I am a firm believer in free speech, however there comes a point where the boundaries of tastefulness get breached. While it may be OK to do that in the privacy of your own home, it clearly is unacceptable on the radio. Yes, I know it can be argued that no one is forcing us to tune into the various that fill the airwaves, Rush Limbaugh, Don Imus, Howard Stern, Mike Savage, etc, I still think that their shows are completely unnecessary streams of vomitus.
Mike Savage has managed to invoke the ire of everyone involved with the debilitating disease of Autism.
The National Autism Association had the following to say:
The National Autism Association (NAA) today joins thousands of parents around the country in demanding an apology and retraction from radio talk show host Mike Savage for his July 16 broadcast in which he stated that children affected by autism are “brats,” and that bad parenting is to blame for a “fraudulent” epidemic now affecting one in 150 children.
The Mike Savages of the world are completely off base. The question I have is why would you want to attack those that are defenseless? This kind of action is abhorrent to decent people everywhere.
In addition to a public apology and retraction of his words regarding children and families impacted by autism, NAA asks that time be allowed on the Savage show for a truthful portrayal of autism, its effect on families, and the advances in research that are offering hope for recovery to those dealing with autism.
Well, you can pretty much guarantee that that is not going to happen. These Shock Jocks are exactly that. The idea of one of them saying they are sorry is about as likely as Ralph Nader becoming president.
It is a sad world that we live in.