Retroactive “Context,” Also Known As “Spin”

July 25th, 2008at 08:30pm Posted by Eli

In my last Doc Savage/Weiner post, I did not mention Talk Radio Network’s plea to check out savageonautism.com for additional context to show how deeply he cares about autistic and disabled people, and the deadly scourge that is false positive diagnoses.  I looked at the listing and was completely unimpressed, so I left it out.

Well, Media Matters dug a little deeper, and looky what they found:

Responding to the firestorm surrounding Michael Savage’s July 16 comments about autism, Talk Radio Network, which syndicates his show, posted on a website a statement asserting that Savage’s comments had been taken “out of context” and purporting to provide “true context” for Savage’s “views” on autism. The website — savageonautism.com — features “20 audio clips of Michael Savage’s comments on Autism,” which the accompanying statement describes as “a representative sampling of Dr. Savage’s views, as well as the applicable issues, in true context.” In fact, all 20 of those audio clips are from the July 21 and 22 broadcasts of Savage’s show, during which Savage misrepresented his July 16 remarks; they are not — as Talk Radio Network suggests — “context” for the July 16 remarks. In addition, missing from the “representative sampling” of Savage’s “views” is Savage’s prior acknowledgment that he had called autism “a phony disease.” Savage made this acknowledgment in a previous show that re-aired July 9 (portions of which were previously included in a YouTube clip posted on June 30) — that is, before Savage’s July 16 comments, as opposed to the after-the-fact “context” offered by Talk Radio Network.

Media Matters for America has reviewed each of the 20 audio clips posted as “context” on savageonautism.com and has confirmed that each of them was aired on July 21 or 22.

(…)

…[S]ince all of the audio clips come from Savage’s July 21 and 22 broadcasts, none provide any support for Savage’s and Talk Radio Network’s discredited claim that Savage’s comments were taken “out of context.”

In other words, they were not taken “out of context” because the context had not been manufactured yet.

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