When in doubt, blame the media

Palin has no one to blame but herself for the so-called “invasion” of her family privacy. By choosing to simultaneously parade and hide her pregnant teen, Palin thrust her daughter into the spotlight but asked that we wouldn’t look too closely.

Give me a break.

If she really wanted to spare Bristol, she would’ve left her at home. At 17, she’s clearly old enough to fend for herself. But no, Palin decided to stick her on stage, five-months pregnant with a baby on her hip. How dare the bloggers comment! How dare they question this preposterous sight!

With no explanation from Palin, the inquisitive mind was left to its own devices. Instead of asking why Palin chose to hide the fact that her daughter was pregnant, let’s blame voters for trying to put the pieces together themselves. It wasn’t the ideal way to get to the bottom of things. But what choice did they have? After the mainstream media dropped the ball on the Edwards affair, the Tabloid genre got a little credibility boost. And you can’t fault the bloggers entirely. They were in the baby ballpark.

And now Palin is using this whole baby-blogger-shenanigan to blast the media. As she said in her RNC speech, “Here’s a little news flash for those reporters and commentators: I’m not going to Washington to seek their good opinion. I’m going to Washington to serve the people of this great country.”

Here’s a news flash for Palin: Journalists are actually part of society. I know it’s shocking, but we vote, too. So you are seeking our good opinion, along with everyone one else’s. Why else would you fly in Bristol’s baby’s daddy for the RNC? He wasn’t a necessary part of the family for your introductory speech, but once the dirty little secret was out, suddenly he was needed. While Palin tells the media to back-off her family, there’s a photo-op for McCain and Levi on the tarmac.

Talk about mixed signals.

The most ironic part of this whole saga is not Palin’s support of abstinence-only education, (which comes in a close second in my book), but her statements about Bristol’s “decision” to have the baby. According to Palin, there shouldn’t be a choice to make. She’s for bringing babies into this world in the case of rape and incest. But please, give her daughter some privacy. If it were up to Palin, the government would unilaterally make that decision for women everywhere. Now that’s a parallel worth drawing.

Honestly, I’ll be happy if I never have to write about the mating habits of the Palins ever again. But the choice is hers. Stop sticking your pregnant daughter in my face and I’ll stop writing about it. Deal?