Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Savage attempts to reframe his attack on autistic children

Michael Savage is trying to claim now that when he characterized 99 percent of autistic children as "brats," he was only trying to " boldly awaken parents and children to the medical community's attempt to label too many children or adults as autistic."


Here is what Savage said about autistic chidren:

"You know what Autism is? I'll tell you what autism is. In 99 percent of cases, it's a brat who hasn't been told to cut the act out. That's what autism is."
Does that sound like a "bold" commentary on the tendency of medical professionals to overdiagnose a disease? Please.

Savage is a thug who earns his living opining about issues he does not understand. But unlike most of his targets (pretty much everybody except white Republican men), this time he decided to pick on the most helpless among us - mentally-handicapped children. Yeah, I'm impressed, tough guy. What's next - setting fire to a nursing home?

Sorry, Mr. Weiner. The outrage is completely justified. You can't finesse it away. Nobody believes you give a damn about people being misdiagnosed as autistic. You haven't earned the benefit of the doubt.

Short of an abject apology, there is no walking this one back.

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