Posts Tagged ‘Tim Shriver’

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.

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.