Mike Savage Lives up to His Name

There is a fury going on about Mike Savage, the radio talk-show host who has cast his very negative and demeaning opinions about children with autism out over the airwaves. 

Savage made some ignorant and hurtful comments that have parents, family, friends, advocates and supporters of individuals – especially children – with autism in an uproar.  For starters, he called autism a “hoax” and said that children with autism were simply “brats”.  He added that bad parenting is to blame for a “fraudulent” epidemic of autism.

Besides being insensitive and insulting, these comments could not be further from the truth.  In reality, autism, affects 1 in every 150 children to one degree or another.  It can be very painful both physically and emotionally and can take a huge toll in many ways upon the family of a child with autism.

Savage’s comments have drawn outrage from families dealing with autism and from the National Autism Association (NAA).  They – and families with children who have autism throughout the country – are demanding a retraction of Savage’s statements, a public apology and a show to be aired explaining the truth about autism.  There is a demand that experts be involved with the show regarding autism, both in an advisory capacity and as guests.

It is unfortunate that at a time when society is being called upon to be more tolerant and to learn more about all disabilities – including autism – an individual, such as Mike Savage has the means to help educate and enlighten people, but instead has used those very airwaves to create hurt, misinformation and disrespect. 

Ignorance of a subject is one thing, especially if an individual takes the time to learn about the subject.  However, using one’s position to hurt others is uncalled for and unkind. 

Mike Savage has the opportunity to use some humility, swallow his pride and do the right thing.  Time will tell if this will happen.  The nation is watching.

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