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On Monday night, Fox News said that it has "no plans" to book podcast host Michael Knowles again, saying "we apologize to Greta Thunberg and to our viewers." The statement followed a segment where Knowles referred to 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg as a "mentally ill Swedish child."Knowles made the remark during a Monday night news program. After pushback from progressive guest Chris Hahn, Knowles said that Thunberg has "many mental illnesses," including depression and obsessive compulsive disorder.Thunberg talks openly about having Asperger syndrome, which she calls her "superpower."Fox News: "The comment made by Michael Knowles was disgraceful — we apologize to Greta Thunberg and to our viewers."Autism Society: "To intentionally demean any person, regardless of neurodiversity, is both cruel and wrong. ...(I)t is shameful to issue a derogatory statement to a youth advocate."Julia Bascom, executive director of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network: "It's absolutely unconscionable to attack someone for their disability, especially when that person is a child. History is full of autistic people and people with other cognitive disabilities who were and are compelling, credible activists and leaders. Greta is a part of that tradition, and our community is lucky to have her. Period."Dania Jekel, executive director of the Asperger/Autism Network: "Autism is not an illness and, in fact, we consider neurodiversity to be something worth celebrating. ... There are many people like Greta in our world, and we hope that her transparency about her Asperger diagnosis will help promote understanding and acceptance of individuals on the autism spectrum. ... Finally, all people, regardless of any mental health challenges they may face, should be treated with respect and given an opportunity to express their views. Mental health alone is not cause for discrediting a person’s knowledge of a particular subject."Later on Monday night, Fox News' Laura Ingraham compared Thunberg to a character in the film The Children of the Corn.
Greta is an inspiration. I think the voting age must be changed to 16. It is their future they should be able to vote.
It's particularly distressing that a voice as intelligent, idealistic, clear, forceful, and visionary as Thunberg's is derogated while Fox valorizes the incoherent, rambling, venomous, ignorant, smug, crude, misogynistic, racist, deceitful, hatefilled word salad of President Trump.
I've always been told to be proud when the right-wing attacks you. You know you're doing something right. The indispensable Teen Vogue: Attacks on Greta Thunberg Come from a Coordinated Network of Climate Change Deniers.
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