Posts Tagged ‘Special Olympics’

Gretchen’s Beefcake: Shirtless Dave Briggs

March 12, 2012

Lusty Carlton: “Whoo-who! Alright! Wooh! Alright, Dave!…I might suggest that he does more of those segments.” This morning, Fox & Friends co-anchor Gretchen Carlson appeared to get all hot and bothered over the the sight of the bare chest of her handsome younger F&F Weekend counterpart Dave Briggs.

Reading the headline news mid-show, Gretchen reported Dave’s weekend Penguin Plunge in Westport, Connecticut, for Special Olympics of Connecticut.* As producers aired the accompanying vid of the swimmers taking their “Arctic” dip, she did not see him immediately: However, when Gretchen suddenly saw a close-up of a shirtless Dave fleeing the freezing cold water, she excitedly exclaimed, “There he is! There he is! Whoo-who! Alright! Wooh! Alright, Dave! Okay!”

Subsequently, after finishing the rest of her Connecticut Penguin Plunge story, Gretchen cooed, “I might suggest that he does more of those segments.” Looking over at Gretchen, guest co-host Eric Bolling shook his head and smiled uncomfortably. In response, Gretchen looked back at Eric and racily cackled,”Nice job, Dave.”

Then, segueing to their phone interview of Donald Trump, a grinning Gretchen queried, “Uh, Donald, are you going to be doing that anytime soon.” In reply, Trump declared, “Well, I’m not so sure. Doesn’t look too good to me.” Giggling, Gretchen randily raised her eyebrows and purred, “I was talking about going shirtless.”

When an amused Trump answered, “Well, shirtless I love. Right? Shirtless I love,” a smiling Gretchen answered, “Oh, okay.” Exasperated seemingly, Eric exclaimed, “Uh, can, can we move on now!” As Gretchen giggled anew, Trump laughed, “Okay. Alright.”

Perhaps, Gretchen has to move on this year. But, she gets another chance to gawk at more Briggs beefcake on New Year’s Day 2013. In fact, Gretchen gets double the pleasure: Dave plans to take the polar plunge in Maine then–with his friend F&FW meteorologist Rick Reichmuth.**

Poor Gretchen: it is going to be a long 2012.

*Fox & Friends – 03/12/12 (@ 7:33 a.m. ET)

**Fox & Friends Weekend – 03/11/12 (@ 7:34 a.m. ET)

F&F: MoveOn “Mentally Challenged”?

April 13, 2009

Fox & Friends finally got it right this morning! F&F did not let another guest get away with a denigrating remark concerning the cognitively challenged. In a segment entitled “Charging Conservatives” (about colleges making conservative groups pay more for their speakers’ security on campus), Young America’s Foundation spokesman Jason Mattera described liberal “” as “mentally challenged.”

Regrettably, neither co-host Steve Doocy nor sub co-anchor Peter Johnson, Jr., immediately confronted Mattera: however, apparently, executive producer Lauren Petterson whispered in Peter’s ear. As the interview concluded, Peter sternly asked, “Jason, you don’t mean that the people at are “mentally challenged,” right? Smiling, Mattera replied, “No, that would be disrespect to mentally challenged folks: They’re a bunch of punks over at” Relieved, Peter responded, “Okay, Okay.”

After FNC contributor Bob Beckel’s “demeaning” remark about Special Olympians* and Gretchen Carlson’s gaffe suggesting that the “handicapped types of kids” were not the ideal siblings for foster children,** it’s good to see F&F beginning to treat the “handicapped” with more respect. Perhaps, FNC SVP of Programming Bill Shine did require that refresher sensitivity training seminar after all.**

F&F (04/13/09) – @7:27 a.m. ET



Gretch: “Handicapped” Slap?

April 2, 2009

Did Gretchen Carlson, Fox & Friends co-host and March of Dimes spokesperson, diss the “handicapped” this morning? In a moving segment entitled “Fostering Hope” about an older teen who found a foster family himself, Gretchen was clearly touched: However, as she interviewed foster child Alex Chivescu and his foster mom Suzanne Bantes about his search for a family, she exhibited a surprising insensitivity to the very ones that she has championed in the past. Before her very first question, to Alex she said, “You were in a group home, you know, with, with handicapped types of kids which, I guess, is fine but you wanted to be in the home with two loving parents.”

