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Michael Savage on autism

Submitted by Jim Aune on July 19, 2008 - 6:07pm

The viciously right-wing talk show host Michael Savage tells us autism is a fraud. I have a few used diapers I'd like to send him if anyone has his address:

Media Matters has more.

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Submitted by Anonymous on August 27, 2008 - 6:57pm.

Please, please, someone castrate this a-hole and put him in solitary confinement where he belongs. We have enough jerks around already, the world doesn't need anymore ignorant right-winged jerks throwing there hatred out at the world. Screw you Savage, your a mean, ignorant bastard. Hope you end up homeless and hungry!!

Submitted by Anonymous on August 11, 2008 - 4:55pm.

This guys ingnorance is beyond belief, but as a rightwing extremist, it's expected. He has shown the same lack of intelligence as President Bush. It's a shame you don't have to know what you talk about before they put someone on the radio. My youngest son has severe autism, I'd like to see this fat a@@ SOB, actually learn and know what he talks about before he opens his mouth. Savage, I just got back from Afghanistan, serving this country, which I volunteered to go, so you can't say this is some liberal tree hugger bashing your ingnorance. I'll do whatever I can to get your lazy, ignorant a## of the radio. They trashed Imus for a comment on race, lets see if they will trash your career for this! I guess a good conservative can bash who ever is the underdog and not "one of them!" So much for middle of the road, common sense approach and researching and knowing something about the topic before you open your mouth! That would be a real novel approach.
Here's a news flash, autism is more real than your buddy Bush's victory in Afghanistan!

Submitted by Anonymous on July 28, 2008 - 9:07pm.

I know what your saying.
I'm the grandmother of a severly autistic five year old. I see daily the heartbreak and frustration my sweet daughter deals with. No speech, diapers, temper outbursts. Its heartbreaking. My grandson can't go into any public place, people stare, give rude comments and whisper. This horrible disease has affected everyone in the family. For this man to say these terrible things just shows how mean and horrible he is. Unless you are a trained medical expert in this field, SHUT UP!

Submitted by Dadof6AutisticKids on July 26, 2008 - 8:24pm.

My wife and I are the parents of six children diagnosed with the Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

We KNOW Autism, Michael Savage does not.

This is the part of what he said that got my blood boiling. More specifically, he said:

"... 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."

Moron, putz, idiot... he is using those words as to what a Autism Dad should be saying. I never say these words to my children! These are HIS words attacking and demeaning MY children.

Yes he CAN say what he wants, but the next interview we have (likely this Nov when our documentary airs) I'll say what I want about him and some of these other ignorant people that have it all figured out somehow with obviously NO personal knowledge.

In fact, we have come up with three shirts ( that tell Michael Savage exactly what we think.

Submitted by Anonymous on July 21, 2008 - 1:23pm.

To lodge a complaint against Mike Savage, call Talk Radio Network at 541-664-8827.
Also boycott advertisers

Submitted by Anonymous on August 27, 2008 - 7:02pm.

You've stepped over the line this time. Your a mean son-of-a-bitch. Watch your back boy, you may not be a male when my family gets done with you. You dirty fuckin bastard. Go fuck yourself!

Submitted by Anonymous on July 21, 2008 - 9:52pm.

I totally agree with Savage that autism is just a disease that doctors and drug companies made up to convince all these "parents" with poor parenting skills to buy medication and treatment programs for their kids. If autism is a disease that causes kids to be generally disruptive, stubborn, loud and a bunch of spoilt brats, why isnt there a disease that causes kids to be perfect angels? Thats the problem with our culture we have become people who want an instant fix. When we can't control our kids, we want the doctors to label them ADHD or autistic so it becomes something wrong with the kids not something wrong with us as parents.

Submitted by Anonymous on August 28, 2008 - 7:03pm.

Spend one full week, 24/7 with a severely autistic child, then come back and we will discuss this issue. It's so apparent you have no idea what your talking about. Talk is cheap, show some character. Autism is a horrible, painful problem, and those that go through it, god bless you!

Submitted by Anonymous on August 13, 2008 - 12:33pm.

