Twitter Reacts to Ron Fournier's Story about His Son Tyler and Two Former Presidents

Readers respond to veteran journalist's essay about how he learned to understand his son’s Asperger’s syndrome.


  1. Veteran journalist Ron Fournier is Editorial Director of the National Journal Group. Prior to joining National Journal, he worked at the Associated Press for 20 years, most recently as Washington Bureau Chief, according to his bio. Starting in Little Rock, Ark., Fournier covered Bill Clinton's second term as governor. After the 1992 election, Fournier moved to Washington to report on the Clinton White House.
  2. Fournier has won numerous awards, including the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi Award for coverage of the 2000 elections. He's also a four-time winner of the prestigious White House Correspondents' Association Merriman Smith Memorial Award.
  3. On Thursday evening, Fournier published a story on the web entitled "How Two Presidents Helped Me Deal With Love, Guilt, and Fatherhood." The sub-heading: "Guidance from Bill Clinton and George W. Bush taught the author how to accept and understand his son’s Asperger’s syndrome."
  4. Many readers responded to the story on Twitter. Here's a bit of the discussion in slightly chronological order.
  5. Fournier gave a shout-out to two of the most important people in his life: his wife and his editor.
  6. But his modest editor demurred and directed credit back to the writer.
  7. At which point Ron called his editor a "genius."
  8. Meanwhile, prominent journalists and others began weighing in, starting with: