I didn’t hear the program, but if this report is true, Michael Savage spoke in a cruel, thoughtless way concerning children with autism. He should offer an apology and a retraction.
On his radio show last week, Savage said: “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, you idiot.’
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Parents of autistic children around the country are outraged, and correctly so. One company has pulled their advertising endorsement of the show, and there are calls for the syndicator to fire him.
In the past, I’ve listened to Michael Savage, and I agree with many of his views, although his style is abrasive and sometimes crude. While he is an intelligent learned man, I can only take so much of him, and when he begins loud rants and calling people jerks and worse, I switch off the radio. Amazingly, he ranks as the third most popular talk show host, just after Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity.
Those who follow my writings know I have studied, strong opinions and frequently state them. I do, however, try to do so in a courteous, thoughtful way, and I endeavor to create a forum in which those with contrary opinions feel welcome to debate. I suspect I am more likely to have my thoughts fairly examined if I couch them in polite tones.
A subject worthy of its own column is that of speech in America, but for now let me make the simple observation that we are lacking in civil discourse. Too often our discussions launch into name calling, vulgarity and crude remarks. It’s easy to pitch out derogatory remarks and epithets; much harder to construct a cogent argument while being attentive to facts and contemplating all tangents and possible issues of the discussion.
It would please me to hear that Michael Savage has issued an apology for his crude and insensitive remarks. Let us all use this incident to consider our daily speech, and endeavor to avoid flippant remarks and indiscreet statements.
Are you aware that the Bible speaks to courtesy?
“Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:” 1 Peter 3:8