My colleagues Andy Barr and Jonathan Martin wrote recently that Sarah Palin's allies were expressing frustration at her staff for steering her toward tabloid engagement while skimping on substance.
Hard to find a better example than yesterday, in which she declined comment on Iowa's marriage ruling, but found time for this one:
"We're disappointed that Levi and his family, in a quest for fame, attention and fortune, are engaging in flat-out lies, gross exaggeration, and even distortion of their relationship," [[Palin family spokeswoman] Meghan Stapleton tells Usmagazine.com in a statement Friday.
"Bristol's focus will remain on raising Tripp, completing her education, and advocating abstinence," Stapleton continues. "It is unfortunate that Levi finds it more appealing to exploit his previous relationship with Bristol than to contribute to the well being of the child."
ALSO: Colleagues note that the younger Palin has, in fact, been public in her skepticism of abstinence.
It must be Sarah Palin hunting season in Alaska and the lower 48, all her detractors are loaded up and aiming straight at the target, Governor Palin. The above article is one such example of the crossfire. Politico offered their contribution with snarkiness and biase galore; you'd think it was a post from an anti-Palin hater on the Huffington Post comment section. Palin found time to issue a statement on her daughter's behalf because it's her priority and responsibility to response. That's what a Momma Grizzly does, defend her young! It's a shame Politco found time for this hit piece.
First, snarky comment number one, "...her staff steering her toward tabloid engagement while skimping on substance." Politico thinks that Sarah Palin responding to an attack on her family is engaging in tabloid, but not worrying about repeating her unwavering position on marriage between a man and a woman is skimping on substance?Now, Politico thinks that Palin's priority should be to address their request for a statement on the Iowar ruling and push aside defending her daughter's and family's good name. What type of journalistic attitude is this? If you don't answer our request than we will critcize you and take cheap shots. How old are these people?
In case you haven't heard, Palin's above statement is in reference to Levi Johnston, her daughter, Bristol Palin's ex-fiance, will appear today on the Tyra Banks show to discuss his private life for the nation to gobble up. In a clip used to promote the sleazy tabloid style show, Tyra kept pushing Levi for some dirt on whether or not they practiced safe sex and if Governor Palin condoned it or not. Of course Levi, caught up in the lights, camera, and action quest for easy money and fame, made an assumption about the governor "knowing" that he and Bristol were having sex under her roof. When Tyra Banks asked for clarification, Levi said that "moms are pretty smart" and they know. It's unfortunate that this young man chose this path to earn a paycheck and sell-out his son's mother in the process. This is a no-win situation for Levi.
Then Politico took a shot at Bristol, distorting her position on abstinence. Here they imply ambivalence on Bristol's part by asserting "...younger Palin has, in fact, been public in her skepticism of abstinence." I don't know what they are smoking at Politico but any reasonable objective and sane human being can listen to the Greta interview and know without a doubt that the young Palin, Bristol, repeated over and over again this phrase: "It's best to wait; I wish I had waited; It's not glamerous at all; wait, wait, wait." As a matter of fact, the young Palin was very skeptical of teens engaging in sex before they are ready, hence, the reason why she empahsized, "WAIT" and her regret for not doing so. Which part of wait are you not getting, Politico?
Sure the young Palin admitted that abstinence among her peers was unrealistic, she was being honest about societal norms and attitude; but her honesty in no way shape or form equates dismissing abstinence as an ideal to strive for; she said it was difficult, not impossible. Getting straight A's for some kids may seem impossible, but it's something to still strive for. Politico's conclusion is the equivalent of saying most teens break the speed limit or underage drinking laws and therefore those laws are unrealistic.
It goes to show that teens know a right and wrong, they choose to do what most teens do, test the waters and often times, push the envelope. We've all been there and done that. And quite often, hindsight is always 20/20. But folks who have an agenda and jumping on the Take Palin Down Wagon cannot wait, their skepticism gets the best of them and they simply do not want to give Sarah Palin and her family an honest, benefit of the doubt! It's hunting season and the dogs are loose.
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