I just read that insurance giant and some time annoying advertiser Aflac has decided to pull its advertising for Michael Savage’s nationally syndicated talk show after the dickwad opened his mouth and inserted his muddy foot:
Summary: 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.’ “
Okay, time to start getting medieval on someone’s ass. How stupid do you have to be to make a statement like that?
Oh but it gets worse. Says the NY Times:
On his Web site, Michaelsavage.com, the host posted a letter on Monday in which he iterated the central point he said he had been trying to make on his July 16 program: that autism is too often misdiagnosed in the cases of children, or falsely diagnosed, at least partly as a means of wringing resources. ‚ÄúLet the truly autistic be treated,‚Äù he wrote. ‚ÄúLet the falsely diagnosed be free.‚Äù
As someone who has a quasi nephew with autism (thus I’ve spent a few afternoons at birthday parties with kids who have also been diagnosed) I can tell you first hand that this moron has absolutely no clue what he’s talking about. And that’s putting it nicely. At worst he’s someone who should be immediately fired and exiled to the island of stupid people. It’s the only answer. I wouldn’t even insult a low-paying job with his presence. He deserves the worst humanity can throw out.
First, it is very difficult, read: not easy, to get a diagnoses of Autism. ADD, ADHD and Bi-Polar disorder in children, sure, over-diagnosed and over-prescribed. Autism is a whole different thing. It takes countless phone calls and pleas with doctors to take a look at a child before they will diagnose the kid at all and many who are probably somewhere on the spectrum never do get diagnosed. No one wants to give the diagnoses and no one wants to get it, as cool and wonderful as many of the kids are – no one wishes that kind of descrimination on their child. My best friend has been fighting the school district in Santa Monica just so that they will teach her child to READ. She had to fight to have him educated at all. The truth is, Autism is coming at such an alarming rate no one knows what to do about it or how to properly educate kids whose brains work differently. And until that happens, morons like Michael Savage will be free to draw their own idiotic conclusions — though you gotta admit, this takes the cake!
Bravo to Aflac. And here’s to hoping every single advertiser follows suit and this idiot is made to sit in a corner while a brutish fatherly type tells him to straighten up, act like a man and stop crying and screaming, idiot.” Lock and load.
Oh, and let’s send this one out to Michael Savage for getting the Moron of the Day Award.