Gretchen’s choice of words sounded strange. She seemed to indicate that the mentally/physically challenged are a detriment to a family. Instead of seeing their uniqueness as enriching the quality of life, she seemed to indicate just the opposite.

After FNC contributor Bob Beckel made his remark on Fox and Friends (April 8, 2008) as to Special Olympians deemed “demeaning” by Kirsten Suto-Seckler, Director of SO’s Global Marketing and Awareness, one would think that FNC SVP of Programming Bill Shine might have required sensitivity training. Perhaps, he did: Gretchen’s co-host Steve Doocy excoriated President Obama over his “Special Olympics” gaffe. If not, he should: if so, he should require a refresher course.

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Obama Gaffe: Doocy’s Double Standard?

March 20, 2009

“Was he [President Obama] making fun of this [sic] disabled?” asked Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy today.  Doocy took great umbrage at President Obama’s comparison of his bowling skills to those of Special Olympians on the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno” last night and categorized it as “awful.” However, Doocy failed to similarly call out FNC contributor Bob Beckel a year ago when he made a similar derisive comment to Doocy. In that instance, Doocy said that he himself was a “biathalon” Olympic athlete and Beckel laughed, “At the Special Olympics.” [In a missive to the author, Kirsten Suto-Seckler, Director of SO’s Global Marketing and Awareness deemed Beckel’s remark “demeaning” and said that it would be addressed by Tim Shriver, Chairman of Special Olympics (SO).]

Of course, Bob Beckel does not rise to the same level as the President. Nevertheless, Doocy should have criticized both for remarks (even if inadvertent) that impugn the cognitively challenged. Hopefully, Doocy will acknowledge his earlier lapse in judgment.

Beckel’s Modest Proposal: Recipe 4 Poor Children

January 26, 2009

Less than a year after slighting Special Olympics athletes on Fox & Friends,* Bob Beckel today offered to sacrifice the children of the poor on America’s Newsroom. In a segment on the stimulus package, Bill Hemmer questioned Beckel about the inclusion of family planning expenditures in the proposal. Aping Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi,** Beckel brutishly brayed, “If you don’t have as many children, [for] example, in poor areas, that’s going to cost you less money.”***



***10:30 a.m. ET

Special Olympics: “Demeaning Remark”

April 10, 2008

This morning I was assured that Bob Beckel’s Special Olympians slight would be addressed by Tim Shriver, Chairman of Special Olympics (SO). Kirsten Suto-Seckler, Director of SO’s Global Marketing and Awareness, said, “Thank you so much for bringing this to our attention. We will be sending a letter from our Chairman Tim Shriver to address this demeaning remark.”

Fox & Friends fans, I sent an e-mail to Steve Doocy, stating that I thought that Beckel should apologize for his insensitive comment and that F&F should express its regret for Beckel’s comment and its failure to address it at the time. Doocy has not responded nor has he, Brian Kilmeade, Gretchen Carlson, or Alisyn Camerota made any mention of the incident since it occurred. Hopefully, Fox & Friends will address Bob Beckel’s remark the next time that he is on and offer its mea culpa along with that of their offending political contributor.

Ignorance and its maleficent effects, especially in the public sphere, should be exposed and remedied. Those that are cognitively or physically challenged should not be disrespected. They are another wonderful weave in the beautiful tapestry of humankind.

Cf. Carpe Diem’s Special Olympians Slight for background info.

Special Olympians Slighted

April 8, 2008

On Fox & Friends’ America’s Election Hq segment, Bob Beckel denigrated Special Olympic athletes. As the “debate” with conservative Rich Galen (and moderated by Steve Doocy) over Hillary Clinton’s suggestion to Bush to boycott the Olympics opening ceremony in China ended, Doocy joked that Galen was a bronze medalist in the low hurdles and that Beckel was a former javelin catcher. In return Beckel asked what event Doocy participated in: Doocy replied that it was the biathlon. Beckel jibed, “At the Special Olympics.”*

Beckel, affable liberal commentator for FNC and former national campaign manager for 1988 Democratic nominee Walter Mondale, probably thought that he was making a harmless joke. However, he should apologize to the 2.5 million cognitively challenged people who excel in this extraordinary competition among amazing athletes. Also, Fox & Friends should express its regret for his insensitve utterance and their failure to address it.

Participants in the Special Olympics should be celebrated not slighted.

* 8:19 ET