Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Let's Leave Bristol Palin Out of This

If you don't know that Sarah Palin's seventeen-year-old daughter, Bristol, is pregnant, you haven't been following the news, and I envy you. The Palin pregnancy was even the lead story on Entertainment Tonight yesterday. (I only know that because ET follows Jeopardy.)

For many of Palin's supporters, this unplanned pregnancy is simply an opportunity for Bristol not to have an abortion, thus bolstering her mother's pro-life credentials.

For many of Palin's opponents, Bristol's out-of-wedlock conception points to her mother's shortcomings as a parent and to the failures of the abstinence-only education her mother supports.

Both approaches are out of line. Using a seventeen-year-old girl as a pawn in a nasty game of election-year politics is dehumanizing and unacceptable. I agree fully with what Barack Obama had to say on this subject. Too bad his message didn't get through to many of his surrogates (or adversaries).

Also—and this is where I become part of the problem—does anyone know if there is any truth to the rumor that Bristol Palin was named for the city in Connecticut that is home to ESPN's headquarters? I know that Governor Palin dabbled in sportscasting back in the late eighties. (She had awesome hair but mispronounced the name of Purdue's basketball arena.)


Blogger Keith H. McIlwain said...

I agree with you, and I hope that folks on both sides, and a seemingly carnivorous media, will drop this "story" immediately.

1:13 PM  
Blogger TN Rambler said...

I agree. Bristol should be left out of the mix. She has done nothing to generate the media circus that surrounds her now.

However, the media does have an obligation to address questions that strike at the heart of the vetting process and what the McCain folks were thinking when they selected the Governor of Alaska as the running mate.

10:41 AM  

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