Walk a day in our shoes (parents with children with autism and ADHD) and lets see what you have to say then. I have 3 children and our one child has autism and our oldest has ADHD. You need to become educated on autism and ADHD because it is obvious you have no idea what you are talking about.

Submitted by Anonymous on July 30, 2008 - 2:55pm.

How dare you! Autistm is a neurological disorder. The medical community dosen't know the reason. When it is severe, it takes the life of beautiful innocent children. I know first hand the heartbreak. My little grandson cannot speak, is frighten by loud noises and lives in a world you or I don't know. Your comment is cruel, ignorant and mean. Should stoke victims be told to stop being lazy, stand up and walk. How about people with spinal cord injuries? From your reasoning they are just lazy worthless people. Come on, stop being an idiot!

Submitted by Anonymous on July 27, 2008 - 12:11am.

I'm a Proud Parent of an Autistic Daughter and Aspergers Son. I can't believe how many ignorant people who actually support Mike Weiner(Savage). For those of you who don't have an Autistic child be thankful for it is sad to see your child who has problems like not speaking or able to express what they want. Be greatful your child is healthy. However if you are like my kids you just hope for the best for them. I'm a Father who is involved and has started a Charity here in St. Louis for Autistic families and schools called Action for Autism. So I wouldlike to say to Mr. Weiner that I am involved and I give back to others so he can stick up where the sun don't shine. Savage has no clue about many of us parents. He speaks without having all the facts and for those who believe his views are idiots. Savage is someone who likes to cause trouble to get TV time and that is why I won't listen to him on the radio. He will get what's coming to him in the end. God remembers us for what we did on this Earth. His comments will get him an invite with the Devil. May God have Mercy on his little soul as well as those who support him.

Submitted by Anonymous on August 13, 2008 - 12:23pm.

I am also a proud parent of an autistic son and another son with Aspergers. I also have a "typical" daughter. People have no idea what it is like to walk in our shoes unless they have a child on the spectrum. As far as Savage your comments were so true. My heart breaks everyday watching our 2 boys struggle, but when they are able to do something most children do everyday it is so special. You realize what is important in life. The first time my son said mom. A day that I will never forget and a day that I held my head high.

Submitted by Dadof6AutisticKids on July 26, 2008 - 8:28pm.

Your comments show your ignorant lack of personal knowledge. Get educated on the subject before you comment next time.

Submitted by Anonymous on July 25, 2008 - 2:42am.

The person who wrote this is clueless. The fact of the matter is there are NO drugs for treating autism. So if the drug companies have nothing to sell there is no money in it for them. I am the parent of an austisic child, it is a very real dissorder and the problem is not going to go away any time soon. We can either bury our heads in the sand as Mike Savage would have us do and pretend that its just something thats made up by bad parrents, or we can start trying to do something to find out what causes this and come up with effective treatment(education not drugs)

And as a sidenote, Autism and ADD are not even CLOSE to being the same thing. Mike didnt do his homework on that one either.

Submitted by Anonymous on July 24, 2008 - 4:24pm. son is not disruptive, stubborn or loud at all. actually has a 120 IQ. which is in the superior range AND he is 7 years old. he is actually quite brilliant and more a pleasure to be arond than most 7(27) year olds. But he has classic Autism. when he was an infant he would stay up for 22 hours a day. would you say i should have told him to man up at 10 months old?
you guys are old. you cannot conceive this disorder any more than you can conceive going green or electric cars.

seems to me like you and savage are the disruptive-stubborn, loud and spoiled ones!!!
someone give these guys their Binky's so they can stop whining.

if you have no autism in your world why do u care what is going on?are your ratings/lives that bad you have to pick on innocent children?

Submitted by Anonymous on July 23, 2008 - 11:04am.

ADHD is a convenience right now for the teachers. If your child is labeled ADHD(there is no real test), a parent will be badgered and the child will be singled out until the child is drugged into "normal behavior" or taken out of school. I have actually known 2 children that I would have labeled ADD or ADHD, most of the rest were active kids with what I would guess were other problems the teachers/parents didn't want to deal with.

Autism however is a completely different adventure with children. I have been around several autistic children and adults, some were severe.

