Seriously, Today Show?

For shame. I am all sorts of fired up. We were all running behind schedule this morning and I happened to be around the TV after 8am and hear this segment on the today show. And I couldn’t believe what I was hearing.

Was I alone here, people?

The Today Show dedicated almost 9 minutes to this idiotic woman who left her 16 month old toddler and another son (presumably older) UNATTENDED in a bath tub….to go do chores…and then she lost track of time….and then she came back to the bathroom and surprise – her baby was submerged under water and white and not breathing. The 16 month old.

And instead of sending the authorities out to question this woman and then bringing on medical experts to discuss the importance of not being an irresponsible and idiotic parent – and instead of discussing the importance of not leaving children unattended in the tub or any body of water (I’m sorry – I forgot where this part wasn’t OBVIOUS) – the Today Show went on to dedicate almost 9 minutes to praising this poor woman, this beautiful thin white woman, because her child was dead on arrival at the hospital and was not breathing for 40 minutes and then was in a coma for 13 days and then the miracle of science brought him back to life.

That part is, of course, wonderful because this is an innocent child.  And the team of medical experts should have been interviewed because they are the miracle workers here compensating for this woman’s incompetence.

Instead, the Today Show wanted us to be wiping tears from our eyes when they show us soft screen shots of this dumb mother’s blog as she documented her painful emotions while her baby is in a coma?


I’m still stuck back in the first 10 seconds of the segment where Lester Holt casually mentions that the “young mother” (read: pretty and very telegenic) left the boys in the tub to go do “chores” and “lost track of time.”

Maybe I’m alone here – but really – how can anyone move past that?

And how irresponsible and absurd of the Today Show to glorify these parents and make the segment about their sad and miraculous tale instead of one about education and information – starting with – hey parents – don’t leave babies UNATTENDED IN WATER.


Is all I can say. Piss poor and pathetic “journalism” and a sad state that they are glorifying this woman instead of vilifying her – cause that’s what she deserves. This kid didn’t suffer so much because of some horrific accident or illness – he suffered at the hands of his own mother for her stupidity.  I give 2 kids a bath by myself every night, one of whom is almost 16 months, while dinner is cooking on the stove, while the house is a destroyed mess and the laundry is piling up. I know all about all the other things going on during bath time.  Just like I know all about how quickly little ones slip in the tub and their faces submerge in the water in the blink of an eye, and you pull them up and lose your breath until you feel certain that all is well…and dinner is burning on the stove, and the laundry probably just somehow multiplied like spring bunnies, but still – you don’t walk away and leave those kids in the tub.

For shame Today Show.

And someone ought to send the authorities out to lecture that woman.

3 Responses to Seriously, Today Show?
  1. vince
    March 12, 2010 | 4:44 pm

    Thank You Thank You Thank You

    I saw this segment as well this AM and was appalled at what I was watching and hearing. As I watched this I could not believe that they did not use this tragedy to reinforce and educate people about these types of dangers. Instead they made the mom out to be some sort of unfortunate victim in all this.

    I tried to understand this segment by reminding myself that as human beings we all make mistakes and although this lady made a huge mistake and an innocent child suffered the consequences, she and her family deserve all our support and sympathy. BUT – that being said, she acted as if she was not at all responsible for this tragedy and the interviewer allowed her to perpetrate this falsehood.

    The Today show is horrible Journalism IMO and this is a prime example why I rarely watch it.

    Thank you for allowing me to respond. I was so upset that when I got to work this morning I googled the topic to see if anyone else was as upset as I and was happy to find this posting as I could vent…

  2. Emily
    March 30, 2010 | 12:41 am

    I think we should all feel terrible for this woman. Afterall, she probably left her dog to watch the children, and she can’t be blamed if her dog was not responsible enough to save her son’s life instead of eating that bone.

    Oh wait.. That makes no sense. AND NOR DOES THAT DAMN SEGMENT. Let’s all boycott the Today Show!

  3. Bridget
    November 10, 2010 | 1:15 am

    This woman needs to be sterilized. (Can we give her a battery acid enema too – just for good measure?) Then take Lester Holt and kick his ass for glorifying such an idiot. “Everyone makes mistakes like this and most of us get away with it.” I don’t think so, moron. Unbelievable. Thanks for sharing this – I really didn’t know such people existed. Shouldn’t that poor kid be placed in a home with responsible parents?

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