Topic: Media Watch
I am not a parent, but I was a teenager once and am not stupid. I know that children do not always do as they are told, that teenagers tend to rebel, that teen girls in love will often "give away the store" to their boyfriends in order to keep them, that teen boys can be very aggressive and manipulative, that traditional mores and parental authority have been undermined by Liberals since the radical 1960s, and that our youth are taught every day in pop culture and every night on TV that pre-marital sex is not only normal but expected, and virgins are "losers."
If Gov. Palin is blamed, think about this first: What if it were reported, conversely, that she had forced her daughter to come straight home from school, forbidden her to date boys or to have a boyfriend, and otherwise tracked her in all her movements? That is what it would take to absolutely prevent the pregnancy, but Gov. Palin would now be cast as some kind of mean, controlling ogre.
As for subjecting her children to media scrutiny, that is ultimately the media's fault, and they are selective. They never touched Chelsea Clinton, and are not widely reporting about Obama's relatives or the fraud cases against Hunter Biden. They covered up FDR's disability and JFK's adultery, and helped turn the Lewinsky Scandal against the GOP. They are currently grasping for any dirt they can get, including wide reporting of wild rumors such as Palin's daughter being the "real mother" of her special-needs infant, and that Palin was once active in an Alaska secession movement.
Posted by hughes at 11:13 AM CDT
Updated: Wednesday, September 3, 2008 10:42 PM CDT