Michael Savage On Autism
Oh my God - it's as if John Best had gotten a nationally syndicated talk radio show.
Sometimes people wonder why I post stuff like this.
As a matter of fact, sometimes I get frantic emails from people asking why I post stuff like this.
Answer: ALOT of people think this way who make MAJOR business decisions (including hiring decisions) but who make deliberate attempts to keep as low of a profile as possible.
There are a great number of people on this planet who think that every action is very carefully acted out. Perhaps they have good reason to think that way because every action they take and every statement THEY make is very carefully crafted in an attempt to communicate some sort of message.
It's almost as if they're in a stage play 8 - 16 hours/day 4 - 7 days/week. I mean, if you're in a run of Hamlet you do put on period clothing, heavy make-up, and, as DeForest Kelly once said, if you're doing your job right you DO experience some of the thoughts, feelings and motivations of your character.
On talk radio or TV your "character" can have life for four hours or so. For instance, as I've been thinking of doing for quite some time now, although Brian Thomas on the 55KRC morning show sounds like a very nice, professional young man, he just doesn't sound credible. No, I don't think he's secretly a card-carrying member of the ACLU, I don't believe he is personally ANYWHERE as conservative as he tries to sound on his show.
Morton Downey, Jr., God rest his soul, ADMITTED in an interview that the person he portrayed on his WOR show was a character.
But I cannot, for the life of me, figure out how people can possibly stay in character 8+ hours/day 260+ days/year.
However, apparently there are people who can do just that, because when they do see behavior associated with Autism somehow they automatically assume it is some sort of "act" carried out in the attempt to get something they might not otherwise be entitled to.
What of course is absolutely fascinating about some of this criticism is that, yes, okay, bring on the flaming emails, but it is POSSIBLE for a sufficiently motivated 30-year old adult to "fake" being unable to speak, unable to successfully use the facilities on a consistent basis, and unable to cook/clean, etc., in order to avoid having to put up with the b*llsh*t that goes on in pretty much EVERY work place, but how in the WORLD would a TWO-YEAR-OLD who gets so angry and frustrated that he beats his head on the pavement until he bleeds be "faking it"?
I suppose Michael Savage would propose that the two-year-old be beaten senseless until he stops "acting out".
No ... autism is real, people ... and it takes many forms ...
Savage on autism - Media Matters
Michael Savage Autism Apology! - AutismParents.Net
Michael Savage: Autism is a fraud (yeah right, idiot) - Big Blue Wave
Idiot of the Week: Michael Savage - Blogging Blue
"I hate the Michael Savage Show." - Marcia Mickelson
Radio talkshow host call autism a hoax and fraud - The Chronicles of C.J.
Action Alert :: Talk Radio's Michael Savage Trashes Individuals With Autism.. - Six. Almost Seven..
Savage Successfully Sucks Time, Money and Energy From Autism Community - About.com Autism Blog