CNN’s War On Autism

April 3, 2008

I often have CNN on in the background while blogging on my laptop, and I couldn’t help but notice that since I got home from work, they’ve been talking about autism for the past 2 hours.  Nonstop.  Anderson Cooper, Sanjay Gupta, and, just a few moments ago, Larry King asked the parents of 6 autistic children why they keep reproducing (can I get a *gasp*?).   And here is a current screenshot from the front page of their website:


Look, I’m as sympathetic to the plight of autistic kids and their parents as the next guy, but seriously…2 hours?  Is it Autism Awareness Month or something?  Maybe I should check….

Yep, it is.

But still, what’s going on?  Someone high up in the media food chain obviously made a decision to launch a mini-crusade here.  More searching….


3/14/2008 – CNN Announces Global Coverage for First World Autism Awareness Day Multiplatform Effort Will Report on Science, Intervention and Resources for Parents on Wednesday, April 2(there’s a lot more than just 2 hours)


  1. Chen,

    Now that the C.linton N.ews N.etwork is beginning to accept the reality that the Borg Queen won’t be the Democratic nominee, they’re left with their pants down around their ankles.

    They can’t run the 12,000th episode of “How Hillary Clinton Can Still Win” because Hillary Clinton can’t win. Even if she take 71% of Pennsylvania, which she won’t, the nomination belongs to Barack Obama.

    I’ve long said the best hope for CNN to survive is for Ted Turner to buy back the network and clean house from top to bottom.

  2. Autism has been flourishing since 2000. Cell phones have been flourishing since 2000. Cell phones emit microwaves. Microwaves affect the brain and the fetus. Put down your phone and don’t stick it next to your brain again. Take that phone off your waist if you’re pregnant. Take it off if you’re not. We cook food, not people with microwaves. I think there are some new questions to ask for Autism Month.

    Try putting cell phones and microwaves and health into google. Try putting microwaves and autism in. Try cell phones, microwaves and cancer. Search on YouTube. It will make you sick.

    Microwaves are not only emitted by cell phones, but also by cell towers. They make our wireless internet possible. We are all paying.

  3. Cell phones, cell towers, the sun, and the entire universe, too. Run away from…the universe?

  4. This is all very odd to me. My family has a long history of autism, Asperger Syndrome to be more precise (and even Borderline Asperger’s). I’m quite lucky to not be an “Aspie” as it is. My Grandmother, however, led a life in which she was never understood, lived in a home bought by her parents across the street from them, and I finally found out enough about Autism from a friend who worked with children with Asperger’s to finally discern exactly what was wrong with my very strange Grandmother.

    She was finally diagnosed at 81, is currently 88 and I finally learned enough to be able to actually have a real conversation with her that did not involve simple parroting on her part of things she has said dozens of times throughout her life, which was a real breakthrough, for me at least.

    But imagine living in a world where no one really knew why you were so different, trying so hard to fit in (as many female Aspies try to do), but never being able to do this–quite the contrary, ending up insulting people through tactful comments and being ostracized to a certain degree. I once resented her, but now I feel so sorry for the life she led prior to being on hospice.

    I still want to do a comedy tour of “My Autistic Grandmother” because I can just roll out the stories like you wouldn’t believe….she is kind of a sarcastic bitch (another family trait…HEEHEEHEE) under all of the Aspie posturing, and has done enough outrageous things in her life to fill many books. Her Aunt was the same way though and just happened to be good at real estate and made a nice living. Still, she modeled her behavior on silent film stars and if anything happened that upset others she would (not knowing how a normal person is supposed to react, as Aspies typically do not know) ‘swoon’, throwing her hand to her forehead and dropping onto the nearest sofa.

    Now all of the sudden half the kids growing up seem to develop this. Who knows?

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