Talk show host Michael Savage, from the Talk Radio Network, stepped into hot water when he explained live on national radio his belief that 99 percent of children suffering with autism are "brats" and "morons".
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CBS IN NEW YORK:
During the July 16 edition of his show, Savage claimed that autism is "[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.'"
Parents plan to protest outside WOR's studios on Monday to show their anger at conservative radio commentator Michael Savage for referring to children with autism as "brats."
ADA Watch & National Coalition for Disability Rights:
The leader of a national coalition of disability, civil rights and social justice organizations called on Talk Radio Network to fire talk radio host, Michael Savage for his hateful attacks on children and adults with physical and mental disabilities. Jim Ward, founder and president of ADA Watch and the National Coalition for Disability Rights (NCDR), stated: