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Petitioning CBS News CBS Chairman Jeffrey Fager

Take down the video Behind the Tragedy: Mother Murders Autistic Son

The CBS News video Behind the Tragedy: Mother Murders Autistic Son frames autism as an excuse for the murder of a child, Alex Spourdalakis, by his mother & caregiver. CBS should not be promoting what The Autistic Self-Advocacy Network's Ari Ne'eman described as "a dangerous ideology that preaches that people are better off dead than disabled."

Even though Mr. Ne'eman and his quote were included at the end of the video, the bulk of the video tries to justify the unjustifiable -- Alex's murder -- and curries sympathy for his killers. Specifically, CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson says, "His murder might be just another unexplained tragedy, if it were not for a documentary following his family in the months leading up to his death." This is unacceptable.

For more information, please read:

Autistic advocate Paula Durbin-Westby's article CBS Provides Glimpse into "Documentary" Defending Autistic Teen Alex Spourdalakis' Killers:

Autism Parent Matt Carey's article Whitewashing the Brutal Murder of Alex Spourdalakis:

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