By Arturo R. García
Seriously, it’s great to see Ted Williams reclaim a career and a life that were derailed to the point of homelessness. But this segment from The Early Show shows an unfortunate underside to some of the support he’s gotten around the Cleveland area.
“I just wanna hear you talk!” co-host Chris Wragge gushes. “Just read something!” His colleague, Erica Hill, urges Williams to do a jingle for their show. After hearing Williams’ emotional description of his upcoming reunion with his mother, and his daily “hour with God” while panhandling, Wragge’s unnerving response is to thank Williams for putting them in good spirits, and ask him to do a mock-batting announcement. With that kind of “banter,” no wonder the show’s losing in the ratings.
The air of exploitation, in fact, can be traced back to the video clip that got Williams all the attention to begin with.