By Ann Tatko-Peterson
Monday, July 28th, 2008 at 3:39 pm in Health & Safety.
Michael Savage is a moron. Earlier this month, the conservative talk show host suggested on his syndicated radio show that autism is over-diagnosed and the result of incompetent or absent parents. That was bad enough, but then he dug the knife in deeper by neglecting to apologize, instead claiming his words were taken out of context. KNEW and Talk Radio Network essentially endorsed that excuse in deciding not to suspend or fire him.
Now, all sides are getting what they deserve. Major sponsors AFLAC and Home Depot have pulled their ads. On Sunday, parents, politicians and other protesters picketed outside the KNEW radio station office in San Francisco. I’m all for free speech, but even I can see just how far over the line Savage stepped. Take this for example: “I’ll tell you want autism is,” he said on the July 16 show. “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.” Or how about this one: “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, you idiot.’ ” Still not convinced? Then listen for yourself and decide if outrage is more than a knee-jerk reflex.