There are some peolple in this world who shouldn't be allowed to take to the air waves. One of these such people goes by the name of Michael Savage. He is bad news on several fronts, but now he's taking to calling names at people with disabilities. there are many who want to see him fired, and I happen to be one. Free speech only goes so far. Here's an article from the web that I'm posting.
July 21, 2008
Talk Radio Network Should Fire Michael Savage
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.
On the July 17. 2008 edition of his radio show, Savage labeled autism a "fraud" and prescribed tough love for autistic children: "I'll tell you what autism is. In 99% of the cases, it’s a brat who hasn’t been told to cut the act out." He went on to say:
"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."
“[I]f I behaved like a fool, my father called me a fool. And he said to me, ‘Don’t behave like a fool.’ The worst thing he said — ‘Don’t behave like a fool. Don’t be anybody’s dummy. Don’t sound like an idiot. Don’t act like a girl. Don’t cry.’ That’s what I was raised with. That’s what you should raise your children with. Stop with the sensitivity training. You’re turning your son into a girl, and you’re turning your nation into a nation of losers and beaten men.”[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."
In 2003, Savage was fired from MSNBC for his ant-Gay comments, including "You should only get AIDS and die."
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 money."
Michael Alan Weiner, better known by his pseudonym Michael Savage, is a radio host, author, and political commentator. His nationally-syndicated 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.
ADA Watch/NCDR encourages individuals and organizations to contact:
Talk Radio Network
P.O. Box 3755
Central Point, Oregon 97502