Joe Scarborough speculates Aurora killer is autistic; Backlash erupts!/aburnspolitico/status/227375982737227779

Wow. MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough couldn’t possibly have said that, could he have?

Straight out of his ass. RT @reason: Joe Scarborough Finds a New Scapegoat for the Aurora Shootings

— CatsPolitics (@CatsPolitics) July 23, 2012

Yeah, he did. It seems some journalists aren’t content with shamefully trying to smear the Tea Party in a desperate rush to not only politicize, but to place blame on something other than pure evil (which can’t exist, natch). Now alleged journalists are trying to scapegoat and smear those with autism.

Thanks to @MSNBC's Scarborough, now media can jabber on about #autism rather than talking about gun control.

— Steve Silberman (@stevesilberman) July 23, 2012

More from Politico:

“You don’t want to generalize,” MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough said today before saying that James Holmes, the suspected Aurora, Colo., shooter, was “on the autism scale.”

“As soon as I hear about this shooting, I knew who it was. I knew it was a young, white male, probably from an affluent neighborhood, disconnected from society — it happens time and time again. Most of it has to do with mental health; you have these people that are somewhere, I believe, on the autism scale,” said Scarborough, whose son has Asperger’s syndrome. “I don’t know if that’s the case here, but it happens more often than not. People that can walk around in society, they can function on college campuses — they can even excel on college campuses — but are socially disconnected.

Wildly irresponsible and shamefully inappropriate. Not only is MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough playing a “real journalist” on television, now he is also playing a doctor, evidently.

New show: "Scarborough, M.D." RT @politico Joe Scarborough says the Aurora shooter is on the "autism scale" —

— Alex Burns (@aburnspolitico) July 23, 2012

.@MSNBC's Scarborough, evidently a freelance psychologist, "diagnoses" CO shooter with #autism.

— Steve Silberman (@stevesilberman) July 23, 2012

Like with Tea Party smearer Brian Ross, the backlash was swift.

I'm no doctor, & have only seen him on TV, but I have diagnosed @MSNBC's Scarborough with dangerous irresponsibility.

— skullsinthestars (@drskyskull) July 23, 2012

Didn't realize we were now diagnosing people with #autism because they are considered reclusive and deranged. Lovely.

— Jessica Lewis (@jessicaalilewis) July 23, 2012

"Dad, why did you go on TV and tell the whole nation I'm a homicidal maniac?" –@JoeNBC's son, 20 years from now. #autism #stigma #othering

— David K. March (@dkmnow) July 23, 2012

Asshat alert. STFU already. MT @stevesilberman: MSNBC's Scarborough "diagnoses" CO shooter with autism

— Steffani Cameron (@SnarkySteff) July 23, 2012

I don't like to make generalizations but people on TV that make hurtful & untruthful generalizations shouldn't be on TV. Right @JoeNBC?

— Stuart Duncan (@autismfather) July 23, 2012

Whoa @JoeNBC – being "socially disconnected" does not mean you are on the #autism spectrum.

— Dawn Neufeld (@DawnNeufeld) July 23, 2012

Disgusted by @JoeNBC's comments. He needs to apologize for his wild & unprofessional speculations. – #Autism

— Stuart Duncan (@autismfather) July 23, 2012

Oh, FFS, Joe Scarborough speculates that Holmes might be "on the autism scale." #douchebag

— Gabriel Malor (@gabrielmalor) July 23, 2012

RT @JulieBorowski: @JoeNBC Please do not stigmatize autism even further. There is no evidence linking autism with violent behavior.

— Don Millard (@OTOOLEFAN) July 23, 2012

Evidence Shmevidence! Joe has ratings to grab and wildly inaccurate speculation to spew!

Advocacy groups and parents of autistic children rallied around with calls for retractions. @JoeNBC @marybmarsden "Joe Scarborough ought to set the record straight at the same volume at which he distorted it."

— Scott Michael Jones (@Scott_M_Jones) July 23, 2012

ASAN Expresses Deep Concern over Scarborough Remarks Suggesting Aurora Shooter on the Autism Spectrum

— autselfadvocacy (@autselfadvocacy) July 23, 2012

Dear Mr. Scarborough et al: No evidence exists that links autism w/ violence. via @autselfadvocacy

— Brenda (@mamabegood) July 23, 2012

Mom of autistic kid responds to Joe Scarborough's speculative diagnosis of Holmes w/ #autism.

— Steve Silberman (@stevesilberman) July 23, 2012

Autistic Self Advocacy Network urges MSNBC to issue retractions of saying CO shooter has autism

— Mike Elk (@MikeElk) July 23, 2012

there is no scientific evidence linking autism to increased rates of violence, @joenbc should issue a retraction re: CO shooting

— Mike Elk (@MikeElk) July 23, 2012

Great way to slam a misunderstood, us. safe group MT@politico: Joe Scarborough- Aurora shooter is on the "autism scale"

— Lizzie (@lizzieinsb) July 23, 2012

There is also an online petition asking that Mr. Scarborough retract his scurrilous remarks.

Joe Scarborough, MSNBC: Retract your statements about autism and the Colorado shooting via @change

— Jim (@blogginglily) July 23, 2012

I find online petitions stupid but sign this one calling on Scarborough to retract comments linking autism to Aurora

— Mike Elk (@MikeElk) July 23, 2012

Yep. Plus, why should he even try to do so at all? Here is a tip for all the “journalists” out there: How about a little more reporting and a little less blame-gaming? We “just bloggers” realize something that y’all evidently do not. The only person to blame is the killer himself. No mitigating factors are necessary: Evil is just evil.

You see, evil exists. Accept that and stop being willfully ignorant. Then maybe you will stop frantically trying to come to any other conclusion possible, at the expense of others and at the expense of the truth.

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