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Savage stands by remarks

July 22, 2008
Savage Stands by Autism Remarks
By JACQUES STEINBERG
Michael Savage, the incendiary radio host who last week characterized
nearly every child with autism as ?a brat who hasn?t been told to cut
the act out,? said in a telephone interview on Monday that he stood by
his remarks and had no intention of apologizing to those advocates and
parents who have called for his firing over the matter.

?My main point remains true,? Mr. Savage, whose radio audience ranks in
size behind only those of Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, said in the
interview Monday. ?It is an overdiagnosed medical condition. In my
readings, there is no definitive medical diagnosis for autism.?

On the July 16 installment of his program, which is broadcast every
weekday, Mr. Savage suggested that ?99 percent of the cases? of autism
were a result of lax parenting. He told his audience: ?They don?t have
a father around to tell them: ?Don?t act like a moron. You?ll get
nowhere in life.? Among the other admonitions he felt autistic children
should be hearing, he said, were: ? ?Straighten up. Act like a man.
Don?t sit there crying and screaming, idiot.? ?

Asked Monday if he actually believed that 99 out every 100 cases of autism
were misdiagnosed, Mr. Savage conceded that figure was ?a little high.?
He added, ?It was hyperbole.?

But he said he was proud to have prodded discussion on the subject, and
planned to give over his entire show on Monday ? broadcast live from
northern California from 3 to 6 p.m., Pacific time ? to parents and other
callers who wished to disagree with him and to educate him.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/22/business/media/22sava.html?hp

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test supposed to detect predisposition for autism

http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/combimatrixs-newly-updated-autism-test/story.aspx?guid=%7B87D93856-AF4D-477C-9FE4-AE0D2998503C%7D&dist=hppr

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Check this out - cells from deceased autistic children can be put with frog cells, to study the neural patterns and get clues to the disorder

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn14374-humanfrog-hybrids-reveal-autisms-secrets.html?DCMP=ILC-hmts&nsref=news2_head_dn14374

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