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Douchebag of the Week: Michael Savage


If I had to say one nice thing about Michael Savage—like, say, if you held a loaded gun to my head—I guess I would say he's the sort of man who sticks by what he says and never wavers.

Even when what he's said is irresponsible, inaccurate and downright offensive, such as his claim that "99 out of 100" cases of autism are actually just brats with bad parents.

The inflammatory statements, which have already cost Savage a few endorsements, were made on Savage's radio show on Wednesday. Continuing with his long-running shtick of acting like a gigantic asshat, he suggested that for most children diagnosed with autism the real problem is, "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.’ ”

Yesterday, Savage defended those statements on his own show and Larry King Live, adding that his comments were "meant to boldly awaken parents and children to the medical community's attempt to label too many children or adults as 'autistic.'" Oh, I get it, he's trying to help parents by telling them they should call their children idiots and morons. I was confused.

At this time I feel it's important and completely germane to remark that Michael's given last name is Weiner.

Of course, all diseases have a certain rate of misdiagnosis, particularly those that have such a wide-ranging spectrum as autism. And while some children are given a false diagnosis of autism, Savage's claims are way out of range. Furthermore, experts claim it is more likely for the misdiagnosis to go the other way, and for a child who is actually autistic to be incorrectly diagnosed at something else.


Michael Savage's douchebaggery is not surprising, to say the least.  He's third-string in the conservative talk show circuit, and he thrives on saying things only assholes who've had their hearts replaced with solid gold bars would say. But I must take serious issue with anyone who places blame on parents who already deal on a minute-by-minute basis with the fear that they're not good enough, and who have fought that stigma since before autism had a name. Raising a child with autism is a daily trial of patience that doesn't even begin to compare with mere brattiness, even without inflammatory remarks from talk show prats who don't know what they're talking about.

If Savage's suggested approach didn't amount to verbal battery of a child with special needs, I would suggest that parents of autistic children allow Michael to spend a week testing the effectiveness of his parenting tactics in managing their behaviors. But I wouldn't wish five minutes with Michael Savage on a dog I didn't like, so that's clearly out of the question.

Instead, I simply bestow upon thee, Michael Weiner, the honor of Douchebag of the Week! Congratulations on being a gigantic bag of flora-unfriendly vaginal irritant.


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‘Straighten up. Act like a man. Don’t sit there crying and screaming, idiot.’ ”

Wow.... like to have a few minutes alone with him and have him repeat those choice phrases.

DOUCHEBAG! Well done Amber - this guy should be the Hall of Lame.


Let's have spend time with a few autistic persons and see if he still thinks they're faking it. Even if we have to chain him to a wall to do it.

Can I ask why we even have talk radio? Is it really worth it to put up with all these douches?


I may be a conservative, but I always turn the station when this man starts ranting. Apparantly, I won't have to anymore:


Hmmm. I wish every radio station would follow those guys' example (from the link Cheryl posted). I'm sure my husband would like a few minutes alone with Weinerdog so he could extract a personal explanation from him about why his highly involved presence in our three children's lives has done nothing to allay their autism spectrum disorder. I would do it myself but my head just exploded and that tends to interfere with Guantanamo-style questioning of jerks.


I'm conservative will back up the fact that Michael Savage Wiener is a piece of crap with a microphone. He says he has a medical degree (I haven't verified), but spews this bullshit.


Wow. He MORE than deserves this, ahem, *distinction.*
What a jerkface. Grrrrrrrr.


LOL, solid gold bars. I swear that dickwad endorses everything if it makes him a buck. Isn't he the douche that also pimps "Direct Buy Furniture" (AKA overpriced shit)?

At any rate, when I heard his autism comments I was really mad. Still am. And HE is the one that calls liberals brainless? Um. I think you got it backwards dude.


WOW. that's WOW. Who thinks this way let alone says it out loud on the radio? Wow. This story makes me shaking angry and I don't have children (with or without diagnoses of autism).


There are huge numbers of people in my father's generation (I'm in my mid-40's) who see autism as this year's trendy disease, where self-appointed "experts" enrich themselves by placating lazy parents about something that in their day would have been cured by a few trips to the woodshed.

I'd love a chance to explain to Savage that all that was accomplished by the zillion attempts to beat my (undiagnosed) autism out of me was to teach me how to take a punch.

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His heart isn't a gold bar, it's a hunk of steaming, dusty moon rock.

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