The Daily Show Goofs on Free-Range Parenting Controversy

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A screenshot from The Daily Show.
A screenshot from The Daily Show.

For better or for worse, Maryland has been supplying Comedy Central with a lot of material lately. On Wednesday night, The Daily Show‘s Jordan Klepper “filed a report” on the free-range parenting movement, with a special focus on the Meitivs, the Maryland family who has been running afoul of Child Protective Services for allowing their young children walk home from school by themselves.

Klepper interviewed Lenore Skenazy, founder of the free-range parenting movement, and Dr. Karen Ruskin, free-range parenting critic.

The piece sides unequivocally with the Meitivs, sarcastically agreeing with Ruskin’s points while highlighting her apparent aversion to statistics.

After the program aired, Ruskin tweeted that she “[e]njoyed doing a spoof” with Klepper, but as far as I can tell, she represented her beliefs honestly. In fact, they may have been a little toned down. The psychotherapist and self-described “parent strategist” railed against the Meitivs on her website back in March, calling free-range parenting “a cult” as well as challenging Skenazy’s credentials and parenting motives.

 



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