Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Autistic talk shows strut their stuff

Yet another comment from the talk show nexus that revolves around Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Michael Savage. The comment below again proves that most of the right wing conservative talk show hosts do not care (or really know much) about science, parenting or dealing with children. This latest comment involves autism in children on Michael Savage’s talk show (aptly named Savage Nation) from last week.

Nearly every child with autism is a brat who hasn’t been told to cut the act out, and 99 percent of the cases of autism are a result of lax parenting. They don’t have a father around to tell them, ‘Don’t act like a moron. You’ll get nowhere in life.’ Straighten up. Act like a man. Don’t sit there crying and screaming, idiot. He dished out this piece of medical advice:
Autism is an over diagnosed medical condition. In my readings, there is no definitive medical diagnosis for autism

And a little bit of numbers on who listens to this stuff: Pew researchers found that 17% of the public regularly listens to talk radio. This audience is mostly male, middle-aged and conservative. Among those who regularly listen to talk radio, 41% are Republican and 28% are Democrats.

Full story here.

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