AN’s freeze frame: Hero honored but heroine dissed anew. America’s Newsroom guest co-anchor Heather Childers reported the runaway stroller story once more this morning with a new unusual twist. Saturday, Fox & Friends Weekend twice ran the story of the garbage truck driver who helped save a baby in a runaway stroller: twice, it ran the video but ignored the lady in it who actually caught the child. Carpe Diem reported the strange omission in “F&FW ‘Garbage': Blithely Blind Reportage?” Today, when Heather told the tale again, she recounted the same story of the gallant garbage truck driver but expurgated the heroine’s dashing deed.
Reading from her script, seemingly, with a soupcon of color commentary, Heather said, “Take a look at this video. A hero garbage truck driver saving a baby in a runaway stroller….The driver was on his route when he saw a woman jogging with a baby. Well, apparently, she decided to park the stroller [and] went to a group of friends: And, that’s when the stroller took off. Look there–straight through the intersection. The driver using his truck to block traffic and then he ran to save the baby.”*
Strangely, the clip was freeze-framed (for @ 13 seconds) as the stroller headed toward the curve and before the hero got out to “save the baby” and as the heroine ran toward the baby in the stroller to catch it as it hit the curb. Apparently, unaware that producers had paused the film in progress, Heather continued, “The frantic mother, watch here, arriving seconds later. The baby, we can tell you, is okay.”
And, just why was that baby okay? Yes, the hero garbage driver alerted traffic and pedestrians that the baby in the errant stroller was in imminent danger. But, the heroine who actually caught the baby in the stroller before the garbage driver could get there deserves credit, too. Apparently, her heroism did not fit into FNC’s narrative Saturday nor today: And, the offending video was omitted.
Bizarre, at best.
*AN – 06/04/12 (@ 10:13 a.m. E.T.)