Most autistic people that I have know need to have routines. Certain things are done certain ways. They have rules in their lives and if you break their rules, they will respond in an extremely negative way. There is some kind of disconnect between the world they see and the one that others see. Sometimes I wonder if they even see our world or just the narrow strip of life they live in.

Submitted by Anonymous on August 13, 2008 - 12:12pm.

I have three children our youngest has autism and our oldest has ADHD. There is no "real test for either conditions." Please know that ADHD is real just as autism is real. You make it sound that as if it is the parents fault or the teacher. You need to get more educated.

Submitted by Adria on July 23, 2008 - 2:02am.

Compassion is the keen awareness of the interdependence of all things.

I would venture to say that no one here would deny the work of pharmaceutical companies in mass-marketing purported quick-fixes. But if, as a community, we are concerned about the well-being of each other, it might be wise to avoid sentiments similar to deinstitutionalization as well as those pertaining to over-medication. To begin to question the problematic practices of many parts of the medical and drug industry, I would think the well-being of the PATIENT needs to be front and center, not ridiculed and dismissed. To ignore decades of research for the ideological narrative that we can all just pull ourselves up by our bootstraps is simply a different way of persecuting people in need of communal support and governmental aid.

As a former respite counselor at Camp C.A.M.P., I can only encourage you to not just skim books like Melody Petersen's Our Daily Meds or watch Michael Moore's Sicko, but to actually spend face-to-face time with people who experience the every-day-daily reality of very real neurobiological disorders. Perhaps at the very least, such an experience will spark a flame of compassion, if for nothing else, in how you chose to market your prescription---err--message.

A Statement by Autism Speaks regarding Savage's remarks:
"One important goal of increasing awareness about autism is to foster a greater level of acceptance and understanding of the very real and significant challenges it poses to individuals with the disorder and their families. The good news is that we see more and more expressions of this compassion every day and everywhere, from classrooms and playgrounds to ballparks and supermarkets. Unfortunately, there are those who are apparently incapable of feeling compassion. They deserve our pity, not our scorn."

Submitted by Jim Aune on July 26, 2008 - 11:35am.

A few months ago I was having lunch with two friends of mine, and the topic turned to religion. Neither has much use for talk about God--both are gay, and their reaction is certainly understandable. One of them then asked me, "Do you believe in God?" I stuttered a bit, and said, "Well, yes." The two usual theological topoi came up: the perfidy and hypocrisy of believers and the problem of evil. I never know quite what to say in such situations, because the notion of arguing someone into belief/practice (that Protestant binary makes no sense either) is completely foreign to me. As we were picking up the children from Camp CAMP yesterday in the Hill Country, it struck me again how inexplicable it is that people would volunteer for a week to deal with autistic children and young adults. But they do. Whether it is because they sense Adria's principle of compassion in the universe, the possibility of encountering the Almighty in and only in the performance of the mitzvot, or their identification with a suffering and dying God who has shared human sorrow, they do it. The Problem of Goodness is, in many ways, far more inexplicable to me than the Problem of Evil.

Submitted by Jim Aune on July 23, 2008 - 2:42am.

Adria, Nick and Daniel are at Camp Camp this week for this first time. I had no idea you had worked there. Like, cool.

Submitted by Anonymous on July 23, 2008 - 12:33am.

My only response to you is that if you believe what Savage is saying, all you need to do is spend at least 10 minutes with a child who is diagnosed with Autism and I guarantee that your entire perception will change. I work as a therapist with autistic children and my heart breaks everyday. Autism is not a behavioral disorder it is a developmental disorder and along with lacking in being able to communicate and social engage children diagnosed have a hard time with cognitive flexibility and coping skills, in other words they do not know how to express what they are feeling because they do not understand what they are feeling. So, before you make remarks, learn more about the disorder and if you do not want to then you have NO RIGHT to speak about those diagnosed

Submitted by Anonymous on July 22, 2008 - 1:55pm.

