Arment Dietrich

The Early Show: Biased?

By: Arment Dietrich | January 28, 2008 | 

Last Thursday I was traveling on business and had The Early Show on while I caught up on email before my first meeting.

Harry Smith interviewed Brenda Frese, the University of Maryland women’s head basketball coach, who is expecting twins in March.

First, shame on the PR department at Maryland for suggesting Brenda talk about what it’s like to coach a team while pregnant.

But doubly shame on Harry for the questions he asked:

  1. “What’s it like to have a coach that is so pregnant?” 
  2. “How pregnant are you?” 
  3. “You can’t travel, can you?  How do you deal with that?” 
  4. “What are you doing to do when they go to the NCAA tournament and you’re at home holding two babies?”

I’m surprised he didn’t ask Brenda what it’s like to have a husband who lets her work outside of the home.

  • My first thought on reading this was an angry, “unbelievable.” Unfortunately, it’s not. In a country where even equal pay is controversial, it’s par for the course.

  • I don’t know who to be more angry with – Harry Smith (whom I adore) or the university’s PR department.

  • Cory Sealey

    As a recent grad of UMD, when the women’s basketball team won the championship, they were treated like Goddesses on campus. Some teachers even canceled class so we could go to their pep rally. That never happened with men’s basketball. It really united a massive student population, and it’s a shame the lackluster UMD PR department couldn’t capitalize on the awesome spirit her and her team bring to campus and had to resort to some crappy, “Oh my gosh, I hope my ovaries don’t make my brain mushy” rhetoric.

    GOOO LADY TERPS!!!!!!!