Campbell Brown back to you: Why are you, the media, subjecting her daughter to this unprecedented scrutiny over a topic that has no relationship to Sarah Palin's ability to help lead the free world?
When did you decide that presidential and vice presidential children were no longer off limits?
The CNN anchor, Brown, even interrogated McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds about why Sarah Palin ran for vice president knowing her 17 year old daughter was pregnant.
On the video linked below, Brown says at one point,
"Tucker...putting this young woman, Bristol Palin, smack in the middle of the media spotlight at what's already got to be a very challenging time in her life... how do you respond to people who wonder why her mother would have subjected her to this kind of scrutiny by accepting this high-profile position."Subtext: How dare she have a career!
Brown: "In an ideal world it would be private but, you know, this is a presidential campaign, nothing is private, the world is watching...as much as everyone might want to give this young girl her privacy, that's not going to happen.... so you do risk putting her through an incredibly difficult process, if you're her mother. You can't deny that, right?"
Well, sure. Maybe the Palins mistakenly assumed the media wouldn't engage in such an out-of-proportion feeding frenzy over the pregnancy of a vice presidential candidate's teenage daughter.
She practically says - how dare she run for public office! She does everything but call Palin a bad mother for running for vice president - and boy does she come close. That's the clear implication of her line of attack, anyway.
Did anyone pressure Campbell Brown to give up her time consuming network job when she was pregnant? See above picture. (no, nor should they). She should know better than this.
Watch the video here, and pay special attention to Brown's exasperated, angry facial expressions, and her refusal to address the issue posed in return by Bounds about Obama's experience.
Has Brown ever interrogated Obama's spokesman this aggressively and nastily about Obama's experience? (of course not). Has she ever interrogated any male politician about their decision to run for public office with kids at home? (of course not). Did she question John Edwards this aggressively after he continued his campaign when his wife announced her cancer was back? (obviously, no.) Granted, no VP has had a pregnant teen daughter before, as far as I know. But the tenor and tone here are way out of proportion. What's the relevance of this issue to the race? What's the relevance of this issue to Palin's ability to lead? There is none.
On the experience question, the difference, again, is that the media tend to paint Obama's inexperience as a Republican allegation. When it comes to Palin's "inexperience", they're the ones asking the questions as if they've already decided she's completely unqualified. If you don't believe me, just watch the above linked Campbell Brown interview from today.
Quick thought: Imagine that Al Gore, when he was initially running for VP, had a pregnant teenage daughter at the time. How much of a story would this have been? It would have been a story, surely, but probably not a very big one, and no one would have implied it was disqualifying.