Scarborough Clarifies Comment He Aimed at Aurora Shooting Suspect That Outraged Many THR

Updated headline and first paragraph at 8:53 p.m. (PT). Following the lead of THR, where we got this item, our original headline and first paragraph said Scarborough "apologized." In fact, what he did was clarify his remarks, as a number of commenters to this story noted. He did not apologize for what he said. So we have now corrected our headline and first paragraph to reflect the action Scarborough actually took.

Cable talk host Joe Scarborough has clarified comments he made about James Holmes, the suspect in the theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., that drew an outcry from autism advocates, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The story reports: “The former congressman and host of MSNBC's ‘Morning Joe’ has received criticism for remarks he made on Monday's show, in which he said that as soon as he heard that James Holmes, the alleged gunman responsible for the movie theater massacre in Aurora, Colorado, was a young, white male from the suburbs, he thought that Holmes was one ‘these people that are somewhere, I believe, on the autism scale.’"

Scarborough, who has a son with Aspergers, got heat for conveying what some observers saw as an offensive stererotype of people who have autism.

The cable host issued a clarification today to the website Mediaite, saying: "The growing Autism epidemic is a tremendous burden for children, parents and loved ones to endure. My call for increased funding and awareness for Autism and other mental health conditions was meant to support the efforts of those who work every day to improve the lives of Americans impacted. Those suggesting that I was linking all violent behavior to Autism missed my larger point and overlooked the fact that I have a wonderful, loving son with Aspergers. Perhaps I could have made my point more eloquently.”