Advertisers in the United States have pulled their advertising from Mike Savage’s syndicated radio show: ‘Savage Nation with Michael Savage’ after his savage insult on his radio show when according to media reports he allegedly verbally assaulted children with autism.

Mike Savage called a child with autism a “brat,” an “idiot” and a “moron,” and said that autism is a racket designed to get public assistance. He adds that greedy doctors and drug companies created a panic by overdiagnosing autism.

Recently in a radio broadcast this is what Mike Savage had to say about autism:

“[a] fraud, a racket. … I’ll tell you what autism is. 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.'”

His remarks have caused a storm in the United States and around the world. Mike Savage obviously hasn’t got a clue as to what autism is all about. According to the CDC 1 in 150 children in the United States of America is on the autism spectrum. US parents groups and charities have protested at his remarks and advertising companies have pulled their advertisements from his syndicated radio show.

Far from apologising to parents, carers and people with autism, Savage has accused drug companies and greedy doctors of creating a national panic on comments on his website says the San Francisco Chronicle.

Parents are now calling for the talk show host to be fired. There is a growing call for action on Mike Savage. He had allegedly said that most autistic children need to be told to ‘stop acting like a putz. Straighten up. Act like a man.’

Savage’s host Talk Radio Network, issued a statement: “The network is satisfied that he did not mean any disrespect to autistic children or their families, but was, instead, reiterating his longstanding concerns on public health issues.”

Advertisers are now pulling adverts from his radio show.Sponsors of Mike Savage’s radio show, such as AFLAC Insurance and Home Depot, have pulled their advertisements.According to recent reports advertisers that have already stopped advertising or refuse to place their ads on Michael Savage’s program include AutoZone, TrustedID, Citrix, OfficeMax, and JCPenney. Home Depot, Sears and Budweiser all withdrew their support, along with Direct Buy, Cisco and Radio Shack, according to Autism United a key group in the USA. Several networks have also withdrawn Savage’s syndicated radio show.

Lisa Borges, executive director of the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism, has issued a statement calling Mike Savage’s remarks “inappropriate and lacking of respect for all families affected by autism.”

“He obviously lacks the necessary education to understand the disorder and likely has not spent quality time around children and families who are struggling to cope,” Borges said.

“Everyone has a right to their own opinion,” Borges said, “but Mr. Savage should have done a better job of educating himself before expressing his views.”

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