Monday, July 21, 2008

Michael Savage-showman or Idiot?

The news buzz of the day concerns the conservative radio talk show jock, Michael Savage, and the outraged parents who are petitioning for his firing. This "shock jock" personality used his show to rant about something he has zero knowledge.

Michael Savage said autism is a "fraud and a racket" and that "in 99 percent of the cases, it's a brat who hasn't been told to cut the act out. 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.'" In defending his comments he went on to say, "It's an over diagnosed medical condition. In my readings, there is no definitive medical diagnosis for autism."

When challenged further, he defended his comments by lashing out at the medical community and lambasted "greedy doctors who use children as profit centers by a greedy, corrupt medical/pharmaceutical establishment...."

Sorry, Michael Savage. You've really gone too far this time with your hateful "Savage Nation". You may know nothing about autism, but as a physician I know far too much. It is a spectrum of brain dysfunction that can be truly heartbreaking for parents and families. It has nothing to do with spoiled children or neglectful parents and your ignorance would be laughable if millions of people didn't hear you on the radio.

Michael Savage is first a showman. He is so proud of his comments that he is keeping the debate going by continuing the accusations against the medical establishment. And why not? His name is in the news and controversy is like money in the bank for him.

Michael Savage, you owe millions of parents, children and doctors an apology and if I were your boss, I WOULD fire you for just being plain stupid.


Anonymous said...

Years ago I had to ride in a car with someone loudly listenig to Michael Savage and from hearing him that time I CAN'T't STAND HIM!!! How ignorant and hurtful, even if there is a possiablity that some children could be miss diagnosed, you can always get other medical and professional opinions.

Thanks for standing up for this Dr.Brayer.

I know someone with a well educated mother and father with good, well paying jobs and the "father is around" for their autustic son. He is lucky to not be a parent or uncle to a child with this life changing disability. He should know teachers sometimes help give in put in the diagnosis too.

I have a challange for Michael Savage why not put your money where your loud obnxious mouth is and donate funds towards some well based research studies for this disease if he doesn't see enough evidence in the validity of it and then put money into helping with (non bias pharmaicutal sponsers) medical research to help cure it.

Thanks for standing up for this Dr.Brayer.

tracey said...

my friends D & B have an autisitc son. B is a single mom now. D walked out on his wife and kids because of their son B's autism - it was there - and very REAL - before she became a single parent. For Savage to blame autism on poor parenting does nothing more than what my grandmother would refer to as showing his "bottom in public". Controversial is one thing, ignorant is another.

Anonymous said...

I read this and it would be good if more radio shows followed Mississippi.

"On July 21, 2008, Supertalk Mississippi dropped Savage's radio program due to comments made regarding autistic children.[51] It was replaced with The Dennis Miller Show"

m.scott said...

The best way to deal with the monumental ignorance and outrageous comments of celebrities like Michael Savage is to simply turn them off...or better, stop listening altogether.

So long as he has listeners and is generating reaction and all this righteous hand-wringing in the media, then he will continue to exist.

Think of it this way, say some yammerhead sat down next to you on the bus and spouted Savage's same line of BS, what would you do?

If you are a reasonably intelligent person, you would recognize the man for being a fool and politely (if possible) excuse yourself.

End of story. End of Savage.

Anonymous said...

Right on! Well said.

Raymond Bouchayer said...

Thank you Dr. Toni for bringing this Jack-Ass name up . I have been unfortunate to at time listen to his stupidity , hate of anything that is "liberal". In general he is a complete ignoramus , idiot, and has not yet figured out what is his face or his ass. But talks from both of them.

grannyamazon said...

Keep tellin' it like it is, Dr. Brayer!!! I hate to waste a lot of time on an ignorant, verbally-rabid mouthpiece like M. Savage, but once in while someone has to tell that particular little-man radio emperor that not only does he have no clothes, but we don't want to see what he's strutting!

Toni Brayer MD said...

grannyamazon: hahaha and I like your name.

Frank Drackman said...

I like the Guy.

Rich said...

My son and I find ourselves in the car a lot and we listen to him and laugh at how ridiculous he is. We look at each other and just shake our heads and laugh.

Anonymous said...

The man is a moron! My Autistic son died in 1986 three years after getting his first immunization shot. Walk a mile in my shoes Mike Savage!