Do you have a child that has any of the above problems that you've mentioned? Do you know what it is like to watch your child hit his head against the wall in frustration, and unable to communicate what is wrong? Have you seen your child when he was infant not giving you eye contact, and stress endlessly over the possiblity of Autism, but be told that it is too early to diagnose? How do you explain when a family with multiple children has one with Autism? Do you explain it that they are just a bad parent to that one child? As far as the perfect angels go, I believe there is a disease for's called OCD!

My guess based on your thinking is that you are over 50 years of age and were brought up or even possibly brought your own kids up with the thinking if you beat the sense into them, they will be sensible. In case you haven't heard, that is no longer an acceptable method of discipline, and wouldn't work on these children anyway. They are usually oblivious to people around them, and harsh words will not "correct" them.

Why don't you offer to care for a child with ADHD and/or Autism (for more than an hour or two), and experience it firsthand? I'm sure that child's parent would be grateful for the break, from such a demanding job. You will gain a whole new perspective on something you obviously know nothing about.

Submitted by Anonymous on July 22, 2008 - 1:24pm.

I don't wish for you to have an Autistic child, but if you did you would know how uneducated, uninformed, insensitive and hurtful these comments are!

Father of an Autistic 18 year old.

Submitted by Jim Aune on July 22, 2008 - 12:13am.

Savage appears to shift his argument, in a response today. "Too many" autistics and ADHD kids are being diagnosed. This does not deny the existence of the fundamental neurological problem. Miriam and I almost had our kids taken away in 1992 by a zealous Rice County, Minnesota, social worker who believed Bruno Bettelheim's (Freudian) fable about autistic kids being products of "refrigerator mothers." I suppose the fact that my son Daniel is nonverbal and still in diapers at age 18 is because of "poor parenting." The forces of darkness and Savagery always have to find someone to pick on who is weaker than them. Come spend an hour in my house and clean some shit off the walls and talk to me some more about this.

Submitted by Anonymous on July 21, 2008 - 7:34pm.

I'll be calling and complaining tomorrow, and letting them know I'll be boycotting advertisers. On that note, anyone know where to go to get a list of Savage's advertisers?

For the dedicated, calling the advertisers might be a good step too.

Submitted by Anonymous on July 24, 2008 - 4:28pm.

The phone numbers of many of TRN's funders/advertisers are below. And below that is an article regarding the after-effects from today's NYTimes. Good luck :-)

Yours, y'all





American Express


(They are owned by the Generations Network, at) 801-705-7000

Boca Java





800-257-8443 (ask for corporate)



Consolidated Resources

(410) 349-8158

Direct Buy


Dish Network


Ebay (though it’s Ebay Motors that advertises)




General Motors


Gallo Wines




Legal Zoom

(800) 773-0888

Outback Steakhouse

(owned by OSI Restaurant Partners)




Purina One


Simon & Schuster






July 22, 2008

Savage Stands by Autism Remarks


Michael Savage, the incendiary radio host who last week characterized

nearly every child with autism as “a brat who hasn’t been told to cut

the act out,” said in a telephone interview on Monday 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.

Submitted by Jim Aune on July 21, 2008 - 1:32pm.

Thanks. Please call early and often. A larger issue raised by this unpleasantness is the revival of the Fairness Doctrine. If the Dems get a 60-plus filibuster-proof majority this fall election, I wonder if it will be on the table. It would be very hard to push through, and I'm not sure it would be good policy, but the fact remains that broadcasting is different from the print and the Internet, and it has profound societal effects. The repeal of the Doctrine gave us Limbaugh, just as the FCC's fateful decision to replace mandated religious programming with paid religious programming in the early 1970's gave us Pat Robertson. Institutional design matters, I will say for the umpteenth time.

Submitted by Anonymous on July 21, 2008 - 12:10am.

I wanted to tell him off too, but he is not gutsy enough to put an email link on his website. So, I will pray for him that he might be blessed to get to know someone with autism. Maybe then he can understand that delayed speech, the paralyzing inability to handle basic social situations, and the array of sensory issues and delayed motor skills do not make our children "brats".

Submitted by Michael Faris on July 20, 2008 - 11:25am.

to tell him he sounds like a fool and an idiot?

This is awful. I'm so sad this hate speech gets on the radio.

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