October 27, 2009, - 12:52 pm

No Rush Limbaugh Treatment: Bob Griese’s Slur v. ABC Radio Official’s Slur

By Debbie Schlussel

With all the political correctness and boy who cried wolf baloney, it seems that no-one pays attention when a real ethnic slur is uttered. They’re too busy attacking Rush Limbaugh for comments he never made.

ABC/ESPN college football analyst Bob Griese was suspended for a game when he uttered an ethnic slur on live TV, saying that Colombian driver Juan Pablo Montoya was not listed in the top driver standings because he was “out having a taco.”  Yes, that’s bigoted.  I wouldn’t like it if someone said I didn’t do this or that because I was too busy having a bagel with lox.  Griese apologized twice on the air and he was suspended for just one game.  That’s an appropriate response. (No Rush Limbaugh treatment for him.)


Bigots: ESPN’s Bob Griese & ABC Radio/WJR’s Steve Stewart

(Griese isn’t exactly the most verbally classy dude. When his son Brian Griese’s NFL team was close to beating the NFL undefeated season record he set, he publicly wished for his son to fail so he could hold onto his record. Father of the Year, this guy.)

But, then, there is Detroit’s ABC Radio/Citadel Communications station, WJR–which runs the syndicated talk shows of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Vannity, and Mark Levin.  Last week, WJR’s program Director Stephen Stewart, the station’s second-in-command, who also hosts a show on the station, repeatedly referred to Black people with the phrase “Ho’ Dee Do’.”  It’s a reference to a racist joke about Black men running to catch an elevator.  “Ho’ Dee Do’ ” = Hold The Door–get it?  I was shocked that in today’s day and age, Stewart (who also doubles as a volunteer police officer) would utter that on the air unphased. . . and get away with it.  It’s at least on par with Griese’s comment, and probably worse.  And, unlike Griese, he never apologized and, instead, laughed at his unoriginal, cheesy, and racist joke.

Stewart works in the Fisher Building–a building where the majority of the employees are Black and presumably take the elevator–and it’s in the middle of a Black neighborhood in a Black city.  It’s clear he was referring to Blacks in a derogatory way.

And Stewart–who makes his station a home to local jihadists on which to spew their unchallenged baloney–uttered his “Ho Dee Do’ ” slur on the evening radio show of uber-liberal Mitch Albom, without a single admonishment from Albom or his Black sidekick Ken Brown (hey, he wants to keep his job).  I was surprised, especially when Albom’s producers kept re-running the clip on later shows, with everybody laughing.

But, it seems, none of the usual Black race merchants and hustlers seem to care about Steve Stewart’s racist slur because they all love to go on WJR to spout their BS and can’t miss out on the forum.  Also strangely silent:  Stephen Henderson, the Black editorial page editor of the Detroit Free Press, who told me he takes offense at my use of Dearbornistan to describe the corrupt, Third World Republic of Dearborn, Michigan. . . even though “istan” means “land of,” and there are no Arab “istans.”  Hey, he also often appears on WJR, too.

So, do you agree?  Isn’t “Ho’ Dee Do’ ” racist?  Should a program director of a major radio station in a major market be able to mock Black people on the air, this way, and then get away with it?  Do you agree with the one-game suspension of Griese?  In Stewart’s case, he should probably be fired, since he’s a top official of the station, should have known better, and what he said was so blatant and uttered on the air.

In the past, I’ve spoken out against the hypocritical, racist critics of Don Imus and Michael Richards (both of whom did utter racist comments and deserved criticism) because those “critics”–Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson–are the biggest bigots of the bunch, and I thought the reaction was disproportionate.  But in this case, a one-game suspension at ESPN seems fair and appropriate.  The total ignoring of Stephen Stewart’s comments in a majority Black city is absurd.

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10 Responses

There’s free speech hypocrisy. Whether one is a racist or not depends on the context and also where an offensive remark was made. There’s no fairness at all to the Left’s assault on bigotry and intolerance in this country. As we’ve learned, some racists, bigots and anti-Semites are more equal than others.

NormanF on October 27, 2009 at 1:04 pm


    I am a Hispanic male and laughed when Griese said that. When did we all become so thin skinned and weak?

    Not every statement that comes out of peoples mouths is racist.

    Gus Johnson said that Titan RB Chris Johnson has “Running from the cops speed” I have never seen Gus Johnson so I have no ideas what race he is but that seemed way worse that what Griese said.

    This country has become too bitter in general. Lighten up and enjoy life.

    Marc on November 10, 2009 at 12:07 pm

Griese should be fired because he’s a bad analyst! But I agree, if he seemed sincere in his apology, then the suspension is appropriate. And Stewart should no doubt be fired. From what you’ve reported, there doesn’t seem to be an acknowledgement of wrongdoing on Stewart’s part. That is what is most offensive…

Christopher Hayes on October 27, 2009 at 1:59 pm

I don’t think this is racist or bigoted at all. I’m from German descent and if someone said I was out “eating a brautwurst” I wouldn’t be offended.

If people continuously look for victimhood they will become perpetual victims in their own mind.

What ever happened to, “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”?

Have we come so far down the path of multiculturalism, toler-ism, and victimhood that we can’t accept people for all the little foibles they may have; no matter how benign?

Sticks and stones people…sticks and stones…

Shawn G on October 27, 2009 at 3:59 pm

I didn’t hear any of what Stewart said. But I can’t imagine that if this is all true that Mitch hasn’t said anything about it. That is not like him. He is usually all over this kind of thing, whether he agrees with it or not.

R: I was surprised, too. But remember, Steve Stewart is his boss and decides if his show gets renewed or replaced by the final hour of Vannity’s show. DS

rickster on October 27, 2009 at 4:04 pm

If we haven’t heard from Al Sharpton, I think Alis busy right now.


CaliforniaScreaming on October 27, 2009 at 6:16 pm

You can see this in many areas. The left gets a free pass to utter such slurs against blacks(and other minorities) and religious groups, as long as they are on the wrong side of their favored issue(Prop 8 or Late Term Abortion).

Worry01 on October 28, 2009 at 3:21 am

it seems as though when one of the man made pillars of the new social decorum gets dented, it signals mental rioting, prescripted indignation and the full thud of this new society’s heavy blotter.- damn the facts, he is no longer worthy of facts. He is a lousy broadcaster with a lousy vocabulary and a lousy father. His son ( brian griese not tom brady) was never on a team that contended for an unbeaten season where on earth did you come up with his wanting his son to fail? and more telling – what would it have mattered – aside from your dallying where liberals love to vacation i have enjoyed and admire your work. –aah

Alexander Harvey on October 28, 2009 at 4:28 pm

Are you people out of your minds!!!! This is just stupid. Bob Griese is one of the nicest people on this earth. Go after the real racists and bigots. I’m sure Montoya has said worse (and Al Sharpton and every other hypocrit). Get over it !!!

vicky toye on October 29, 2009 at 7:59 pm


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