"[a] fraud, a racket. ... I'll tell you what autism is. 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. 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, idiot.' "
First of all he's an idiot. He can argue that autism is often misdiagnosed or difficult to diagnose but anyone who claims 99% of autistic children are just badly behaved or victims of poor parenthood is stupid. Or disingenuous. Or both.
But that should be no surprise to anyone who has ever listened to the Savage Nation, as he calls his show for Michael Savage is the worst kind of "shock jock." Howard Stern, in contrast, uses humor to make a point, or exaggerates his actual opinion to make a point or just entertains his audience without making a point. Same with Rush Limbaugh. They are not only brilliant communicators but are intelligent and believable people, as well as responsible broadcasters.
Savage is the opposite. Is it possible he is the rude, intolerant, racist, homophobic, fascist, bigoted, vulgar brute that he sounds like every minute of every day on his show? Possibly, but I think he says shocking things just to shock.
The guy in an embarrassment as a talk show host, as an American, and as a human. But here is where I disagree with some of his critics this week.
Yesterday, a band of protesters turned out on the street in front of WOR, the radio station that airs the Savage show in New York City. They marched, carried signs, and chanted their wish that the host be fired for his remarks.
Seriously, can't someone be stupid anymore without being fired? Clearly there is a huge audience for Savage's act. He is the third most listened to talk show host in America behind Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. More that 8 million people a week want to hear what he has to say. Why not let them instead of demanding that every voice that offends you is silenced?
Disagree with him? Think his facts are wrong? Offer to go on his show and present a different opinion. If he declines, take your message to one of the thousands of other media outlets available to you.
Here is a convenient sign for you to print out and tape to your radio for future reference.
IF YOU DON"T LIKE THE PROGRAM YOU ARE LISTENING TO, THEN CHANGE THE STATION. IT IS OKAY IF OTHERS DO WANT TO HEAR IT. THIS IS STILL AMERICA.