn't be held responsible for what Savage says because he is a syndicated host broadcasting out of San Francisco. "We regret any consternation that his remarks may have caused to our listeners," the station said.

On the air last night, Savage said his comments were "ripped out of context" by "far left Stalinists."
I'll agree the far left Stalinists are out to silence him, and any other conservative voice for that matter, but really, do you have to say such things about disabled children?

Just stupid.

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