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First Published Tuesday, 22nd July, 2008.

Michael Savage


*”Talk Radio Network Should Fire Michael Savage,” Says Disability Rights
*Hate Speech Unacceptable as 18th Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities
Act Nears*
ADA Watch/National Coalition for Disability Rights (NCDR)
601 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 900S
Washington, DC 20004
Media Contact:
Jim Ward, Founder and President
jimward@ncdr. org
The leader of a national coalition of disability, civil rights and social
justice organizations called on *Talk Radio Network* to fire talk radio
host, Michael Savage for his hateful attacks on children and adults with
physical and mental disabilities. Jim Ward, founder and president of ADA
Watch and the National Coalition for Disability Rights (NCDR), stated:
“ADA Watch/NCDR calls on Talk Radio Network to fire Michael Savage. As
America prepares to celebrate the 18th anniversary of the Americans with
Disabilities Act(ADA) on July 26th, people with disabilities, parents,
family members, friends and advocates across the nation are outraged over
Savage’s latest attack on people with disabilities. His despicable assault
on children with autism – calling them “frauds” and “brats” – is rightly
being condemned as hateful and bigoted. But it is just the latest of
Savage’s numerous and painful attempts to demean and disenfranchise people
with disabilities. ”
Savage has also used his bully-pulpit to declare that:
– High levels of asthma impacting minority children was because “the
children got extra welfare if they were disabled.” (July 2008)
– The “handicapped” workers at the Phoenix Café would “drool” and put
dung in diners food. He made up names for the food on the menu, such as
“nutburger.” (July 2002)
– Members of the disability rights community are the “Wheelchair Mafia.”
– The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the world’s first civil
rights law for people with disabilities, should be called the “Lawyers’
Improvement Act.”
– His political opponents are “degenerate slime bags” with “mental
disorders” and have a “virus like leukemia.”
– When he was younger, he “touched the hand of a midget [Dwarf],” it
really “freaked him out” and, since that episode, he doesn’t like public
places. (June 2004)
– The “autism lobby of devastated parents is just a scam to get more
Michael Alan Weiner, better known by his pseudonym Michael Savage, is a
radio host, author, and political commentator. His nationally-syndicat ed
talk show, *The Savage Nation*, airs throughout the United States on Talk
Radio Network. His radio show reaches more than 10 million listeners on 410
stations throughout the United States, ranking third in number of stations
syndicated nationwide and third in nationwide audience behind Rush Limbaugh
and Sean Hannity.
*ADA Watch and the National Coalition for Disability Rights (NCDR)* is a
coalition of national, state and local disability, civil rights and social
justice organizations united to protect and promote the human rights of
children and adults with physical and mental disabilities. NCDR’s Road To
Freedom bus, launched on November 15, 2006, is still on the road and has
traveled more than 40,000 miles promoting social justice and economic
opportunity for people with disabilities. For more information, go to
www.adawatch. org<http://salsa. democracyinactio n.org/dia/ track.jsp? v=2&c=PSllZ7LxO0 Xo8LjsxDT58MfsD6 wf0ZZ7>and
www.roadtofreedom. org<http://salsa. democracyinactio n.org/dia/ track.jsp? v=2&c=gBuRGD2% 2B0cZ9oJeFkMK2GH Kyiu%2BPkPoB>
ADA Watch/NCDR encourages individuals and organizations to contact:
Talk Radio Network<http://salsa. democracyinactio n.org/dia/ track.jsp? v=2&c=VemkJu% 2FlKJ1a1g% 2FKlwJv%2B8fsD6w f0ZZ7>
P.O. Box 3755
Central Point, Oregon 97502
Phone: 541-664-8827
Fax: 541-664-6250
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Ari Ne’eman
The Autistic Self Advocacy Network
1101 15th Street, NW Suite 1212
Washington, DC 20005
http://www.autistic advocacy. org

The Video  “Savage on autism:  “A fraud, a racket, …In 99 percent of the cases, it’s a brat who hasn’t been told to cut the act out”

Link:  http://mediamatters.org/items/200807170005

“Radio Host Angers Parents of Autistic Children”:

By DAVID BAUDER, AP Television Writer Tue Jul 22, 7:25 AM ET

NEW YORK – Radio talk show host Michael Savage, who described 99 percent of children with autism as brats, said Monday he was trying to “boldly awaken” parents to his view that many people are being wrongly diagnosed.

Some parents of autistic children have called for Savage’s firing after he described autism as a racket last week. “In 99 percent of the cases, it’s a brat who hasn’t been told to cut the act out,” Savage said on his radio program last Wednesday.

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.”

Evelyn Ain, whose 8-year-old son has been diagnosed with autism, said she had never heard of Savage and couldn’t believe what she had heard when she first listened to the remarks. She organized a demonstration Monday outside New York’s WOR-AM, which broadcasts Savage.

“That isn’t just freedom of speech, it is hateful speech when you say 99 percent of children with autism are brats,” she said. “I’ll tell you, I wish I had a brat.”

Savage, with more than 8 million listeners a week, is talk radio’s third most popular personality behind Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, according to Talkers magazine. He’s made a living off bold, outrageous statements: His brief MSNBC show was canceled after he told a caller he should “get AIDS and die, you pig.”

Peter Bell, executive vice president of national advocacy group Autism Speaks, said he isn’t aware of any big controversy about overdiagnosis of autism. He said Savage’s remarks, effectively blaming parents, reflect an outdated point of view.

“He’s an entertainer, he does these things for attention,” Bell said. “I think we should, to the best we can, ignore it.”

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080722/ap_en_ot/savage_autism_2

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