NYT digs, then buries some of the story

‘Twas good to see someone at the New York Times bothered to contact the actress whose Family Guy character riled The Palin. Sadly, the venerable old paper cut the best part of her response.

The good: Andrea Friedman, who herself has Down Syndrome, says The Palin should lighten up. The Times reported that.

The bad: Friedman also said “My mother did not carry me around under her arm like a loaf of French bread the way former Governor Palin carries her son Trig around looking for sympathy and votes,” but the Times didn’t report that.

What weenies.

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7 Responses to NYT digs, then buries some of the story

  1. Holte Ender

    February 19, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    Nice piece of detective work, what the NYT omitted was the best part.The Times used to be a little more faithful than that.

  2. MadMike

    February 19, 2010 at 4:23 pm


    Thanks Stimpson.

  3. Gwedolyn H. Barry

    February 19, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    HuffPo had the complete comments. Weenies? Love it, haven’t heard that in a long time… you serve ’em with mustard or just the appropriate amount of coward? LOL Nice catch STimpson! 🙂

  4. Four Dinners

    February 19, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    I think I suggested on the last post.

    If it was my kid I would be very protective and, for that reason I have some sympathy with Palin but….

    As you say…using him for political gain?…Good grief.

    It worries me that I am not surprised.

    Politicians eh? There’s no hope is there?

    As to Family Guy. I still believe that humour is the best way to bring people with handicaps (mental or physical) into the ‘mainstream’.

    I will laugh at a cripple joke or a handicapped joke but I will always laugh at myself even louder…which, for those who know me isn’t necessarily a surprise…;-)

    A good friend has a downs syndrome son. Another has a thalidomide husband and another a severely physically handicapped daughter.

    I take the piss and they laugh. They also laugh at my beer belly and my clumsiness. (I am ridiculously clumsy)

    Palin needs to realise that all laughter isn’t bad and maybe her son would appreciate it.

    It might help him feel ok about himself. (As he should)


    Too much vodka. Bed time.


  5. Stimpson

    February 19, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    4D: I’m not sure being protective was Palin’s primary motivation. I think scoring points on the left-leaning, godless Family Guy creator (Seth McFarlane is an atheist) was at least as important. As was getting public sympathy and support.

  6. MadMike

    February 19, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    I agree Stimpson. This was about her not about the Down’s Syndrome paradigm.

  7. SJ

    February 20, 2010 at 11:16 am

    I removed that other post/link.

    Interestinglky this has been a point made in a few animated shows, chiefly the ones noted for their un-PC crassness, like South Park, the point that one of the worst thing that happens to people with disabilities and challenges in society is that the squeamishness of the culture at large (and the cowardice of marketers who pay for TV programs with their ads) often dictates that people with Down syndrome, or Cerebral Palsy, or the wheelchair bound be rendered invisible, or their portrayals be reduced to puerile heroism (It wasn’t long ago that this was still happening with Women and Blacks in film btw), so that the audience doesn’t feel bad about their lives. TV and movies still feaure some of the worst kinds of condescension and tokenism.
    If an audience feels uncomfortable watching a teen girl with Down Syndrome go out on dates and be a raging bitch to her boyfriend (as in the Family Guy episode) that’s for them to work out.

    I agree with Stimpson, Palin’s just trying to use her kid -again- mind you.
    Everybody in the MSM is already forgetting that just last week Palin was still trying to score points/excuse herself from the “Rahm Emmanuel should be fired for calling people retards where as Rush Limbaugh should not” debacle of her own making.