Note to Michael Savage: Screaming Insults at Autistic Children is an Ineffective Treatment

If you like books, you will find this interesting.

What is Hanny’s Vorrwerp?

Here’s your basic right wing mind unhinged for clearer viewing.

That last link is to an unpleasant tirade by Michael Savage on his radio show, “The Savage Nation”. In a brief few moments he manages to be racist, accuses autistic children of being brats who are acting, and then insults the parenting of American families. In the midst of this he recounts his own father verbal abusing him and tells his listeners they should verbally abuse their children too. 

As Lou Reed said, ‘in the name of family values, we must ask, ‘whose family’?’

Mr. Weiner (which is ‘Savages’ real name) makes a lot of money for saying ugly things. There is an audience for this that wants to hear these ugly things because they want to be reassured that the ugly things inside them are not alone. Mr. Weiner believes that homeopathy works, or at least he has tried to make a buck from it. This is the National Institutes of Health fact sheet on Autism. These are the people Mr. Weiner says are acting.

Mr. Weiner likes to insult people and call them names. His audience enjoys listening to him do it. I wonder if any of them understood the irony when Mr. Weiner quoted Papa Weiner as saying to him as a lad, “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.”


12 Responses to “Note to Michael Savage: Screaming Insults at Autistic Children is an Ineffective Treatment”

  1. […] Note to Michael Savage: Screaming Insults at Autistic Children is an Ineffective Treatment […]

  2. If you are angry about his deliberate airing of false information, contact your local Savage affiliate and ask them to air a correction to his false statements. If they refuse, send letters to your local newspaper that the radio station aired false information, called autistic children “idiots” and “brats” and said that parents of autistic children were bad parents who just won’t control their children.

    Ask why the radio station doesn’t feel they need to issue a correction about something that aired on their radio station. Just because it wasn’t a local host doesn’t mean they’re not responsible for the content on their airwaves.

  3. The Prof Says:


    I really like Jason’s plan–making fun of a grown man with cerebral palsy on the air (as Mr. Limbaugh did) is one thing, hideous as it was. Calling afflicted childred fakers is something else entirely. Michael Savage is a very troubled man. His ratings seem to depend on what sort of increasingly inflammatory comments he can make, but to this date I’m not entirely sure if he’s overplaying a character (as Ann Coulter does), or if he really believes that stuff he says. I’m also at a loss for which is worse. And, of course, there’s his assessment of his father’s parenting, which has made him the model citizen and paragon of virtue he is.

    Of course, this is the guy who (during MSNBC’s brief attempt to go right-wing) got himself fired after one night.

    It’ll be tough going, because (First Amendment issues aside) Savage is usually very careful to avoid doing anything to provoke action from the FCC. And even they aren’t much help–we have a local radio host out here named Mark Belling, who has not only made racially-charged statements on the air, but has actually used ethnic and racial slurs. The FCC has done nothing, despite repeated complaints. (Belling’s another one of those guys who didn’t get a hug when he really needed it, and now he’s lashing out.)

    Agh. Well, the First Amendment allows for this stuff–this being America, you have the right to be as much a douchebag as you please. Fortunately, people like us also have the right to call you one.

  4. Jason,
    Consider it done. Excellent suggestion. Thank you.

    Miss Mayweather just dropped in. Give me a moment!

  5. I am usually not a fan of boycotts or calling/writing sponsors, but I think it merits it in this case.

    Savage says a lot of the things he says for publicity and shock value, but this is over the top. Even hardcore wingers I know are repulsed by what he said. The sad thing is that Savage has a huge audience and makes lots of $ for Clear Channel – if this nonsense doesn’t get him kicked off the air nothing will.

    The only way Clear Channel will act is if sponsors abandon him (then I’m sure Mikey Weiner will whine about his free speech rights). I wonder how sponsors of Savage will react to him picking on autistic kids. Picking on kids does not go over well with a lot of people.

  6. Prof, I believe that you are thinking of when Limbaugh mocked the Parkinson’s spasms of Michael J Fox. In any case, the point is the same. I agree that freedom of speech is essential, but as Sick points out Mr. Weiner is being paid for his speech; there is nothing free about it. There are many corporate sponsors amplifying his voice to millions so that he may insult and denigrate the voicesless; it is hard to imagine a more defenseless target for his bile than children with autism. Michael J Fox is a grown man whose affliction hasn’t touched his wits and he outclassed Limbaugh without assistance. Sick, I am in absolute agreement with you in that I’m not a fan of boycotts over every little outrageous thing some talking head spouts in an effort to get some attention. I believe in the personal boycott known as changing the channel, but these kids can’t argue their own case and that is why I think it is appropriate for anyone who believes Mr. Weiner’s irresponsible ravings don’t need a national audience to let his sponsors know how they feel.
    Thank you very much for the excellent comments.

  7. The Prof Says:


    Looks like Savage caught wind of the displeasure. Here’s his response–you’re gonna love this (link to original provided).

    The Autism Controversy

    “My comments about autism were meant to boldly awaken parents and children to the medical community’s attempt to label too many children or adults as “autistic.”

    Just as some drug companies have overdiagnosed “ADD” and “ADHD” to peddle dangerous speed-like drugs to children as young as 4 years of age, this cartel of doctors and drug companies is now creating a national panic by overdiagnosing “autism, for which there is no definitive medical diagnosis!

    Many children are being victimized by being diagnosed with an “illness” which may not exist, in all cases. Just a few weeks ago doctors recommended dangerous anti-cholesterol drugs for children as young as 2 years of age! Without any scientific studies on the possible dangers of such drugs on children, corrupt doctors made this controversial, unscientific recommendation.

    Increasingly, our children are being used as profit centers by a greedy, corrupt medical/pharmaceutical establishment. As the brother of a severely disabled person who suffered and died in a New York “snake-pit” of a “mental hospital,” I know first-hand what true disability is.

    To permit greedy doctors to include children in medical categories which may not be appropriate is a crime against that child and their family. Let the truly autistic be treated. Let the falsely diagnosed be free.”

    Michael Savage

  8. Rainman-
    A link to a video clip isn’t really a comment, but I think you may be trying to make a point. If your point is that Savage was making a joke, then his defiantly self-righteous and self-serving statement regarding what he said undercuts you completely. If you are a fan of his, I hope you hold this against him as he is the one making you look stupid, not me. Any other point you may have been trying to make is lost on me.

    Of course, all things are fair game for satire and humor, but Savage wasn’t hiding behind that shield. He clearly believes himself to be a noble and brave visionary who feels free to exploit his dead brother’s suffering to avoid making an apology for his own mistakes. Furthermore, his brother knew first-hand what disability is. Savage at best understands it second-hand. There are lots of people with disabilities and simply being a relative to one of them doesn’t give you a privileged position to spew ignorant and malicious misinformation over the public airwaves any more than having a black half-brother would make it okay for you to call black people ‘n*ggers’ on the radio.

    I expect halfassed arrogant thinking from Mr. Weiner, but this lame effort is a new low for even him. Thank you, Prof, for bringing this to our attention.

  9. Here’s the actual link to Mr. Weiner’s statement:

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