Autistic Kids are Just Brats?

Hack radio host Michael Alan Weiner—better known as Michael Savage—doesn’t believe autism is real. He thinks 99% of autistic children are brats who haven't been told to cut the act out. David Bauder of the Associated Press reports:
Savage offered no apology in a message posted Monday on his Web site. He said greedy doctors and drug companies were creating a "national panic" by overdiagnosing autism, a mental disorder that inhibits a person's ability to communicate.

On his radio show last week, he said: "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, you idiot."'

The government estimates about 1 in 150 children have some form of autism. But many experts believe these unsociable behaviors were just about as common 30 or 40 years ago and that the increase is mostly caused by a surge in special education services and a corresponding shift in diagnoses.

Wendy Fournier of the National Autism Association, a parents' advocacy group, said she was invited to speak Monday on Savage's three-hour program by Savage's boss, Mark Masters of Talk Radio Network, which syndicates the show across the country. A spokeswoman from Talk Radio Network did not immediately return a call for comment.

Fournier called Savage's comments "way, way, way over the line and cruel."

"I'm hoping to make him see the reality of what these kids are facing," she said. "You can't fix it by telling a kid to shut up. It's like telling a kid with cancer to stop being sick."
Savage is a dope—trying to be edgy, but too cowardly to stick to his guns. I agree that many doctors and drug companies are greedy, but to say autistic kids are just brats is staggeringly moronic.
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Vic in Chicago - July 24, 2008 1:55 PM

Gerry -

You got that exactly right. Well said.


rene - September 3, 2008 4:51 PM

I think he is a moron to make such a harsh comment on autistic kids.No sane man with an open eye could ever say what he said.

He really needs to be put alone with few autistic kids,lets see who screams more, the kids or him.

Sabrina - September 19, 2008 6:41 PM

The guy is a worthless s.o.b. He is ignorant about what he says and he needs to research the word before opening his big fat mouth. I have an autistic child and believe me they are a lot of work and have many challenges that they face. The guy should be fired for the comment that he said and be forced to go to a disabled class like my child's to see the autistic children and the challenges that the teachers have to face as well as us. He is an ignorant moron and deserves to be fired.

Jennifer - October 20, 2008 10:55 PM

I totally agree with u Sabrina. My son suffers from autism and believe me it gets rough from time to time and normally i try to look over ignorant people but he went too far...

ashleigh - December 14, 2008 9:55 AM

I do agree with what Michael said.

My older brother has autism. he doesn't act up at his day program or with my father and other older brothers. he acts up only when he is around me or my mother - he does this because, yes, he is a "brat." - go figure!

Autistic kids and adults know when they are behaving good or bad - that's why Michael made the comments he did.

Stop complaining about what the media says - Enough said.

Ada - April 29, 2010 6:21 PM

Ashleigh, just because your brother may seem like a brat to you because there may be more attention put on him while you were growing up, does not make all autistic children brats, My son, who is 6 years old next month has autism, and we have dealt with this for many years. They may act bratty at times, but this is because there is a part of the brain that doesn't evolve and comprehend. I am a military police officer and my husband and I both run a very strict home, maybe we are just people who like to have our home immaculate, or expect our kids to walk a straight line, but whatever it may be, my son still has his bad days. Now, for the most part he just likes the consistency, to eat at a certain time of day, go to bed at a certain time at night and also to not be bothered when he wants to be alone. the rest we seal with as it comes. I wouldn't say they are just brats, there really is something there, and if you fail to understand, then you have not only failed your brother, but yourself as well. Many prayers for all of you who have someone in your families coping with this situation.

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